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1. CVS is currently displaying Halloween items... and also Christmas ornaments. What is happening why is happening

2. However, they also have at least three cards specifically for same-sex weddings, which is new since I last looked. So that made me happy. Maybe they finally figured out they needed them when gay marriage became Officially Legal Everywhere No Really 4 Srs Now?
2a. There are no same-sex anniversary cards, which made me roll my eyes for a minute until I remembered that anniversary cards for one's spouse tend to be written in first-person and "I" is not a gendered word.
2b. Are there languages in which "I" is gendered? Interesting question. I'm glad I don't have to buy cards in one.

3. The 5:55 Needham Heights train is chronically delayed lately and I Do Not Like It, mostly because if the T can't get its shit together when it's 95 degrees out, I shudder to think what the winter will bring.

4. These are the sorts of things that would really be better posted on Twitter. Sorry, LJ.

5. Another thing that would be better posted to Twitter, and better still not posted at all: I was in Target over the weekend and they were selling posters of Anna and Elsa with the caption "An act of love will thaw a freezing heart." You know, from the hit movie, Freezing. I am Frozen trash and could not rest until I told somebody this.

6. Happy Wednesday.

Date: 2015-09-10 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know of any language with a gendered "I". Now I too am curious. There are also third-party anniversary cards but most of them are to "a wonderful couple" or some variation thereof. The big exception seems to be cards from the in-laws, but of course I'm basing that assessment on being one partner in a hetero marriage who gets a son-and-daughter-in-law card from my in-laws every year.

It has just occurred to me that we have known each other online for well over ten years, live within an hour of each other, and have never met in person. We need to rectify that sometime. Maybe when you're on your way to the Cape.

Date: 2015-09-11 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We should rectify that! Unfortunately my family only goes down the Cape in the summer, although usually there's one "winter social" in the middle of the winter, but if you're ever in the Boston area let me know, and I'll let you know when next we head down the Cape!

Someone in the thread below misunderstood my point about gendered I and it's kind of hilarious because I really just have never heard of a language that has female I and male I, but apparently pointing that out makes me an SJW bully.

Date: 2015-09-10 11:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A few weeks ago I noticed christmas candles in a local candle shop, and I was going to boggle about when I went into the Hospice to volunteer, but then I noticed they had Christmas cards out too. Apparently it's a competition thing - as soon as one shop starts putting christmas stuff out, the rest have to to try to compete for the customers who prepare early. It's terrible. We're going to end up having to start getting ready for it in March.

Date: 2015-09-11 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, right?! This is ridiculous! It's too early for Halloween, let alone Christmas!

We used to live down the street from the Faily Dollar -- technically the Family Dollar, but the M on the sign was blown out, and the name Faily Dollar suited them very very well -- and for literally half the year their big display window was filled with an indiscriminate hodgepodge of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas crap. Then when Christmas had been over for awhile they'd change the display and fill it with an indiscriminate hodgepodge of spring/summer crap. I really liked how, in the Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas display, the centerpiece was a little Christmas tree under which someone had tossed a baby doll still in the box, presumably to represent the baby Jesus, but they had just thrown it any which way so it was lying askew, kind of balanced on one corner as it rested against the tree, and watched over by skeletons draped in black cobwebs. It really put you in the holiday spirit.

Date: 2015-09-11 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy hallowgivmas!

Date: 2015-09-10 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm laughing so hard at the hit movie Freezing right now I can't even.

I've seen some same-sex marriage cards in Hallmark, and it always makes me smile.

'I am not I if there be such an I'. That's from Romeo and Juliet. So you can pun on 'I' if you like, but I don't know about gendering it.

My friend's son is still trying to find a job in Boston. Know of any? :)

Date: 2015-09-11 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Man I am glad that someone else found the "Freezing" thing funny because I was full of eyerolls and subdued giggles when I saw it in the store but I didn't think anyone else would care.

If your friend's son is looking for a transcription job I believe my company is hiring, but I'm sorry, I've forgotten the exact details of what kind of job your friend's son is looking for. What are the details again?

Date: 2015-09-11 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
At this point in his life, what he's looking for 'is a job in Boston.' He does computer design, and IT type stuff, wants to be a writer some day. I think the transcription thing would be SO perfect for him, though.

Can you email me details, and I'll pass it along? That would be so great!

Date: 2015-09-11 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, ATC's seeking-jobs webpage is here: and I think it has all the information he'd need. There's a link to the online application there.

Date: 2015-09-11 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!

I sent it on to my friend. I think he'd be a good fit there, I really do. And he so much wants to get back to Boston. This would be so great.

Date: 2015-09-11 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good! I hope I'll meet him soon!

Date: 2015-09-10 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy Wednesday! You friendly neighborhood linguist is here to shower you with useless knowledge, namely that Eastern Tocharian has gendered 1sg pronouns. Eastern Tocharian has also been extinct since about 9th century CE.

You're welcome :)

Date: 2015-09-11 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dude this is knowledge I am very excited to have! Thank you! *Googles Eastern Tocharian*

Date: 2015-09-10 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
All Christmas, all the time.

Apparently the trains can't get it together even when it's a normal temp - the Fitchburg line is currently delayed and my coworker is glad she decided to take the early train as she's actually here and not stuck on a train! The MBTA is ridiculous.

Date: 2015-09-11 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I am really displeased with the T these days. The scary part is the Commuter Rail is far and away the best service the T runs (probably because I don't even think the T technically runs it.)

Date: 2015-09-11 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's terrifying considering how bad the commuter rail is!!

Date: 2015-09-10 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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CVS is currently displaying Halloween items... and also Christmas ornaments. What is happening why is happening

There seems to be no seasons any more in this regard. Drives me nuts.

2. However, they also have at least three cards specifically for same-sex weddings, which is new since I last looked.

Unbelievable. Let's see how they sell when the hoopla dies down, LOL!

2b. Are there languages in which "I" is gendered? Interesting question. I'm glad I don't have to buy cards in one.

Are you kidding me? You're actually trying/wishing to erase gender even in the personal pronoun, "I"?!

Unfathomable. Know that no matter what laws you invent, no matter what games you play with language, no matter how much you bully all of society 24/l7, you WILL NOT ever erase gender. It's not a "social construct". It's REALITY.

Know that. And know that I will not submit to this bullying.

Date: 2015-09-10 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I... hmm. Well, this is interesting.

"I" is not a gendered pronoun. "He" and "she" are gendered pronouns. But both men and women use "I" to describe themselves. I can't erase gender from "I" because it has no gender. That is why I can buy a card that says "I love my wife" without worrying about whether it was made for men or women.

Date: 2015-09-14 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When I went grocery shopping on Friday, I noticed that they had their Christmas puddings and Christmas cakes out. They weren't there the previous Friday so they'd been put out somewhere in the week between. We're barely into September! It's so ridiculous. I know we don't really do Hallowe'en here so there's nothing between Back to School and Christmas but it still doesn't need to be so early!


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