December 13th, 2001


not quite full-bore

I've had one of those "Man, I'd love to post something substantial in LJ, but I have absolutely nothing to talk about, and I refuse to put up more stupid poll results" weeks. And while I know that being cut off from my inner angst is incredibly distressing for you guys, there's really not much that I can do about it. I'm spent, really, and I'm tired of complaining and repeating myself. Therefore, I've had nothing to say.

Well, that's not necessarily true. There's actually quite a bit that I want to talk about - my future (music, life, etc.), my thoughts about the world and current events, a thorough evaluation of 2001, etc. - but it's really hard to get full-bore into this stuff when I'm at work. I'm moody enough as it is, but the last thing I want to do is to start pouring my heart out here and then suddenly look up to see today's boss holding a 200-page document that needs to be edited, asking me why I'm projectile-weeping. So I'm gonna hold off on the insanity until later, if that's OK.

But here's some really good news: Death Cab for Cutie and the Dismemberment Plan will be touring in March. The "Death and Dismemberment Tour" hits NYC's Bowery Ballroom 3/14-15, I believe, and as soon as tickets go on sale you can bet your sweet ass that I'll be going to at least both of those shows, if not somehow getting backstage and snarking some beers and jumping up and down with giddy excitement until I break something important.
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Today's news

No, I can't believe this either, but if there's a Voss-related company that's looking to throw away tons of dollars, look me up. From YahooNews.

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Attention Dunlops: 'Tired' of Your Name?

TORONTO (Reuters) - In a move that raises corporate branding to new levels, a North American tire maker is offering $16,000 to people willing to alter their family name and embrace the company's Dunlop-Tire moniker as their own.

"This has never been done before," said Jane Wilcox, a spokeswoman with the tire company. The firm has mailed 1,000 information packages to families with the name Dunlop across Canada.

To win a portion of the 16,000 offer, a Dunlop must legally change his or her name to "Dunlop-Tire" at a cost of some $125, which the company will reimburse.

If 50 people sign up, each gets $315. But a sole signatory would hit a $16,000 jackpot.

"I think it's a bit ridiculous," said Toronto-area Lisa Dunlop, who heard about the offer from a Reuters correspondent. "I guess anybody would do anything for a dollar, but I'm not one of them."

A statement from the tire company said a poll of 2,000 Canadians conducted by Decima Research showed that 37 percent of Canadians would be willing to trade their family name for a corporate brand name -- if the price was right.

Men were far more willing than women to adopt a name change for cash, the pollsters found.

Wilcox acknowledged that the tire company's campaign, which is open only to Dunlops in Canada, should be taken with a pinch of salt and conceded there was nothing to stop the winners changing their names back after raking in the cash.

"First and foremost, this is about having fun," she said. "If there are people who don't appreciate what we're doing, well, I think they probably just don't have a sense of humor."

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Fantastic! More overtime! Wonderful! As if I haven't had enough time on my hands all day, to now suddenly have to be really busy when I should be on a subway! I'm so thrilled!
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Between the Osama videotape, the Army's acknowledgement that it has produced weapons-grade anthrax in the last 10 years, the whole Isreal/Palestinian deal, the Islamic militants who stormed India's Parliament building, Bush's withdrawl from the ABM treaty, as well as those reports that Osama escaped to Pakistan and a new impending biological attack according to that John Walker Lindh guy, I gotta say that today's horoscope cracked me up:

Good news is coming, so today you can expect your in box to be filled with emails, possibly from all over the world, dear Sagittarius. An important world event could take place that marks a watershed for societal progress, and people everywhere could be excited and definitely will want to discuss it. You yourself are likely to be very moved emotionally, as your natural idealism often causes you to hope against hope for such events.
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Finally made it home. I got suckered into staying late ("for only about 30 minutes, I'm sure", said my supervisor) and ended up staying until... I don't know, 8:15 or so. But that wasn't even the worst part.

No, the worst part was when this other temp who works there came up to me (while I was in the middle of trying to get a FedEx package up to the reception desk before the deadline, which I missed because of this guy) and started bitching about how our temp agency was screwing him on his hourly rate.

Me: What do you mean, they're screwing you on your hourly rate?
Him: Well, I checked my paystub and I'm getting a dollar lower per hour than I used to when I worked here.
Me: Oh. Well, I've always gotten the same rate.
Him: I mean, I used to be getting paid $22/h, now I'm just getting $21/h.
Me: [pause]
Him: What?
Me: Well, I've been getting $17/h since July.

So I've been getting fucked over by my agency for 6 months. No wonder I'm so fucking broke. Goddammit. I gotta call those guys and see what the hell is going on.
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