1/31/2006 03:11:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Show my other little blog some love, eh? :) The Places I Go Busy, busy. Worked today (yay!). Nothing much of interest to report there. I finished Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates, which was not nearly as good as Big Mouth and Ugly Girl...look for a full review later. I also did a bunch of journaling...there's a post in there somewhere. I'll get back to you. For some reason I can't figure out, my wireless mouse is not working. :( I'm kinda bummed out about Arrested Development, but looking forward to the party. I'm much more bummed about this than about the West Wing. WW had a great run. Two fantastic seasons, two good seasons, two mediocre seasons with some bright shining moments...and this last one, which I admit to not seeing much of. It's time. And I will have the brilliance to cherish forever on DVD. I've heard speculation that Sam (Rob Lowe) may return to take Leo's place on the Santos ticket. I would *love* that. Sam Seaborn was a fantastic character who never reached his full potential on the show (because of RL's ego, perhaps?), and I would love to see him return for the end. It'll be horribly sad to watch the cast say goodbye to John Spencer on screen. :( Rand and I have been watching Scrubs (season 1), and I'm loving it even more than I did the first time. Actually, there are quite a few episodes I missed. Zach is so adorable. And John C. McGinley is brilliant. Has he been nominated for an Emmy? He totally deserves one. (answer...NO! that's just wrong.) Ok, I should get ready for my classes now...more later, perhaps!|W|P|113873907708109818|W|P|Hey, all you readers|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/31/2006 03:50:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous caren|W|P|Niels & I don't have cable, so Fox doesn't come in well enough to watch AD. I've been watching the DVDs. I'm so sad about its demise. :(1/31/2006 04:20:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|Usually my wireless mouse goes kaput b/c of the battery. I use those high-output batteries in it.1/31/2006 05:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lady Turpentine|W|P|I always get John C. McGinley mixed up with Ted McGinley. :-)1/30/2006 08:34:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Wanna know why? Because this afternoon, I heard...wait for it... High Enough Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that hit power ballad from supergroup Damn Yankees (not to be confused by the successful Broadway musical). What I find so amazing is that I can hear a song that I haven't heard in, oh, at least 15 years and still remember EVERY WORD. Why hasn't anyone figured out a way to harness this power for good? And so, I will retain the lyrics to bad 80s pop and early 90s power ballads and sing them at the top of my lungs (well, when I'm in the car alone, I will...). ;)|W|P|113867175831528162|W|P|Jack FM rocks...|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/30/2006 11:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|I LOVE Jack FM!

It's the only thing I'll listen to in the car...and they play so many neat songs.

And take it from one who knows...no dj? Fabulous!1/31/2006 01:07:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Hilary|W|P|I also love Jack FM. It's the best. Especially the whole no djs yapping part.1/29/2006 09:01:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|So Jen introduced me to library thing, and I'm addicted... (check out my profile!)|W|P|113858662047437021|W|P|A really fun time waster|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/30/2006 09:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|ADDICTIVE INDEED!

I love seeing what other people are reading! :)

And it is a cool place for me to *wish list* everything!

Who else out there has an account and what is YOUR username?1/30/2006 10:13:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Thomas|W|P|I can't find it now, but I sent a link to a librarian friend of mine for Mac OS X software that you can use to scan in the barcodes of your library (whether that's books, music, or movies, anything with a barcode) and create a catalog of your collection. If I find it, it would be a real time-saver for building your database.1/29/2006 04:31:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|We were talking about this at the BloggerCon...and LO! I discovered that you can take the quiz online: Porn star or My Little Pony? I scored a measly 4 out of 12. Go ahead, you try. And tell me your score! ;)|W|P|113857045994617108|W|P|Porn star or My Little Pony?|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/29/2006 05:05:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous annabel lee|W|P|That's really kind of trippy. I got 5 of 12.1/29/2006 05:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger squeak|W|P|That was fun, and much harder then it seemed! 4 out of 12.1/29/2006 07:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|I scored 5. Yikes!1/29/2006 08:47:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|6/12. B/c I know porn.1/29/2006 10:50:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous vixy|W|P|Gracious. I only got 3.

I guess I'm not watching enough porn. Or enough ponies. Or... something.1/30/2006 01:03:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|Hey, I thought I knew porn, too...but clearly, not well enough!

I only got three right, but Misty Rain is such a give-away. Even uptight uber-religious types know that name.1/30/2006 08:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Well, so far, Eden is the supreme master of this game. It's not as easy as you'd think, is it? ;)1/30/2006 08:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger LC Scotty|W|P|I only got a 3, and I will wager that I have watched more porn (by multiple factors of 10) than any of you. grrrr1/26/2006 10:23:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|*post title stolen from Eden and E! entertainment television I have a bunch of stuff hanging out in my bloglines folders that must be posted. I'm in a purging mood, and I guess that goes for bloglines too. :) First, I know you're all dying to know which Lost character I am:
You scored as Claire. You are Claire! By taking your palm readers advice and flying when your 8 months pregnant you end up on the island. You have cravings for peanut butter and feel safe around Charlie, despite your dreams of being kidnapped.


Which "Lost" character are you?
created with QuizFarm.com (via impenetrable prose) And here's a quote I enjoyed:
"You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance." -Ray Bradbury
And via Entertainment Weekly...could Futurama be coming back? I would dig this. I *heart* Futurama. That dog episode (Jurassic Bark) made me bawl like a little baby. Here's an old Slate article on Billy Joel that made me think that Rand secretly wrote it.
All this came to a head in my freshman year of high school when I discovered Elvis Costello, who, a friend informed me, "writes songs about why people like Billy Joel are just so bad."
And here's another one (more recent) that's sure to get the collective panties of the Christian right in a bunch: What if Mary wasn't a Virgin? The author is a woman and an Episcopal priest. I loved this rant at No NCLB.org:
But I know the inequities are there. I know that you can tell who will do well in school and who will fail by looking at the parents' bank balance. I know that in my own school system most of the native kids fail to graduate high school. But I know deep down in my soul privatized is not the way.
And since I haven't gotten around to writing about the cancellation of the West Wing yet, I give you Kelly's post on the subject. I own seasons 1-5 on DVD, and am currently watching season 3 with Rand. We just watched "The Women of Qumar," which is clear proof that Allison Janney deserved her emmys. I adore Allison Janney. I haven't really been keeping up this season, what with the whole Sunday time slot and all, but I will catch up. And I'll be likely to tune in and see how it ends. Finally, don't forget to check in over at my other blog...I just finished the second Undead book and am halfway through See Jane Date. (loving it!) I'll be posting about both soon. :)|W|P|113833225581618338|W|P|Blog soup*|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/27/2006 06:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lady Turpentine|W|P|Ah, See Jane Date ... the first book published by Red Dress Ink ... I still haven't read it though. :-O1/30/2006 07:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Thomas|W|P|Why have you substituted a picture of an 11-year-old girl for Claire (from Lost)?1/25/2006 11:43:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|I really enjoyed reading Alan's post on the elections in Canada. I'd be interested in hearing from my Canadian friends on this, as I am completely and utterly ignorant.|W|P|113820746700236763|W|P|Canadian politics|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/25/2006 12:50:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Theryn|W|P|Erm, I've done my griping :-P I guess there's some comfort in the fact that the Conservatives actually lost 5 seats in BC--all the far-right "social conservatives" lost. Also, it's a minority government (again) so it won't last long.

