Category Archives: rants

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file this one under new york, you amuse me

[graffiti scratched onto a subway sign that reads ‘the vote is dead, arm yourself’]

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file this one under yeah, new york, I get it

[some would argue this is the city’s general attitude…
it actually might be closer to ‘STEP THE F*CK ASIDE!’]

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file this one under new york I hate you

[the view from my desk at work, monday… yeah, that’s toxic henious god knows what it is nasty smoke billowing out of a chimney 100 yards from my open window, unchecked, for an hour]

[GROSS]

when high profile jobs go to undeserving people

I saw this news item today and was unhappy about it:

http://gothamist.com/2010/11/10/just_who_is_cathie_black_anyway.php

now I admittedly know next to nothing about NYC politics. I DO however, know a thing or two about this cathie black character.

mainly, I know that she was my graduation speaker.

and it was—hands down—the WORST speech I have ever seen in my life (and I have actually seen many). the content was weak, self-obsessed, unconvincing, un-motivating, lame, and factually incorrect (more on that in a moment).

it was so bad that several grads were googling her on smart-phones while she was speaking and whispering “who the hell is this b-tch?”

why she is qualified to be the chancellor of NYC schools is beyond me.

my mainest beef with ms. black is this:
I graduated from university in 2008.
she heartily congratulated my class for being “the first class to grauduate from _____ university since hurricane katrina”
(which was in 2005. and a class from said university did indeed graduate in 2006… AND one in 2007)

I don’t even have enough time to tell you what’s wrong with that. that statement was blatantly incorrect, totally rude, and completely disrespectful to the experience of my class, my university, and my city. we’re not talking about the new academic quad or the year the baseball team went to regionals… this is HURRICANE KATRINA we’re talking about! is it too much to ask that our graduation speaker at least get the YEAR right?!

to get a detail that obvious and of that magnitude wrong was an absolute speech-killer. I didn’t want to hear a thing she had to say after that. just stop talking, lady, you’re making it worse. you are officially embarrassing yourself (and perhaps should have stopped at two cocktails).

so, thanks for rubbing it in my face that you didn’t even do you freakin’ homework despite getting paid a fortune to ramble on about yourself at my graduation. oh and thanks for not only bringing up katrina, but for completely misunderstanding the class in question’s relationship to that travesty, jerk.

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