Some people are just grumpy all the FRIGGING time..
Like seriously, get over whatever it is that has made you this way and SMILE. Normally those who don’t like not getting their own way or are so far up their own arse it is unreal. In a word, spoilt. BLOODY CHEER UP.
Honest to God, one thing that tests my patience to no end is the existence of grumpy ass curmudgeon ass-holish, old men [and women sometimes]. Though from my personal experience with these grumpy ass curmudgeons, most of them have been male.
To the curmugeon fucker on the subway who elbowed my friend today when she was CLEARLY trying to move out the way so people COULD GET OFF THE SUBWAY - that REALLY was not freakin’ necessary and a completely doucheass move. Especially when she apologized anyway, even though your sorry ass didn’t even deserve it.
OH GEE, I’M SO SORRY MY FRIEND WAS JUST TRYING TO MOVE OUT OF THE WAY AND ACCIDENTALLY ELBOWED YOU AND APOLOGIZED IMMEDIATELY, BUT YOU STILL FELT THE NEED TO BE A DOUCHE AND ELBOW HER BACK AND ROLL YOUR EYES IN ANNOYANCE AS IF GOD FORBID, SOMEONE HAD DONE SOMETHING TRULY HORRIBLE TO YOU. OH MY, DID WE DESECRATE YOUR PERSONAL SPACE THAT MUCH?
To curmugeon fucker #2, yes okay my friend and I probably should have you and your female companion get off the elevator first, but the whole “Are you really sorry?” backhanded, snide as hell comment after we apologized and moved out of your fucking way…really? REALLY?
Oh gee, I AM SO SORRY I DARED TO BLOCK YOUR WAY FOR EVEN A SPLIT SECOND AND DESECRATED YOUR BREATHING SPACE BY TRYING TO STEP INTO A ELEVATOR.
*GASP* NOT. Lemme ask YOU something: Are you really that much of an asshole? Seems so. Grumpy ass fool.
Oh and curmugeon fucker #3, dear curmugeon lady on the train. Sure, I probably should have lowered my voice on the phone, but that doesn’t give you the right to think you can SCREAM INTO MY FACE ABOUT IT. You sure as hell are not my fucking mother or an older female figure that I respect and would listen to. Last time I checked, screaming at random strangers to get something you want done, generally doesn’t warrant a positive response. Maybe if you had asked more politely, I would have apologized.
I really try not to be purposefully rude and disrespectful of my elders, but generally everyone else in a public space. It’s not anything special, it’s called just having some freakin’ manners. But here’s the thing. If you’re going to be a curmugeon asshat and think that just because you’re older than me, and therefore think you’re somehow ENTITLED to make asshat, snide comments and talk down to me, and THINK you can possibly get it away with it, FORGET THAT SHIT.
I WILL NOT HAVE THAT SHIT. I WILL HAVE NONE OF IT.
Seriously, you CANNOT pull that whole “respect your elders” shit on me, if you’re being an unnecessary and uncalled for curmugeon asshat to me first. And for anyone who’s been taught otherwise, I’m telling you know loud and clear: this COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT.
This is a brief list of interesting and thought-provoking facts about Asians in America that you might not know. It is by no means complete, but is meant to provide a jumping off point for thinking and learning about Asian American issues.
The first Asians whose arrival in…
“A recent study showed that Asian Americans are bullied more in US schools than members of other ethnic groups.” Because people are dumbasses and don’t realize that it’s unacceptable to make slurs/discriminate/stereotype ALL ethnicities unless someone literally yells it in their face. See: SNL Jeremy Lin skit.
Omg this is totally like a recap of the Asian-American powerpoint I did last semester in my “Diversity in America” sociology class. Some other fun facts that I came across while doing research that the list doesn’t include:
1. Chinese sailors also arrived in Hawaii as early as 1788.
2. The Chinese Exclusion Act also contributed to the rise of human smuggling, [probably a predecessor to human trafficking nowadays] which later spread among other ethnic groups.
3. Surprisingly enough, Japanese-Canadian internment did occur during WWII, with nearly 23,000 Japanese-Canadians interned. 80% were Canadian nationals. [SRSLY CANADA?] Though the Canadian gov. formally apologized for Japanese internment in the same year as the Reagan administration in 1988.
4. Asian-Americans already in the US couldn’t even become naturalized citizens until 1952 under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.