What do you want to know? I could post about it... (oooh, a post, what a concept...)1/27/2006 09:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tawny|W|P|I'm ashamed to admit that I don't know as much about politics as I should, and it's a weakness of mine that I struggle with. My main issue with this election was that Canadians are so narrow in their thinking - it's either vote Liberal or vote Conservative. A lot of longstanding Liberals that were upset/furious with the Liberals recent performance withdrew their support and voted elsewhere. Problem is, they only saw one alternative and that was to vote Conservative.

And then there are other people that would normally vote NDP or Green (parties that NEED votes) who then decided to vote Conservative so that the Liberals wouldn't win.

It's unfortunate that more Canadians don't consider their other options, like NDP or Green.

I am SO opposed to the Conservative party's stand of same-sex marriage that I wouldn't even consider their platform, despite how strong the rest of it is. A friend of mine then assumed that I would vote Liberals as a result.

I have a very big trust issue with both the Liberal party and the Conservative party so I refused to vote either. But it would appear that I'm one of the few Canadians that feel that way.

Heh..sorry for the long comment, perhaps I should have used my own blog for my soapbox ;).1/25/2006 11:02:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Hey y'all...head over to Jen's blog and read her post about the 2006 Community Hero Awards. :)|W|P|113820502097558956|W|P|Of local interest|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/25/2006 12:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|Nice job Erin you win! :)

What? You will have to wait and see.....1/25/2006 10:14:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Debbie has a fantastic comic/column about freelance writing. It updates every Wednesday (which means there's a new one today!), and it's great stuff. Check it out! Will Write for Chocolate|W|P|113820221037587409|W|P|Will write for chocolate|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/25/2006 10:39:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Hey, thanks for the mention. :-)1/25/2006 10:40:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|You're most welcome. :)1/25/2006 12:39:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|What about will write for FRENCH FRIES? Since I am only wanting chocolate once a month, every other month. ;)1/25/2006 09:32:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|A friend of mine just sent this to me, and it reminded me of something I wanted to post about anyway...
WHAT TEACHERS MAKE The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. Oneman, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?" He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher, Susan. Be honest. What do you make?" Susan, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to know what I make? "I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like the winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence. "You want to know what I make? I make kids wonder. I make them question. I make them criticize. I make them apologize and mean it. I make them write. I make them read, read, read. I make them show all their work in math and perfect their final drafts in English. I make them understand that if you have the brains, and follow your heart, and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you must pay no attention because they just didn't learn." Susan paused and then continued. "You want to know what I make? 'I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.' What do you make?"
When I was in fifth grade, I had a teacher that I absolutely adored. She was interesting and fun and everything that a great fifth grade teacher should be. One day, I got some catalogs in the mail that were clearly "teacher" material. I brought them in to show my teacher. "Maybe it means I'm supposed to be a teacher when I grow up," I beamed. She laughed. "You're too smart to be a teacher." And that little throwaway comment might have squashed a dream...might have...but instead, it just put it on hold. After I graduated from college with my communication arts degree, I went back home and worked for a daily paper. I liked being a reporter okay, but I never felt like I belonged there. I never felt like it was what I was *supposed* to be doing. I didn't have the drive, the hunger. I was (and still am, I think) a good writer, but never a great journalist. I just didn't have it in me. One day, when I was in the high school, I bumped into my most favorite teacher ever, Mrs. L. She asked me what I was doing and what my plans were, and I told her that I was thinking about back to school for teaching certification. "Oh, you'd make a wonderful teacher," she said. So thank you, Mrs. L, for being a wonderful teacher and a wonderful friend. Thank you for making a difference.|W|P|113820037457848441|W|P|What teachers make|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/26/2006 12:03:00 AM|W|P|Blogger theshellieshow|W|P|I would love to see someone like that spend one week in our classrooms! I teach 5th grade and someone like that would be eaten alive!1/28/2006 01:19:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|how very, very true...1/24/2006 09:07:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|January has been an abysmal month for substitute teaching, at least for me. (Meaning that it has been DRY.) I already have three jobs lined up for the first two weeks of February, though. Woohoo! I spent today doing some business-y things...ordering business cards, took another step toward getting my "professional" website going. Teaching, writing, and calligraphy services. I'll keep you posted on my progress. Oh, and if I can bug you about design stuff, give me a holler. ;) Oh, and thanks to all the technonerds who posted in response to my plea for help. Since I do not have the computers networked (and don't even have wireless internet at my apartment), I decided to transfer the files I wanted with a jump drive. That took longer than I wanted it to, but was relatively painless. As promised, here's some more about our weekend in Cleveland...Jen already posted about it. Anyway, it was great to see Jen, Tim and baby Jacob (cutest. baby. ever. of course, I say that about all my friends' babies. but it's always true!) and the rest of Jen's wonderful family. This weekend was just about spending time together, hanging out, playing games and generally having a good time. Please check out Jen's website, Design Your Beads. She makes beautiful jewelry, and purchases benefit cancer research. Oh, and my new most favorite game ever? Catch Phrase. We had WAY too much fun playing this. My face hurt from all the laughing. And finally, thank you Jen, for making sure the jumbo music block songs didn't leave my head! So that's a big 'yay!" to spending time with friends. :)|W|P|113815568500177378|W|P|Thank goodness January is almost over|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/30/2006 07:56:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Eric_schmidt@email.com|W|P|calligraphy? People still use that?1/23/2006 04:14:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|By far the best entry in the 50 Most Loathsome People 2005 list:
16. R Kelly Charges: As if videotaping himself urinating on an underage girl wasn�t bad enough, Kelly decided to follow up by inflicting the worst piece of music in American history upon the public consciousness. Kelly claims he is a genius for squeezing out what are so far 12 installments of his �hip hopera,� �Trapped in the Closet� like so many virtually identical turds, with no variation in musical content and a story line so patently terrible that it soon became the subject of a parody-frenzy involving Saturday Night Live, South Park, Mad TV, Jimmy Kimmel, and the Upright Citizens brigade, among many others. Even his good songs all seem to be about fucking underage girls. Exhibit A: Seriously�pissing on an underage girl. Sentence: Trapped in a closet. Eventually dies of thirst.
|W|P|113805103146541643|W|P|Why the Beast is awesome|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/23/2006 11:25:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Details on fun weekend in Cleveland to come... But first, tell me what you would pay for something like this: wedding gift (a hand-lettered, personalized wedding gift, the couple's song in calligrapy with their names and wedding date) Click on the photo to see a larger view.|W|P|113803366681007309|W|P|A poll|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/23/2006 12:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|$27 :)1/23/2006 04:00:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ray|W|P|$29.95 And I came up with that number before seeing Jen's. Upon further review, I think Jen might suggest $27 as the answer to very nearly every question.1/23/2006 08:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Theryn|W|P|Hmm. I used to do calligraphy, but I never tried to sell it. I think the $30 range as suggested sounds about right.

