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I would love this little suit for my own "Timmy the Monkey":

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The colon/semi-colon key on my keyboard here is sticky, and it takes two hands to get a colon typed. Grrr.

I have managed to do a little writing this week, although not as much as I should have done. (I'm not counting the writing I volunteered to do at work, re-writing articles for our "how-to" bible -- but I suppose it counts in some ways.)

I was given command of a... well, not exactly a trainee, although he's new to my area, so I'm having to train him -- but he is the absolute template for the Gen-X kids who are talented, intelligent, and thoroughly, terribly, annoyingly self-absorbed. Everyone "hates" him, are "picking on" him, are "mean" to him, he has a sense of entitlement that way outweighs his worth, he picks up things instantly but then gets bored and doesn't really give a crap so keeps asking idiotic questions, he tends to get up and wander around instead of just working, and he is positively INFURIATING. I was, apparently, chosen to be his keeper because I am, and I quote my supervisor here, "like the drill sergeant" who comes in and takes care of business and gets things accomplished. A compliment, surely, but since I just can't see myself like that, I was enormously surprised to find out I'm viewed that way.

A while back we were watching the Tony Awards and after seeing Mandy Patinkin appear to introduce the new "Evita" cast, and seeing same, Barb commented that there should be a whole category for "roles that Mandy Patinkin was better in." It is true that Ricky Martin is a great dancer and good singer, but he's just not Mandy Patinkin; same with Antonio Banderas (both in Evita)-- and we remembered a few years back, the revival of Sunday in the Park with George; the guy playing George in that one was good, but he was no Mandy Patinkin. Funny, too, as we thought about him as an actor, as well -- he was playing a damaged, rude, irascible, brilliant doctor (with a long-suffering best buddy) YEARS before House went on the air. Sure, I know he's reportedly VERY hard to work with and a bit of a "diva," but damn, the man can act (and sing).

About the only replacement for him I've ever seen that I liked better is Joe Mantegna in Criminal Minds -- and he's playing such a different character anyway, it's a totally different approach.

When we walk Bo around the park in the early evenings, we see all manner of birds getting settled for the night, and one evening I saw what looked like a small hawk. I thought perhaps it was one of the the kestrels we know live there, but Barb said Kestrels were more active in the morning and during the day. She commented it looked rather more swallow-like, and the other night there were several of them swooping about in the dusky post-sunset light, so I made a mental note of their markings and looked them up. Not a swallow, but often mistaken for same-- they are common nighthawks, more closely related to the nightjars. Almost driven to extinction in the east because they're ground-nesters, but very common out west. Distinguished by the white patches on the wings, which was what I noticed about them.

I love birds. I'm sometimes astonished at the number of birds supposedly common around here that I've never seen... (and then sometimes gloriously cheered by finding ones I didn't know lived here and yet, there they are!) The real shame is that cardinals don't come into the Phoenix Valley anymore -- I'd love to see one in my yard.


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Jul. 20th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
cool about the birds.

oh well you just verified what I feared, dealing with students just like your new trainee, they're as bad and whiney and self important in the work place as they are in a class room. good luck
Jul. 20th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, he retained enough savvy to get himself hired, but he is a world-class slacker. He keeps talking about this "great job opportunity" he has on tap where he'll make "so much money," and the rest of us just look at each other and think, "Well, if it's so great, why don't you just GO?!?"
Jul. 20th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
OMG! You are working with one of my students.

As for his job opportunity - you may want to point out that cooking meth doesn't have a health care plan.
Jul. 20th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, as I was writing it, I thought about some of your posts!

Jul. 20th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
here, we'll kick you all the way there....
Jul. 20th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
Yes, he has not ingratiated himself to the rest of the team...

He spent most of this afternoon wandering. He'd come in, sit for a second, maybe index a batch, get up, and go around again. We had NO clue what he was doing.
Jul. 20th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
much like my students. Who get up and wander out of class and back in willy nilly

or show up having missed a week and then get mad because they're ill prepared for the exam and think they're special enough to get exempted
Jul. 20th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, last week he wandered in to work an HOUR LATE, he hadn't called anyone, he just "lost track of time." When the morning supervisor told him he needs to call, he apparently felt persecuted for this and said she was "like a bad cop, picking on him." This particular supervisor is all sunshine and puppies and I don't think she could be mean if you poked her with sticks. She was exasperated with him, but hardly "mean." Or a bad cop. I was gobsmacked.
Jul. 20th, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
snort. Oh I'm familiar with that too. A student missed the exam this week because he woke up at 7 am and decided it was too early and didn't wake up until a half hour before the test (at 1230) but decided he just had to go print something at the library and couldn't understand why I might not want to let him make up the exam.

I'm not sure how we've manufactured YA's this entitled and lazy but here we are.

Oh and I forgot, I agree with you about Mandy Patakin and Joe Montega. I like both roles on CM equally
Jul. 21st, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
He's getting me to the point where I'm starting to lose patience with him, and I have to grind my teeth and behave myself, because I have a feeling he was ALSO assigned to me to test me with an eye for my promotion -- so I suffer and try not to snap his head off when he gives me that "I'm so superior to all others" lazy-eyed stare...

Today I listened to both my versions of "Follies" -- the "in Concert" album with Mandy as Buddy, and then new one. Both excellent, but OMG Mandy is so freakin' good I can't believe anyone would try to follow him. But Joe Mantegna is so freakin' AWESOME!!!
Jul. 21st, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
I'm sure you're right about that. Oh, so much desert around you, just imagine where you could hide the body...

no argument
Jul. 20th, 2012 10:17 am (UTC)
"Common nighthawks" -- you could do a lot with that in a story! :-)

[hugs for dealing with the trainee]
Jul. 21st, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Oooo, true! (And it did occur to me, as I watch the nighthawks and bats, that Nighthawk was a much better companion to The Batman than Robin... *geekgirl*)
Jul. 20th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
OMG, I've dealt with assistants like your trainee. I blame their parents for turning every dump into an excuse for a freakin' party. How is it that he's still employed, given how many hard-working people are out there looking for jobs?
Jul. 21st, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
I want to know that, too. Especially since we have let go of some temps who, to me, were FAR superior. :P
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