November 14, 2009

Allocate: To set apart for a special purpose; designate: allocate a room to be used for storage.

Seating: of or pertaining to seats or those who are sitting: the seating plan of a theater.


Today I was enforcing the idea of allocated seating at work (a cinema), a notion many people either simply cannot grasp the nuance of or simply take outright offense to. I generally sway these people to my way of thinking (and the standard for most cinemas, I might add) and ease them into their assigned seats with polite explanations and gentle persuasion topped with a cheerful smile and 'thank you'.

Today, though, I was called 'rude', an 'insolent little minx', an 'aggressive dog', and a 'nazi'. All by the same old lady who generally felt that paying her senior's discount price entitled her to sit wherever she wanted and behave like an ill-bred ferret the entire time.

Some days you just shouldn't get out of bed, you know? Because some days the scoreboard of life will only read...
World: 1
Gabrielle: 0

November 9, 2009

Portrait of a Lady

She's growing her hair. Again. She has a new fondness for mint Aeros. She's watching Joan Jett's 'I Hate Myself For Loving You' video. She's procrastinating on any number of writing projects she could be starting/finishing/editing/pondering. She loves her boyfriend. She misses her family. And her friends back home. She's often sick of being financially trapped on this island nation. She's itching to travel again. She no longer looks forward to Christmas. She does look forward to Mondays, though, because neither she nor her boyfriend usually work Monday mornings which means coffee and 'The Big Bang Theory' over breakfast. She likes the little things more than the big ones. She can't decide whether to paint her nails black or red. She recently started doing crunches. Too recently to determine results. She's a lady... whoa oh oh she's a lady... talking about this little lady... she listens to Tom Jones without irony or shame. She's thirty-four. And doesn't feel a day over sixty. Or six. Depending on the week.