8/29/2005 03:00:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|7 things...via Jen(nifer) Things I plan to do before I die: Go skydiving Visit Italy Pay off my student loans Get a full-time job Write (and hopefully publish!) a novel Learn American Sign Language Get married 7 Things I can do: Teach Write Love Make a mean apple pie And also fantastic meatballs Calligraphy Type with my fingers on the right keys 7 Things I cannot do: Save money (although I might be able to do this, should I ever actually have money) Drive a standard Speak a foreign language Play an instrument Sew Fly an airplane Juggle 7 Things that attract me to the opposite sex: Humor/wit Intelligence Passion Eyes (as in, �I like his eyes,� not �He has eyes.� I�ve been frequently, though not exclusively, attracted to guys with blue eyes) A great smile A way with words Cuddle potential 7 Things I say most often: Ew. Oh, for the love of God. Bite me. (said most often under my breath, in the car, or to inanimate objects not cooperating with me) You do not need to be fed. (to Jen�s cats) You have got to be kidding me. I don�t care. Good morning, my name is Ms N. Your assignment is on the board. (well, I�ll be saying that again very soon.) 7 Celebrity crushes: Ewan McGregor Jon Bon Jovi Johnny Rzeznik John Cusack Victor Garber Michael Vartan The entire male cast of Lost Odd thing about me...I tend to have crushes on characters more so than actors...Lloyd Dobbler. Michael Vaughn. The teacher in Never Been Kissed. Jack Bristow...you see what I mean. ;) eta Lloyd GOBBLER? oops! :) 7 People I Want To Do This: Squeak Stephanie Caoimhe Hilary annabel lee Stationery Queen And I�ll leave the last one open to anyone/everyone. :)|W|P|112534619243906322|W|P|Because I can never resist a tag|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/29/2005 03:49:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|Lloyd DOBBLER ;) Although the spelling error is quite funny if I do say so myself :)8/29/2005 06:06:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous annabel lee|W|P|Heh - looks like Jen(nifer) got to you before I did, so you and I tagged each other. I like "Cuddle potential." Very well-stated.8/29/2005 06:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Hilary|W|P|Eeesh, I've been tagged for this by multiple people now. I just need to find time to write it!8/29/2005 09:11:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stationery Queen|W|P|Thanks, Erin. ;-) Thanks a lot. :-)

OK, OK, I'll do it.8/29/2005 11:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|I've done mine.9/01/2005 09:53:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Meatballs|W|P|Erin, we love you. Sorry your roomie is such a pig.9/04/2005 07:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger squeak|W|P|Ok, so I am late, but it's done.10/03/2005 12:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger jon|W|P|Looking for new apartments I saw a post similar to your at this tacoma craiglist site. Its wild how they are about the same thing!

have a great day!!8/29/2005 08:15:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|I'm sensing a change coming for erin-go-blog. The blog, that is...not the author! I'm thinking that I want to do something that's less about my day-to-day life and is more about storytelling. Riding in the car yesterday with Jen, we shared silly stories from childhood, from high school, from college....and I kept thinking "this is the kind of stuff I should be writing. Stuff that might actually generate, you know, stories." So that's where I am today. :)|W|P|112524776799844210|W|P|Changes|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/28/2005 08:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|Do you take topic requests? ;)8/29/2005 07:10:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Uh, sure...why not. ;)8/29/2005 09:41:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Lady Turpentine|W|P|Awww, I like reading about your day-to-day life!8/26/2005 12:36:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|

Any Buffalo Public School teachers out there?

I had all but given up on the prospect of having full-time work thisschool year, hence my opting to take the 3rd class at the community college and sub. Not a bad deal, I thought...

Then yesterday, I got a call from the head of the English department for the Buffalo schools. They're looking to fill a few positions. I met with administrators at one school, a middle school, and this was clearly not the position for me. I was terrified by talks of gangs, drugs and sex in the bathrooms.

One of the assistant principals walked me out, told me not to feel bad about walking away. "This place isn't for everybody," she said. She also advised me that I'd probably be better off with older students, probably juniors and seniors, and told me I could call her to ask for her advice on any positions offered to me.