Okay, I have to ask... Dirt?1/22/2006 01:12:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P| (photo posted at Carol's rememberance page) This is my grandma. Here's a link to the post I wrote last year. I can't believe it's been five years. And as I wrote last year...I still miss her. We all do.|W|P|113791066536836021|W|P|Grandma|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/22/2006 01:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|Has it really been five years? Wow...

I was fond of your Grandma, too...1/22/2006 01:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger caoimhe|W|P|We just passed the 9 year anniversary of losing my Grandpa. I feel about him the way you do about your Grandma.

I still miss him, and he is still the best human being I have ever met in my life.1/22/2006 02:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|*hugs*1/20/2006 11:14:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P| So since Dannon has gone away from the plastic lids, every single time I've opened a yogurt, I've torn the foil top while tearing it off. Sometimes in half, sometimes in thirds. I end up peeling a strip down the middle and having to pull off the sides. Rand laughed at me. "That has never happened to me. Ever." Oh, and then there was this exchange: Me: Does the yogurt ever spit at you when you open it? Rand: Spit? Me: Yeah. When you open it, the air forces some of the yogurt out. It happens to me at work a lot. I get yogurt on my clothes. Rand: I wasn't even aware that was something that could happen. Me: *sigh* So apparently, I'm in a battle with yogurt, and so far, I'm losing.|W|P|113777395457575579|W|P|Erin vs. yogurt|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/20/2006 11:24:00 AM|W|P|Blogger caoimhe|W|P|I am locked in a similar battle with my morning yogurt. I hate wearing raspberry yogurt all over my clothes at work!1/20/2006 11:39:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Lady Turpentine|W|P|Things like that just don't happen to Rand. It's like he's Teflon-coated or something.1/20/2006 11:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|I also tear the yogurt but I am not so sure it squirts at me.1/20/2006 12:05:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Yeah, I thought maybe they changed the foil or something... ;)1/20/2006 12:07:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous annabel lee|W|P|All of that happens to me, too. And it happened even when they had plastic lids, since there was still foil underneath the lid.1/20/2006 12:11:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!!!!!!!!!! My yogurt top always tears, drives me nuts. Like this morning.1/20/2006 01:39:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|You have to kind of pull it toward the edge and into the circle, like centripital force. Otherwise, yeah you get strips.1/20/2006 02:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Rob Wynne|W|P|In a moment of free association, I pondered the notion of you covered in yoghurt.

I need to go have a lie-down now...1/20/2006 02:33:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Jenn|W|P|I hate the yogurt spit. Half the time I remember to point the yogurt away from me, the other half I am wearing it.1/20/2006 03:26:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous katyhh|W|P|I tend to tilt the cup a bit, so that the bit of the foil where you tear is on the upper side. Ok, so I am language challenged and have no idea how to describe this right. But - generally, then it doesn't "spit" that much :) This also works for coffee cream on a plane :)1/20/2006 11:32:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Thank you, Jenn, for introducing me to the phrase (and the image of) "yogurt spit."

:-D1/21/2006 09:42:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ray|W|P|I eat Breyers and Yoplait brands, one a day, everyday. I'm not bragging but I have neither split the foil nor spilt the yogurt. I am thinking there is some technique problem with all of you. I offer a class.1/20/2006 10:50:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Had a great time at Buffalo BloggerCon II (although Rand says if you don't pay $60 to get in and stay at a hotel, it's not a convention. Feh. ;)) I've updated my blogroll. People I've met in real life are in all caps. If I've forgotten you, please speak up! I'll link to Alan and Jen's much more detailed reports, because I'm lazy like that. It was great to finally meet Kelly, and very cool to meet up with Kevin and his wife Val. (Kevin, you seem much, much happier than you did when I last saw you!) So, a good time was had by all. If you didn't make it out to this one, we hope to see you at the next one!|W|P|113777259068474404|W|P|BloggerCon!|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/22/2006 09:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin J. Hosey|W|P|Val and I also had a great time talking and laughing with you, Erin, and yes, I am much happier than when we met/worked together years ago. As you could probably tell, Val is the main reason. And from talking to you and reading your blog, you certainly appear much happier now, too.1/18/2006 05:08:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|So I've got a bunch of music on my home desktop PC...much of which I no longer own in physical form. Is there an easy way to transfer this music to my laptop (a Mac)? By "easy", I mean other than using iTunes to burn it all to audio CD and then ripping it to my laptop.|W|P|113762219985594540|W|P|Technonerdhelp?|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/18/2006 05:13:00 PM|W|P|Blogger LC Scotty|W|P|Try a portable hard drive, or even a jump drive. Assuming you have USB ports on both machines...1/18/2006 05:52:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Hilary|W|P|Ditto to what lc scotty said.1/18/2006 09:03:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Rob Wynne|W|P|If the Mac is running OSX, it's probably fairly trivial to set up an FTP daemon on it and simply move the files over via TCP/IP. Even if it isn't, it'd be fairly easy to set up on one side or the other. There's any number of FTPd software available for Windows, and while I haven't looked, I'd be astonished if there's not some for pre-OSX Mac as well. And of course you only need the server software running on one end of the connection.

Ping me if you need help with that. My email address/IM info is in my LJ. :)1/18/2006 09:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger estarz|W|P|If the 2 are networked..then it should be relatively easy. You can also burn it as "data" rather than audio and get like 100+ tunez on 1 CD. When you burn them as data...you actually are burning the MP3 straight..then you just copy them on the other computer. No ripping required.1/18/2006 09:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Ok, Rob...I'm going to have to catch you online to discuss this further. :)

e-I tried this method, but I think I must have been doing something wrong. Could you email me?

(ditto to LC and Hilary)1/18/2006 11:29:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I also posted a slightly more detailed description as a reply to the Livejournal feed of this blog post...

