February 20th, 2007

Gardening

Specious Anniversaries

Last night my husband and I went out to celebrate the 7th anniversary of our first date. We ended up at the local restaunt that's touted as the great smokehouse. I have to say that I was mightily disappointed with the food and the atmosphere. But the company was good. I really think I prefer the local pub to this creepy restaurant where they start vacuuming while people are still eating. The only creepy thing is that we've started calling the pub the The Winchester.

It was really nice to sit down and relax though. We had a very full weekend and spending some time celebrating all the things that are right in our relationship (instead of focusing on working on the parts that are tough) was definitely worth it.
alcohol

Pastor + 666 tattoo makes for funny news stories

I laughed pretty hard while reading about the preacher who thinks he's Jesus reincarnated and that the Antichrist is misunderstood. My favorite part of the article is this:
De Jesus preaches there is no devil and no sin. His followers, he says, literally can do no wrong in God's eyes.
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Although it's a number usually associated with Satan, not the son of God, de Jesus says that 666 and the Antichrist are, like him, misunderstood.

The Antichrist is not the devil, de Jesus tells his congregation; he's the being who replaces Jesus on Earth.


Normally I wouldn't laugh at others religious beliefs - I don't really care what other people believe as long as they don't push it on me. But this guy is just making this stuff up as he goes. What a nut.
grave

Prejudice without malice

Saturday night after an afternoon of drinking and chatting with friends, we were joined by the husband of one of the ladies and his friend. We were talking about work when it came out that said husband didn't like "back-office employees." Being a technically back-office employee myself, I wasn't real happy to hear this and asked for clarification. Turned out that he didn't like admins, mostly because the ones he'd met were set in their ways and not open to change. I might have been willing to let this one go as him being an ass, up until he said that the admins loved his friend because the guy wears a suit.

At that point, I went into poke the bear mode. There was just no way that I could let such an asinine assertion pass. So I pressed for clarification and he trotted out a study from the 70's about how "senior secretaries" responded to orders given by "junior salesmen" in suits but not those dressed more casually. He immediately dismissed all objections that gender politics could have played a factor, despite the fact that it was the 70's. Hell, gender politics *still* play a factor in the work environment. I'm in a technical class at this exact moment where I'm the only woman. Hellooooo. Anyway. Working within the framework of his idiotic prejudices, I was still able to refute his assertion (what with secretaries knowing where their bread is buttered and all).

But for me, the most significant part of this was how he'd just thrown out the gender issue, despite the timeframe. This is a man who's married to a strong, feminist woman. She was the one who'd brought up the argument, and he dismissed it out of hand. I can't help but feel that this is demonstrative of the fact that there's still a lot to do to get true gender equality. Convincing people that there's still a problem is going to be the first part of the battle.