This week is going by so fast, I barely know what day it is.
A TV post!
I watched Jack Ryan based on recommendations from you guys. It was good, as promised. The story moved along, it was binge-able. I liked the villains. They had valid points and charisma, and a real arc. The good guys often didn’t have the best points; Jack Ryan glaring furiously at unsavory allies was a little tedious. Plus what was his arc? It was an afterthought. And many things happened in a verrry Hollywood way. For example, Jack rushes in with time-sensitive, crucial info to tell his boss — and THAT’S the moment his boss picks to tell him somberly What Really Happened Years Ago In Karachi. Did anyone who watched this care about Karachi? I can’t imagine. But they had to jam that beat in there. Hacky! (Likewise, not really a spoiler because the very first minute they meet, pace hacky, you’ll guess this is going to happen eventually: The Doc gets furious and storms off when she finds out Jack’s a secret agent — but why? She’s smart, she should get it. That was a shameless Hollywood conflict, not a real one. Plus, wouldn’t you think it was super hot if you were dating someone dodgy and then all of a sudden it turned out he or she’d been canceling your dates because he/she had to go to Syria to save America and France? YOU WOULD BE ALL OVER THAT.) Fine, whatever, show. You were fun. Two chiantis, please.
Let me conclude by saying that 8 episodes is the exact right length for a spy series. If you don’t believe me, watch The Night Manager, which is great, and not remotely hacky.
I agree with all of these thoughts! I’m always annoyed when characters get so hurt by the fact that their spy lover lied to them. Like, hello, they can’t just tell everyone they go on a date with that they’re a spy, then they would have to kill you if it didn’t work out.
Ryan’s over-the-top moral superiority does get a little annoying. And I had the same feeling about Dr. Mueller–what exactly is she so angry about? I’d be confused, sure, and wary, but the guy’s just doing his job.
I had thought earlier in this thread if you’re interested: https://vgum.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/tv-talk-on-a-thursday/
The sun is out and I hardly know what to do with myself!
I’m making this mocktail every day that I’m addicted to right now: club soda, Stirrings watermelon mixer, and lime juice.
That drink sounds good! I might have to try that.
I’m not a big drinker, but I tried a watermelon beer recently – it was called Hell or High Watermelon, which is the best name – and it was really good. It kind of tasted like watermelon jolly ranchers.
I looooove watermelon anyway. This mocktail (I’m working on a name) is easy to make and feels like a drink when you don’t really want a drink. It has to be Stirrings though, they make the best mixers, real juice and stuff.
I woke up early to play tennis before work so that was a nice start to the day. Especially because I’ve been having some interpersonal problems this week so I’m trying to find a way to regroup and thinking a lot about that saying, “If you meet an asshole in the morning, maybe you met an asshole. If you meet assholes all day, then you’re the asshole.”
I’m really open to the possibility that I’m the asshole in some recent situations, but also I feel very much as if I just arrived from another planet with totally different social norms! I’m finding myself feeling just totally appalled at how people are behaving, while everyone else seems to think it’s normal. I’m talking about things like interrupting a one-hour presentation to ask irrelevant and truly stupid questions for 45 minutes, barging into a conversation and changing the subject as if the other people weren’t talking, cutting into line, sticking something in someone’s face and demanding they address it immediately. I’ve had 5 experiences like this since Saturday. Does anyone else feel as if behavioral norms no longer apply?
Years ago I worked in a building with a narrow hallway, and I was always gobsmacked by the number of times upper-echelon VP types would stop to have a conversation in the middle of it, blocking all traffic. There’d I’d be, approaching, and they’d show absolutely no sign of noticing that someone needed to get through. I’d slow down, I’d pretend to check my phone sometimes. Sometimes I’d say “Excuse me” and they’d frown and finish a few more sentences and only then step aside, as if it determined to make it clear to each other that they weren’t about to start making a habit of basic courtesy. For pete’s sake! Just pick a wall and stand 18 inches closer to it while you talk in this hall! So weird. Similarly, in the morning, these chucklehead VPs would often pause to have their Super Important Conversation right in front of the coffee pot, blocking all access to it at peak coffee-getting time. WE GET IT, YOU’RE IMPORTANT, YOU CAN STAND ANYWHERE — BUT WHY DO YOU? No way are you an asshole, Tracey.