-Tony1/20/2006 12:04:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Me|W|P|Erin, I did mine by putting the songs as data as well, so let me know if you still need help with that. (It still took 17 cds! But I have 5000 songs I was transferring.)1/18/2006 10:37:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Super Sub! Heh. So last week, I was in a high school English class. The teacher was sick and had been out the day before as well. She had left a message for me to call her when I got in. She had a collaborating teacher who knew what to do for three of the classes. One class was a small group elective class. It was the last class-a class of freshmen-that she thought I might have trouble with. "Don't be afraid to send them out of the classroom if you have to," she told me. "We haven't had a sub in here, even the most experienced ones, who haven't had to send at least one out. If they give you any trouble, just call the office." They were studying Romeo and Juliet. She'd had them watching the movie (the newer Baz Luhrmann version), and said that I could have them finish that and then have them start watching the older version. I was warned that the previous day, it appeared that someone in the room had an electronic device that was controlling the VCR. The teacher gave me a couple of suggestions about what to do with them, lesson-wise, and said she'd leave it up to me. I spent all my free time that morning figuring out what to do with them. I decided to try a lesson I had used in one of my teaching classes, but never used in a "real" classroom; we'd watch the suicide scenes in both movies, the students would keep track of similarities and differences using a chart, and at the end, they'd be asked to answer several questions about what they watched. As a classroom management tactic, I stole something I saw a veteran sub do at another school...I had them write their names on a square of paper. I began by setting out my "rules" for the day. I explained that if anyone broke these rules, I would take their paper and leave a note on the back for their teacher. Any second infractions would result in a call to the office. Most of the class passed without incident. Toward the end of the period, one student seemed to be arguing with someone across the room. He stood up, basically challenging the other student, swearing. I walked over to him. "Would you like to sit down and be quiet?" "No." I asked him to give me his paper, which he did, and then sat down and didn't say anything for the rest of the class. Which I made it through without having to call the office. Yay, me! I worked the next day at my "good" school, where I was teaching seniors. Again, we were watching a video. Most of them were fine. One class, though, had the behavior of eighth graders. They even threw a paper airplane. I picked it up, threw it away, and said, "I don't want to hear anyone's voice for the rest of this class." And I didn't. In other teaching adventures, my classes at the community college started yesterday. It's going to be a challenging semester. I've got one section of 099 (the remedial class) and one section of 101. In each class, I have two ESL students. In my 101 class, I have a girl who failed my class last semester. That should be fun...but I also have three students who were in my 099 class last semester and signed up for my section because they wanted me! Speaking of last semester's 099 class...I don't think I mentioned this yet...all but two of them passed. One of them failed because he got caught plagiarizing on the final. *sigh* (this was the student with Asperger's Syndrome) Don't forget to check out my other blog!|W|P|113759998764399844|W|P|It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/18/2006 01:50:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|King Kong ain't got shit on you! ;)1/19/2006 12:03:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous vixy|W|P|Ai-YAH! I didn't know you were a substitute teacher! My respect and awe have just increased a thousandfold.

None of them tried to pull the trick of writing someone else's name (or a made-up name) on their paper?1/19/2006 10:04:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|*blush* thanks!

No, no one tried that trick. This time. ;)1/16/2006 08:58:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Over at my other blog: The Places I Go Also, Jen's been posting over at the 27 Chronicles. (if I'm not mistaken, I have one that's overdue for posting...sorry about that!)|W|P|113746322698100973|W|P|New posts|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/18/2006 07:19:00 PM|W|P|Blogger LC Scotty|W|P|I had thought you'd forgotten about me, or really disliked Leonard Cohen.1/18/2006 08:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Nope...I'm just lazy and forgetful. ;)1/16/2006 08:06:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|So yesterday, I went to Borders to return two DVD boxed sets that I got for Christmas (they were duplicates). The two sets were worth a little over $100 in store credit. Here's what I got: Undead & Unemployed, the second book in the "Undead" series Diary, Chuck Palahniuk Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult The Ice Queen, Alice Hoffman *books were buy 2-get one* Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Collection (I got this for Jen for her b-day, and couldn't bear to not have a copy of my very own!) South Park (the movie) Field of Dreams (anniversary edition) The Importance of Being Earnest So I Married an Axe Murderer *all DVDs were buy 3-get one* So all in all, it was a pretty good day. :)|W|P|113746070786787589|W|P|Shopping spree!|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/16/2006 09:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|South Park, SIMAAM... too... many... quotes...1/17/2006 12:38:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|We were there Saturday, to get the latest issue of Donna Hay for me.

We walked out with four huge cookbooks (thai, chinese, provencal and spanish), as well as five or six books for Alex.

Book stores are very dangerous places for us!1/17/2006 10:16:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Lady Turpentine|W|P|Ok, so books were "Buy 2, Get 1" and you got 4. DVDs were "Buy 3, Get 1" and you got 5 ... so what did Rand get? :-) Actually, I'm sure it will be in his blog.1/17/2006 10:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|The "Undead" book is a mass market paperback, so it didn't count. And the Bill & Ted set was a good price.

:)1/17/2006 04:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger squeak|W|P|Let me know how you like Diary. It is the only Palahniuk book I didn't care for.1/13/2006 08:05:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Just my little plug...vote for Jen in the Biggest Blog Whore category, and the fabulous Lee (Glitter for Brains) in the Best LGBT Blog category. :) Vote Here|W|P|113720094832284531|W|P|Best of Blog Awards|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/13/2006 08:04:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Leading to my blog, of course: I was "Raped" by four men and it felt so good|W|P|113720127549986483|W|P|Most disturbing search engine query of 2006 (so far)|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/13/2006 11:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|Oh. My. God.1/13/2006 04:21:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|I�ve never had an easy time meeting people, making new friends. I guess that�s why I have a habit of surrounding myself with people who do. Recently, I�ve been thinking in particular about both Rand and Jen, and of all the amazing people who are in my life because of them. Of course, Jen and I were in college at the same time, and had a lot of friends in common, but there are a bunch of people who I never would have gotten to know because of her. First, of course, her brother and his lovely wife. And because of Tim, we got to know his best friend Paul, who spent many a day of his freshman year at Allegheny hanging out at our house my senior year. And through Paul, his lovely wife Trisha. After I graduated, Jen became very close with Rachel and Stephanie, who I now feel lucky to count among my friends. Rachel�s husband Brian was a friend of Jen�s ex. It was also Jen�s friendships with Tracy and Susan that brought both of them closer into my life. Not to mention all of the wonderful Buffalo bloggers! And in just the past year and a half, Rand has brought so many amazing, talented people into my life. There�s Adam, his college friend and music partner (check out his Amazing Me program!). *be warned...lots of music and flashy things at his site* And of course Debbie, along with Allison and Jodi. Dave Huth, John, Thomas, Greg Klyma, Lady Turpentine, Celia, Joe and Carla, Michelle and Tony�not to mention his brothers�and I could go on and on and on� Both of them have enriched my life musically as well. Without Jen, I wouldn�t know Lowest of the Low, Great Big Sea or Carbon Leaf, easily three of my most favorite bands in the world. Rand has brought me his own music, the music of his friends, and has also introduced me to many lesser-known but wonderfully talented artists like Jim Boggia, Jill Sobule, Einstein�s Sister and the Shins. So the point of this post is just to say thank you to both of you. My life is better, richer and fuller for knowing you. I love you!|W|P|113718817246869846|W|P|Warm fuzzies|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/14/2006 12:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Lady Turpentine|W|P|Rand also introduced you to Sloan! :-)1/14/2006 07:02:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Allison|W|P|I'm glad Rand introduced me to you (and your journal!), too!1/16/2006 12:17:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous vixy|W|P|*blush*

