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Petty annoyances

If I'm posting this infrequently, it should probably be positive. But y'know what? I feel like a little snark right now. So there.

Petty Annoyance the First: Hey, y'know why they call 'em neighborhood schools? Because they have NEIGHBORS. Who might not appreciate some yahoo hotrodding around the grounds on a huge honkin' riding mower at a QUARTER TO SIX IN THE MORNING. To the district's credit, the woman I spoke to in the facilities department sounded suitably appalled. Less confidence-inspiring was the fact that she sounded thus appalled while stating that "I thought we made it clear" to the groundskeeping contractors that they weren't supposed to do that.

Hey, I know how to make it clear! Hire somebody to wake them up half an hour before their alarm. Preferably when they had trouble getting to sleep the night before. I have an audition tonight, peoples. Ah, well, it's not like it's for something with a complicated quasi-operatic score for which I need to demonstrate that I can actually sing. Oh, wait.

Petty Annoyance the Second: Wow, is the Goodman's telemarketing annoying. This guy went on for SIX MINUTES about all kinds of great news about the season that wasn't included in the brochure because they didn't know it yet OMG! After about the fourth time I said "Yes, I'm familiar with [Tommy Tune/Jeff Daniels/Rachel York/whoever]," he was like "You seem very well-informed. Am I to guess that you're a theatre professional?"

Me: Yes.
Annoying Telemarketing Guy: Are you an actress?
Me: Yes.
Annoying Telemarketing Guy: Have we seen you on our stage?
Me: In my dreams, dude. No, I do a lot of storefront, and some musicals in the burbs.

And then more with the INCREDIBLY DETAILED GUSHING SPIEL getting us, like, maybe halfway through the season. At which point I was finally like "Look, sorry I have things I need to do." Which at least got him to jump to the "We have these great seats for you" part. And I said sorry, I have a lot of expenses coming up, including buying a new car this week, and really can't consider it right now. Response? "Would I be able to call back Monday?"


Yeah, dude. I will totally be back to having disposable income for a Goodman subscription by Monday after BUYING A NEW CAR THIS WEEK. Clearly he had already forgotten the part where I'm an actress. :: hefts clue-by-four ::

And it's not like I didn't know they'd try to sell me a subscription when I sent in the card to enter the drawing for a free one. I just didn't realize it would be QUITE that annoying.

Also, someone calling and saying "I'm so-and-so from the Goodman Theatre" inadvertently raises false hopes that they might actually be calling because I've applied for about four costume shop or administrative jobs there in the last year or so, and maybe they actually have a new opening they're considering me for. Insult to injury, man, though of course he had no way to know that. ETA: Though it occurs to me that he called on my cell, which I'm about 90% sure I didn't put on the postcard. In which case it came either from my resume or from trading databases with Chicago Shakes.

Yes, I know there's a lot of possible news buried in there re: audition, car, etc. I promise to post when anything is actually solid and materialized. And despite the tone of the above, I'm actually pretty chipper in general right now, albeit still busy above and beyond the norm.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
And despite the tone of the above, I'm actually pretty chipper in general right now, albeit still busy above and beyond the norm.

*hugs* Break a leg tonight!
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon!
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
*HUGS* All these little annoyances can add up sometimes.
Jun. 25th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. {{hugs back}} I'm choosing to be (hopefully) entertainingly snarky about it. Much better than the seething. ;-)
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Good gods, other humans are annoying.

Jun. 25th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Aren't there local noise laws about how loud things can be before certain times on weekdays and weekends?

For some reason, my brain keeps reading Goodman Theater as "Goodman Fielding". And I don't know what that means either, except that I hate telemarketers and would have ended the conversation a lot earlier and more bluntly than you did.

Is it just me or is a Theater calling without knowing its season rather...um...superfluous? Surely most people will decide to buy a ticket based on what's going to be shown?
Jun. 26th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what noise ordinances Elgin might have, but there probably are some. I should check that out. Then if it happens again, I can bypass the school district and call the police instead...
Jun. 25th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: false hopes: YES. Bugger from the Goodman calls me every now and then, and he's so well-spoken and un-scripted-sounding that I always think it's someone from casting.

Even better was the time a company that hadn't seen fit to invite me to their generals called to try to get me to audition, and they pay handsomely, for a CLASS.
Jun. 26th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's just RUDE. :-P

Who was that? Curious whether it was one of the ones I didn't get a slot for in the recent blitz, and whether I should expect something similar...

Edited at 2008-06-26 01:46 pm (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
It was Profiles (see indignant journal entry from Oct. 20).

Oh, and that phrase was supposed to be, "and THEN pay handsomely." They don't pay handsomely--they want you to.
Jun. 26th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Having done subscription telemarketing, the kid was probably just happy that he was speaking to someone who actually cared about the craft.

Not that it makes the telemarketing any less annoying. The Obama campaign keeps on asking me to do it...and I keep one sneaking out. (I was sick...the entire election season.)

I hope you have a great audition!
Jun. 26th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
the kid was probably just happy that he was speaking to someone who actually cared about the craft.

*chuckle* Or rather, the older gentleman was. Same principle, with possible additional loneliness factor.
Jun. 26th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
:crossing fingers and toes for you:
Jun. 26th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Good luck! Looking forward to seeing how everything went. :)

What car?
Jun. 26th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
If all goes well today in connecting the dots between brainiacfive's credit union and CarMax, a 2007 Hyundai Accent.

OMGAIRCONDITIONING. *whew* Also, no longer stranding the Brainy every time I have stuff going on. This one-functioning-car thing has been Of The Suck.

Edited at 2008-06-26 01:07 pm (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
I'm like you, I keep thinking I should post about the good stuff, but then....
I guess the snark just INSISTS it be released.
Jun. 26th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I keep planning to post about the good stuff, but the good stuff is keeping me BUSY and I'd rather be actually doing it... :-D
Jun. 27th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
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