So I called back, and said that one was a no. There are two high school positions, both one-year appointments for teachers on medical leaves. Dept. Head wanted to put me in touch with one of the principals, but he/she isn't in until Monday. I don't know much about this school.

Meantime, I have a message from the community college about the third class I'd agreed to take. I've been told not to feel bad about blowing them off if I need to, that this sort of thing happens all the time with adjuncts.

I'm freaking out.

|W|P|112507781902522807|W|P|Questions|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/26/2005 02:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|You mean besides what I told you and what our friend Jay knew and what I asked someone at work about and she said?

;)

I wasn't trying to scare you...but if the other district was all about sex and drugs and gangs, certainly this one is too, since over 1/2 of the residents I used to work with came from there.8/26/2005 02:32:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|Meaning, I think three classes at the community college is GREAT, that is almost full time! And you love teaching there...I would HATE to see you miss out on another class, which you were excited about, to meet with a principal of a school that is likely not a good fit as well...

Thats all...8/27/2005 07:27:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Patti|W|P|My dad taught at Southside High School back in the good old days. (70 & 80s) By the end it was getting so bad he said he wanted to take a year's worth of sick days. He just retired early. I'd stay as far away from the Buffalo Public school system as I could, unless it's some special situation with a unique (read: actually want to learn) student population. Don't know if those exist! Good luck in the hunt.8/25/2005 07:40:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|

1. Woman's World is still not on shelves. Wah. Possibly tomorrow.

2. The community college called to offer me another class. I decided to take it. I'll be teaching from 4:30 to 5:45 and 6 to 8:30 every Tuesday and Thursday. So, I'm like a college professor. Sort of. ;)

3. I have a big pimple on the side of my nose, right where my glasses sit. That sucks. :(

4. The scary grocery store next door to where I'm working has two tables filled with half-price crap, so I bought a bunch of stuff yesterday. Woohoo!

5. I also went shopping and spent some of my birthday money. I finally bought a new bookshelf! And a couple of shirts, and some school supplies.

And that's me. Exciting, ain't it?

|W|P|112497364214915728|W|P|Today's news|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/25/2005 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger squeak|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.8/25/2005 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger squeak|W|P|again without typos - The Sept 6th issue of Woman's World has a story called Mr. Beautiful, and doesn't have your name at the end, so I am guessing this isn't the issue. I get a subscription. :-p8/23/2005 07:06:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|

Yesterday, I got a big fat check in the mail. Yippee!

And today (I think!) the Sept. 6 issue of Woman's World, which features my story, will be out! I checked the Tops next door before I came in to work, but it wasn't there yet.

*happy dance*

:)

|W|P|112479880464591689|W|P|It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/23/2005 07:25:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Lady Turpentine|W|P|Congratulations again on getting the story published! Any big plans for the big fat check? :-)8/23/2005 10:04:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|Hooray!8/23/2005 01:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Deoris|W|P|Man, I can't wait to go get my copy. :) Congratulations for the hundreth time. Spend that check on something stupid, fun, and just for you. :) (I know that's what Sal was thinking!)8/23/2005 03:05:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ray|W|P|Spend half the check on something stupid, fun, and self indulgent. Save the other half for that inevitable unexpected expense. Of course, I wouldn't listen to me either and I would spend it on stupid, fun, and self indulgent. My advice is always better than my example.8/23/2005 05:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Yay, congrats!8/24/2005 12:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andrew Ironwood|W|P|Careful with the happy feet -- don't let them drag you out into traffic...8/22/2005 11:51:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|

Well, considering the weather this weekend, I am very glad that Jen and I went to see Hamlet on Thursday night! Great show. Paul Todaro did a fantastic job as the prince of Denmark, as I would have expected. Ophelia, played by Kate LoConti, was outstanding. In fact, I thought everyone did a magnificent job. I can't think of a single thing to dislike.

(Aside...does anyone know why all the Norway/Fortinbras stuff is in the play? I haven't found a completely satisfactory explanation. It really doesn't do anything for the story.)

We're so lucky here in Buffalo, to have such a wonderful free Shakespeare festival. As I'm sure everyone knows by now, they lost a pretty good chunk of funding because of Erie County's budget woes. I would encourage anyone who values Shakespeare in Delaware Park to send them a donation...