I'm *so* glad that we all had time at GaFilk to actually just sit around and talk. (Well, they mostly did the talking, didn't they?) :) I wish you were coming to Consonance. But we are working on FilkOntario...1/12/2006 07:45:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|

Finally. :) I had a great time at GAFilk, and I've been very excited to post some of the highlights of the weekend. There's a pretty comprehensive entry on filk in Wikipedia, which should answer a lot of questions! And here are the highlights: -GAFilk is the third convention I've attended with Rand, and it's the first one I've attended with both Rand and Adam. I enjoyed having the chance to just "hang out" with Adam and get to know him better. There was, of course, lots of late night hotel room overtired silliness. :) This also meant I got to see Rand and Adam play together again, which I always like. They did a bunch of old stuff, from Less Than Art, including Still Can't Buy Me Love and Dollar Fifty Movies. These are always crowd pleasers. -I got to spend some time with Mark Osier, who, sadly (for us!) is moving across the country to Seattle. It was fun to watch Mark's face as Tony and Michelle, joined by Rand and Adam, performed Jonathan Coulton's song SkullCrusher Mountain. It was priceless. -I got to watch Adam react to Dan Glasser's performance of his Demon Lullaby (Close Your Eyes). Apparently, Adam had never witnessed this before. The song, which is very clever and funny (if creepy), got second place in an OVFF songwriting competition in 2002. The theme of the contest--"For Our Children." BWAH! -Always a pleasure is seeing and hearing Michelle Dockrey perform her fabulous song Girl That's Never Been. Do check out the lyrics, although it won't give you the full experience. I get chills when she sings this. -As a special treat for me, Debbie and Jodi, with the help of Michelle and Tony, put together a performance of Library Boy, which was written as a birthday present for Rand in 2002. I adored it, Rand blushed a little, and I really, really wish I had a recording of it online that I could point you to. ;) -The banquet was great fun. Jodi and the rest of the band were fantastic! (Debbie has much better photos from the banquet!) -Watching Debbie watch people perform is one of my favorite experiences in the world. She radiates a joy and warmth that fills the entire room. -Seeing Dandelion Wine (Dave and Tom) perform. These guys are incredible -Can't believe I forgot this, but Steve and Katy! I got to hear Steve perform Snitch-ball Wizard, from his rock-opera Harry. Hee! -And finally, a general observation about filk circles. When you hear a song in a filk circle, it's an entirely new and different experience. You can take a song that sounds fantastic when the performers do it alone and put it in the circle...and it takes on a life of it's own. Someone adds a fiddle part. Someone else joins in on the bodhran. Maybe someone plays the flute or the pennywhistle. Six or eight or maybe even sixteen people add fantastic harmonies. Others pick up their guitars, figure out the chords, and play along. Suddenly, it's more than a song; it's a shared experience, an expression of community and friendship. And that is very, very cool. :)|W|P|113707069386470702|W|P|GAFilk highlights|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/12/2006 12:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|Filk scares me.1/12/2006 12:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|You were right. Matt and I would LOVe this.1/12/2006 02:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Wow. Thanks. *blush*1/12/2006 08:19:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Allison|W|P|Your last comment is the loveliest description of a filk circle that I've read in awhile.1/12/2006 09:22:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Sherman Dorn|W|P|I agree with Allison—definitely a wonderful comment on circles.

Thank you for coming!1/13/2006 09:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|It was my pleasure!

And thank you, both. :)1/13/2006 09:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Stephanie, would I lie to you? ;)1/15/2006 11:58:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous vixy|W|P|I have to agree. That is one of the most wonderful (and accurate!) descriptions ever of a filk circle and of what I love about them. :)1/11/2006 06:56:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Unfortunately, my full report is probably going to have to wait. :) One of these days, I'm going to have to pay the money for the flickr pro account, but for now, you'll just have to sort out which photos are which. There's not *that* many of them. I like this one: And here's one of Rand and Adam playing at the Dead Dog Sunday night. Anyone remember what they were playing? And of course, you can see all my photos here: my flickr page There are some good ones...not fantastic, but decent. :) Remember, it's still Delurking week! Oh, and I've got a new reading/writing blog. I'll be posting there about some stuff I've been/currently am reading. It's still in progress, but you can check it out here: The Places I Go And that's about that for today... :)|W|P|113702495510048227|W|P|Photos up!|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/11/2006 08:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Ooo, I like that one of you and me. May I have your permission to post it in my Blatherings?1/12/2006 01:24:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous annabel lee|W|P|I'm not a lurker, but I'll say hi anyway... :) And I'll hit the meme tomorrow.1/12/2006 04:50:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous vixy|W|P|I think that's when they were attempting "Cowboy Secret Space Detective Super Private Eye" or whatever it's called. (It was called something else on "Poor Man's Copyright", and I get them confused. It took me some time to get across to Adam what I was requesting.) :)

Also: *blush* :)1/10/2006 10:38:00 AM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|and other randomments... Jen tagged me with this "5 weird things about me" meme, so here I go. Go here for her answers. 1. I hate, hate, hate stepping in anything wet with my socks on...spilled water, the wet bath mat, tracked in snow...so I wear slippers pretty much all the time. (I refer to this as "stepping in wet.") 2. Misused apostrophes, especially in public places such as signs at places of business or on menus, really drive me crazy. 3. I don't have a good "porn star name" using either of the ways to devise your porn star name (first pet + first street you lived on, or first pet + mom's maiden name). However, the second one gives me a great name for a Pink Lady. (Cookie Morelli) 4. I desperately want to be able to sing well. I can reasonably carry a tune when singing in a group or singing along with the radio, but otherwise, I completely freak out. 5. When I'm playing Scrabble, it's very important to me that all the tiles go on the board the right way. If I'm playing with someone who puts letters upside down (we're talking letters that are the same both ways, such as O) I MUST FIX THEM. I can't stop myself. Hmmm...let's see... annabel lee and Hilary, consider yourselves tagged! I hear it's Delurking week. So go ahead, de-lurk! (in other words, leave me a comment!) :) There will be more to come, like my report from GAFilk (with photos, hopefully!). Meantime, you can check out Debbie's photos. (Because Debbie is way cool, and took like a million photos...) That's Rand and me at the banquet. Have a great day!|W|P|113690956907968105|W|P|I've been tagged!|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/10/2006 11:32:00 AM|W|P|Blogger BuffaloBeacon|W|P|Hey! I've commented here before, but for delurking day, it's a must-do.1/10/2006 12:04:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Hilary|W|P|Uh oh...Annabel Lee already tagged me. I apparently have homework to do!1/10/2006 12:04:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Hilary|W|P|i mean someone else (Ari) already tagged me. Damn I'm tired.1/10/2006 12:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|You guys are just so darned cute.1/10/2006 01:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Here's a comment for you. :-)

It was great seeing you and Rand again! And Stephanie's right...you guys ARE just so darned cute.

