Wednesday, April 27, 2005

More than just teachers need higher pay

I've had this idea for a TV show for a while now. Please don't stop reading, but it's a reality show.

It would be a show highlighting different people in different careers, to hopefully show that we need all these professions, increase appreciation for those that are underappreciated, and maybe even be used in school to show kids different career paths (I also think something like this would make a great class in high school since so many kids have no idea what they want to be, and also have no idea what their options are).

Teachers are great, but it seems like whenever the issue of underappreciated and underpaid workers comes up, it always goes to teachers. But there are many people who work more than 8.5 months out of the year and get paid much less, but aren't getting any sort of recognition. This show would be for them.

I'm talking about social workers, nurses, retail workers, janitorial staff, cooks, secretaries, etc. People of all education levels and salaries, all of whom are needed to keep our society running. My show would focus on one person each episode, cover how the person entered the profession, what requirements are needed to enter the profession, and what the typical day is like.

I truly think every working person is essential to our society. If there were no janitorial staff, we'd all be sick from the bacteria. If there were no cooks/waitstaff, we couldn't go out to eat. Without social workers, so many children would have no voice, or a home.

I'm so tired of people taking so many things for granted- And people thinking they are better than others who work in lower paying/underappreciated jobs.

**Just a sidenote, here but I have to say that I'm really happy that I work in a place that doesn't think like this. Whether, you work in the cafeteria or the "corporate office," you are treated well by fellow employees. Where I used to work, the "head honcho" would not acknowledge those below him, but here, he (that is, the "head honcho") knows my name, and most everyone's name! I wish more places were like that...


Saturday, April 16, 2005

The Pianist

Once again, a great movie I had no idea about. Maybe I should start paying attention to all those reviews....NOOOO! Just kidding! I like discovering movies on my own-I hate it when I say "oh I saw such and such..." and someone else says "really??? I didn't see it cuz I saw it got bad reviews..." GAG

So, first I have another confession: I used to think it funny to be in the movie store with my husband and like to say loudly "do you want the peeenist? let's get the peeeeinist!" Yeah, I have a sense of humor like a 12-year old. Now I'm so ashamed. I didn't know it was such a powerful, serious movie...

ever since I was a kid, and I would read about horrible things that happened in history, I would always think "what would I have done?" Like I remember in grade school, learning about slavery, I would daydream..."if I were there, I would be a great leader and convince everyone that slavery is wrong..." and learning about the holocaust, I would think "I would totally hide someone..."

Funny how all through the Pianist, the same thoughts crossed my mind. I like to think if I were alive during those times, I would have harbored a family, brought food, been part of the "underground" i like to think so, of course there's no way to "really know," is there? But I think I do know, crazy as that might sound. But some things I think are worth fighting for, you know?

Things like that also make me proud to be liberal. Some people say the term like it's so negative, but really, look what thinking progressively has done! SIGH...

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

"Finally, a way to stop those troublesome smart liberals"

I loved this column in today's issue of the Palm Beach Post. It's very well written, and funny, one that I would just love to cut out and hang up somewhere, but instead I'll post it here.

(a little background, in FL there's a bill that's trying to get passed to try and stop professors from discussing contraversial issues in class because their liberal beliefs could influence the students)

Monday, April 11, 2005

I'll never understand

I played Halo for the first time yesterday. Not to sound too corny, but I found it really disturbing. To be shooting these things, going around in tanks with other marines, it was just very strange knowing that at that very moment someone could really be doing that in real life. Sure they were "monsters" in the game, which I guess is supposed to make it less cruel in some way? But I would imagine that's what the soldiers are trained to think too, "these are monsters, not people that you are out there to kill, do you understand? Now, go kill, kill, killl!" Aughh, so sick! If only we had a brilliant leader who could fight with reason, not with lives...
But really, I don't get the fascination with these violent games kids play nowadays. Whatever happened to some of my favorites, like wheel of fortune, familiy fued, but who wants to learn nowadays, huh? I feel so old right now. Dammit, it should be a normal reaction to feel bothered about going out and killing people-game or not. pick up a book, kids, go outside and play, stop being so desensitized to such violence!
I remember seeing footage of the soldiers in Iraq, in combat, and they were on this tank and they had rock music going loud, and they were shooting out at the "enemy." These kids shooting, like it was some live video game to them. Anyone else remember seeing this? Was it in a Michael Moore movie? So sick. If only we lived in a world where killing others was actually considered wrong. Oh but wait, we're more concerned about gay marriages and feeding tubes aren't we? I'll never understand, and I don't know if I want to.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Boys don't cry

I went and rented two movies tonight- I purposely stayed away from the new releases section and checked out a couple older movies I never saw (I highly recommend doing this by the way, so many good movies out there, beyond that new releases wall). I just finished watching Boys don't cry. Not only had I never seen it, but (*acakai looks down and around shamefully and brings voice down to a whisper*) I didn't even know it was based on a true story...

