So last week was the week, TV finally revealed their line ups. This year has been quite an ending. There have been many favorites cancelled, many of them I personally really enjoyed watching. It has been a bit of a heartbreaking season, but we must forge ahead. What must the networks be thinking?
I wrote a post about being honest with yourself and others. I wrote about not understanding people and how I wished I understood them more, but the more I have human interactions the more I doubt that desire. Sometimes you just have interactions with people and you remember why you claim to hate them and why you have no desire to understand or be anything like them.
It was a simple interaction. Three idiot guys thinking they were funny and just like with anything, most things you do doesn’t much matter, but you never know what someone is going through or what they have been through. They were being idiots and it felt more like an experience in a high school hallway than one in a workplace one, but that was the situation I was in. Is it that guys see a girl standing alone and they think easy target? I don’t really know nor do I want to know how the male brain works. I had my badge on so he had the privilege of calling me by my first name. I don’t know him so yes him speaking to me like he knew me, bothered me. It just rubbed me the wrong way. First thing that bothered me.
I guess he was trying to be “cute”, not really sure and I do not care, but apparently he was debating if he had a meeting with me and concluded, all while speaking out loud to himself, that he did not know me so he probably was not in the meeting I was going to. Lucky me, I did not know him and no, we were not going to the same meeting. Let me cut away for a moment and I will get back to the main story momentarily. I am not adverse to technology but I do still have a flip phone. No, you did not read that wrong, I do not have a smart phone. It is shocking, I know, in this day and age, but I just never got one and don’t really feel the need to get one right now. Back to the three guys now, well of course we are in IT, so they all must have the latest tech right? The one guy just walking up to join them chimes in about “liking” my phone to which I give an annoyed glare. He then proceeds to make a joke about asking if I updated with wireless security. The other two idiots with him of course erupt in laughter. Hilarious right?
I just seemed to brush it off, they were idiots but the more my day has gone on, the more bothered by it I am. I hate the feelings it gave me. I hate how people talk and treat each other. I don’t have a smart phone because I don’t want one. I could get one and I am thinking about it, but just because what I have is different from the rest of society, why call it out as a joke? What is funny about someone not having the latest technology? Or is it funny because you see me as being less? Why do we make fun of those who we “deem” as being less?
I understand I do have a job and in this day and age, it is something to be thankful for, but just because I have a job it does not mean that I want to pay an arm and a leg to a phone company. Shouldn’t we look at others who are different as unique? Shouldn’t we see the value in the way they are or here is an idea, if someone is minding their own business why don’t you just leave them the hell alone? In the entire interaction, I did not say anything to them, so why even bother me?
Society sees someone alone and different so they think they are outsiders and weird. They see those that are different as being less, but what if we saw them differently? What if we saw them and thought why? What makes them different and actually care about them rather than they are different so point and laugh. These three idiot guys meant no harm, really, but they caused it. They saw me as being different and thought they would poke fun at me. They would make themselves feel better by making me feel less. It is horrible and disgusting behavior, but it is accepted and tolerated in our society and it sickens me.
It boils down to treat others better. The fact is those guys could have gone about their days and left me alone, but they didn’t. They could have just been decent human beings and said hi, but they didn’t. They could have just not been assholes, but they didn’t. I just hate how society is sometimes and it makes me sad. If someone is different, instead of pointing and laughing, how about seeing what makes them special? See why they choose to not be cookie cutter. If someone is minding their own business? Why not leave them be? It doesn’t have to be complicated. Let people be, like, or do what they want, especially if it has no effect on your life. It seems pretty simple because it is.
So what do people respond to? Honesty? I would say yes it is true but I don’t know if that is always the case. I was honest and it seemed to work out and pay off. People seemed to at least stop and take notice. Is that what you want, what people want?
Most of the time I try to write these opinion pieces based on news articles that I have read, but this one is a bit more personal. In this day and age, there seems to be less and less emphasis customer service when it actually should be just the opposite. Companies should focus more on creating customer loyalty and doing whatever they can to keep customers, yet more companies seem to be doing the opposite. Often times, the best thing to do for a customer is just to listen and offer whatever you are capable to make the situation better. Customer service is simple, but why does it seem so difficult for companies?
They say to be a writer you have to be a reader. I try to read all I can and I want to write and share but a lot of the time it just seems like there is just so much to do. The other day I watched a Youtuber talk about the state of Youtube and where he fit. It really spoke to me because I have similar thoughts and struggles.
“The Circle” it almost got it right, I think. I went to see the movie this past weekend and it had some interesting things in it. I don’t really want to do a review of the movie, but it just made me think about everyday life and what it really or might look like in our world today. What would the circle look like in reality? I guess it is a bit of what we already have.
