New Job

Today is my last day as a carefree, lazy layabout. Tomorrow I’m starting my 9-5 office job! Not that I actually have to be in the office much until August. Or ever if I decide to pretend that I’m terrified of dropping dead the second I leave my house.

I asked the current Chair, what is the most difficult part of the job? Scheduling? Budgeting? Paperwork?

“Oh, you poor deluded idiot Clarissa!” he said. “All of that is easy. It’s the rabid bitches from hell people that are a total bloody murder difficult. Until you do this job, you never realize what absolute bastards how complicated some of your colleagues are. There are horrible nightmarish freaks individuals who are totally nuts like you have no idea have some issues. Dealing with that complete and utter dysfunction is what’s hard. Everything else is easy.”

After a pause, he added, “Although with your personality, it might be a lot easier.

Administration vs Union

And again, folks, I don’t want to report it but what can I do if it’s true?

There was a very long webinar today offered by our administration on how we will teach in the next semester. The administration is extremely reasonable and accommodating. There were some people speaking whom I personally dislike but I have to admit they were being very reasonable. The administration is accommodating everybody’s preferences for teaching. You can do online, you can do f2f (face-to-face), you can do masks, you can do shields, nobody is being forced to do anything. It’s all good.

But then we get a mile-long email from the leadership of the union, promising to fight for our right not to teach f2f (even though nobody is being forced or even encouraged to teach f2f) because “our priority is to not die.” That’s a copy-pasted quote.

I’m heavily inclined towards the “administration = bad, union = good” way of thinking but the union has been deranged on this. They are creating insane fear-mongering with the goal of forcing the administration to adopt a model that will make workers redundant. The whole email from the union leadership (which is longer than my life, seriously) is about baseless, ridiculous fear-mongering of the “we are all going to diiiiiieeeee” variety.

What really bugs me about COVID fanatics is that they want everybody else to participate in their insanity. I don’t think anybody should be forced to teach or learn f2f if they are terrified. But they want to force those of us who don’t share their fears to hide at home, too. I don’t get it. What business is it of yours how I do things? The ancient canard about “overwhelmed hospitals” has long been disproven, so what is it? The need to be a killjoy simply because your ridiculous anxiety is keeping you imprisoned in your house?

I don’t have words to describe how tired I am of the “I don’t want to diiieee” crowd. Everybody has mental health struggles but there is no need to unleash them on others.

Local Bookstore Censors Books

Left Bank Books removes J.K. Rowling’s books from its shelves | @stltoday

That’s my favorite local bookstore. And yes, it was always politicized. It’s a wokie bookstore. But this JK Rowling drama isn’t even political. It’s a stupid nothing-burger scandal created by completely ridiculous people.

How is one supposed to support local bookstores when they have started removing books over utterly dumb Twitter spats?