May 27, 2006

It's the weekend.

A big holiday weekend. Are you going to be reading any blogs or are you going to be out behaving in the appointed outdoorsy fashion, acknowledging the official beginning of summer? In academia, summer seems to begin on the last day of class, which was somewhere back in April, and weekends only have to do with where traffic and crowds will be. "Do you have plans for the weekend?" I get asked that a lot. If I say "no," will I sound like a loser? If I explain why weekends mean nothing to me, will I seem to be bragging or will it just be boring, like answering the question "How are you?" with details of how things are going for you these days?

15 comments:

Bissage said...

W.W.C.O.D?

What would Chloe O'Brian do?

Marghlar said...

Ann, can I just say that your job is freakin' sweet?

Ann Althouse said...

Well, I do have these exams.... But yeah, it's pretty cool. It looks like I have 5 months off. It's not quite like that, but still, it's nice!

Marghlar said...

How many exams do you have to get through?

And yeah, I understand about the exams, and about publishing and whatnot. But the unstructured, do it when you feel like it aspect, is something I am supremely envious of.

I tend to work best at hours that no decent office would be open.

Dad29 said...

What blogs?

Maxine Weiss said...

C'mon now, secretly you live for the proverbial Memorial Day cookout, complete with tug-of-war, arm-wrestling contests, pin-the-tail on the donkey, the tree climbing contest....striped pic-nic table clothes (or do you set your blanket and picnic basket on the grass?)

You're not a pic-nic'r??

How about the annual 4th of July Barbeque?

The Labor Day cookout?

I know you are a purveyor of all those, Ann.

Peace, Maxine

Wickedpinto said...

Not related exactly.

Why do I get told "happy holiday" when the holiday is Memorial Day? Isn't it actually a day that should be more somber, than happy?

Mickey said...

I`m staying home by choice. Alone, by choice. Blogging reading blogging eating napping blogging eating bloggi...oh, and music

Robert said...

I'm completely self-employed and set my own hours - it's always odd to hear people ask "so what are you going to do this weekend?" The same combination of work and play I do every day, of course - what kind of silly question is that? Then I remember that the rest of the world still has structure.

Ann Althouse said...

1. I have 82 exams.

2. I've already blogged against picnics. It's back there in the archives somewhere.

3. I agree that the original meaning of "Memorial Day" -- the day, not the weekend -- should be preserved.

4. I love being on unstructured time and do a lot of work under these conditions. And most of the semester time is unstructured too. Only 5 or 6 hours a week are in class. So, yeah, I love my job. The in class part is very rewarding too.

hygate said...

I was supposed to work this weekend, but that was cancelled at the last minute. Such is life in the Information Technology field. So I took Elizabeth's advice. My wife and I are in New Orleans. I am using the unsecured wireless network of the restraunt next door (Stella's) to post this. Elizabeth, if you see this I just want to let you know that you were right. We are having a good time and helping a great American city at the same time.

Ann Althouse said...

1. I have 82 exams.

2. I've already blogged against picnics. It's back there in the archives somewhere.

3. I agree that the original meaning of "Memorial Day" -- the day, not the weekend -- should be preserved.

4. I love being on unstructured time and do a lot of work under these conditions. And most of the semester time is unstructured too. Only 5 or 6 hours a week are in class. So, yeah, I love my job. The in class part is very rewarding too.

Marghlar said...

The exams seem like the least attractive part of your job, at least to me. Reading 82 of those things might well make me put a bullet in my head.

Nevertheless, I would give up a lot to do what you do for a living. The only drawback is the lack of control over where you are going to live (at least for peons like me who come from a slightly lower ranked school).

And I absolutely agree about picnics. It sounds okay, but the realities are grim and unpleasant. Bugs and whatnot.

LoafingOaf said...

A big holiday weekend. Are you going to be reading any blogs or are you going to be out behaving in the appointed outdoorsy fashion, acknowledging the official beginning of summer?

I'm studying Contracts and Corporations for the Ohio bar exam this weekend. *cries* Looking over the rather intense Bar/Bri review schedule, this will no doubt be my worst summer ever. But at least I can pop online to read blogs like this one on study breaks...and I suppose I could study outside on Monday.... :)

Wickedpinto said...

In response to the bosses itemized list (which I find kinda funny, cuz you itemize a list of things, and talk about a lack of structure)

Picnics are about as gay as you get. go to a manicured park and feel like you are communing with the environment, or nature or whatever, What IS!? the point of a picnic? Is it an excuse to bore your boyfriend into complete non-arrousal?

as for the the unstructured nature of your job. . . .well actually, in my opinion it's the REAL structure rather than . . .how do you spell "fascia?" (the creation of a false front?) that most people experience.

I was an on call fixer type for a few years, I didn't care if I showed up "on time" for the standard prescribed hours, because I knew that as a "fixer" my job wasn't about hours, it was about events, I have no problem scheduling specific events into my day, but I am frankly offended by the silly "attendance/tardiness" policy of a lot of businesses. The only exception was when I worked on a line, which was a constant event, so I was always there, exactly there, for exactly that, cuz it was necessary.

But most of the time? "attendance/tardiness" is about control of the individual. Quick example. My mother is in customer service of sorts. All of her assigned clients are foreign. Australia, asia etc. She NEVER gets a call before 11 am, but her boss tells her she has to be at work at 6am? WTF? her attitude, which I love, is "I'm not gonna be here at six to pull my dick until 11" even more funny is when she gets angry and starts to talk about hte complexity of "pulling her dick" (a phrase she got from her beloved nice boy sons) whe she is a woman.

She may not work "like everyone else" as in from 6-4, but she works just as hard, if not harder, because she is aware of the events of her work.

Sorry, bad segue' and random crude rememberance of my mother.