November 2nd, 2006


What do you mean "I Want More?"

Today is a no-stockings day. There has been one previous no-stockings day but I think I was being a bit optimistic then. Now, it's warm enough and the lovely sunshine has brought out the polka-dots in me. In the words of the immortal Maxi Jazz (who isn't really immortal but should be, if only so he can stay alive long enough to play Anansi when they make the movie of American Gods):

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Cellphone etiquette. We all know you should turn your phone off in the movies, on a marae and during someone's wedding speech. But what about on a date? I remember dating a guy once, and he turned up to the first date talking on his cellphone. I don't know what Miss Manners says about this (feel free to fill me in), but I would tend to finish my call before approaching my date. He didn't. I felt very secondary. He also indulged in a text conversation with someone while in my company. I continued to see him, but the texting other people while with me never stopped. It did, in the end, turn out to be an indication of a certain lack of consideration/thoughtlessness/understanding of other people's feelings. Small things, and not always, but enough to be noticeable when on the receiving end. Unfortunately, in a situation like that if you say something, it makes you seem like an attention-seeking, self-centred nag. ;-/

Thing is, when I'm having a conversation with someone, I'm talking with them. I consider holding a conversation with someone else by text when in someone's company to be the height of rudeness. It's not that I think I'm way more important than whoever's on the other end of the texting, but breaking conversation with me in order to text someone (once is ok, it's those repeated ones that annoy me) puts me in the position of being way less important, and that's when I start thinking "But I'm here, right in front of you. Is that how little you consider my feelings? Am I here to fill in a gap for you?" etc.

So where is the line? Some people have to keep their phones on for work - I get that. But even then, if you're having to focus on work, why did you ask to hang out with me? Why are you not at work? If you want to talk to someone else, go talk to them. Don't keep me hanging around while you socialise by text with someone else. Common courtesy. Or am I wrong?

(this short rant brought to you by frustration at twiddling my thumbs while someone who asked to see me spent most of the time on their cellphone. suffice to say that i am about to suddenly get really busy)
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Boris lives!

(apparently he's been living for a while but the shop guys 'forgot' to let me know - doh)

So I've organised a full day Saturday and Sunday afternoon which will see me caught up apart from three clients.* This allows me a sleep-in Sunday to make up for Saturday night's festivities.

* This is in tiny writing so that those who are watching over this year's shearing season won't see my organisational skillz0rs and rain (literally) on my parade.