Friday night, I went to see The Aristocrats. I hadn't heard much about it beforehand...I even had to have Rand tell me what the joke was...but it was great. Really, really funny. I noticed that Shakespeare got rained out, because the actors who played Laertes, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were at the movie. Kind of funny...I saw these three guys walk in and thought, "Hmm...they look familiar. How do I--OH!" Heehee.

I also got to see Kung Fu Hustle over the weekend, which was also very entertaining.

Anyone have any good movie recommendations for me? :)

|W|P|112472950222927504|W|P|Entertaining|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/22/2005 12:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andrew Ironwood|W|P|Best explanation I found was this one (scroll down a bit...)8/22/2005 04:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Me|W|P|I heard that The 40 Year Old Virgin was excellent and hysterical. My friend said she peed her pants a little. (Hoping she's kidding...)8/22/2005 05:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|Have you seen the Lost Skeleton of Cadvra?8/23/2005 11:51:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Julia|W|P|I apologize if you've viewed these already but my movie suggestions are:

- March of the Penguins: cute, but very interesting at the same time

- The Wedding Crashers: Everyone tells me it's absolutely hilarious

- Amelie: an "oldie" but very worthwhile rental8/18/2005 08:54:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|I'm not normally judgmental about what other people read, but the woman I'm filling in for at my temp job gets the Sylvia Browne newsletter emailed to her from Barnes and Noble. Sylvia Browne? Gak. I've read one of her books...recommended to me by someone I worked with back at the evil nonprofit...dealing with death, etc. It was awful. Sylvia Browne is either a hack, off her rocker, or completely high. In other news, I tore some skin off my upper lip eating a popsicle last night. Go ahead, laugh. I would, if it didn't freaking hurt so much.

|W|P|112437326821250273|W|P|Good God...|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/18/2005 11:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|Is she that psychic who always shows up on Montell?

(No, I don't watch it...the promos run during another show...really)8/18/2005 11:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|I love Sylvia Browne. I wrote a blog entry about her once and can't find it. How can anyone who has corn chips for fingernails be a fraud?8/18/2005 05:57:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Hey, a colleague of mine once broke a bone eating a burrito. (Long story the particulars of which I can't remember.) So I'll believe any food-related injury.
-Dave Wheeler8/17/2005 08:36:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|

I can't believe I forgot to write about the weirdest thing that ever happened.

On Monday, when Rand and I were leaving the restaurant, we noticed a fairly large-ish group of people standing on the corner across the street. They stood in a circle, holding hands, all speaking loudly and unintelligably.

I stopped, and sort of stared for a minute.

"What's going on?" Rand asked. I pointed. "Are they speaking in tongues?"

"I have no idea," I said.

We turned away and continued walking toward the car, sat there for a moment or two deciding if we wanted to go get dessert, and then left. When we pulled out of the parking lot, the people were gone. All of them. As if they had never been there.

I pointed again. "What the..how did...where did they go?"

"Maybe they got taken up," Rand said.

Uh, maybe. It was completely bizarre.

|W|P|112428577209770968|W|P|Movin' on up?|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/17/2005 12:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andrew Ironwood|W|P|I say either:

1) The Rapture has taken place,and now we're all hosed; or

2) The aliens ran out of experimental subjects and didn't want to bother with their usual late-night backwoods theatrics...8/17/2005 08:44:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|Were they wearing matching Nikes?8/18/2005 06:45:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Thomas|W|P|A similar thing happened to me back in Fall 2004. I thought I saw millions of people who were going to vote for Kerry/Edwards, and then suddenly they all disappeared into the electronic, paperless voting booths of states like Ohio.

