OMG, SO AWESOME! Go raid a theater. Or youtube. Or the internets. Vinyl's car is flippin' awesome. XD But poor Tavi... And ALTERNATE TWILIGHT, ZOMG! A third one? Maybe? Maybe in the show...
I'll bet y'all didn't even know the new movie was out yet.
Also, and this is carry over from my being stark raving pissed earlier in the day, so if I've lost some venom, perhaps that's for the better. I've had it with teachers. Socially, that is. If they're teaching, good. Do you job, guys. Beyond that, I've had enough of it.
I know five, now. Or have known; word it how you will. 5 of 5 complain about being exhausted from their kids. 4 of 5 complain about how we stupid parents don't know the woes they have to face as teachers. 3 of five go on, at great length, of their financial woes - how little they get paid for such a heavy burden. 2 of 5 have boasted of how much they make compared to the rest of us low lifes. 1 has belittled my personal work. ALL FIVE HAVE SCOFFED AT BLUE COLLAR WORK. "You know [we] make more than a deli clerk, right?" "You're just a cashier. You wouldn't know." "*eye roll* Walmart..." FUCK YOU ALL, ALL OF YOU!
You know where I'm happy working? In a craft store as a sales associate, helping moms do their kids' projects, leaders plot out their troops' crafts, ladies plan showers, parents plan birthdays, adults plot out camps. Where are you happy, teachers? Apparently in front of kids. We each have our special talents. What right have you to belittle mine?
"Well, [we] had to go to school for [x-amount] of years." "I have [x-many] degrees to show for my years of school bills."
Funny... For all those years I've been working retail and you were busy playing and fencing and marathoning anime at school. Yet we all are in debt, we're all complaintative from time to time, and we're probably all happier where we are than in each others' shoes. SO AGAIN, why should teachers have the right to condescend to me and my class of co-workers? Because we chose not to attend extra years of school? Because we aren't A+ students? Because we chose a different poison and therefore are lower beings?
You there with the argument about gay rights, take some notes. You're. Not. Exclusive. EVERYone has rights issues. EVERYone is biased against someone or something. Social class issues are not uncommon, even among friends.
So today, someone comes to me and asks for a bulk discount on ebay. Alas, I can't do that. I've had this question before, and on some items I can do it, but on other items, I only charge the bare minimum for cost of production and a wee bit for myself and the -wait for it- time I spend doing the artwork for the things. You know, 3-4 hours per drawing, with some sets of stationary containing 4 drawings times six characters... Shall we add up the minimum wage and what I OUGHT to be charging for these things? Mm... Moving on.
Anyway, normally I would just respond with the apologetic "Sorry, I can't, here's why..." and offer a shipping discount instead. But what rubbed me really wrong about this one was that she used the back-story of being a teacher and having to get by on a measly teacher's salary.
*bristle bristle bristle*
You know we make more than deli clerks, right?
I'm sorry... I just had to scrounge for food for my family for the past week, working my LESS THAN PAR job that I'm fulfilled doing, but let me cut you some financial slack on your SIXTY DOLLAR LUXURY BUY OF STATIONARY, SINCE YOU CLEARLY DIDN'T NEED THAT FOR FOOD OR TO PAY BACK YOUR SCHOOL BILLS. I didn't really mark it up to what I ought to have been charging for it in the first place, but you know what...
I THINK TO HELL WITH 10% TEACHER DISCOUNTS. (For all you card-toting Barnes and Noble, JoAnn Fabric and ACMoore customers.) I THINK LET'S HAVE A 10% TEACHER MARK UP BECAUSE THEY MAKE SO MUCH MORE THAN US UNDER-PRIVILAGED FOLK. THEY CAN SPARE US THE CRUMBS FROM THEIR TABLES WITH A TAD OF CHARITY FOR THE POOR UNFORTUNATE SOULS, RIGHT?
*eye twitch* I don't mind people complaining about their jobs. I don't mind people complaining about their financial woes. What I mind is the conjunction of doing so, causing me to sympathize with your woes, and then turning around and condescending the ditch-digger jobs that make your world function. Fuck you, bitches. Go a day without your Walmart cashier, or your Wawa clerk, or -god forbid- the barista. Or wait, do they have to attend eight years of school to do that, now, too? Us cashiers better start bowing to the baristas next. *eye roll*
No, I won't be celebrating the next "Thank a teacher" event. I'll be living it up at the next "Thank your ditch-digger" event. Oh wait, those don't exist. You're welcome, world.
[end venom] Guess it was still itching to get out. So much for the magic of friendship, eh? Pft! Who needs friendship?! Friends don't care about friends, they only care about their own lives.
Edit: You know what I appreciate? I appreciate working for a boss who has been there. The boss who has worked the peon job and knows what you should be able to do, and what you'll have trouble with, and works with you about it. I've had a boss who explained the ins and outs of being a boss to me, who started as a deli clerk. I've had a boss who got moved up the ladder from being a floor associate. And I've become acquaintance-friends with two bosses who not only started at the bottom and now run their building, but on a regular basis I find them DOING peon work. I could work for someone like that! They get their hands dirty. They don't bemoan, "Oh gaaaaaawd, I might have to take up some seasonal work at a retail place to supplement my income this coming winter/summer, in between my weeks-long-vacations with my family. . . . It must be nice. It really must. I'll be working for the respectable fellow, if your vacation heads south and you find you need a convenience item from the horror of all retail stores that puts other mom-and-pop stores out of business. (Ooo, double jab on that one!)
(From the other room: "You know you have issues, right?"
My response: "Yes. I have issues with people. I hate them."
"Just hate the stupid people. Not all people. We need SOMEONE to upload the next Doctor Who."