First, I have to say, how cool was Lana!!??? Lana, who accepted Brandon, who truly didn't care about his body parts, and just liked him as a person, I wish there were more Lanas in the world.
But unfortunately there's few Lanas and lots of Johns.

I was so pissed at what happened to Brandon in the movie, and then when the text at the end came up, telling what happened to all the characters in real life, I almost jumped out of bed. What? How had I not heard about this before? My "equal rights activist card" should be taken away due to ignorance, I'm such a disgrace...

IMHO, transgenderism is an issue that is not discussed enough. I did notice the movie briefly touched over a few things like: 1.) in the beginning when Brandon made a comment that he couldn't afford surgery (to my knowledge, it's not covered by most insurance, besides the fact that the do a shotty job half the time) 2.) When he's trying to exlain himself and he says he is a hermophodite-I know it's different, but I can only imagine all the possibilities running through one's head when struggling with a sexual identity (always trying to fit into a category that never seems to be there) 3.) When his cousin says "just admit you are a dyke" (his words, not mine, but he was trying to tell Brandon that he was a lesbian) and Brandon says no, it's different. I think that's a common misconception that people have, I'm sure you've all heard that one before.
Also I'm thinking those numerous intimate scenes were intentional and strategically placed in the movie because I think that so many people would ask all those questions like how do he and lana have sex? How does he hide his breasts? Is he a hermophodite?
No, I'm not trying to be an expert on this topic, nor do I have any idea of what it's like to be transgendered. But that doesn't mean I can't at least try and relate, and learn more. Education is the key to tolerance, right?
If you also like to explore topics outside yourself, I read this book a few months ago: She's Not There. Admittedly I was a little disappointed in the book because it was supposed to be a personal look into a transgendered person's life, and it just didn't seem to go deep enough to me. (Meaning, it didn't seem to go much past the "i like girly things like earrings and dresses.") Plus, her friends and family were very accepting in the book, which is fantastic, I just wonder how much was left out, and why? (We know it's not always a rosy world). I really wish there were more books/movies/anthing else out there on this topic. Knowledge is power, dammit!

Anyway, I'm falling asleep on the keyboard here, must stop blabbering.

P.S. I saw Hilary Swank on Oprah a couple months ago, and Oprah mentioned that she wanted to show a clip of Boys don't cry, but didn't because she didn't see it ethically right that they wanted $9,000 for her to show the clip, yet Swank only got paid $3,000 to do the movie

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Has it been that long?

I suppose I've been a little busy, with my new job, hanging out with family, etc. This is my first lonely saturday night. You know when you get off work and you're ready to relax/have fun, whatever? Yeah, my husband's doing inventory and I'm all by my lonesome. I know I've only been here a few weeks, but I'm already like "AGGH, I need to find some friends!" Like last night, my hubby and I went out to dinner, and all we could talk about was work! Yuck, we need to get lives. At first there was so much to be done, you know how it is moving to a new place, now that we're settled, what to do with free time now? well, actually there's still quite a bit to be done, but I just need some sort of social outlet!

I did sign up to join this kickball team (at work) but it turns out it is really expensive to join. But hey, I named the team (we voted on a team name, and my suggestion won, woo-hooo!). I'm just not sure if I can afford it ($63 a person, that's $126 for both of us to play!-yeah, cuz he needs to get friends too, duh!)

There was this cool chick at work, and I really liked her cuz she reminded me of my friends from the republic, but she's gone, she moved to another state (guess where, only where my favorite person lives!) and she left because she said she couldn't find any cool people down here to hang out with. (by the way I had a dream about her last night: first I kissed her, this really bizarre lip-barely touching-lip awkward kiss, and afterward she said "My mom said you'd kiss like that" or something along those lines because I'd never kissed a girl before, then I planted a real kiss on her, and she was taken aback, and I was like "yeah, damn right" Interpretations, please!)

Sorry to just be rambling on like this, but hey I've got all night! Hah! If you read this far, you are a great friend, and all I need to do is find some local peeps like you-someone to get a drink with, go shopping with, and all that jazz.

So that's how I'm feeling tonight.