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27 May 2006 @ 06:52 pm
A whole bunch of stuff, including a rant!  
Three-day weekends - how can you not love them? I'm considering a nap tomorrow. I never take naps, so that will seem truly decadent. However, I will also be doing the active job search thing, so... blech to that, however it is necessary. The cool thing is that for probably the first time in my life, I'll be searching for a specific sort of job, and I have to say that finally having some sort of clue about my career path is rather satisfying, despite recent setbacks (if they even are setbacks - it's all in how you look at it).

Today I got my nails done, then went to Target and bought pajamas (set with boxers and a top) with a cherry pattern on them and new barrettes. I think I have an addiction to buying clothes now, but when you can walk into multiple stores and just BUY stuff... well! What's a girl to do?

Which brings me to another thing. I've been getting 'ma'am'ed a lot lately. This is highly disturbing. I am constantly told that I look much younger than I am (I think it goes nearly without saying that I act way younger, HA), and yet... the dreaded ma'am keeps being used. Those of you in retail, when do you ma'am? Should I be insulted? Am I looking older now? Do I have to accept this horrifying truth and begin acting my age? That might be impossible, though.

Along the road I take to work every day are a number of churches - at least six I can think of off the top of my head - and most are some denomination of christian. Right now, nearly EVERY one of them has something about The Da Vinci Code on their signs out front. For example: "De-Coding Da Vinci: Discovering the Truth" is on one of them. Every time I've driven past this (so ten times in the past week alone, I'm really not sure how long it's been up), it just pisses me right the fuck off.

Okay, first of all - FICTION. Say it with me - it's JUST a story. Sure, there may some things in it that are historically accurate, but that's true of a LOT of fiction, people. Often authors use a historical base for a story so that it's easier for the reader to 'buy in,' for lack of a better way to put it. In any case, this is hardly news and certainly not a cause for uproar.

Next, there are people who are saying that The Da Vinci Code is making them question their faith, to which I say GOOD. Is that mean of me? Probably. But let me get on with the offending-some-people portion of this rant and point out the definition of faith:

faith n. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.

So basically, these people are saying that a work of fiction is making them suddenly more logical and desirous of actual evidence, rather than just blind loyalty to an ideal? I'm sorry, but all I can say is that I hope it continues. In and of itself, I have no problem with people who believe in any sort of god or religion. The problems I do have are a) people who insist on pushing their religion on me or believe that I am a bad person/am going to hell/will corrupt their children/etc because I don't believe; and b) the fact that so many people who do hold these beliefs seem to be incredibly closeminded and judgmental (note that I said MANY and not ALL, kthx). The unfortunate thing is that I suspect that these people are not the ones who are finding themselves suddenly questioning their faith because of this book/movie. Still, I can dream, right?

The Playstation
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Easy to turn on. Hard to beat. You are The Playstation.

You're a nice girl, and you have lots of sex. It's therefore highly likely that you're attractive, and you're certainly outgoing & friendly. Plus, this healthy physical attitude of yours indicates deeper emotional well-being and stability. Unheard of. When guys dare to dream, they dream of you.

You don't get attached too easily, and, to wit, you're not necessarily looking for something long-term right now. That's a bigger asset than you know. Though, physically speaking, you're open to anything, you're keeping your emotional side well-protected. This means there won't be a lot of wreckage to clean up whenever you decide to settle down.

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In the meantime, the men you share yourself with actually respect you. Like them, you enjoy sex for its own sake and don't need any other validation for pleasure than pleasure itself. Hopefully, you have the good sense to blow off anyone who thinks less of you for that. Usually, this is the part of the description where we offer some life-correcting advice, but honestly, we can't think of anything about you we'd change. Keep on fucking, partner.

ALWAYS AVOID: The Mixed Messenger

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Yeah. Okay. *snickers*

Why does this HTML make the comments show at the TOP of the entry? *eyes cross*
I feel: cynicalcynical
I hear: Ready to Go - Republica
Defected to Dreamwidth: crazy guyaugustuscaesar on May 28th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
As a Christian I'm bugged by the Church's reaction too. Just like I'm bugged by it's reaction to countless fictional things - Harry Potter is another obvious example. It just seems to be such a stupid thing to be focusing on. There are so many real things that the Church should be questioning and it's just ridiculous to be concentrating on a movie instead.
Vicki: *SIGH*hermorrine on May 30th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
This is the sort of thing that makes me think that most people would believe in some sort of higher power would be better off finding than own way, rather than adhering to an organized religion. Well, one of the many things, really...
Defected to Dreamwidthaugustuscaesar on May 30th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
Well, for me it depends on the definition of organised religion. I (obviously) agree with the idea of communal religion, but I do think that a lot of churches do more harm than good. I only attend church twice a year, simply because there are no liberal churches in my town (well, duh - country Australia? think not *g*) and I don't much feel like being preached at about my sexuality when I'm 100% sure these days that God is okay with who I am.
longtimegone: Dr Who: Come again?longtimegone on May 28th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Yay for pampering yourself! I think I'm going to run to get my toes done tomorrow. If I can find a place that's open.

And I kind of agree with you about the DC movie. I'm just looking at all these people freaking out and going WTF? Mainly, because it is, as you said, FICTION. What part of that do they not understand? And if a mediocre mystery thriller movie is really going to make all these people suddenly give up their faith or whatever the church is claiming this week, I don't think the problem is the movie, exactly. :)) I mean, come on! I'm a Christian, and I just found the premise to be interesting. It never crossed my mind to OMG REJECT MY FAITH because of it. People make my head hurt. *facedesk*
Vicki: Nicky fnehhermorrine on May 30th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
I usually only get my toes done a couple times a year because I hate my feet. My nail chick always tries to reassure me by telling me about women she sees who have way fuglier feet than I do, but... wah. *hides feet*

It just makes me wonder what these people think faith IS if something this minor would make them question it. Truly, I think it's nothing to do with the movie or book and everything to do with THEM, but deity forbid they realize THAT...
furious george: it would of course have to lookweatherby on May 28th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
I wouldn't be insulted by the ma'am. Anyone who looks to be about 30 or so gets a 'sir' or 'ma'am' from me. But it's not that I'm looking at them thinking, "She's 30!" (I, btw, get ma'amed twenty times more often as someone working in retail than I do shopping in retail. At least fifteen times a day, someone calls me ma'am.)
Vicki: Big laughhermorrine on May 30th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'll try not to be insulted by it, then. I suppose they don't know what else to call you, because 'miss' wouldn't be right, either. Hrrmmm. I want a new word. How about 'diva'?
furious george: it would of course have to lookweatherby on May 31st, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
I've never called anyone 'miss.' I would feel silly, even if it's someone clearly younger than me. Mainly because I associate 'miss' as coming from someone much older than me, like in their fifties or sixties. It's really just used to be respectful and totally automatic anyway - I've been insulted by a customer on the phone, called an idiot, and found myself saying in response, "Sir, there's no need to be rude."

Perhaps "mi'lady" can come back.
Teesside Snog Monster: whoopsjiggery_pokery on May 29th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
Why does this HTML make the comments show at the TOP of the entry? *eyes cross*

I think there are more <table> tage than </table> tags in the HTML that OKCupid gave you to copy and paste in, which would do it. Silly HTML! :-(
Vicki: Penn huhhermorrine on May 30th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Stupid HTML. Useful for so much, yet annoying in so many ways. I tried to find where the problem was but there were so many freaking tags in this thing that I finally gave up.