I'm not saying aliens did it, but I think there was something sinister going on at the time.8/18/2005 11:10:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Thomas-BWAH! :)8/16/2005 11:15:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|I want to go to this: Party for the Parks
Party for the Parks will transform Hoyt Lake and the Delaware Park Casino into a great party place to be. Live music featuring Buffalo�s own Jackdaw, Trefoyle & Friends and The Ifs are all scheduled to perform on a specially made stage built over the majestic Hoyt Lake.
So one of my favorite bands at one of my very favorite spots in the city...how could I miss this? :) And here's a blog that's recently caught my attention: A Series of Inconsequential Events Good stuff. :)|W|P|112420927263654464|W|P|Party!|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/16/2005 10:36:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Allison|W|P|Thanks for the journal link. Loved that teacher's entry about the first day of school :).10/03/2005 12:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger jon|W|P|Looking for new apartments I saw a post similar to your at this craiglist las vegas site. Its wild how they are about the same thing!

have a great day!!8/16/2005 07:59:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|

Did I hear Melissa Ethridge covering Refugee on the radio this morning? What's up with that? :)

Thank you all again for the bday wishes, and thank you, Jen for sending your readers my way...I feel very much loved and appreciated!

Rand and I had dinner at Left Bank last night. I'd never been there before, so that was a treat. I had a cheese tortellini with spinach, roasted red peppers and mushrooms (ew) in a cream sauce. So, it was a little bit rich. And I just ate around the mushrooms. ;) I also had some tasty chicken and chorizo gumbo. I actually tasted okra! What's happening to me? ;)

We were supposed to see Hamlet on Friday night, which got cancelled because of the rain. :( It's a curse. On Sunday, I got to meet Rand's brother Tim who lives in New York, and he's great! He's also a little bit Rain Man...(kidding, but let me explain.)

He had this Billboard Top 40 book from like 1987, which he apparently memorized when he was a teenager. Their other brother David pulled out the book and started quizzing him, giving him an artist and song, and Tim would tell him the top chart position, year, and number of weeks on the chart.

Then he started just listing them. He'd be given an artist, say, Olivia Newton John, and he'd just rattle off the hits. In order. It was unreal. He could take this on tour, I swear. :)

In other news, my stupid temp job is more boring than ever. I'm bored out of my mind. Blah. I can't wait until I'm not working here anymore so I can tell all of my stupid stories. ;)

|W|P|112419714597914787|W|P|Huh?|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/16/2005 08:59:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Lady Turpentine|W|P|Is Left Bank a froofy restaurant?Yes, that was Melissa Etheridge covering "Refugee." BLEH. Now I like Melissa Etheridge, but not when she does covers. LAME. Petty's version kicks ass.8/16/2005 09:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|My friend who writes for Goldmine can do that. And Bobby, from the station? Same thing.8/16/2005 11:31:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Andrew Ironwood|W|P|I think I have that same Billboard Top 40 book at home -- never memorized it, though...10/03/2005 11:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger jon|W|P|Looking for new apartments I saw a post similar to your at this craiglist dallas site. Its wild how they are about the same thing!

have a great day!!8/15/2005 09:25:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|

Thanks to those who have already sent acknowledgements. I greatly appreciate it!

A friend of mine just asked me if I feel older...and I responded by saying it kind of feels like a non-event. Last year was the big deal. Now I'm just *in my thirties* (boy, that sounds weird...), and it probably won't be an issue again until I'm about to turn 40.

All in all, I'd have to say the past year has been a very, very good one. And soon, I believe, I'll have my career issues sorted out and will be able to breathe a bit easier. It's coming. I know it is.

:)

|W|P|112411591401543553|W|P|It's my birthday too, yeah...|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/15/2005 09:27:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Allison|W|P|Happy Birthday, Erin!8/15/2005 09:44:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Curtis|W|P|I hope you have a wonderful birthday!8/15/2005 09:50:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Caren|W|P|Happy Birthday!!!!!!!8/15/2005 10:29:00 AM|W|P|Blogger caoimhe|W|P|Happy Birthday!8/15/2005 10:32:00 AM|W|P|Blogger annabel lee|W|P|Have a great one!8/15/2005 10:33:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Lady Turpentine|W|P|Happy Birthday, Sugar!!

(hee-hee)8/15/2005 11:49:00 AM|W|P|Blogger maria|W|P|Happy Day Erin and enjoy every
minute of it.

Marie8/15/2005 12:08:00 PM|W|P|Blogger estarz|W|P|Happy Birthday!!!!

Enjoy the day!

