The Primrose Path

...a faery's heart beats fierce and free...

tempt fate
Me: Neurology scheduling, this is Ashley.

Some Guy: Ashley! Good! I think I spoke to you this morning...except your name was Amanda...

No. No, it really wasn't.

Enigmatic Idioms
Which way is home?
In direct correlation to this post, I saw a headline for an article that turned out to be on the exact same subject (Prince Harry being pulled from Afghanistan) - but the headline read "Prince Hary Pulled," and I spent a very puzzled moment wondering why Prince Harry's, er, 'evening activities' are headline-worthy before realizing the article was in USA Today. Safe to say that one would get a little lost in translation. :)

tempt fate
"I cancelled my son, Emma's, appointment with the doctor on Wednesday and you're calling me to reschedule for him."

Except it was her daughter Emma. And this lady called me.

(I would've thought it was a slip of the tongue if she'd just said "son" once, but she referred to Emma as "he" and "him" and "my son" throughout the conversation, even when I said she.)

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means...

You daily language lesson.
Comma Sutra
So, after hearing it in countless songs, movies, tv shows, and random conversations on the street, I finally let my curiousity get the better of me. I just had to know what the hell "shorty" meant and how on earth it has ended up with contextual definition of "hot girl," or possibly just "girl," full stop.

I am no wiser on how this came to be, unfortunately (slang etymology, anyone?), but ye olde Urban Dictionary had several definition offerings. My hands-down favourite:

Shorty, n.

"A term contrived by some asshole or group of assholes to mean a sexy or attractive female.

A term I wouldn't ever use to describe a girlfriend, close female companion or a desirable female with whom I'd like to get better acquainted.

I buy mah shorty diamonds and call her shorty because she is very sexy yet has the brains of a turtle and thinks shorty is a cute adorable term instead of what it really is.

Another mindless slang invented by people that live their lives in dance clubs."

There may be such a thing as reading too much.
Book Worm
Wow. You know you're out of touch when you read a CNN headline that says, "UK pulls Harry out of Afghanistan," and it takes you a good 15-20 seconds to realize they mean Prince Harry and not Harry Potter.

A really excellent rant.
Apparently the shiny new word o' the week here at the clinic is 'excellent.' This has been handed down from...I don't know who exactly, our PR people or the folk in Patient Advocacy. We're to work this word into convsersation as much as (if not more than) humanly possibly:

"Hi, there! Are you having an excellent morning? How was your visit here today? Excellent? What could we do next time that would make your visit even more excellent? Thanks for your input, you have an excellent day!"

The basic concept here - better patient satisfaction, or "customer service" - is not at all a bad one. It's great for all involved, especially in a medical setting. But my basic take on customer service, in retail, medical, or any other field, is this: Be helpful. Be friendly. Don't be an ass.

And that's it. It doesn't need fancy buzz words, stupid catch phrases, or complicated anagrams that I must spend time learning (I could've used that time to better familiarize myself with CPAP equipment, which patients might find infinitely more useful, but no matter) and parrot back to any visiting official at any given time. Millions of dollars are paid each year to people and companies for coming up with new and exciting ways to train people in the same thing my mother drilled into my head from an early age: Be helpful, friendly, and not an ass. Or, according to my grandmother's old school approach, treat others as you want to be treated.

Why is this so complicated?

overheard in the office
tempt fate
"Neurology, this is Ashley."

"Good morning, how are you?"

"....fine, and how are you?"

"Doin' okay. You guys have ice there yet?"

"Um, no, not here."

"Well, we do, they just cancelled school for today..."


"So, what do you need first?" explanation for you're calling a neuro clinic to discuss the weather?

See that face? *points at icon* There are days when I make that face a lot...

V-10: Until the Violence Stops
tempt fate
Pretty much everyone knows that today is Valentine's Day. What you might not know is that it's also the tenth anniversary of Eve Ensler'sV-Day crusade.

From the website:
V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.
V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness,
raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence
organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to
stop violence against women and girls, including rapt, battery, incest,
female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.

For anyone interested and local to the Nashville area, Eve Ensler (also author of The Vagine MonogloguesM) will be speaking at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center at 7 pm on 2/18/08.

Quoetable Trivia.
tempt fate
1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions. Sure, you can cheat, but what's the fun in that?

It took me longer than I expected to come up with a list of 15 movies I'd call "favourite"...

But here they areCollapse )

If I start talking about work grievances, I won't stop, so I'll just not start instead. Suffice to say this particular journey has gone as far as it can, and plans have been made to walk away instead of walking into the same brick wall.

Appointment with orthopedist on Tuesday, yay! There is talk of an MRI as well. Onward goes my quest for knowledge.

Should we add "human attention span" to the extinction list?
tempt fate
So, after seeing it bandied about endlessly in on-line forums, I finally got frustrated enough with not knowing what it mean to google this mysterious tl;dr.

Oh, come on. You're kidding me, right?

For those of you, like me, who didn't know what this ridiculous bit of abbreviation was, it stands for "too long; didn't read."

I'd love to see how this would fly in a classroom setting:

"Ashley, where's that Chaucer paper you're meant to have written?"
"Yeah, about, Canterbury Tales? tl;dr. Sorry."

Beyond what it says about the attention span of the average internet user...isn't it a little silly? Is it really necessary to leave a comment solely to say that what the original poster wrote (or, in some cases, merely the article they linked to) was too long and therefore went unread? If you're not going to read what someone has to say for such a silly reason, is it really worth anyone's time to tell them that?

Geez, internets.


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