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09 August 2016 @ 12:03 am
Happenings—Bait and Switchy Edition  
Criminy—I was promised Men's Gymnastics for the Olympics broadcasting tonight, and after hours of diving and endless swimming... women's beach volleyball is on? Gah.

Summer's getting away from me, not just because of HalfshellHusband's surgery and recuperation. The kids are all scheduled up with their summer obligations, and then our son starts school next week. Too soon!

The Boy is doing two weeks as a zoo camp counselor, and despite a year of conservative-leaning bro-ness (which has kind of been driving us nuts), he has succumbed to the cuteness of the younger kids. Those first and second graders are pricelessly loopy. :)

Our daughter has been working in public relations at a state government office all summer, and has another month to go. She spends hours answering phone calls from the public, and fortunately has a very calm personality. There are... a lot of people out there who are either off their meds or have never been treated. It's sad. So many of them are distressed about things that aren't really happening. She has also heard from a lot of NRA members about various gun bills, and from people having disability or benefits issues (and her office isn't the right one to call, which makes the callers feel even more frustrated and hopeless). There are some, shall we say, frequent flyers, too. One phone call devolved into this:

Caller: ... this is important.
Daughter: I understand, sir.
Caller: And the government is just *blerk* *frambot*
Daughter: o_O
Caller: *ranty-rant-rant-rant-rant* !!
Daughter: Sir, I'd like to have you talk to someone higher up. Do you mind if I place you on hold for a moment?
Caller: Don't transfer me to Jeremiah, he doesn't help me.
Daughter: I—
Caller: And don't send me to the Threat Assessment Unit, either!

Wow. She's had a few days where she has come home in need of chocolate. And her internship half-day only, too.

Thanks to the ever-fluxing weather here, I had another garage-biking session last week. I decided to try out Spartacus: Blood and Sand on Netflix streaming. I really didn't know anything about the production, so first, I was not expecting it to be so British. Then there are out-of-place touches like the wife's push-up bra, salon-styled hair, and serious makeup, and Lucy Lawless' character has unbelievably red hair (as in, that blueish-red color that isn't natural, and you'd be hard-pressed to achieve without modern hair dyeing techniques). I was surprised to see John Hannah in there, trying to squelch his accent a bit (but bursting out with the occasional slippage in phrases like "Wi' are blassed..."). The "blood" part of the title is a big part of the show. With the unusual colorization and CGI slo-mo action and blood effects, you would not be far off to characterize it as "This is SPARTA... cus."

The lead character pulled me in, though, and the story line is interesting, so I'm sticking with it for now. It was criminal to cut Spartacus' hair—and why? Some of the other gladiators had long hair, and he was so much better-looking with the hair and beard.

Oops—Men's Gymnastics is finally on, though it isn't going well. Still, I want to see what's doing. And whether Daniel Leyva's hyper-enthusiastic father is there to put on a show. ;)

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Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on August 9th, 2016 09:55 am (UTC)
Bless your daughter. I might've been able to do her job when I was younger, but now, forget it. I'm entirely too jaded and too impatient, thanks to an almost-lifetime of food service/retail. Back in my 20s I kept a fifth of vodka on a shelf in my closet. If I had The Day From Utter Hell I'd take a few swigs before climbing into bed.

I haven't watched one iota of the Olympics yet. I don't know, it's just not ringing my chimes this year and I don't know why.

We just started Luther on Netflix. I love British crime shows!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lutherhalfshellvenus on August 9th, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC)
I hated getting yelled at, and she does too, but she understands the likely mentality of the people who are calling. Though the guy that knew the next-level stages for out-of-control callers, including the name of the supervisor, was a surprise. She laughed about that one a lot afterward.

I hate the NBC coverage of the Olympics, which as been part of the problem. Our daughter likes diving, swimming, and gymnastics (I would skip almost all the swimming) but not the track and field stuff (which I plan to be watching later). So, the TV is tuned into that more than usual. I kind of loathe the beach volleyball thing-- the women are in bikinis, and the men have shirts AND shorts on? Plus, it seems to just always be on. And then team volleyball. I like to play volleyball, but I don't really care to watch it. And golf! WTF is that doing in the Olympics now?

Luther is fantastic. It kicked off an Idris Elba obsession for me, bigtime. That character! Thank goodness Netflix has subtitles-- we first watched the show on disc, and I could never understand ANYTHING his partner, Justin, said.
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on August 11th, 2016 09:34 am (UTC)
It took me maybe two episodes to finally understand Idris Elba's accent. SO still can't quite grasp it. As for Justin, yeah, thank god for subtitles because I haven't gotten a grasp on his accent yet.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lutherhalfshellvenus on August 11th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
People request Luther/Justin slash fanfic at Yuletide, and while Justin is okay-looking, for years (pre-subtitle capability) he did not seem to have much of an actual personality to me because I couldn't understand anything he said.