- Ali8/15/2005 12:47:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Theryn|W|P|Happy Birthday!8/15/2005 01:01:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|happy birthday! if you're only 31, why are you dating such an old man?8/15/2005 01:13:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GlitterGlamGirl05|W|P|Happy Birthday!8/15/2005 01:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ...just-rambling...|W|P|Happy Birthday!

(Jennifer sent me)8/15/2005 01:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stationery Queen|W|P|Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to Erin!
Happy Birthday to you!!!

:-)8/15/2005 01:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Thanks, everyone. I feel so loved! :) And hey, Anonymous...the only person who thinks he's old is him. Heehee...8/15/2005 01:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Thomas|W|P|Happy happy happy!8/15/2005 01:52:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Me|W|P|Happy Birthday - and I know who asked you that question! :)8/15/2005 02:27:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|What they all said: Happy Birthday! Welcome to those nebulous pastures north of 30 and south of 40. (Wait until you get to the doubly nebulous meadows north of 35 ...)
-Dave Wheeler8/15/2005 03:55:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Happy Birthday!8/15/2005 05:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger King of Space|W|P|I don't know you, But I Know someone close to you, but anyway I wish you happy birthday because it is always fun to wish happy bithday to someone :-)8/15/2005 06:47:00 PM|W|P|Blogger squeak|W|P|Happy Birthday Erin! :)8/15/2005 11:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Deoris|W|P|Happy Birthday, Erin! :) Hope you got a lot of great presents and had a fun day!8/17/2005 10:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Brian|W|P|Happy Birthday Erin!!!8/11/2005 09:40:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|It's a good thing Great Big Sea is so much fun, because the people at the Great Big Sea concert were really annoying. And not to offend my many wonderful Canadian friends, but most of the rude, annoying people were Canadians. I thought Canadians were know for being polite...This one woman, who was pretty much hammered at the *beginning* of the concert, came all the way from Crystal Beach! Can you believe it? ;) I make fun because she and her friend pretty much thought they should be able to squeeze up front in front of everyone else because they came *all the way from Canada*. She spent a good ten minutes before the band came out whistling and screaming. Then she tried to make small talk with me. Ahem. Anyway. Even if you're wanting to kill annoying people, you just can't help but smile when Alan Doyle starts to sing. Their music is all so happy! I absolutely love "I'm a Rover," and am usually disappointed when they perform it live, but I was very impressed tonight! They played most of what you would expect to hear, except that I noticed they didn't do any of the slower, more ballad-y stuff. Boston and St. John. Fast as I Can. But overall, it was a good mix of newer stuff and older stuff. I like so much of what they do that it's hard to pinpoint a favorite, but I do love it when they're doing four-part vocals. (General Taylor, for example) There was a weird moment in the middle of the show when some woman came running through the crowd up toward the front of the stage. She kind of grabbed me on her way by, and I was like, "You can stop touching me now." Ack. People. :) They did a little medley of 80s songs which included Video Killed the Radio Star, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), and Summer of '69. Quite random, eh? That led into their cover of Run Runaway. They finished up with an encore that included The Old Black Rum and Rant and Roar. Fantastic music. If only we could do something about those darn people...heehee!|W|P|112381566263839519|W|P|Ah, me boys!|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/12/2005 07:35:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Lady Turpentine|W|P|I generally avoid concerts because of "people," but I will deal with crap for certain acts -- like SLOAN! :-)8/12/2005 11:12:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Yeah, the Low and Great Big Sea are two acts I'll put up with such crap for. :)8/13/2005 08:57:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Allison|W|P|Fun report :). Glad you enjoyed the show!8/11/2005 11:14:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|I finally met Dave Huth, who I was beginning to think might be fictitious. Not only is he quite real, he's also very, very cool. Check out his Photo Blog, which I will be blogrolling soon. (and check out his most recent entry!) :) Today at the square is Great Big Sea! Yay! My upcoming birthday is feeling very anti-climactic after last year...which I suppose is a good thing. Now it's just like, "eh, another birthday." I did not get called back for a second interview on Interview #2. I did contact the principal to ask for some feedback, and he very kindly (and quickly) responded. One thing I do need is to work on my confidence...I'm sometimes a little hesitant, and I do get nervous, especially in panel interview settings. But he was generally very positive and encouraging, and told me to just keep being myself and look for the right fit. I haven't heard anything on Interview #1 yet. They said a week to a week and a half. And maybe (maybe) I'll get an interview on the college thing...|W|P|112377695579911669|W|P|Hey, lookit me!|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/11/2005 07:44:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Allison|W|P|Yay, tell us all about Great Big Sea tomorrow!8/11/2005 08:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|I like that photo collage. It'd be cool if you could print it just like that and frame it.8/12/2005 11:13:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|That's a great idea! I'll have to ask Dave if he would approve of such a thing. :)8/11/2005 09:34:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|So I saw Wedding Crashers on Monday, and I thought it was really, really funny. I laughed. A lot. The girl Owen Wilson falls for is completely adorable. (Rachel McAdams , who I have to say, looks much better as a brunette than as a blonde.) And holy crap...I spent the entire movie trying to figure out who was playing the boyfriend, and it wasn't until the credits rolled that I slapped my hand to my head and said "Of COURSE." Bradley Cooper. aka Will from Alias. His character was so completely and utterly un-Will like that I just couldn't figure it out. Two questions...Vince Vaughn almost always plays a mysoginistic ass (Dodgeball excluded), and yet I almost always like him at the end of the movie. How does he get away with that? And second, relating to the boyfriend thing...in romantic comedies, the "other" is almost always a complete asshole. It was true in this movie, and it was true in The Wedding Singer, for example. On the one hand, I understand this tactic as a way to gain sympathy for the romantic lead who is, essentially, trying to steal the girl away. We would kind of hate him for it if we didn't want to see him get the girl, and it seems justified if the guy she's with is a jerk. On the other hand, in these movies, he's *such* a jerk that it just makes us wonder why she's with him at all...do you think this is at all realistic? Anyway, if you want a good laugh, see Wedding Crashers. Oh, and hey! The soundtrack included a tune by the Weakerthans. :)|W|P|112377088305219614|W|P|I say we only use 10% of our hearts...|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/11/2005 12:56:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|no one would attempt to steal someone's boyfriend or girlfriend if they did not think that they were even in the smallest level "better" than the other guy / girl.
It is a point of view that everyone internally feels therefore projected in the movies

