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Mea Culpa

I microaggressed against the workshop on microaggressions by missing it. I’m sorry, folks, I suck. I built up expectations about it and then failed to get myself over there. Mea culpa. I went there at 11 and the workshop was at 10.

I’m very tired this week, and when I’m tired, I get erratic. I left pea soup stains on my Canadian passport renewal form, and now I have to redo it. I don’t want the people at the governmental office to think I’m disrespecting Canada. Of course, I could always hope that Canadians would look kindly on me eating Canada’s national soup in the US but you never know if you get a maverick split pea soup hater to read your application.

Now I have my first meeting as a union rep. Or at least I think I do. I feel lost and confused without my phone. I don’t keep my calendar on it but the phone allows me not to have to run to a stationary computer every five minutes for everything I need. And before anybody starts smartassing all over my pain with “And how did people survive without smartphones before they were invented?”, I ask them to wonder how they would do without, say, running water or electricity. Or antibiotics, for that matter.

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2 thoughts on “Mea Culpa

  1. I have never had a smart phone and do just fine. Going nine weeks once in Ghana without running water and basically two years with 12 hours of electricity every 36 hours on the other hand was more irritating. Absent anti-biotics nasty skin infections would have killed me there.

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  2. Dreidel on said:

    Sorry, lady, but not showing up for the workshop was a MACRO-aggression!

    If — as I think you’ve said — the course is mandatory, then your university should require you to attend the next class. This is assuming, of course, that your university has any backbone, and enforces its own faculty rules.

    My guess is that you’ll get off scott-free.

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