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February 25th, 2004

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11:03 pm - Flamewars, the greatest short play ever, and why I only buy cheap watches.
Gaahhh. I just got done reading the most recent posts to the Tiny Fools cast mailing list about all that... stuff... that's been going on. What a mess. It's none of my business and most of the people who read my livejournal don't know what I'm referring to, but holy sack, kids. It's getting ridiculous. I wanted to stay neutral to all the stuff that's been going on, but having observed the online portion of the argument, it's really hard not to be biased -- especially when one side keeps vehemently turning down the offer of arbitration.

It's also difficult to take somebody seriously in an online forum when their spelling and grammar are so atrocious that I have to read everything twice to make sure I've understood it. My spelling and (to a greater extent) my grammar are far from impeccable, but a tleast i dont: rite like a ilitarit MONKEY!!!1!!!

All those abbreviations have inspired me to share my masterwork:
                                  The Bathroom
               A brilliant play in one act by Colin Timothy Gagnon
               formatted in 80 columns for your daisywheel printer.
                                DRAMATIS PERSONAE
                             Guy #1:  A guy
                             Guy #2:  Another guy
                             Guy #3:  Some other guy

SETTING:  A public bathroom.  Guys #1 and #2 are standing in front of urinals,
doing... um, well... you know.

                                     Guy #1
                              A u.  R u p n?
                                     Guy #2
                              S, s I m.  R u p n?

                                     Guy #1
                              S, I m p n, 2.

                                     Guy #2
                              O.  I c u r p n.

(Brief pause.  Guy #3 walks in, and stands in front of another urinal.  The
other two take notice, and exchange nervous glances.)

                                     Guy #1
                              A...  A, s e p n?

                                     Guy #2
                              I n o.  A u!

(Guy #3 notices the other two.  He answers, somewhat reservedly.)

                                     Guy #3
                                     Guy #2
                              R u p n?

                                     Guy #3

                                     Guy #1
                              I n o.  R u?

                                     Guy #2
                              S, r u?  R u p n?

                                     Guy #3
                              Y s, s I m.

                                     Guy #1
                              O.  I c.

(Momentary pause, during which Guy #2 notices that Guy #3 is not, in fact,

                                     Guy #2
                              A...  E s n p n!

                                     Guy #3
                              S I m!

                                     Guy #2 
                              U r n p n!   Y r n u p n?
                                     Guy #3
                              I n o.


Anyway... I bought a new cheap watch today. This happens about three times a year.

I know, I know. If I'm buying cheap watches three times annually, wouldn't it be simpler and less expensive to buy a slightly nicer one that's less likely to break? The answer, apparently, is no. The last watch I bought was a bit nicer and thus more expensive. I was going to maintain it for awhile -- change the battery, purchase a new band when this one wore out, etc. Then last night I was resetting it when the crown came out. It's not supposed to do that. The hands are also not supposed to completely detach when the crown (which isn't supposed to come out) comes out. But ah, that should give you an idea as to what happened, and why I needed the new one. Oh, I'm sure it's under warranty (seeing how I bought it less than two months ago), but if the warranty is anything like the one that came with the watch I just bought, I'll have to mail it at my own expense, and enclose a check for $4.95 for return postage. I can buy a new (albeit cheap) watch for that much.

So I did. It cost me $6.27, including tax. At some point here, it'll need replacing. Either the buttons will come off, or the band will break, or it will suffer spontaneous massive existence failure, and I'll have to pay six bucks for a new cheap watch. Six bucks three times a year I can handle.

I guess the other option would be to spring for a much more expensive watch than the ones I've been buying, but that also seems like a bad idea. First of all, there's my worry that like every other not-too-cheap watch I've ever bought, something unlikely and fatal will happen (such as the crown coming out, and the hands falling off). The other problem I see is that I already have two such watches in storage at my parents' house. Both were given as gifts, and both originally retailed for at least five times my annual watch budget (that's in the ballpark of $100, kid). I can't do a damn thing with either of them because after the batteries ran down, I took them all over Madison only to find that nobody could open them. Not even the jewelers (although one on the west side scratched the crystal of one of the watches pretty badly). Doesn't matter. $6 watches are fine, and if I ever need to look sharp for a business meeting, I'll just adopt a British accent, leave the watch at home, and start saying things like "Oh, I do think timepieces are so vulgar, don't you?"