my humble opinion

-T8/11/2005 09:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Steppie|W|P|Bradley Cooper - THANK YOU! I saw this a few weeks ago and couldn't figure out where I saw him before, but I haven't seen Will for so long I just thought I was imagining things when I recognized him.

But it really is a good movie. Go see it everyone!8/12/2005 11:15:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|You're welcome. :)

T, I agree with you, I was referring to the tactics used to gain sympathy for the boyfriend/girlfriend stealer. In most cases, I think, most people would tend to disapprove of this behavior, unless given reason to believe that the behavior is warranted. :)8/09/2005 05:15:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Interview #1 down. Interview #2 tomorrow. I feel interview #1 went very well, but it's so hard to tell sometimes. I also understand that *someone* I know has never been turned down for a job he's interviewed for. Never. As in, ever. And to that I say, "Pthhhhhhhh." ;) I've been lax in my reading, although I did just finish "All Families Are Psychotic" by Douglas Coupland, and I continue to enjoy him. A full review coming soon. Tonight, I'm off to the Revitalize Buffalo meeting with Jen. Hope everyone's having a good week!|W|P|112362595363292773|W|P|*Takes deep breath*|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/09/2005 06:55:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Lady Turpentine|W|P|Yeah, *someone* told me that about himself, too. PFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTT!8/09/2005 07:18:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Martin|W|P|Its hard to sell ones self to a company. As I was taught by my previous college, you must sell yourself be up right and tell them your the perfect person for the job.

Now if they stick you in front of a computer so they can "Profile" you, your good as dead.

Its sucks being so honest.8/09/2005 08:24:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ray|W|P|Never having interviewed for a job, I have nothing to say about that. But as always, if good wishes count for anything, you have lots of those coming from this direction.8/10/2005 01:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.8/10/2005 01:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Fingers crossed very, very hard for you! And don't compare yourself to "someone"...I'll wager your job situations aren't the same, and neither is the job market. Maybe you just haven't hit the right place yet, where the chemistry's right, where you'll make a good fit. It doesn't mean it's not out there.

