I want to take a minute to thank the FUCKING BASTARDS who spent the first half of The Hobbit merrily filming it on their camera phones, making a shitload of noise, filling the cinema with tiny squares of white light and generally ruining it for everyone else.
Been an interesting day. I went to a job interview at a bridal shop in the village- it’s really nice, pretty stuff everywhere. I think I did okay, apparently the job may even include some blogging and obviously I’m all for that.
Then I got back and I have another interview, for a writing job, but it’s like a whole city away. I’m still going but it’ll cost a lot and they won’t reimburse me. Meep.
ANYWAY I have also been article-ing on Suite101, which has updated itself and is much more friendly now. There’s something about Spider-Man, something about Dane Dehaan, something about Star Trek, and something about fictional careers of fictional ladies (which is just an updated version of something I posted on here, but still.) Just don’t go back through my old articles, they’re rubbish…
Today, I shot a gun for the first time in my life. (Not at anyone, mind.) Supervised by someone experienced, which is absolutely the way to go about it and frankly I’d be scared to death using one on my own. Guns are weird and heavy.
Had an interview for a job today, at a SEN school, that I REALLY wanted. I didn’t get it. I got an interview- one of only 7 out of over 100 to get one- so that’s improved my confidence, but I wanted it A LOT and I didn’t get it. :(
I have a job! Doing the same thing the Doctor was doing in Closing Time! (i.e. flying toy helicopters around and selling them) I also have an interview at a SEN school, which I REALLY want to do, so with a bit of luck I might be working two jobs in a month or so.
I like the works of Joss Whedon, honest to God I do. But there’s just this one tiny little line of dialogue from Buffy that really did me in:
“But you doubt her motives, you think Buffy’s all about the kill, then you take the little bus to battle.”
Sounds a bit like “ride the short bus”, which is – and I don’t know how I know this despite being British, since it seems to be an American thing, but I do- basically shorthand for “you’re mentally challenged.” Because if you went to a specially equipped school, you rode a smaller bus. So: you doubt Buffy’s motives- you ride the little bus- you have special educational needs- you’re wrong, kid, wrong. It’s not a million miles from that cruel word retard. You disagree with Buffy: you’re retarded.
Or that’s what I’m getting from it, and it infuriates me. Because I saw all this, my brother being kinda a SEN kid, and the other kids being cruel, and having complete strangers come up to me in the playground giggling about how our parents must have been brother and sister to produce a kid whose brain worked differently*, and having things thrown at us from moving buses, and not being invited to birthday parties and just all of it. And if even that attitude is reinforced even a little bit by Buffy and Whedon, that’s just plain wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.
I’m trying to get a job working with SEN (special educational needs) kids. I want them to have a better time than my brother and kids like him did.