April 19th, 2005
|05:22 pm - Welcome to the Quentin Robert de Nameland Video Chapel of Economic Worship!|
Today at work the big topic of discussion was the succession of Pope John Paul II (or JP² as he was known to the hip hop community) by Pope Vader (as I accidentally nicknamed him). My coworkers are divided into the "This Is Going To Set Gay Rights Back Another 20 Years" group and the "Serves 'Em Right For Appropriating Our Rainbow" group. I'm not kidding about that, by the way. I have one coworker who occasionally complains about how the homosexual community has changed the meanings of words like queer, gay and faggot. I'm not sure it's been pointed out to her that us straight folks are the ones who changed those words, but I get the feeling that she'd counter with "well we wouldn't have had to insult them if they hadn't been gay in the first place." I'm still not kidding.
She's not Catholic, though. Actually, I think the AEG is the only practicing Catholic in the department, and the word "practice" really applies.
I don't have an opinon about the new pontiff right now, except that to me he looks a lot like Chuck De Nomolos.
Anyway, all of the conversation about religion was sparked by this magazine article about our company which was distributed to us last Friday. Read the first three pages. Most people just threw it away, but I skimmed it and I guess I was the first person to have actually noticed the quotes which come completely out of left field. No, scratch that. This is totally out of right field, and everybody's freaking out about it.
On an unrelated note, I have a letter here at my desk which I wish I could share with you, but I can't. It's more of an essay than a letter, and reads like the transcript of a drunken Andy Rooney rant. The gist of the situation is that the cardholder rented some videos (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Daredevil, some Playboy videos and White Men Can't Jump) and took them to a video duplication service to have them transferred to DVD. When he came back to pick the videos up, they were returned to him uncopied. He's disputing the rental charge and late fees because he doesn't think he should pay for a service he didn't receive.
Obviously I can't help him, partly because I'm supposed to be working in favor of the video rental, but mostly because they did exactly what he paid them to do: they rented their property to him, and charged him late fees which he agreed to when he signed the sales receipt. His real argument is with the duplication service which probably didn't even charge his card.
The letter has a big title at the top. It says:
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Nothing!
How I Got Screwed By The Man - Hard.
Current Mood: drained
Current Music: Depeche Mode -- Personal Jesus
Well...he deserves to be punished just for renting those movies (except Daredevil...am I the only one in the world who liked that movie?). I mean...To Wong Foo!!!...If I want a movie about drag-queens I'll watch Rocky Horror or Pricilla Queen of the Desert.
By the way...if you ever are looking for someone to watch Leonard Part 6 or Pluto Nash with...gimme a hollar...I've not seen Pluto Nash and Leonard Part 6 is a nightmare to be enjoyed by everyone.
I have still never seen Priscilla Queen of the Desert -- I'm still working up to it. Daredevil either, though somebody in my house might own a copy, so I guess I could borrow it. No, that guy's not getting his money back. Sorry, but I can't say I feel bad about it.
Anyway, I'd love to get together to watch Leonard Part 6 just so I can have somebody to react with. Apparently it comes out on DVD on the 26th. It's too bad it's already the 19th, otherwise "a nightmare to be enjoyed by everyone!" would be a great quote for the back of the case.
Did the guy consider for a second, that what he was hoping to do was illegal?
I think the video copying place did, which is why he didn't get them copied, but that's just conjecture. I'm all in favor of "sticking it to the man", but seriously, I'm siding with the rental company whether what he wanted to do was illegal or not.
He's a Fark DUMBASS.
I didn't realize it until just now, but wouldn't you think that professional video duplication would be at least as expensive as buying the DVDs new? Whatever. The video rental honored their half of the contract so if he still has a problem, he can take it to small claims court. And lose.
I don't know. I can tell you that his letter was full of "I paid my money"s and "What I do with the tapes on my time is my own business"es. It's not his business, by the way. I'm sure that the little receipt they make you sign stipulates that you can't copy the videos.
dude...Pope Vader...I love it!!! Well said, my friend. Heh. Whenever dad and I hear the pope's real name, Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrratzinger, we laugh, and laugh and laugh. Here's a better one, the Nazi Pope...
Actually I think Vader would apply to Benedict XVI as well...