Many hugs,
Debbie8/10/2005 08:16:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|What a terribly true book title :) I may have to check that one out as well.8/11/2005 04:20:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous D a v e H.|W|P|Look! I met you! :-)

http://iconville.net/photoblog/?image=050811_metErin

Dave8/11/2005 08:45:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Dave: Hey, very cool. I love your photo blog.

Erin: Hope the interview went okay!10/03/2005 04:35:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|ummm.... ya you need to update your blog like totally cuz it well..... its october and ummm... like in your homepage its like so august8/06/2005 03:14:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|This is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Be sure to check out the merchandise. :) An open letter to Kansas School Board BWAH!|W|P|112335940333678252|W|P|WWFSMD?|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/09/2005 12:26:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andrew Ironwood|W|P|I prefers the Invisible Pink Unicorn meself...8/06/2005 11:59:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|I'm in PA this weekend, spending some much-needed quality time with the family. It feels like this is the first weekend in a very long time when I haven't had anyplace I *had* to be. It's a strange feeling. :) So I'm taking some time to be mellow, which is much needed. I have two interviews coming up this week...one on Monday which is for a one-year appointment at an area middle school, seventh grade. The other is for another middle school job, a regular full-time one, but at a school that's way out in the boonies. Probably at least a 50 minute drive each way. That's a mighty long time at 6 am. ;) Anyway, we'll see how that goes. The other thing I applied for is a full-time college gig. They're looking for three full-time writing instructors. That would be awesome...but I don't know if I have enough experience for them to seriously consider me. The ad was just asking for a master's degree, since the jobs aren't tenure track. Again, we'll see. It would be exciting to just be interviewed for that! All of this makes me wonder...if I do get a full time job, how smart is it to try and teach TWO classes at the community college? Perfectly do-able when I'm just substitute teaching, but a pretty serious workload with a full-time teaching job. Eep. I was very happy to learn that Thomas's son is home from the hospital. What a relief for him and his family... It finally cooled off a bit around these parts. I actually slept with a *blanket* last night! Hope everyone's having a fantastic weekend!|W|P|112334808447307522|W|P|Home|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/03/2005 06:05:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Where is the time going...seriously? Okay, time for the super-condensed recap of stuff I've been meaning to blog. First up, Lowest of the Low! Jen and I are both listed as "friends" of the Low at MySpace. So when we got to the concert, I wandered over to get a slice of pizza while Jen made a phone call. Who should wander up to get a slice of pizza right next to me but Lawrence! I kind of didn't recognize him at first. He was wearing sunglasses, and his hair has grown out a bit. It's a good look. :) He looked over at me, I smiled, and he said, "Are you Erin?" So thanks again, Debbie, for doing such a great job of drawing me! Great show, of course. Heavy on the new stuff. They played most of Sordid Fiction. Jen and I could not agree on whether or not they played The Sharpest Pain. I said no, she said yes...anyway...three new songs. One of them was very Elvis Costello-y. All of them sounded great. Bring on the new album! Other things of note from the show...some of which will be later developed for characters in short stories/novels: The skinny kid in the "need head" t-shirt. Said skinny kid was very, very drunk and kept almost running into us while drunkenly dancing. He later took off the shirt to become skinny shirtless kid with dancing bear tattoo. He was apparently friends with the girls in front of us who parked in front of the stage at 4 p.m. One of them was hippie-ish with long hair with one beaded braid, Janis Joplin sunglasses, and a halter top. The other was wearing a Low wiener dog tank and was showing way too much tummy...not to mention way too much fuschia panty. They're called low-rise panties. Victoria's Secret has them. Look into it. The girls were there with their moms, one of whom had way-too-bleached-blond hair. Toward the end of the concert, when we started to get annoyed about them pulling everyone they knew in front of us to stand and talk to them, I said, "You have GOT to be kidding me." One of the moms snipped "We've been here since *four*." Okay lady, maybe you have, but your 27 friends haven't. Grr. People are just so rude. I hate that. In other fun, I watched a woman standing next to me snort coke. No joke. She pulled out a teeny-tiny baggie filled with white powder and proceeded to measure it out with a teeny pocketknife. I was floored. There was a woman behind us dancing who had to be the most rhythmless person I've ever seen. It's called a beat. Find it. ;) One big pet peeve...quite possibly my favorite Low song performed live is Black Monday. I *hate* when people ruin this experience for me by, say, having a loud conversation throughout the entire song while standing right in front of the stage. If you're talking through Black Monday, you're not a real fan. Ahem. Okay...Sunday night, then, I went to Nietzsche's where I saw Greg Klyma perform with Tom Bianchi. Fantastic show. Their ability to improvise and engage in truly funny banter was amazing. Both of them are wildly talented and wildly entertaining. I was just sorry I had to leave a bit early so that I could be up for work in the morning. :( Rand got up and sang with them a couple of times, which is always fun. They performed P.M. Prima Donna(aka the Cher song)...Rand played Greg's guitar and Greg played the mandolin, which was pretty impressive considering he'd never played it on the mandolin before. I do always enjoy listening to Rand sing. :) At the show, some random older woman in big glasses and a fisherman's hat stopped in front of me and said, "You are a very beautiful young woman. You have beautiful eyes." "Um, thank you," I said. Because really, what else can one say to that? ;) So anyone reading out there, do go see Greg and/or Tom if you get the chance. You won't be sorry! And speaking of live music in Buffalo...I got a message from this guy named Jon Troast who's going to be playing at Spot Coffee (Delaware/Chippewa) on Wednesday, August 17 at 8 p.m. He describes himself as being of the folk/rock/pop, singer-songwriter variety. Sounds like it might be worth checking out...anyone care to join me? I just applied for something that would be a fantastic opportunity, so do keep your fingers crossed for me!|W|P|112311188874847005|W|P|Time, oh give me time|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/03/2005 11:17:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I fell in love with Tom Bianchi when I met him, but I really should stay away from dark-haired bass players...I'm sure he's spoken for anyway!8/04/2005 08:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Glad you like the user id pic. :-)8/04/2005 09:04:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|Erin, didn't R say that hot bass player was the one I would like ;)

