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October 9th, 2003


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12:47 pm - Like so many things I can't understand, it left my teeth chattering for more.
Sometimes the company I work for does perplexing things.

Sometimes the company I work for does REALLY perplexing things.

Today, for example, we got an e-mail with the subject "Coffee." This e-mail came from a woman who works in the Administration department. She sends out a lot of e-mails, and generally everybody hates her because she never has anything positive to say -- it's usually "I caught somebody with a mini-fridge plugged in at their desk blah blah blah company can not afford to pay for blah blah blah refrigerators in the dining room blah blah blah blah blah or I'll personally visit your desk and cut the cord myself." I actually like her e-mails, because she has a sense of humor very similar to mine, and it always creeps into whatever she's sending out, but apparently I'm the only one.

Oh, but anyway, today's e-mail. The coffee e-mail. Apparently the company is going to stop charging for coffee. Instead, a coffee maker will be installed on each floor of the building, and the vending machine in the dining room will no longer charge for regular and decaf coffee.

There is absolutely no reason to do this.

Don't get me wrong -- I don't intend to look a gift horse in the mouth (especially not when that mouth is spouting coffee), but with all the budget cuts they've been doing (and admittedly, they've been logical cuts), this doesn't make any sense. At my last job, this is the sort of thing Admin would have done when they sensed a drop in employee morale (actually, at my last job when that happened, Admin threw pizza parties, and everybody was too disgusted to attend), but morale is better now than it's been in the two years I've been here. Oh, well. Whatever. I'm not complaining.

Anyway, last night I ended up watching the 1999 remake of The House on Haunted Hill. It was exactly what I was looking for: pure, unredeeming violent trash. It's your typical run-of-the-mill, bigger-budget-than-it-should-have-had, disposable horror film, and for some reason that I don't quite understand, it features a fair number of respectable celebrities including Geoffrey Rush who appears to be channeling John Waters. Jeffrey Combs also has a small but important role, and he's pretty scary in black and white with proper cinematography. The most interesting character though, is Watson Pritchett played by Chris Kattan.

We've all seen concepts personified as characters in movies: Death in The Seventh Seal, Evil in Time Bandits, etc. While it's never blatantly stated, Watson Pritchett is Exposition. He's not a McGuffin -- he doesn't really move the story along at all, but he always seems to be able to explain what's happening. Kind of a contradiction, really, since he keeps pointing out that he doesn't know what's going on.

Anyway, I wouldn't necessarily recommend The House on Haunted Hill, but it might be fun if you're with a group of friends. Or if you're a masochist. Or if you just like really bad movies. Now I'd like to see the original 1959 version, partly for comparison but mostly because I really like films directed by William Castle. Seeing how they've remade The House on Haunted Hill and Thirteen Ghosts, I'd love to see a remake of The Tingler, but I won't be seeing it in a theater unless the whole thing's in black and white (except for the blood), and the seats are rigged to give the audience electric shocks.
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