Here are a few more Erin pics, by the way:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/debbieohi/84817491/in/set-1807527/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/debbieohi/84808466/in/set-1807527/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/debbieohi/84822950/in/set-1807527/1/10/2006 02:44:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jen(nifer)|W|P|Howdy :)1/10/2006 04:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Rob Wynne|W|P|Hi!! *hugs* It was so wonderful to see you (and dance with you) at the con. (Does your blog have an RSS feed? I'm terrible at keeping up with them if they don't pop up in my flist on LJ *blush*)1/10/2006 07:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger BlogShy|W|P|Damn I wish I could've gone. (I see you went and introduced yourself to my favorite GaFilker. Hey Rob, is Lois coming to any more? I need another bribe!) Actually, I'd probably have been there if it hadn't been for that stupid meeting hubby had to go to the same weekend...

So, ya going next year, Erin?1/10/2006 08:03:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Rob Wynne|W|P|Blogshy:

Lois has a lifetime membership to Gafilk and an invitation to return anytime she'd like. I might drop her an e-mail to remind her of that, but obviously it depends on her own time and resources to make the trip. (Of course, if a group of fans wanted to raise money to try and waif her to the con, well, I'm sure that wouldn't go amiss. I bet I could even find a spare $20 or so to send towards that. :))1/10/2006 08:31:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous vixy|W|P|Good heavens but you guys are cute. :)

It was great to see you again. Can't wait to see the photos you took!

Oh, and an English professor friend of mine (another Erin!) likes to comment how most people seem to think that an apostrophe means "look out, an s is coming!"1/11/2006 12:00:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Allison|W|P|Great photo of the two of you :). Glad to hear you had fun! I do hope you'll go back next year (when I'll be there, too!).1/11/2006 05:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|All-thanks for the comments! :)

Debbie-great photos as always. Thanks!

Rob-I do have RSS enabled, so you should be able to pick it up on whatever reader you use.

Blogshy-I hope to go again next year...you can give me the extra incentive by saying you'll be there! Urban Tapestry will be the guest(s?) of honor, and they are amazing! Oh, and they're talented, too. ;)

Vixy-I laughed out loud at that. Awesome. It was great to see you, too. I hope you guys make it to FKO!

Allison-I'll certainly do my darndest to be there!1/15/2006 03:25:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Rob Wynne|W|P|Rob-I do have RSS enabled, so you should be able to pick it up on whatever reader you use.

Ok, so Livejournalers can now pick up this blog by friending "eringobloggy".

Now I'm *much* more likely to notice when you update! :)1/07/2006 01:49:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Logging in for a quick post from sunny Atlanta. (it's not really all that warm, but it is sunny...) :) I'm with Rand (and Adam) at GAFilk this weekend. The one thing I'm sorry about is that Jam (another of the TC editors) couldn't make it. Maybe next time, Jam! This morning, I attended a swing dance workshop...there's a dinner and dance (with a live band) tonight, and we'll get to show off our stuff there. :) I also had my first Waffle House experience today. Last night I bought a couple of books, and I may have found a genre I can get behind. The one I'm currently reading is Undead and Unwed, which is (get ready for it) Vampire ChickLit. No joke. And so far, it's fun, hilarious and witty. The other one is Carpe Demon. One of the pull quotes on the cover: "Shows you what would happen if Buffy got married and kept her past a secret." Now, how could I pass that up? :) Now, all I need is a clever idea of my own...|W|P|113666024256726547|W|P|Hey, y'all|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/07/2006 05:57:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Based on reviews, I actually selected Undead and Unwed (also Undead and Unemployed)for our recreational reading collection ... haven't read them yet, though...1/08/2006 12:00:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|I love the Undead series! I havea ll three; the second and third aren't nearly as good as the first, but they're still a lot of fun.

I think you'll like them.1/08/2006 12:10:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|I totally thought of you when I picked these up, Stephanie. :)1/08/2006 04:32:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|Yeah, me and vampires. It's a love-hate thing.

What's a girl to do?1/11/2006 03:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Orion_skie|W|P|I totally love the Undead and Unwed and Undead and Unemployed too. I recently started reading another author - Kelly Armstrong...not too much romance *sigh* but awesome supernatural adventures.1/04/2006 03:10:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|Here are some musings of mine, recently rejected for the My View column. (adapted to take a slightly more bloggy tone...) As most of you know, I moved to Buffalo five years ago from a small town in Pennsylvania. For any newcomers, yes, you read that right. I moved to Buffalo. I can�t begin to tell you how many times I�ve had to explain to people from my hometown why I would move to Buffalo, and how many times I�ve had to explain to Buffalonians why I would want to stay here. I think, in any place, it�s easy to take for granted the good things you have. Yes, it snows here. Yes, the government is in disarray. Even so, there are plenty of good things that should be noted. Whilel I was home over the holidays, I started thinking about all of the things I like about living in New York in general, and Buffalo in particular. Here are just a few of them. First off, there�s No smoking in bars and restaurants. Each and every time I go back to Pennsylvania to visit, I find myself thankful that I live in a place where I can enjoy a meal, a drink, or a concert in a smoke-free environment. At Thanksgiving, my cousin wanted me to come out to one of the local watering holes. I politely declined, citing my advanced age of 31 as the reason, but truthfully, I�ve lost my patience for dealing with the smoky clothes, smoky hair, red, itchy eyes and inevitable asthma attack that would come from spending an evening in a bar. And that leads me to� The ability to buy beer at the local grocery/corner store. My brother was trying to figure out where to buy a six-pack of beer, because in St. Marys, there are two places you can buy beer. You can go to the distributor and buy a case, or you can go into a bar and buy a six pack. (Or two, but no more than two. In some areas, there are designated �beer stores,� but in our little town, you�ve just got the state liquor stores and beer distributors.) Life is just so much easier when you can pick it up at the grocery store. And speaking of the grocery store� Wegmans. Rand and I went out on Christmas Eve-Eve to pick up some things at the grocery store. St. Marys has two major grocery stores: BiLo (a Penn Traffic company), and the Wal-Mart Supercenter. We went to BiLo. I had been charged with the task of picking up several deli meats and cheeses for an appetizer my aunt wanted to make. To make a long story short, the person waiting on me didn�t know what a third of a pound was, the deli was out of sandwich pepperoni, and the whole experience was so painfully S-L-O-W that I wanted to scream. I had to buy potatoes in bags, because only �baking� potatoes can be purchased in bulk. We had thought about making an appetizer that would have required a French baguette, but there were none to be found. I thought about buying some brie. Again, none to be found. �I miss Wegmans,� I whined. I didn�t think it was possible to become so attached to a grocery store. And as long as we�re talking food� Mighty Taco. Some people in this town don�t know how good they have it! Before I discovered the wonder that is the Mighty, I wouldn�t have dreamed of eating fast food Mexican. I don�t understand how that other place even stays open in WNY. Small things? Maybe. But these small things go a long way toward making me feel at home here. :)|W|P|113640577371724077|W|P|Because the Buffalo News doesn't like me...|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/04/2006 04:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lady Turpentine|W|P|Hey, you were "Talkin' Proud" about Buffalo and the Snooze didn't want to publish it?! What-evah! And it's weird, I don't think they sell beer in NYS liquor stores...1/04/2006 04:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Yeah, go figure. ;)

