April 20, 2007
FOUR FOR FRIDAY
Q1 - Your Life: If life were an audition for a movie, what part would you say you were auditioning for, and what part do you think you'd be offered?
Q2 - Food: What is your favorite sandwich?
Q3 - Law: European Union nations agreed yesterday on new laws they say will combat racism and hate crimes across the 27-nation bloc, including setting jail sentences of up to three years for anyone who denies or trivializes the Holocaust. What do you think about that?
Q4 - Dress Code: If you just started working in an office that had a "business casual" dress code, and to the best of your knowledge no one had ever asked the boss (who has an open door policy) if it would be okay to dress down on Friday, would you bring it up or not touch it with a 10-foot pole?
Posted by Mikal at April 20, 2007 6:30 AM
Q1: The fat, nerdy hacker who breaks into government websites. Got it nailed.
Q2: Anything with beef (real beer, not beef "parts") and no raw onions or peppers (you're still OK philly cheese steak).
Q3: While I don't agree with alot of the views, as long as it doesn't infringe on someone else's freedom, I think people should be free to be believe what they want.
Q4: I would ask. Then I would put on a fashion show.
Q1- I would have to say that I would audition for a supporting actor in a drama/comedy. The role I would want would be the main actor's mysterious, interesting friend. Throughout the movie you would periodically be given hints or clues to spark your mind; however, you will not be able to really figure my role out. It would be the type that is left wide open, with no exact answer. So, the guy people may think is weird, or they really love me.
On the other hand, I think I would be given a supporting actor part of the best friend who is always there for people and get walked all over. I always give and never receive. I would be the fat friend people want around when they have problems.
Q2- Any type of Fatwich! Chicken Carbonara from Quiznos...or the classic Turkey and Ham from Subway. The Sensuous Sandwich from Sensuous sandwich rocks as well.
Q3- I think since the Holocaust was a part of History, people can say what they think about it as long as it does not start a similar historic event.
Q4- Clothes are clothes...I wouldn't care if I had to wear a suit everyday; I would not touch it with a 10-foot pole just because it wouldn't really bother me all that much.
A1- That is an excellent questions my friend. I have never thought about it.
A2- This sandwich that I ate in Spain.
A3- Kawas are good, because they are there to protect us. But some are ridiculous. I would feel that is anyone tried to re enact the Holocaust, then they should be thrown in jail. If someone beleives that it did not happen. yes it is disrespectful for those who know it happened, or even survived it, but that is there own choosing. Perhaps they do not have the education, or maybe they mis understood something, or perhaps they are in denial. Why cluter the jails with people who commited small crimes. Save the room for the crazies of the world, and save our tax moeny. You cant throw someone in jail for having an opionon.
A4- I would bring it up at some point. Just as long as everyone is wearing clothes, I am not sure that I would really be bothered by what I wore.
1. Your Life: Wow... I guess I'd be offered the part of the guy who comes running on to stage, does some crazy "I want attention" thing, then goes running off. Everybody stops for a moment for the fiasco to pass, then goes on as if nothing happened.
2. Food: That's a really tough one. Off the top of my head, I'd say PB&J with bananas.
3. Law: So much for free nations! Three years for words you speak, or an opinion you hold? Sounds awful close to a dictatorship to me. The best way to ensure that racism continues is to constantly tell us that we are different from each other, but the same as everybody else in a particular group. Anti-racism laws do nothing, in my opinion, to curb racism.
4. Dress Code: Depends on how long I've been there, how well I know the boss, and other stuff. Generally speaking, I'd ask simply because I have very little business casual clothing, and I imagine my one set would start to smell somethin' fierce by the end of the week.
Q1 - Your Life: I would be auditioning for the role of a loser who's good intentions were constantly being misinterpreted. I would get the role of the guy who ultimately misinterpreted the main character's intentions and gave him a tongue lashing, walking away never realizing that the main character was trying to do something good and never realizing how much harm I had done.
Q2 - Food: I love falafel sandwiches, but it really depends on how they're made. I've had some outstanding falafel, but I've also had some that was terrible--usually too dry, even with the sauce. Just off campus at Purdue (late '70s early '80s), Von's bookstore had a restaurant with great falafel... but of course, everything tasted better in college.
Q3 - Law: I believe in freedom of speech and I do not think that we need separate laws for hate crimes. People who commit violent crimes should be punished accordingly, whatever the motivation.
Q4 - Dress Code: Depends. If I worked somewhere that clients visited on a regular basis, I would be okay with whatever dress code was in place for all days of the week. If, however, clients never visited, I would push to have the dress code removed for every day of the week.
q1: the guy with curly hair that is sometimes funny and sometimes dumb and sometimes neither.
q2: beef is always good. sliced roast beef and mustard with some nice veggies...Mmmm
q3: i would never feel anyone was justified in denying or trivializing the holocaust. however, i strongly disagree with the idea of that law. it feels ironically oppresive.
q4: of course i would.
