29.7.15

Grumble Millennials Grumble

Yes, I'm an old fogey and getting older by the minute.  The past week just proves it.

Saturday I attempted to dine at Sonic.  "Attempted" means that I pulled my car into the bay, thought about the menu and planned my meal, and pressed the Big Red Button.  Ten minutes later, Jeremy asked me to wait a minute.  Five minutes after that, my Big Red Button turned off and I pressed it again.  It turned off, I re-re-pressed it.  The car in the next bay got their meal, and Thing One asked if Jeremy was even still working there.  The waitress said she'd talk with him.  Five minutes after that, another waitress appeared... with another car's meal.  We left.  No one working in that Sonic was over 25.

Sunday, while shopping, I attempted asking a question about a product.  The young'un in charge of that area was so involved with her texting that I gave up.

At a recent workshop, one of the self-described Millennial stated that she did not feel that corporate hierarchy was rigid, that she would frequently go talk to her boss' boss without fear (or notifying her boss).  That's all well and good, but there are sometimes reasons why one should follow the chain.  (Aside: this is often also the attitude of those who grew up defying The Man during the 60s).

I don't mind younger people, honestly.  I do mind that there is a certain level of politeness and consideration that seems to be lacking, that they seem uncomfortable dealing with others in any manner than online (or at some remove).  Is it too much to ask that people in the service industry, you know, serve?  Or that when you're sitting at a table with younger colleagues (and by younger, read "young enough to be your children") they make polite conversation or - at the very least - they acknowledge your existence?

Or am I just too old?

19.7.15

What I like about The Donald

I've been watching the news and listening to The Donald (Trump, in case anyone's wondering) go on about war heroes and illegal immigrants and bad trade agreements.  It's great theatre, isn't it? And that hair... wow.

At first, he was a joke.  Then a dangerous joke.  Now? I'm not so sure what he is, except that without explaining anything about his real policies, he's sucking up everyone else's political airtime.  It's genius, when you think about it: say a bunch of crazy, off-the-cuff things that sound even more outrageous when you try to explain what you meant ("I like people who weren't captured" - what does that even mean?!) and sit back and enjoy the coverage.  Forget coming up with anything concrete about how you would do anything, or what your ideas are, just do that.

But that's only part of why I like The Donald.  He's so unabashedly himself, no political advisers carefully crafting the message in sight.  And the wealth!  Remember waaaay back when, when President George H.W. Bush was accused of being out of touch because he didn't know the price of milk?  That's not a question The Donald will be answering, because we all know he has no idea.  Mitt Romney, and before him, Ross Perot, tried to play the just folks card, too.  It didn't work.

We all know he's not "one of us", just plain folks trying to make a living.  Let's face it, he's the embodiment of the American Dream, the one where Daddy gives you a large starting-out gift ($10 million, in this case), not the one where you pull yourself up by your bootstraps, a la any of Horatio Alger's heroes.  The Donald has been a reality tv show since well before the genre started, with the wives and the gilded lifestyle and the knowledge that no one (no one!) does it bigger, better and with less plausible hair than he does.

Do I think he's a viable candidate?  No.  Can anyone, even those who are "liking" him in the polls, really see him being statesman-like?  He's far more likely to tell a foreign dignitary "you're fired" than to work out a deal.  Or see him as Consoler in Chief, speaking words of wisdom and comfort after some tragic event? And as much as we might want someone who speaks their mind, he's a little too much for us.

But as pure theatre, I'm enjoying The Donald Show. 

1.7.15

Notes from Mt. Bookpile

A very good quarter, reading-wise. I even got to read some from Mt. Bookpile, not just ARCs and new stuff. According to my self-imposed goal, I ended the quarter two books ahead of schedule. That's great because the next month will be filled with travel and Big Life Changes so I'll end up behind.

Biography/Memoir 


Children's/Young Adult 


Fiction/Literature 


Horror


Mystery


Non-Fiction


Speculative Fiction