There’s an analogy to be made between people who are crossing the border to the US illegally and people who board @metrolosangeles buses through the back door (which is not supposed to be allowed). Neither want to go through the correct procedure of gaining entrance, both want to cut in front of other people who are going through the process correctly, and both have figured the benefits of entering through the back door (figuratively and literally) outweigh the risks. Obviously, the risk of physical harm is greater for those making the trek across deserts but I’ve seen doors slam on people trying to board through the back of the bus and a few of them even get stuck in the doors.
And while you may say “what’s the big deal about people boarding the bus from the back?”, I bring up a couple of issues. One, the bus system is collecting less revenue - some people have passes so maybe it wouldn’t make a difference there, but others don’t. They are not paying the $1.50 that everyone else has to pay. And two, they take up seats that would otherwise be filled by people who boarded the bus properly. Worse yet, the bus gets so filled that the driver doesn’t pick up any new passengers but people still scamper in through the back.
I wouldn’t say cheaters don’t win, because clearly, they sometimes do…
Speaking about using your words (wisely), how about LA Mayor Eric Garcetti who dropped the f-word in the victory rally for the LA Kings on Monday? He claims it was unscripted - I don’t know about that, but I don’t think it was necessarily spontaneous. If you are invited to an event like this, and presumably will be asked to say a few words, I assume you would have some idea of what you will say. And the fact that he prefaced the word with saying the two things politicians shouldn’t do shows that it wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment, off the cuff remark.
Also, it doesn’t even make sense. Sure, Monday was an okay day, nice day for a parade and rally, but it wasn’t this great magical day. Wouldn’t that have been Friday, when the Kings actually won the Stanley Cup? Or when they won Game 4 or Game 7 of that series where they were down 0-3? Or after Game 3 of the finals when they realized that they only needed to win 1 more game in 4 tries to win the whole thing? Weren’t those greater days than the arbitrary day selected for the parade?
It’s not that I find the word that offensive - when you ride the @metrolosangeles bus or train, you’ll hear it at least once a day on average. And he didn’t use the word in an obscene manner. But nonetheless, he is an elected official and was speaking in an official capacity. Just like I shouldn’t use profanity in my workplace, he shouldn’t either.
I’m not saying he should apologize (apologies mean nothing if they aren’t heartfelt anyway) - especially not if he’s going to do the non-apologetic “I’m sorry that people got offended”. He just needs to learn to use his words better.
- Coworker: That policy is retarded.
- Me: Don't say retarded.
- Coworker: I didn't say someone was retarded, I said something was retarded... stupid... Why can't I use the word?
- Me: ... I don't know... just don't...
- -- Coworker comes back a couple of minutes later.
- Coworker: Why can't I use the word retarded?
- Me: It's not politically correct.
- Coworker: I don't care if it's not pc.
- Me: Some people find it offensive.
- Coworker: Do you find it offensive?
- Me: No... I don't know... maybe... yeah, I guess. Just don't use the word.
- -- Even when it was colloquially acceptable to use the word "retarded" like that, I don't think I ever did. It's quite jarring to hear someone say it (just like when you hear teens talk about how "gay" something is - I don't even think I know what that is supposed to mean).
- Especially in the workplace - you're smart enough to find a different word. Use your words!
I watched a few episodes of The Next Step (on Hulu) - well, as much as I could muster at least. I’m a bit out of the target audience range (considering I’m not a tween) which is probably why the scenarios seem absolutely ludicrous. Queen Bee Emily even has her little clique, the E-Girls - everyone think it stands for “elite girls” but really, it stands for “Emily’s girls”.
She acts incredibly hostile towards New Girl Michelle (and gets the other girls to ice her out as well), yet the studio director and the choreographer don’t even bat an eye. They would tie for the world’s worst educator award. Also, if they (or the producers) think whipping your hair around in circles is good dancing, they are also terrible choreographers.
And the fact that they keep talking about “Regionals!” is hilarious. It reminds me so much of #NBCCommunity:
Regionals? What the hell are Regionals?
Don’t let my confusion undercut their importance.
My boss drove me home today… kind of out of the blue (he was headed to an event and my home is on the way there). It was a long hour-and-a-half, thanks to traffic. Overall, it was an okay ride - some small talk, some background info, his career progression, my career progression… it was a little awkward because there are some topics that I considered to be off-limits for the ride - like I shouldn’t bring up work issues that are too heady (since he was being nice in driving me home).
But he himself brought up some looming issues, so I couldn’t not respond to it.