Potpourri

I apologize if the overt religiosity of the last entry offended anyone. I know some of you are uncomfortable with that sort of thing. It’s just what was on my mind last night, and I was feeling pensive (def=in need of a Pensieve). To make up for it, I’m going to tell you three interesting things I learned today:

  1. I unburdened myself to my parents about my job woes. My dad asked if I had access to the university’s job listings and if I had started looking for something else. They think I should look for another job, still within the university. These are the same people who counseled me to “hang in there” during the job market boom of ’99-’00 when I had an abusive boss. They’ve been troubled by every job change I’ve made, except for the one that brought me back here to live near them. Anyway, it’s not just me, that’s all I’m saying…
  2. My synopses are Google-worthy! It’s true! If you search for any of the show names that I synopsize with the word synopses (e.g., “sopranos synopses”), I come up as one of the top three sites returned by Google. In fact, my synopses are listed higher than NBC’s West Wing synopses. How bizarre is that? I was stunned by this revelation. This may be the coolest thing ever to happen to me.
  3. Everyone but me worships at the altar of Wal-Mart. Personally, you couldn’t pay me enough money to set foot in there. I find it digusting and low-class. I also know that I’m a snob. But I now have concrete proof that everyone besides me LURVES Wal-Mart: I occasionally participate in surveys through Harris Interactive – because Matt’s right, I love giving my opinion on stuff but only when asked – and I received one today asking about shopping habits. It asked, separately, for “favorite place to buy clothes” and “favorite place to buy home decor.” They got Banana Republic and Pottery Barn, respectively, out of me. However, they show you poll results at the end, and Wal-Mart was the winner in each category. Favorite? Not just “most frequent” or “what I can afford” – I often can’t afford Pottery Barn home decor, but it’s still my preferred place to shop for it – but actually favorite. This is a national survey, too, so it’s not just that those in the Nether Regions, as Diana would say, are Wal-Mart faithful. I ponder this as I eye my La Madeleine croissant on my Pottery Barn coffee table and blog on my iBook…

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