“Some people will say this is junk, that anybody could have messed up a tabletop, screwed up a painted window, and done a rubbing of a stone. Well sure. But that’s the usual argument. Anyone could have dribbled paint all over a canvas. But Jackson Pollock did, because he knew it was right. Anyone could have painted a can of soup. But Andy Warhol did, because he understand more about modern society than those people. Idea meets execution. Feeling becomes action.”—Aunt Peg from The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
The Last Little Blue Envelope - Harry Potter and Doctor Who references ftw~~
Ginny:"You mean you have a photographic memory?"
Oliver:"No. Because that would be useful. It's far more random than that. I can recite the entire first chapter of every Harry Potter book. I can recite all forty-seven pages of my school handbook. I can re-create eight episodes of season two of Doctor Who, with the Tenth Doctor, word for word. I memorized the driving manual. I just seem to memorize things that have some kind of significance for me-...It just happened. No control over it. Came in handy, though."
Ginny:You can recite all the first chapters of Harry Potter?
Oliver:Yes well...I can recite chapters one through four of book one, chapters one and two of book two, chapters-"
Ginny:"Okay wait. I want to hear this. Because I don't believe you."
Oliver:"Which one do you want?"
Ginny:"The first book."
Oliver:"Can I finish my pizza?"
Narration:She nodded graciously. Oliver continued eating, wiped his mouth, took a drink of beer, and sat back in his chair. He assumed the position - eyes closed, head tipped back."
Oliver:"Okay. Book one..."
Narration:"And so he began. Ginny didn't actually know Harry Potter book one by heart, but what he was reading sounded right. Normally, Oliver had a deadpan manner of speaking. When he recited the letters, his voice went completely flat. When he read the book, his face relaxed and his voice deepened. He was a very good narrator, really. After a few moments, they had attracted the attention of some very stoned people sitting two tables over. They openly stared at Oliver, their jaw hanging slightly open, their eyes bloddshot and full of wonder. They began to approach, sliding their chairs closer and closer, inch by inch. The waiter began to hover as well. Oliver seemed to enjoy having an audience - he continued on for a full three chapters, growing more and more expressive."
Stoned Guy:"Was that Harry Potter?"
Oliver:"What makes you say that?"
Stoned Guy:[seriously] You kept saying Harry Potter. And it sounded like it. It sounded like you were reading it. How did you do that?"
Narration:"Oliver drew his black coat tight around himself, leaned right into the guy's face and quietly said-"
This whole scene between Ginny, Oliver, and the rest of their stoned company in the sketchy pot-smoking pizza cafe in Amsterdam is legit one of my favorite scenes in the book, hands down. XD
“You can throw any two people together, it doesn’t mean they’ll fall in love. Everyone knows this. No one quite understands how it works. It’s just those people, where they are in their lives, how circumstances throw them together. Sure, it’s happened before, but never quite in that way. Maybe they seem to come together all wrong. Maybe they’ve loved others. Maybe they don’t always do right by each other…but it’s still there, the love. The event. And no one would dare criticize it just because it’s common, it’s a little asymmetrical, and anyone can do it. It is unique. It is theirs. It is beautiful. They have made something that has been made a million times before and has also never existed before that moment.”—
Hiddleston has looked invincible this entire tournament, securing wide victories over Tom Hardy, Richard Armitage, Alan Rickman, and Colin Morgan.
Cumberbatch has thumped Sir Patrick Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and most recently, his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman. However, his skin-of-his-fingernails win over David Tennant in the quarterfinals shows vulnerability. Will his fans’ “get out the vote” efforts be enough?
WHAT IS THIS RIDICULOUSNESS BBC AMERICA? HOW THE HELL CAN YOU EXPECT ME TO VOTE BETWEEN THESE TWO?
Btwdubss favorite comments from the comment section:
"They should mud wrestle for the title."
"CAN WE JUST STOP THE POLL AND CALL IT A TIE. I CAN’T CHOOSE THIS IS TOO DIFFICULT."
"Oh dear lord… WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!? HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO CHOOSE BETWEEN TWO PERFECT HUMAN BEINGS! ;_;"
"I don’t see this as Tom vs Ben, I see this as Loki vs Sherlock….. THE HORROR!! BBC EXPECT AN ANGRY MOB! This is cruel."
"For all the Cumberbitches and Hiddlestoners out there. Guys, come on. Let’s stop arguing and make it 50/50. tbh I love both actors and I really can’t choose one of them. CUMBERSTONERS! HIDDLEBITCHES!!"