The liquor stores in PA don't sell beer...only "beer distributors" sell beer. I think you can get 4-packs of wine coolers at the liquor store, though.1/04/2006 07:38:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous KT|W|P|Screw the snooze. We are lucky to have Wegmans. We are lucky to have and be aware of- hopefully appreciate our splendid history. We are even luckier to have a person such as yourself articulate us the way you do. Thanks. Oh- and screw the snooze.1/04/2006 09:43:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ray|W|P|I went into a Wegman's in Rochester in '03 and became an instant convert. And I am with you on the grocery/convenience store beer thing. New York is ever so much more civilized about these things than PA. But on the other hand, PA is where my house is...so, I visit Wegmans seldom but enjoy it and go to BiLo frequently. And yes, I avoid local bars for the same smoky reason. I like it when we agree on some things.1/04/2006 10:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|Omg; I know what you mean!

Ok, you can smoke in TN, which, uh...blows.

But good grocery stores? Hey, I lived in the Bay area, and got spoiled.

Thankfully, we have an Earth Fare. And a Fresh Market, and...well, more than BiLo (which, it turns out, is here as well.)

And I love being able to go out to eat and order more than a baked potato, bread and side salad; I will 40 before I run out of veg-friendly options around here!

In St. Marys? Not so much. "We can scrape the bacon off?"

Ugh.1/05/2006 10:25:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Jenn|W|P|I miss Wegman's! I grew up in central NY and completed my undergrad degree at UB. Having lived in the South for 7 years, I still make it a point to go to Wegman's when I head to Rochester to visit the nieces. I <3 bulk bins!1/06/2006 12:34:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Erica|W|P|Even so, there are plenty of good things that should be noted.

Really?

I've lived her for 34 years, and no matter what "little things" are, the big thing is, many people are fleeing to find a better job elsewhere.

I would personally love to be paid what I'm worth with 3 college degrees.

The glass ceiling here still exists.

There is patronage afoot in every job you try to apply for. (I was a patronage worker - I see the downside of it.)

I could move to Jersey and still be able to visit wegmans. Hell I would probably even have a better paying job there!1/06/2006 01:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger LC Scotty|W|P|Three degrees in what? I'm curious about a person that has 3 different majors, or are they an AS, BS and MS all in a closely related field? Also it's not so much the number of degrees but what you studied, and even more importantly, what you can do that will determine your worth. Is your skill set really common or really rare? You know supply and demand and all that.

Government is rife with patronage. The private sector not so much. Unless you consider networking and professional reputation as patronage.1/06/2006 06:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jaquandor|W|P|Maybe they didn't want so much specific mention of particular companies or stores (not that I mind, in one particular case!).1/07/2006 12:13:00 AM|W|P|Blogger LC Scotty|W|P|You like Mighty Taco?!?!?1/10/2006 02:26:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous erica|W|P|BS in Business
BS in Elementary Education from the 1990s.
BS in Computer Security recently.

I guess I have a pretty scarce education.

Mighty Taco in the 1970s was known as "Mighty Dog."1/03/2006 03:25:00 PM|W|P|Erinna|W|P|A poll, of sorts. It's been my experience that men are much more likely to be huge Seinfeld fans than women. I didn't watch Seinfeld at all when it was on, apart from catching the final episode. I had a grudge against it that I can't really explain. I started to catch it a bit in syndication and admit that it was funny. I will, however, still argue with anyone who tries to tell me that it's better than Cheers. I *heart* Cheers. Now, Rand has been buying Seinfeld on DVD, and I've been watching it a bit more. Again, I admit that it's funny. It makes me laugh. But it's still probably not something I would want to watch over and over and over again. I've known plenty of women who feel the same way I do. But I don't know that I've ever encountered a man who doesn't *love* Seinfeld. So basically, there are three questions: 1. Where do you stand on Seinfeld? 2. Do you think there is a gender distinction, and if so, what do you think it's about? 3. What's your favorite sitcom? (current or past)|W|P|113632031788682655|W|P|Not that there's anything wrong with that|W|P|27chronicles@gmail.com1/03/2006 03:49:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Caren|W|P|1. Hatehatehatehate Seinfeld. It annoys me to no end.
2. No, no gender distinction in the like/dislike of the show.
3. Arrested Development1/03/2006 05:36:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Eden|W|P|1. Where do you stand on Seinfeld?

Slightly to the left and about a half-step back. But yeah I watch it every night on TBS. Last night was one of my fave episodes: "The Opera." "A crazy clown is after you? Oh that's rich."

2. Do you think there is a gender distinction, and if so, what do you think it's about?

It might be a stupid humor thing or a low-art/high-art thing. I personally love stupid humor, sly humor, whatever -- so long as it's funny. I find "Seinfeld" funny. Much of the humor is character-based, which is what I like to read as well. It could be that fewer women cop to digging "Seinfeld" b/c it's not high-art enough, if that makes any sense. I love me some Austin Powers, I love me some "South Park" and I love me some "Seinfeld."

As unfortunately stereotypical as it is, I think more women would admit to watching shows like "Mad About You" (remember that pile of poo?) or "Raymond" or some other mix-n-match sitcom than a show like "Seinfeld." I honestly don't get why more women don't like it.

3. What's your favorite sitcom?

I would have to say "Seinfeld," if forced to choose one. Recent faves that come to mind are "Friends" "The Office" (UK is better but US is quite good) "Scrubs" "My Name Is Earl" (can't miss it) "The Drew Carey Show" (early episodes). When I was a toddler, my parents couldn't tear me away from "Sanford and Son."1/03/2006 05:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Theryn|W|P|1. I ::heart:: Seinfeld. Started watching it before it was popular & still watch it. I can relate anything to a Seinfeld episode.