I really hope I can work the phrase “chucklehead VPs” into a conversation sometime.
Ugh just get out of the way, people!
Yes…I’m pretty often annoyed that norms I feel are standard are just ignored these days. For example, if you know on Monday that you’re going to cancel a Thursday afternoon meeting…please cancel it Monday and not 5 minutes ahead of the start time Thursday. Also one thing that happened to me recently that annoyed me is someone asked my reaction to something and I said how I felt and then they argued with me that they took it differently. Fine, but then don’t ask how I felt if you don’t want to know!
Years ago I went with a group to a double feature of Edward Scissorhands and Home Alone. These two guys asked what I thought, and I said I really liked Edward Scissorhands, that the fairytale vibe mixed with anachronistic 60s style was nifty. And they argued with me, saying Home Alone was clearly the better movie. And I was like, isn’t this subjective? But no, apparently there was a right answer.
Home frickin’ Alone, you guys.
Edward Scissorhands is aesthetically superior. Objective fact.
Oh man. What is it with people and meetings. At my old job meetings regularly started 15-20 minutes late, but I thought that was disrespectful to the people who arrived on time, so I never waited to start my meetings. The latecomers would show up expecting to re-do the part they missed and I would say that I’d fill them in after the meeting. Guess who was considered the bitch in that situation.
It’s hard to tell. I’m not sure if it’s always been like this or people are really more self-interested. Assholes are generally insecure at heart. Are more people insecure? Or scared or have low self-esteem or whatever? Manners used to be a bit more important, but everyone was more racist and misogynistic and stuff, which manners were used to cover up in some ways. Manners also signaled class differences more. I just don’t know. I do know that knowing your own boundaries and making them clear is really important, and some people aren’t crazy about that either. It’s something I respect in people though, and I strive to do it myself.
Which reminds me, I have an INSANE story about my former boss that happened a few days ago, but I can’t tell it tonight, I’ve just had a gin on the rocks.
I need to hear this story.
Also, I agree with hotspur, you are not an asshole. 🙂 Sometimes there are days when they come out of their caves in droves to aggravate the normals.
Hey guys! I wanted to fill you in on my weekend since I didn’t post about it earlier.
Many years ago, I swore off music festivals after fainting at Pitchfork (from dehydration, not partying) and having a panic attack at Riot Fest.
BUT, I went to Riot Fest on Friday to see Young the Giant, and it was great! The weather was perfect, and we managed to get into the third row for Young the Giant. Usually, this would be an absolute nightmare with my OCD, but it was so much fun. We bought VIP tickets, and it was worth it to have bathrooms with sinks.
I have been super productive the last few days (with help from my family) and I feel pretty good about the house projects that have been completed. I still have more to do, including a lot of laundry, but I am almost to the point where I feel like things are done.
Tonight, I’m having company over, then I plan to catch up on laundry and the latest episode of Insecure 🙂
Cool! I’m so glad you didn’t pass out.
You sound so social and productive, way to go! Music festivals always sound terrible to me so I’m glad you had a great time.
Oh gosh, I swore off music festivals ages ago, and it didn’t even take passing out to make me. Kudos to you for braving one.
Thanks guys! I’m not sure if I’ll ever go to another festival, but I’m glad this one ended up being such a fun day!
I forgot to mention that we got tacos on the way home. And the place had potato tacos which sounds weird, but they are so delicious!
My day has been good! I came in to work early to work on a project that I got late last night that had to be done by 10 and I worked really hard on it from 7:30 until I sent it off and got to chat with some high-up people about it and they liked the work I did! So that’s a good feeling even though I’m very tired from getting up early.
Are you working under a different boss now?
I do a lot of work with our EVP but still report to my same old boss, but I’m hoping a reorg will fix it eventually as 6 months ago I told my EVP I couldn’t report to my boss anymore and he said some version of “I hear you; i’ll take care of it” and I know a reorg is coming. At least doing more work (and more interesting work) with the EVP has been more exciting.
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