Friday, June 23, 2006

The Devil and Other Obsessions

In preparation for the movie, I just finished reading The Devil Wears Prada. If you're a regular visitor, you'll not be surprised to know that I am complete idiot when it comes to all things designer. That's why this book is perfect for me. Besides it being full-on Chick Lit, a guilty pleasure, the main character is a hopelessly style phobic girl. My kind of girl!

The thing I loved most about this book is the fact that it made me really step back and think about how much I've been complaining about my new job. Namely, my new boss. Well yes, he is a tad stricter than I'm used to (at my old job I made my hours and worked half day Sundays so I could see Ryan on Mondays), but at least he doesn't humilate me and tell me I'm an idiot. At least there's that. ;-)

Speaking of work, I am all kinds of pissed off about something that happened yesterday. I was walking back to my desk from the water cooler and not being in too much of a hurry, I browsed the flyers on the wall as I went. About halfway back, I stopped dead in my tracks. Someone had had the NERVE to post Protect Marriage propaganda bullshit on the wall at work! It turns out that in AZ there is a group of people who is collecting signatures for a bill of some sort, and they're coming up short. The flyer on the wall was actually a printout of someone's personal yahoo email account, and they hadn't even bothered to remove the name from the 'To:" line before hanging it up at work!

It is no secret that I'm pro-gay. Well, that is it is no secret out here in the blogosphere. At work? I just don't feel its appropriate to talk about. I sit there grinding my teeth when the guys make horrid jokes about gay people because I know that no matter what I say, there's no changing minds that are closed.

The point is, what gives anyone the right to put something like that up in a professional work environment? Do they naively assume that EVERYONE agrees with them and would thank them for bringing this matter to their attention. Well I, for one, was offended.

The irony? It is diversity week at my work.

Further irony? The man who posted this flyer is currently in the middle of a divorce. Way to protect marriage buddy.

I promptly tore down the flyer and ripped it into as many pieces as I could. My only regret is that I didn't save it and turn him into the ethics department.


I attempted self portraits tonight. For some reason my pictures are not turning out crisp when I control the camera myself (aperture/shutter speed etc.) Its really frustrating. I'm going to think on it and try again another day.

Bye for now.


Blogger WendyWings said...

Ok first off you are hot and secondly I am looking forward to seeing the Devil wears Prada despite the fact that Stanley Tucci is in it and I have a slight personal issue with him LOL
Michele sent me :)

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Amanda Cowan said...

I second that Wendy. I love that book and am really looking forward to the movie. Can't say I'm thrilled abou the casting for Alex though..I mean, that guy is good in Entourage, but I don't know that I buy him in this role. Whatever though. Amanda you look great! Thought I did actually worry a bit as I scrolled down..

12:28 AM  
Blogger David said...

you are wearing socks - and flip flops, right?

12:41 AM  
Blogger vanx said...

What about the non-family type people? We're going crazy!~,:^)

8:06 AM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

I am currently reading Annie Proulx's (author of Brokeback Mountain) book 'The Shipping News'.

Very challenging book :-)

Came here via Michele

8:13 AM  
Blogger vanx said...

There are a lot of creepy crawling things under the white-washed rock of the pro-family movement. It is the new neo-con issue that elects presidents, however. So we'll be tripping over a lot of white rocks this year and in 2008. Keep on ripping!

8:16 AM  
Blogger keda said...

the picture looks pretty sharp to me!

that would have driven me mad finding the email bile on the wall. i would have had to challenge him though so its probably a good thing i dont work there! glad you took that down.
here via michele.

8:20 AM  
Blogger suleyman said...

Disagree with someone all you want, but tearing down their flyer is a (small, but just as insidious) form of censorship. What gives someone the right to put something like that up? Well, the first amendment gives them that right. I could be wrong - it may be against company policy to stump for political causes at work - but then tearing it down would merely be a matter of policy not of being "offended" by what this person was saying.


11:34 PM  
Blogger Adeline said...

stirrin the pot here a little...

I am confused about how if it is diversity week, their opinion isn't ok? Isn't that what diversity is?

Wouldn't it have been more appropriate to put up a flyer that supported your point of view?

and your pic is stunning indeed.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Sangroncito said...

Love the photo! Very cute, sexy and sensual.

2:10 PM  
Blogger M said...

I hate this stupid boys club sometimes.

I really feel for my not-flamingly-gay-but-gay-nonetheless buddy I work with. He hears this stuff all the time. Good on ya for tearing it down... and hey. Just because you tore it down doesn't mean he didn't post it, right? You can still go to the ethics committee.

8:00 PM  

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