It was the year 2008 and the Oscars were pushed back, TV was in a slump and reality shows were at their peek!! That was the first writers strike. It was far too long and very unnerving. Hollywood took a turn and I’m glad the past few years has brought more scripted TV shows. There has been more than enough quality shows not only on network stations but add in streaming and cable, who has the time.
When it comes to my shows, well I am a little overboard you can say. I love to organize and so I do that even with my TV watching. You might say buy a TV guide or just look online, but I have a system that works. That system includes an excel with a master list of show names, channel, time, day of week and season they come on. Taking it one step farther, I have tabs for each day of the week with the show name and each episode, date aired, and title. I highlight to know when I’ve watched an episode to make sure I don’t miss anything. I watch a lot of shows and I cut the cable cord so it is how I get by.
Well, last week the news started to gossip about another potential writers strike. What is this? Could it be? For a moment, not that a strike is good, but is that a break I see possibly on the horizon?! The demands, more pay, the typical, but writers have good reason. Good for them, make sure you get what you should be getting for the hard work you aren’t appreciated for. I say from one writer to another.
Earlier today, the news broke that no strike would occur even after the guild voted for it. An agreement was reached. I am glad, really I am, can you read it in my words, I am. So let’s leave it at that.
Honestly, a strike would have been bad and I am glad it was avoided, but a little break would have been nice. My excel could have used it. Summer is coming but that means more time to find and watch the shows I have had yet to have time for then fall will be here before you know it and the madness begins again. I hear you, just stop watching. It is simple right?
TV, movies, and books have always meant something to me. These are the things that have never left me. It might sound simple and childish, but growing up my “friends” always left. They would move away or transfer, it happened so much it became a running family joke. So where did I turn? Hollywood. The place with the best friends in the world. They wouldn’t leave or go anywhere. They entertained and I could watch them always, over and over again.
I think that feeling stayed with me. That feeling of connection and safety. I still turn to my shows as a means of connecting and escaping. These shows are like a friendship in a way. When I need a lunch date, turn one on or a way to make it through a boring afternoon, push a button. Just like friendship though it is also work. I just wanted a slight break, is that too much to ask?
The writers didn’t go on strike. There is no 2017 strike to write or care about, but the possibility made me think. Where would I be without my shows? Where would we all be? Maybe this can remind us to appreciate the things and people we love just a little more. It all goes by too quickly so we have to remember the work just means we are doing something we care about and we should try and find the joy in it somewhere. Happy uninterrupted channel surfing!
It seems a bit too easy to address our new president. Just Friday an article came out where he claimed he thought the presidency would be “easier”. (https://apple.news/A1XxQ42gFQ0uP8Rvv8kpCzA) What can you even say about that? How could anyone look at being a president and think by any means it would be easy? Some people though…
Trump has concluded his first 100 days in office and his campaign promises seem to be going with him. His repeal and replace for ACA was squashed and though he seems to be maybe attempting to try to find success with that, it seems unlikely. ACA is far from perfect but could the Trump administration really come up with something better? I have a feeling we might never know.
I must say I was never a supporter or believer. I do unfortunately feel like we must accept what we have been given though. There are many things that are issues now that we have no idea how he will handle like North Korea, healthcare, tax cuts and that wall to name a few.
The idea of closing the government due to this wall is more than ridiculous in my opinion. There have been much speculation around this wall and if we look at history how has a wall ever really helped? It is a sad realization that many Americans support the wall and it really doesn’t make any sense.
How will it all play out with the missile testing also? Could we find ourselves in another war? Could we find ourselves on the wrong side of a nuke? It seems insane to imagine. I remember history class and what was said about each world war, the war to end all wars. Could another war really be that? If there was ever a president that I believe that might happen with, hate to say it could be our current.
With Trump it feels like what can you even say. There are so many people that worked so blindly to get him into office and now he is there where is there support? They seem to have gone silent. Do they regret their decisions? Probably would never get them to admit it if they do. Trump is here whether we like it or not and all we can really hope is our country survivors until he is finally out.
It is all over news feeds and there is nothing but controversy around this show. I finally finished season one, why there is even the possibility of a season two?? Oh yeah, huge deviations from the book. Ok fine, Netflix, I will let you get away with the possibility of a season two since you did leave it wide open.
So how did I hear about this book? From the recent show craze? No about a year ago I stumbled upon this book. I had read a novel called “Stolen” and “13 Reasons Why” appeared as a people also liked suggestion. I read the synopsis and thought this seems bleak but sound different. The novel is almost ten years old but the reviews all seemed very praise filled.
No matter how much you love someone you can’t change them. I think being a woman it is a hard fact to realize and accept. We want so badly for the people that we love to be apart of our lives in the best way, even when they aren’t. Those of us that find ourselves in situations like this love the people who are stuck. We find that we might be moving forward but those around you either aren’t or can’t keep up.