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Alma Mater Drama

Warning: this post is serious…

I’m feeling less and less proud of my alma mater.

FULL DISCLOSURE!!!!

I went to a smaller, private university. In Orange, California…in one of the Red districts of Southern California.

As a Democratic-leaning Independent…it was a little uncomfortable. However, I was a Theater Major…therefore surrounded by much more like-minded individuals. I interacted with plenty of conservatives and got along with many. But it was always obvious the political leanings of the University OVERALL.

Why am I bringing this up?

Well, my alma mater is starting a new Center for Freedom of Expression and Media Integrity. Focus on that last bit for the rest of this post.

As with most things, there will be an inaugural event. The Dean of the School of Communications who will also be the Center for Freedom of Expression and Media Integrity’s Founding Executive Director has invited 2 speakers to the event, both former Press Secretaries for Presidential Administrations.

I’m sure you may be seeing where this is going. One of the speakers is Roberts Gibbs former White House Press Secretary of the Obama Administration. Okay.

The second speaker is former White House Press Secretary of the Trump Administration…Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Let’s review the title: Center for the Freedom of Expression and MEDIA INTEGRITY.

Now, this led to a former student (an alumni) sending a concerned email to the Dean of the School of Communications who will be the Founding Executive Director. I will post the student’s email. The Dean’s response. And the student’s response to the response. I will be blocking out names for the sake of anonymity. Though I will leave the name of my Alma Mater in because I think it should be known.

Alumni’s email:

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Dean’s response:

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Alumni’s response:

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I could state my opinions on the matter. I could argue against the school’s decision to invite a highly controversial figure…but my alma mater has already done it before.

They invited Ben Shapiro to speak in a closed door, paid invite only discussion with business students…a small number of business students who had to pay a LOT to listen to him speak and NOT ask questions.

They invited Norman Finkelstein (twice) a man who has spoken negatively Jews and claims they use the Holocaust for political and financial gain.

They invited former President George W. Bush. Need I say more?

Anybut, the bottom line is, I accept my alma mater is highly conservative. I accept I will not agree with many people they invite to speak.

However, I do not accept the response of a faculty member to a former student where she degrades the student. Degrades the student’s intelligence. Degrades the students right to argue the credibility of a speaker who has been proven time and time again to be willing to lie and call the free press “enemy of the people”.

That is where I draw the line.

 

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THE DEED IS DONE!!!

The tooth is in…

I AM WHOLE AGAIN!!!

BEWARE WORLD FOR MY FULL MOUTH OF TEETH AND STARVING STOMACH!!!

But seriously, the veneer is in, I can smile fully again…and I don’t have to go back to the dentist for 6 months (except to pick up my night guard but that’s just a pop in and pick up).

I’M FREE!!!!

Tomorrow is the Day

I go back to the dentist tomorrow…

It’s time to get my new tooth. The chipped tooth which has become a baby tooth will soon grow up into a brand new adult tooth…

Hopefully. Who knows. I may go in and the tooth won’t fit. But I’m positive it will. Then after that I get a mold of my brand new set of teeth so I can get a night guard to protect my teeth from grinding while I sleep.

Anybut, once that’s all done…..I GET ICE CREAM!!! YAY!!! I’ve been waiting for WEEKS to eat ice cream again!!

TOMORROW IS THE DAY!!!

Dentist Update

My jaw hurts…

But not from work being done, just from holding my mouth open for so long.

I had 2 appointments over the past 2 weeks. Why?

I’m not ashamed. I had to get deep cleaning cause I’m not good at flossing. I’ve never been good at it, but I’m making a…drawing a line in the sand. I’m going to do better.

Oh, and I also, mainly, had to get the deep clean before I can get my chipped tooth fixed. Don’t want it rotting underneath the…why is the word vinyl in my head? That’s reallllly not the right word. Varnish? Nope, definitely not the right word.

VENEER!!! There it is (ironically there was a poster with this word next to me in the office the whole time I was in my appointment).

ANYbut, I got the chipped tooth grind down and they took a mold of my teeth. Now we wait 2 weeks for the tooth to get made (they don’t make them in-house) and then I’ll get another mold so I can get a night guard to stop me from grinding my teeth. Which was why my tooth chipped in the first place.

So, yeah, that’s my dentist update for the past 2 weeks.

Baby Steps

I finally did something…

I’ve been meaning to do for years. I submitted writing to a few different places (for like competitions or general posting things).

There’s no real chance any of it will go anywhere or get picked for anything, but it’s one of those things I’ve been scared to do. It’s one of those things that I’ve wanted to do, but never felt confident to do it.