2. Don't think so. See #1.

3. I still love Seinfeld. Favorite current sitcom: Arrested Development.1/03/2006 05:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger caoimhe|W|P|1. I can take it or leave it. If nothing else is on, I'll watch it.

2. Now that you mention it...all the guys at the office LOVE it. I think it is similar to the 3 Stooges theory. Anything funny wil entertain men for hours, but women have to really appreciate a joke to laugh. Seinfeld has enough well crafted humor that women like it, but men really like it.

3.I'm more of a Drama girl myself.1/03/2006 07:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|Neither Matt nor I like it.

I don't know about gender: I just felt it was a show featuring four very unpleasant characters, and as I already worked with very similar people, I wasn't going to give my free time over to them.

Hmmm...we're not actually watching many funny shows these days.

I adore Coupling (BBC version, not the crap produced by NBC), I really liked Kitchen Confidential (FOX sucks), I still laugh at M*A*S*H, and have fond memories of Soap and Benson.

Oooh...Mad About You. One of the only comedies I ever taped.1/03/2006 07:34:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|I agree, Stephanie...I liked Mad About You too. :)

My favorites (current) are Arrested Development (pffft to Fox) and Scrubs. Past favorites include Friends and, of course, the aforementioned Cheers. I also liked Wings.

:)1/03/2006 08:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Current fave sitcoms:
Jeff & I don't have cable tv, but we borrow tv shows from friends. Our current favourite: Arrested Development.

Past fave sitcoms, in no particular order:
Frasier
Dick Van Dyke (I guess that kinda dates me, eh?)
Fawlty Towers
MASH
Ally McBeal
Newhart
I Love Lucy (the date thing again)1/03/2006 08:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Sorry, forgot the other two questions in my excitement to discuss the last one.

1. re: Seinfeld. I feel the same way as you.

2. re: gender distinction. Hm, don't know.1/03/2006 08:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Oh, Frasier was great, too!1/04/2006 12:24:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Allison|W|P|I've never cared for "Seinfeld". Just found it too mean-spirited for me.

Sitcoms I've liked:
MASH
Cheers
Wings
Murphy Brown
WKRP in Cincinnati
Frasier
Newhart
The Monkees
The Partridge Family
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Wonder Years
Spin City
Malcolm in the Middle

The only sitcom I watch semi-regularly right now is "Everybody Hates Chris". Good writing, good characters.1/04/2006 01:08:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Isabella|W|P|1. I've watched it, but never by choice
2. The majority of people I know who still watch are men
3. Too tough1/04/2006 10:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi|W|P|Allison's reminded me of some other sitcoms I've really enjoyed:

The Monkees
The Partridge Family
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

And I'm horrified to realize I left "Cheers" off my list.1/04/2006 12:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Turhan|W|P|1. Weighing in on male side of the question: hate it. The episodes I've seen present deeply unpleasant characters doing trivial things leading to painful embarrasment (often leaning heavily on catch phrases like a late 90's SNL sketch as it goes) and expect that since this banal theater of cruelty is labeled comedy it will, on the strength of that, be funny.

2. Not that I've seen. Three Stooges? Sure. But not Seinfeld.

3. All time...I'll have to go with Yes, Prime Minister. Which probably says something about just how far out of touch my taste in sitcoms is. My favorite American network sitcom is, of course, The Simpsons. Also like the original Coupling (not the justifiably short-lived American version), MASH, Soap, and Police Squad. I remember being very fond of Night Court and Cheers, but after seeing reruns in recent years, I don't think they've aged well for me.1/04/2006 02:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger BuffaloBeacon|W|P|1. I'll watch it if nothing else is on but it's not one of my favorites.

2. personal experience: yes. My husband LOVES Seinfeld.

3. Friends (especially the early years), Cheers, Mad About You -- but none of them come near my all-time favorite show: NYPD Blue, which was a drama.1/04/2006 02:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Joe|W|P|1. Great show. One of the best sitcoms I've ever seen. 2. I think guys tend to obsess more about shows like Seinfeld/Family Guy/etc and so you get huge passion for stuff wheras the only shows I've heard girls really rave about are Friends and Sex in the City...so yeah, small gender distinction. 3. Seinfeld or Scrubs.1/04/2006 03:19:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|You guys just keep reminding me of shows I liked! Murphy Brown and Spin City were among my favorites as well.

Thanks for all the responses! :)1/04/2006 04:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dave H.|W|P|Cool poll!

1. YAWN!

2. I haven't noticed one.

3. The Office (British version, of course)1/04/2006 08:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Val|W|P|!) I love Seinfeld. It has become "comfort food", the tv version of mac and cheese. And I think it has completely permeated society. I'm sure many readers do not go through a full day without a "Seinfeldism"
2)Well, I can't speak for everyone, but my husband (Kevin J. Hosey) hates it.
3) Family Guy1/04/2006 09:05:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Val|W|P|If there are so many people who mentioned "Arrested Development" (its one of my favorites), why is Fox being so stupid?1/04/2006 09:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erinna|W|P|Oh, Val...if only we could answer that question, I'll bet we could also bring about world peace and end hunger.

;)1/04/2006 10:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Stephanie|W|P|Don't forget Kitchen Confidentail...showing, again, how stupid FOX is.1/07/2006 12:58:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|Another male viewpoint.

1) I do not like or enjoy Seinfeld.

2) I agree with others that your sense of humor is more important than your gender to liking it.

3) I like a number of the show that were listed above, but one that I really liked and even bought the series was SportsNight.

Christopher G.1/07/2006 01:29:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous L. David Wheeler|W|P|1. Never really cared for "Seinfeld." I've only seen perhaps a dozen episodes and was not all that impressed. It's a touch clever at times, sure, but in an overly self-conscious way, I think -- and the characters are all too unlikable to identify with. Not that characters necessarily need to be likable to be appreciated -- Larry Linville's performance as Frank Burns on "M*A*S*H" was brilliant -- but there does need to be at least one entry-point perspective for the viewer to identify with. That ostensibly was Jerry, but he was a bit too mean-spirited and neurotic to truly identify with, at least for me.

2. Haven't really noticed a gender distinction -- the men and women I know seem to like or dislike it in near-equal numbers.

3. All-time favorite remains "M*A*S*H." Although "The Simpsons" is in the running, and "Taxi," "Cheers" and "WKRP" certainly had some great ensemble casts.1/15/2006 03:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Rob Wynne|W|P|1. Where do you stand on Seinfeld?

Can take it or leave it. I think it's reasonably amusing, but hardly essential.

2. Do you think there is a gender distinction, and if so, what do you think it's about?

No idea. There is a sort of "boys club" feel to it. Even Julia Louis-Dryfuss is one of the guys, so that may feed into it.

3. What's your favorite sitcom? (current or past)

All time? Probably the UK comedy "Coupling". Currently? "How I Met Your Mother", which is about three times better than it has any right to be.