happy birthday, Curt (on thursday)
Well, my swords came in, and they are even prettier in my room than they are in that picture. Plus, my brother and sister-in-law gave to me for my birthday a sweet sword that is a replica of Tokugawa Ieyasu (founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan)'s sword. It is awesome! The Tokugawa Era happens to be the one that I researched for my directing project last year at Vanguard, when I placed Oedipus Rex in a fictional samurai village in 17th century Japan. Anyway, I became pretty attached to that time period in the samurai culture, so thanks, Kevin and Jill for the rad sword and for paying attention to and encouraging the weird things that I really enjoy.
On a different topic, I would just like to share a couple big pet peeves of mine. The first is this: when I complain about something and then whoever I'm venting to replies with, "That's ok because (insert their complaint here)." Example:
Me: Man, I can't believe this guy at table 61. He is the biggest jerk alive. He was really mad when I went to check on their table and he tried to tell me that they didn't put any ranch dressing in his BBQ ranch chicken salad, and when I started to explain to him that it's actually a BBQ-ranch mixture that they put in there, he just snapped and said, "Just bring me some ranch!" I'm so mad!
Other Person: That's ok, because this old man at my table 38 got upset because I brought out an extra glass so he could split his shake with his kid and I didn't split the shake up into two glasses for him.
Ok, I understand that you're frustrated with your own table, but please tell me, how does you having a complaint as well make my situation ok? Seriously? Is it because you're better than me? Well, you're not. So, next time, maybe just try a, "man, that sucks...I'm sorry." But if you start your sentence with, "that's ok because..." you might get a punch in the throat.
Secondly, I cannot stand it, absolutely cannot stand it, when people do not respond to the question I am asking, but skip right on over it to whatever stupid thing they have to say. It's just rude. And I hate it. Example:
Me: How's everybody doing over here? Everything tasting great so far?
Jerk: I need another diet coke.
Well, that's not what I asked you, is it? Just answer my stupid question before you tell me what else you need. "My burger tastes great, Amy. Oh hey, could I get another soda?" "Sure! I'd be glad to bring you another soda! I'll be right back." It's not that hard. It's really easy, actually. And you know what, here's the thing...it's not the fact that you need something and I have to go get it that's the problem. See, that's my job. And if you have to ask for another soda, I'm not really doing my job very well. So that's my bad...but still, just answer my question. I mean, it wouldn't bother me if the guy said, "Wow, you know everything would be tasting a lot better if you were doing your job and had brought me another soda already." Touché! That's great! At least you'd be answering my question.