And this is as opposed to, say, the farmer on the "Shaun the Sheep" videos, because the farmer is intentionally incomprehensible and conveys everything through tone and action. Justin is assumed to be delivering actual lines, and thus... is less graspable if you can't decipher any of the words. :O
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on August 9th, 2016 01:10 pm (UTC)
I actually know a mom of a girl on the volleyball team. The girl went to the school I used to work at, but not when I was there, so I never taught her. The mom is a friend of one of my sisters. I should watch some volleyball.

Summer is going way-way too fast indeed! I remember when the Olympics happened in July, not August...or at least in what was mid-summer and NOT right around back to school time. Sheeesh!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 9th, 2016 05:03 pm (UTC)
The main volleyball team, or the 2-person beach thing? Which gets a ton of airtime because of the women in bikinis. :(

Yes, I could swear the Olympics used to be in July, too! It shifted to August awhile back, and this year I was glad-- hoping that Rio would get some of their sanitation and other issues a little better under control before it started. :O
Direst Ryl: Chakrasryl on August 9th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
I got way too involved in the Germany-South Korea soccer game on Sunday. That was a nail-biter of a game. And the only thing I cared about in the Summer Olympics. Wake me when the snowboarding starts in 2018.

*looks up Spartacus on Wikipedia* Lucy Lawless and Manu Bennett are in this? And it's a Roman epic with fun anachronisms? Suddenly I have a new must-see show.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on August 9th, 2016 11:06 pm (UTC)
Peter Mensah is in it, too. I don't know if you watched Sleepy Hollow (the last season-- GAH!), but he was a dangerous awakened god there. And with that height and that voice and that physique... being the lead trainer at the gladiator school suits him very well. :)

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cindytsuki_no_bara on August 10th, 2016 02:41 am (UTC)
i'm very meh about olympics swimming until the swimmers are in the water, and then i'm all GOGOGOGOGO and totally biting my nails. (which i say because swimming is on right now and that's exactly what i'm doing. i'm also waiting for more women's gymnastics.) it helps that one of the announcers is SUPER EXCITED about the gold medalists.

i caught a tiny bit of men's gymnastics last night (it must have been qualifying rounds for each piece of equipment) and am now afraid that i missed all of it! i really like men's gymnastics and i never get to see much of it. hmph, olympics. hmph.

your daughter is a stronger woman than i. blerk! frambot!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 10th, 2016 05:41 am (UTC)
I think that was the end of the men's gymnastics? Or maybe the team competition part?

Every time is the same for me:

Day 2: "The Olympics started, so I guess I should watch some of it."

Men's Gymnastics seem to start on Day 1, every freakin' time.

Our daughter's phone stories... boy, that one guy knew the name of the next-level guy (called in for escalations) AND the "Evaluate whether this person is a dangerous nut" team.
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 11th, 2016 12:19 am (UTC)
there's men's gymnastics tonight! individual apparatuses. (apparati? what's the plural? not the team competition, anyway.) altho they're showing women's beach volleyball first....

the fact that the guy knew exactly who he was going to be escalated to - and that they've considered him a threat before - kind of implies he might want to rethink how he spends his time.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 11th, 2016 12:31 am (UTC)
kind of implies he might want to rethink how he spends his time.

Hahahaha! You would think, wouldn't you? Some people are comfortable being cranks (or can't help themselves).

For one woman, who was yelling at our daughter the other day and had yelled at other people earlier in the week, our daughter transferred her to the "Jeremiah" person who is the first-level whacko specialist. The woman called our daughter back, saying that Jeremiah's voicemail wasn't working.

Well... that was because the voicemail cut her off before she was finished leaving her message. It's set for 6 1/2 MINUTES, because the guy knows he gets a lot of ranters, and allows them extra time. In her case... not enough. :O
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on August 11th, 2016 09:57 pm (UTC)
done my share of those in my last job. I feel for your girl.

As for Lucretia's hair, it's wigs. Roman women were REALLY big into their wigs, so the hair is meant to be how it looks.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2016 05:32 am (UTC)
Funny-- it doesn't look like a wig (because those don't attach really well, and there's a lot of hairline visible). It just looks badly dyed.

I hope your future career opportunities take you far, far away from answering those kinds of calls. I don't mind helping people. But being yelled at all day? Argh.