12.22.2005

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

Looks like the transit strike will end by tomorrow.
The TWU regained its senses (and looked at the cost of striking would be my guess!).

I'm celebrating with a trip to Staples to stock up on paper!

15 comments:

Livia Llewellyn said...

You're already stocked up on gin, I take it....

Feisty said...

Welcome back to the real world, Miss Snark!

Michelle said...

Is that to send out more form rejections? :) Hey, you could also look for some holiday paper with George Clooney's face imprinted as a border.

Miss Snark said...

Livia, the liquor store is on speed dial of course, and within crawling distance if need be. Staples on the other hand..isn't. I have my priorites in order!

Michelle...yes indeed, more form letters but also an offer! Yay!

Elektra said...

Miss Snark, this has absolutely nothing to do with publishing whatsoever, so, if need be, title me as nitwit of the day. But rant I must:
there is a commercial, Wal-Mart I think, in which two women (one of them very famous, though I don't know her name) are driving to the store, trying to decide what to buy everyone for Christmas. One thing they say is "We always get little Erica a Barbie". But when they get to the store, they decide to buy everyone a gift card instead. Maybe it's just me, but it seems wrong to say, forego (forgo?) tradition, thoughtfulness, and the slight effort that makes the gift meaningful and worthwhile, and have everyone else do the shopping for you.
Gift cards are fine for distant relatons, who have no way of knowing who might like what, but all the people listed in the commercials are very close relatives (father, sister, etc.) who would deserve a little effort.
Is anyone else bothered by this?

Harry Connolly said...

I prefer gift certificates to bookstores more than books. My relatives have no idea what I want or need.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Elektra, I agree with you! Welcome back. How's your dad?

Elektra said...

He's very well now, though he still can't get out of bed for very long. Thank you for asking!

kitty said...

It was a Wally World commercial ... with Queen Latifah. Gift cards are great for teenagers, unless you know exactly what they want.

Rowan said...

I have to admit, for many of our distant cousins in Nova Scotia/New Brunswick, GCs make the most sense. Otherwise, I prefer to select a gift that is thoughtful and useful. That said, considering the volume of my library, most of my family does the GC thing for books for me. They gave up trying to guess!

Jo Bourne said...

Hi Elektra --

Considering the present you'd get from somebody who'd buy a gift card ... you'd probably rather just have the money.

I admire the marketing strategy --
"Don't give them cash, or a savings bond, or a contribution to Greenpeace made in their name --- give them a piece of plastic they can only use in one store. So much more tasteful"

Gift cards do serve a purpose though. In 'corporate gift giving'. They leave a paper trail.

If carefully chosen, gift cards can also be a satisfying, though subtle, insult for those special people on your list. Walmart cards do this nicely.

Anonymous said...

I am a westerner who lives in a city with what could barely be called a "mass transit" system, so it's difficult for me to imagine what it must be like to rely on such a beast for daily life. Nonetheless, I was astounded when Mayor Bloomberg suggested people essentially "be nice" to the strikers after they returned to work by saying, "Welcome back." Personally, I would be tempted to go the passive-aggressive route, saying nothing very loudly by glaring at them throughout the duration of my trip. The old "eyes as daggers in the back of the head" routine. This would probably land me on Santa's Naughty List, but then again I'm the type of girl who likes to live dangerously.

Harry Connolly said...

I have a lot of sympathy for the TWU, and not much for the MTA. In 2003, the TWU didn't strike, and the MTA lied to the public about their financial problems in their public meetings. They raises fares based on their public misstatements, and the appeals court said "Tough." If the public wanted the MTA to tell the truth publicly, they would have to change the laws.

Why should anyone believe that the MTA has financial troubles that require workers to roll back their rights?

bordermoon said...

Anonymous, I guarantee the transit workers would not notice. This is NYC!

Anyone else remember the famous photo of the man walking naked down Fifth Avenue? (A back view of the naked man.) The most interesting thing about the photo was that no one in it was paying the slightest attention to the naked guy.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Anonymous...since you've never had the pleasure of the NYC transit system, I'll tell you that your comment gave me a smile.

The glaring thing is the normal demeaner on NYC mass transit, it doesn't even evoke a passing nod. It would be the the big, grinning smile that would get you the strange looks....ROFLMAO!!

Jo...I like gift cards from WallyWorld. I can never get out of there with just one item!

I'd much rather enjoy a card that I could choose what I wanted, than a well-meant but useless gift from someone who has no clue!