I wouldn't win any snooty points™, but I'm sure people would stop asking me for the time.
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
Current Music: Skip -- Mr. Klaw

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Date:February 26th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
I know. The cast issue is long past ridiculous and it seems that every time we make some headway is gets all messed up. Ock.
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Date:February 26th, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC)
I have since lost my sympathy for anyone anymore, especially since I've taken on a role of "the voice of reason" (not my words). You know that when this happens, something is fucked up. ANd I think what's getting to me too, is what Colin mentioned: the denial of arbitration. I swear, if this isn't resolved by Saturday, I'm gonna have to do some Resolving myself. The spray kind.
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Date:February 26th, 2004 09:54 pm (UTC)
"And I think what's getting to me too, is what Colin mentioned: the denial of arbitration."

And with these words, Dave has lost the last person who though he wasn't an incoherent raging drama king. Well, except Jenn.
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Date:February 27th, 2004 11:02 pm (UTC)
Well, I still think that SOMETHING happened. I don't know what. I doubt I even ever will know what happened. So, I based my whole statements trying to figure out where in tarnation Dave was coming from, and as soon as he mentioned that he didn't need/want arbitration, well, that was just too much stupid for me to put up with. The fact that it has JIMI threatening to leave cast is a huge issue altogether.

I still wouldn't call Dave an "incoherent raging drama queen". "Raging drama queen" seems to fit better, but he still makes sense. I can't ascertain the motives of Dave, but I don't count his lack of typing skillz against him. I've known too many (at the very least) reasonably intelligent people who can't spell or type for shit to let it affect my judgement about the situation. I just find it annoying. And yes, this whole thing still annoys me.
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Date:February 26th, 2004 05:23 am (UTC)
You will frequently see me wearing broken down $6 watches. I'll replace/repair the bands, replace the batteries, etc. I haven't worn my current one in a while because I haven't gotten around to sewing the band back together where the glue came undone.
[User Picture]
Date:February 26th, 2004 06:38 am (UTC)

Watch this!

Remember those beautiful windpocket watches I used to wear? Yeah, so do I. I haven't used either in a long time because I broke the chains (again.) This time, instead of the small "C" loop that holds the chain to the watch loop breaking, the chains suffered severe dammage from doorkno attacks. I've yet to take them back to the jeweler for reattachment. I've since worn my cheap watch (twelve bucks or so.) I always seem to have great luck with cheap watches. They get banged around, lost, found and still work. Batteries last longer than bands and bands last around three years. I would suggest upping your watch budget just slightly.

I've also had the nice watch/battery tomb problem. My parents gave me one for my birthday while I was still in high school and the battery died, couldn't replace, etc. A couple years ago I was about to throw it away when my mom said she'd try again and took it to (store's name omitted) and they actually opened the case! Of course, by then the watch didn't work, probably due to battery corrosion. So I guess this post was no help at all.
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Date:February 26th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Watch this!

I actually do have a pocketwatch that was given me by Lindsay. I should see if I can find that. It's a nice looking watch, but it doesn't keep time perfectly, and needs to be reset every couple of days. Additionally, the pin that holds the hinge in place frequently manages to work its way out of the hinge assembly, and I have to press it back in with a pliers. I've scratched the outside a couple of times that way.

Anyway, no, your comment is helpful in that I've now lost hope for those watches (one of them has had the same battery for at least eleven years) and can worry about something else. Hopefully, the pocketwatch (which also runs on a battery) is still salvagable.
Flamewars, the greatest short play ever, and why I only buy cheap watches. - Garmonbozia for the soul. — LiveJournal

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