Monday, July 5, 2010

Arrgh! Thwarted at every turn!

Grumble! I should have gotten a shitload done off my to-do list already today. But nooooo! I powered through all my official phone calls but had to leave messages because all the offices are closed, I went onto campus ---- because I no longer have library access through my card or proxy server and I need to finish off my edits for that article by looking up stuff in a bajillion online databases --- and the library is closed. Furthermore, the English building was locked and I have turned in my keys a few weeks ago, so I can't just go in and use the grad lounge computers. And I have a pile of office stuff I wanted to dump there and now have to go back again. To say nothing of the time I lost going to and from school and navigating the city full of burned-out stoplights, for evidently fourth of July celebrations destroy all working electric circuits or something. Grah!

Well, that's all I have to say. I thumb my nose at the stupid world and my stupid to-do list which I have gone through in entirety and yet will have to go through all again tomorrow. A day that I have already allocated to hanging out with grad student friends, I might add. That is all. Except one thing: where is everybody? No one has commented on my recent posts. Except the spammers. Don't you know your purpose is to entertain me?

7 comments:

haphazardmusings said...

That's basically my day in a nutshell. Nice to know that someone else can relate, even if it means that someone else out there is putting up with all kinds of b.s. that only people like us (unemployed academics) understand.

Sisyphus said...

Oh I've had days like this when I was an employed academic, too.

And even when I worked in an office (let me tell you about terrible electricity blow-out day)

Horace said...

A thousand apologies for not entertaining you with comments. Instead this weekend was spent entertaining old friends and their really horrid children (and I do not usually like to say that about children, but really, these were insufferable).

As for library web access: can't you snag the login of someone who's still on campus to use for the summer?

Fie upon this quiet life! said...

I am so jazzed that the two places I've adjuncted at in the last three years haven't deleted me from their databases, so I am able to access online journals through them both. If one doesn't carry something, usually the other does, and vice versa. I feel sort of like I'm stealing, but since they paid me almost nothing, perhaps this is just a way of getting just compensation.

Sorry you're going to have to do that list again. I hate days like that.

phoenixcomplex said...

Yeah, I was just going to say: doesn't one of those bookcase-non-removing grad students owe you a day's use of their login? I'd even give you mine if you asked.

Susan said...

Stupid holiday. Why isn't everyone working like Sis?

goannatree said...

oh, i'm still here...
very kind of bitty for me today. i'm getting all the non-essential, don't really need to do that stuff done today. didn't think i was an emotionally motivated writer until about 2 months ago...now if something is bothering me i really don't want to....but yeah, i hate the whole library shutting when we still have work to do....

i second the trying to find a login from someone who still has one...