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28 June 2005 @ 11:59 am
Babbling Post  

(I bet yall didn't know I was a sovereign state, did you? Probably explains a few things, though.)

I've been staying up too late recently. Kind of a sad thing to say, considering that I actually slept through a rally. (Two, technically, since Pikes Peak was this past weekend.) Too much partying with taeriel and velvetpaws last week (not that I wouldn't happily do it all over again, and waaaaay too much MoB. I just realized that the latest bout of brain-lock is being caused almost entirely by being overwhelmed by too much to read and too much to research. On the "bright" side, I've got one novel and two short stories to read before I run out and have to wait "patiently" until the shipment from Japan arrives. If I'm lucky, it'll be in about two weeks. If I'm not, it'll be another month and a half. *sigh* Oh well, this will give me a chance to work on Souryuuden, which I had been planning on reading before MoB anyway. (That worked, uh, not at all.)

Though a lot of the tired right now is probably because I went and saw Batman Begins in IMAX in the City last night and didn't get home until after 11. (Though I might not be so tired if I hadn't decided to stay up for another hour reading MoB. >.>) IMAX is an excellent format for the movie, and large amounts of time were spent just looking at the sweeping land- and cityscapes. This being my second viewing I didn't have to spend so much time focusing on plot and thematic elements and could really sit back and enjoy all the pretty. The actor playing Crane was really just too distracting. And I caught things this time through that I had missed before. "You burned my house and left me for dead. Consider us even." Ah, I had missed that lovely symetry! Lots of little subtlties popped out that hadn't been there before. Like fresne, "I'm not going to kill you, but I don't have to save you" continues to linger in my mind. How far does one's obligation to help extend? At what point can one step back and say "I've done enough." Does that line move when the person you are helping/not helping is a criminal bent on destroying all you hold dear? Mmm, tasty! I can't wait until the DVD comes out.

My class started this week. I'm finding that I really have completely lost all sense of time with not having to run to a strict schedule always. I'm hoping this does not shoot me in the foot too much with the class. Fortunately, it's an online course, so as long as I remember to keep working ahead I should be okay.

I just got mail from one of my former coworkers telling me that they announced that The New Company decided to shut down the SSF facility. (I.e., the one I used to work out of.) And let me say again: I am SO GLAD I don't work there any more. After an announcement like that the atmosphere (which was always unpleasant to being with) must be absolutely poisonous now. *shudder*

Oh, taeriel and velvetpaws? The lady from that accident called me. She wants my snail mail address. *sweatdrop* I let the call roll to voicemail since I didn't recognize the number and I had a houseguest. I'm not sure what to say when I call her back. (If I call her back? *sigh*) I really don't want to give her my address, since she freaked me out about as much as the guys in the jacked-up pickup with the Marines stickers on it. Damn my urge to be a good citizen.

I think I need to go do something active. Maybe that will get the brain working.
Current Mood: braindead
Taerieltaeriel on June 28th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't give it to her, personally speaking. Did she say specifically WHY she was asking for it? You're under no obligation, even as the good citizen you were for assisting in that accident aftermath, to give her your home mail address. I can't offhand think of justification for her needing it. If it were me, I'd just say that my home address is something that I do not distribute. You don't have to justify yourself, whatsoever.

If her insurance company wants to contact you, and insists on an address for whatever reason... give it directly to them, with instructions that it is confidential and is NOT to be given to anyone else involved in the accident, including their client. And that's only if you feel confortable with even that. Otherwise, hey, they can be content with your cellphone number, and lucky that they have that.

I agree, there was something about her that was a little off. I mean, it's hard to say, based on just those few minutes. It could be just that she was very upset because of the accident; maybe she doesn't handle confrontation well, and felt intimidated by the other guys. *shrug* Or maybe she really is a bit of a loon. It's better not to take chances. You certainly don't want her showing up at your house, nor endlessly contacting you.

And really, what is it with people and companies who constantly ask for personal information? Sorry, but I don't want everyone out there to know where I live, and I don't want everyone to have my phone number. I forget where I was and what I was doing the other day, but a cashiere or phone person or someone asked for my phone number. It wasn't for pizza delivery, it wasn't anything where they could justify needing it. They aparently just get the home phone of everyone who does business with them. The guy seemed flabbergasted when I asked why he needed it, why his "database" needed it. And then people like this get miffed when I say sorry, that I don't give out my number.
Hoshikagehoshikage on June 28th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
On cashiers wanting phone numbers... supposedly, the theory is that the company wants to know where their customers are coming from so they know whether to open up new stores nearer to their customers. I don't have a problem with them asking for, say, my zip code, but asking for phone numbers is over the line in my opinion. Usually though the cashiers don't bother me if I say I'd rather not give that information out.

I can't really blame them for asking, since it's probably their job on the line if they don't - I know at Radio Shack we had to ask every customer for their mailing address or we'd get fired, all so Radio Shack could send these people ads they didn't want. I got yelled at a lot. It was stupid and frustrating. I wish stores would stop trying to get so much personal information from their customers, since everyone would be a lot more comfortable that way.
Taerieltaeriel on June 28th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, I certainly don't blame them for asking; as you say, it's their job, and not their idea. I'm just amazed that some of them are surprised when I decline to provide my phone number. I think one of them did once say that it was for mapping their customer base. But if that's the case, I would think zip codes should suffice.

I think what tends to annoy me is that it's a privacy issue. I don't want to be targetted by their adds. I don't want my phone number in a bunch of databases. If the information isn't necessary for me to get full use of their product or service, then my living location and personal information is none of their business. The same goes for random people asking for personal info in other situations, which is why my advice to Sandpanther is to go with her gut feeling about her situation. But then, I've been in situations where I gave my address in good faith and then had it distributed in ways I didn't approve of. (I checked out/joined a Star Trek club out in Co for a short while; I later got mail from yeah old random person in the club, after I'd stopped attending the club functions. It was just a wedding invite, nothing indecent, but I certainly didn't approve of my home address being distributed without my consent.)

Of course, one could point out that my personal info is already widely available, right at the top of the resume that I keep trying to distrubute everywhere... ^^;;;;
Sandpanthersandpanther on June 28th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
I don't have a problem with them asking for, say, my zip code

You may want to watch out on that one... These days credit card companies use zip codes to verify that the person using the card is the cardholder.

(It seems a little silly to use as a personal identifier, since getting my zip code is not likely to be a difficult exercise. But why make it easy for people, I think.)
Hoshikagehoshikage on June 28th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
The thing I found distracting about the actor playing Crane (aside from the pretty) was this nagging feeling of familiarity, like I recognized him from something else but couldn't remember what. The odd thing about this is that after consulting with IMDB, I realized that I haven't seen anything else he's been in. So he still looks familiar, I'm just never going to find out why apparently. ;P
Sandpanthersandpanther on June 28th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
He reminds me of the cannibal from Sin City, who was played by Elijah Wood. Man, that was a good creepy character. *shudder*
Erraticaroseembolism on June 29th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
And both of them reminded me of twisted versions of Harry Potter. Creeeepy.