I thought he was single!!!8/04/2005 11:34:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Sigh. Greg Klyma is playing a little lakefront dive here in Canandaigua of all places next weekend -- on the one night of the week I can't leave the office. Have not heard him, but I've heard nothing but good things about him.
-Dave8/04/2005 11:35:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Whoops -- should have said "Dave Wheeler."8/04/2005 01:48:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Lady Turpentine|W|P|Tom Bianchi -- sighhhhhhhh.....8/08/2005 05:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Celia|W|P|I biked down to that Low show, in sort of a bad mood. I only lasted five minutes because a) q: what do I hate worse than a crowd? a: absolutely nothing, b) drunk idiots yelling in my ear, c) no wine...only wine coolers, and d) could not see band in any regard.

Got back on bike and went to very empty Nietzsche's.

Glad you had fun!8/01/2005 07:48:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Ack! That report on the weekend I promised may have to wait. Fun was had by all. The Low show was fantastic. There were many annoying people about, though. Lawrence recognized me from my Ohi doodle! Hee! Mary's party was lots of fun. I had to leave the show at Nietzsche's a bit early, but it was also lots of fun. So why does the update have to wait? Uh, let's see...in addition to working today, I also have to get the Toasted Cheese newsletter out, apply for a job I just found in the Sunday listings (which means preparing some things I don't exactly have prepared), not to mention spend some quality time with my sweetie. I'm a little swamped! I heard about my most recent interview...no Catholic school ELA/part time technology job for me. Not as if it was my dream job, but still...a rejection is a rejection. :( I'm fairly certain I didn't get it because the principal got the sense that I wouldn't be in for the long haul. She did, however, ask me an illegal question, which I only thought about in recounting the story to Jen. Not going to fuss about it though. It's not worth it. Ah well...|W|P|112290090110586852|W|P|August?|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com8/01/2005 09:18:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Lady Turpentine|W|P|Several years ago I had an interview at a private (and religious) higher education institution. During my second interview, the college president asked me if I was going to get married and have kids. That's an illegal question, right? For once, I was actually glad not to get an offer!8/01/2005 10:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Me|W|P|OOh, what illegal question?