The Thanksgiving Play, Hollywood Edition
2021-03-25, 10:12 p.m.
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I have tomorrow off for Cesar Chavez Day, i.e. The One Holiday We Have That Everyone Else Doesn't. So of course an avalanche of urgent crap comes in the last 3 hours of the day, especially in the last 20 minutes when my boss (who seems to have been AWOL most of the day on Slack? Dunno what's up) rolled in about 4:40 to ask how it was going, and then was all "Has anyone checked X" and I said "Yes, everyone else did it yesterday," but I looked again and 26 more problems came in since then and all of it has to be done on Monday and ARGHHHHHHHHHH.
I also had someone who is getting snotty at me because she can't get her Important Document until she pays money she owes (she originally claimed she paid it and I was all "um, nope, you are not marked off as paid" yesterday) and she doesn't think she should have to pay it and blah blah rant rant and she has to have the Important Document or else her pay gets docked so send it now, please. Stupid rules say I can't. FORWARDING TO MY SUPERVISOR even though really, I think this chick needs to call the financial office and rant to them instead. Like, I don't get what the heck her situation was and she describes it in a very strange manner, but anyone who is all "I shouldn't have to pay!" needs to go have it out with the people who seem to think she should, since they are the ones insisting on it. And, well, good luck with that shit.
Anyway: been sick of work all day and now I am done for three days YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
I am happy to announce that everyone in California is eligible for a shot as of April 15. THANK FUCKING GOD PLEASE HAVE ALL MY FRIENDS GET VACCINATED PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GOD I MISS PEOPLE.
Tonight I watched The Thanksgiving Play (again? my third time seeing it and the second time seeing it within a year), because of the casting of this one. KEANU REEVES IS IN THIS SUCKER, along with Heidi Schreck, Bobby Cannavale and Alia Shawkat.
The rest of Women's Storytelling:
MJ Kang: wanted to go to Hebrew school and get a bat mitzvah. Darn it! Later, she marries a Jewish guy, she's converted, and this year her kid was supposed to have her bat mitzvah, but of course that didn't happen.
Jennifer Munro: "What I didn't need was an upgrade. What I needed was an apology, and dinner." She was getting on a plane while hungry, thought her husband had upgraded her to first class and then the stewardess is all "You can't do that." Lady also says she can't complain unless she gets off the plane, so she gets off, and then the stewardess gives someone else her ticket. "Any further back, I'll be sitting on the damn toilet." Then the stewardess refuses to even let her on the flight. Finally she gets back on again and everyone wants to stone her, and "they tut-tutted as I sat down." The pilot blames her for delaying the flight. Later, she demanded an apology and got a "carefully written" one eventually. A year later, she finally gets upgraded on a flight.
Donna Washington: that story about the lady who didn't realize lesbianism was an option until she went to Vegas, I think I recapped it last weekend ;) "This woman had never been more than 10 miles from home, and they flew her to Las Vegas." "There were a group of women, having a very private moment, in public." "I wish I had known THAT was an option." "Keep your options open as many ways as you can," she closes.
Jane Dorfman: got assaulted by a bunch of boys and pushed and shoved around. "I heard his pants zipper go down, and he grabbed my face--" OH JESUS. When meeting with the vice principal, her mother grabs the boy, says if she ever hears that he did it again, she'll cut his dick off, and then tells off the dad about how the cuts on Jane's face are from their son's zipper. Two other kids come in and testify as to who else was involved, and the head asshole is taken away by the police "as the whole school watched." The captain of the lacrosse team and other girls protect her on the bus. Another guy leaves her a bus apologizing and saying a good man would have done more (though he did testify). The asshole never came back to school, and the other boys were out suspended for a long time and were totally shamed and dumped by everyone upon their return. THIS IS THE HAPPIEST POST-ASSAULT STORY I'VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE OMG OMG.
Mo Reynolds: "Like every other American, she went through a Hamilton phase," the producer says, and says she herself is still in a Hamilton phrase. (I'm still singing "Helpless" in my head a lot and I just looked up "Your Obedient Servant" on genius.com for my blog, hahahahah.) Mo is doing a Revolutionary War rap here, I can't recap that!
Megan Hicks: as a teenager, when JFK died, her parents were uh....racists and upset about him and LBJ. Oy. "Our next door neighbor could not contain her glee. Hasn't he been asking for it all these years?" (EWWWWWWWWW.) "He got what he was asking for. You DO NOT CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO WITHOUT MAKING YOURSELF A TARGET. Do you understand, Megan?" her dad said. Then she went to college and was boggled. And then Robert Kennedy gets killed. She hears this while alone on her car, with nobody around to tell her what to think. "I knew it was obscene for speaking up and standing your mind to be grounds for homicide. Making your argument shouldn't get you shot!" It was her first political statement.
Kim Weitkamp: Entering a "false reality," like a amusement park or a festival or something. "Somehow you need to buy the 3 foot high Dr. Seuss hat. Do you need that on an ordinary day? No!" "There are only three things that tell the truth: drunks, children, and jeggings."
Sheila Arnold: some poor girl barely makes the train on a way to a job interview, and then her period hits. A nice lady provides her with a tampon and some boys are trying to harass her to get out. The conductor lady is all IS THERE A PROBLEM HERE?!" to the boys to get them to buzz off. When she finally gets out of the bathroom, the ladies reassure her about her job interview and one of them escorts her over.