Q1: I think I'd be the guy who doesn't get a lot of screen time, who you know is there, but you can't really figure out his significance until the end of the film, at which point you realize that everything of significance in the film pivoted on what he did.
Q2: Dagwood style, with as many animals as possible, and assorted cuts of each.
Q3: Racism is a social issue, not usually a criminal one. I find the idea of a hate crime to be redundant; all crimes are commited by those who do not care about their victims, there's no such thing as a "love crime" or even a "like crime."
That aside, anyone who denies or trivializes the holocause should be sentenced to go to any of the memorials that used to be concentration camps. Sentencing them to prison just crowds jails and gives them another reason to hate.
Q4: I'd ask if I cared, but caring is unlikely.
Q1 - Your Life: I'd audition for the part of the loser actor who can't get a job no matter how hard he tries because he doesn't fit the aesthetic of Hollywood...kinda like Michael Rappaport in True Romance.
Q2 - Food: Cold Cut Trio on Italian Herbs and Cheese Bread at Subway.
Q3 - Law: That sounds ridiculous, then again, we ARE talking about the European Union here. People are always going to deny that the Holocaust ever happened. I say let them believe it...what does it matter? We know it happened and that should be enough for us.
Q4 - Dress Code: I'd probably ask because I don't typically like routine. Although a particular day being chosen each week as a day to dress down might be MORE of a routine.
1. The unassuming guy who everyone discounts till the final reel. I'd probably wind up with the role of "Featured Extra #5" or "Guy tipping stripper."
2. A corned beef on rye from Shapiro's.
3. It's been proven time and again that one can't legislate away either personal or societal prejudices such as racism or religious hatred any more than one can legislate away stupidity. Ironically, criminalizing "offensive" ideas and prejudices will probably do more harm than good. As everyone knows, there's nothing more attractive to many people than the lure of the forbidden. Better to let these things stay out in the open rather than force them underground and out of the public arena where they can mutate into something much more dangerous when it eventually resurfaces, as it most certainly will.
4. I'm with Jake. I wouldn't bother asking. Hopefully I'd have better things to do while I'm on company time than fantasize about about changing the dress code. Unless, of course, that's what I was hired to do.
1. Lately, I would compare my life to Cameron Diaz's charater in The Holiday (except for the part where she can't cry). If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it! And, to answer the second part of the question, I would totally get the part b/c I am the bomb.com!
2. My favorite sandwich is the chicken pesto panini from Nordstrom cafe! BTW, wouldn't Joey Tribiani love this question?
3. I should care, but I don't.
4. Of course I would ask. I love my jeans and look forward to every Friday when I get to wear them!
Q1: The part of the woman who is oblivious about her obsessive/compulsive behavior, is with the guy who is "all right" for her, but not "right" for her and endures an adventure to find true love. Like a Meg Ryan character.
Q1: Egg salad. Home made. with sweet pickles. On slided sour dough. Best Foods mayo - only.
Q3: I agree with the spirit, but definitely not the mechanism of law. I agree, this is a social/cultural issue.
Q4: I would dress appropriate to my profession - also depending on if I have to visit clients that day!
Q1 - I'm definitely trying out for some kind of tragicomedy, especially this week. I've had "The Tempest" and "Much Ado About Nothing" over the course of the past four days.
Q2 - Grilled cheese, heavy on the cheese.
Q3 - Good luck. Won't work. Can't legislate morality. Need to work on it socially, in the schools and by holding people accountable.
Wouldn't it be nice if bashing people over the head (legally) worked, though?
Q4 - Depends on the boss, but sure, I'd ask.
1. It would be one of those docu-drama things about some person who come out on top in the end. I'd be the unhealthy star of the show.
2. Monte Cristo when done right.
3. The jails would soon fill and the law will probably increase the hate. You can't legislate this kind of thing. If people have hate in their hearts it will come out. Their oppinion won't change the facts. All you can legislate is the results of crimes committed from that hate and saying what you think shouldn't be a crime. Trying to make others think like you do through force or killing those who don't think like you are crimes.
4. Probably wouldn't say anything unless I knew there were a large majority who wanted this. For me, as long as we have business casual then I'm fine.
1. I'd be the main character in one of those romantic comedies where the woman gets the man in the end.
2. My favorite sandwich is lettuce, tomato, fresh mozzarella, and roasted red peppers on a sub with oil and vinegar/salt and pepper. Preferably from an Italian deli. (A close second is a veggie sub from Subway).
3. Hmmm...not sure where most European countries stand regarding free speech, but punishment for racism and denial of the Holocaust isn't completely terrible. Maybe it would help? I believe in free speech, but I don't believe in ignorant, hateful assholes or those who follow their rhetoric.
4. Well, if I had just started a new job and they didn't have a dress down Friday, I'd probably wait until I'd established a relationship with the boss and other people I work with before I started suggesting changes. I'd also casually ask my co-workers how they feel about it. If it was truly an issue, I might ask for it to be considered, if enough people wanted it.
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