“I’ve got Tom Hiddleston playing Henry V, I don’t want to have a bowl haircut. I wanna him looking good! So, you know, I want him in delicious, kind of tight-fitting leather jackets. Yeah, that’s I want! Because I wanna people to look at it and wanna keep watching. I don’t need him in tights. You know, we can still make the point. So, he’s got very nice leather trousers in mine.”—
Thea Sharrock, director of Henry V and clearly a woman of vision and deserving of a statue.
Other than for the factor of Tom Hiddleston’s delicious kind of tight-fitting leather jackets and very nice trousers, y’all should REALLY consider tuning in for the Hollow Crown. It’s a tetralogy on BBC2 consisting of the following Shakespeare plays; Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V, starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, the aforementioned TH, Michelle “Lady Mary” Dockery, and Patrick Stewart (in different plays, respectively). Not familiar with the plays? WATCH IT ANYWAY. I haven’t read any of them, just saw “Richard II,” the first in the tetralogy that screened last Saturday, and it was amazing-balls. Here’s a preview of Lord Percy shouting indiscriminately, Jeremy Irons looking disappointed with Tom Hiddleston’s drunken tomfoolery in the next three plays. Oh look it’s the guy who played Sir Richard in Downton Abbey and Ser Jorah in Game of Thrones! He’s kind of everywhere, isn’t he? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90sbc7MoDJs
On that note, was anyone slightly confused seeing Patrick Stewart with almost a head full of hair in Richard II? I kept thinking, “NO PROF X! YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO REMAIN THE EPITOME OF THE ARCHETYPAL HANDSOME BALD MAN TYPE!” heheh :3
So I’ve reached the part where Marius is stalking Cosette at the Luxembourg Gardens for awhile, but it’s the part where Victor Hugo recounts it from the perspective of Jean Valjean.
Now I really love the novel, I really do. I’ve already seen the Les Mis musical (I was seven and don’t remember much but oh wells) and even the 52 episode Shoujo Cosette anime series. But this particular section I love because there are some tidbits of literary gold that I wasn’t aware of before.
Jean Valjean’s hilarious yet endearing account as a slightly over petulant, protective father who really, really doesn’t like Marius is extremely amusing. I was on the train while reading this passage and couldn’t help but crack up a couple of times, and questioned whether or not I was really reading Les Mis. Needless to say, I was thoroughly entertained. Here are some of my favorite lines:
"He [Marius] used to wear his old suit, now he had on his new suit everyday; it was not entirely certain that he did not curl his hair, he had strange eyes, he wore gloves; in short, Jean Valjean cordially detested this young man.” (p. 899)
"Meanwhile Cosette still walked in behind her apparent unconcern and her imperturbable tranquility, so that Jean Valjean came to this conclusion: This booby is madly in love with Cosette, but Cosette doesn’t even know he exists!”(p. 900)
"Cosette was sending her smile to the intoxicated Marius, who noticed nothing but that, and now saw nothing in the world except one radiant, adored face, Jean Valjean glared pointedly at Marius.”(p. 901)
"What’s he [Marius] looking for? And adventure? What does he want? A flirtation! - and as for me! What! After first being the most miserable of men, I’ll be the most unfortunate; I’ll have spent sixty years of life on my knees; I’ll have suffered all a man can suffer; I’ll have grown old without having been young, have lived with no family, no relatives, no friends, no wife, no children! I’ll have left my blood on every stone, on every thorn, on every post, along every wall; I’ll have been gentle, although the world was harsh to me, and good, though it was evil; I’ll have become an honest man in spite of all; I’ll have repented the wrongs I’ve done, and pardoned the wrongs done to me, and the moment I’m rewarded, the moment it’s over, the moment I’m reaching the end, the moment I have what I desire, rightfully and justly, I have paid for it, I have earned it–it will all disappear, and I’ll lose Cosette, and I’ll lose my life, my joy, my soul, because this booby has seen fit to come and loiter at the Luxembourg.” (p. 901)
Now I’m actually not sure if “booby” is the exact French translation. I’ll have to look that up. But all seriousness, I’m wondering if any of this was included in the musical version (cuz it sure wasn’t in the 52 ep anime series) If it wasn’t, it really should have been because this section was just so damn entertaining. God, I love this novel.
P.S. Marius sweetie, stalking Cosette behind a bush in the Luxemborug Garden for months really isn’t all that endearing. Hope someone tells you next time…