Now I think what’s the harm? They say no? Fine. Won’t stop me from trying again.

Anybut, it’s time to step out of the bubble…with baby steps.

Gorgeous

Felt cute, might delete later…

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Should this be the time I get into the ridiculousness of being afraid to post ugly pictures?

Nah.

But here’s one I took and couldn’t get over how thick my glasses are. I mean look at that right eye (my right eye, not the eye on the right)! It’s like a poorly photoshopped attempt to make my face look thinner, but I forgot to do the rest of my face!

Anybut….I’m not embarrassed to post the ugly pictures.

And yes, that is a zit on my face. Guess what? They never stop coming! Okay, maybe for some people they do…but don’t be surprised if you still get those little puckers well into your 30s!! (Especially if you’re like me and get stressed easily…they love stress)

Performance #8

Our only Thursday show…

Today was a one time performance at 7:30 pm instead of the usual evening performance at 8pm.

Nobody was late, everyone remembered there was a show today, and our audience was the best Thursday numbers we’ve ever had since I’ve been working here.

I haven’t really been talking about the audience numbers on these, but they’ve been the best numbers for any of our shows…….

But that probably has to do with the fact the show is Shrek the Musical….kids love Shrek….parents love bringing their kids to see Shrek….

Anybut, the big reveal! Kind of….not really.

Tomorrow, back to 8pm performance.

Workloads

I think we need to have a discussion on workloads.

Now, perhaps I’m not the best person to discuss this, but I’ve been witness to so much lately I think it’s time to talk about it.

Many in the older generations like to say the younger generation (and I could go OFF on how annoying it is they lump ALL younger generations together when they say this, but I won’t. This is about workloads) is lazy and doesn’t understand true hard work and blah blah blah…

But here’s something they tend to not consider…just because a generation has moved out of the office doesn’t mean they’re working any less. In fact, BECAUSE they’ve moved out of the office…sorry, not sorry, workload has gone through the roof.

Why? Because jobs treated as unconventional aren’t protected. Most don’t have unions that ensure employees are given proper safety nets. And this leads to overloading workloads.

With minimal pay, or even good pay, but tweaked hours to make it as though the pay weren’t so good. OR tweaked hours to prevent benefits from having to be given out.

Why am I bringing this up? Because I’ve witnessed friends or people I’ve worked with just get swamped. And I mean, 60+ hours a week, swamped. Not to mention any other work they do like side jobs or familial responsibilities. And they are being worn and torn down.

The other thing younger generations are struggling with is the mentality of replaceability. We’re told over and over by different employers or companies that if we won’t do the job they’ll find someone who will so we get it in our mindset that we can’t bring up ANY complaints.

NOT EVERYONE OF COURSE!!! SHUT YOUR MOUTH JANET!!

But there are times when it should be obvious you can’t have people work this way…but then you have to remember that’s not what they care about. Results. They always care about results, not how they get to the results.

There’s this strange inability to lay down boundaries for ourselves. And with the growing difficulty of costs of living increasing as wages stay the same, we become trapped in the mindset of “You can’t risk losing this job, you can’t afford to live without it.”

Then we get injured or sick from overworking. From over performing without added benefits or employers forcing you to just tweak the actual hours you worked. Which then leads to missed work days, which leads to added workloads to recover the lost time. Which leads to more illness and injury.

Eventually, the tipping point is reached and a blow out happens.

And unfortunately, it’s the overworked employee who is given the death blow. Fired or gently nudged towards quitting. And the employer hires a new, fresh face to start the cycle over.

Sorry for such a downer post. I’ll try something more positive next time.

 

Books

I have a lot of books…

Surprise, surprise, insert book lover joke here.

But I do have a lot of books. A lot I haven’t read but have owned for years. And yet, when i want to read something…I tend to grab the books I’ve already read.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have to worry about being let down. Maybe it’s a nervous tick of not wanting to read a highly praised book and hating it even when everyone I know loved it (for me, Gone Girl was a slog to get through and I definitely did not enjoy it).

Or maybe it’s because once I actually read all the books I currently own…there’s nothing to stop me from buying more in bulk.

Oh well, time to read Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence for the hundredth time. (If you don’t know that book and like fantasy with an antihero protagonist…check it out. Highly recommended)

 

The Dentist Update

By some miracle…

I have no cavities! I’m shocked only because…I mean, I honestly thought I would have them.

But no. Cavity-free!!

My gums aren’t that great, but I knew that already and will start working on that (especially since I have to go back for a deep clean and to get the chipped tooth situated).

Anybut, it wasn’t as bad as I thought.

HOWEVER! My previous post on The Dentist still stands! (shameless plug alert)