I was writing some goofy prose on a website and though I won’t share it here I will share this thought about what I have written:
My words are daft and oft obscene but i must stick to my rhyming scheme.
I’m on a job hunt right now and had a question for my wife about how to word my status as a jouneyMAN welder; government sites often say I’m a journeyperson and it sounds wrong to me. My wife is the the feminist in the family and often my conscience too so I asked her to weigh in. This is what she offered: Journeyman is fine and journeyperson will make me sound like a mush-head….she also added that no confident woman should be afraid of a masculine default.
My experience is that the masculine default in English is often regarded as some patriarchal tool of oppression. I was taught to use a masculine default when I learned English at home and it caused me trouble a few times in school and later in life. I also remember when I was in secondary school there was a debate about using a neutral pronoun in Swedish(hen) that paralleled the criticism of English. I don’t know what direction that eventually took.
What’s funny is that I have never heard a complaint about the masculine default in French…ever.
I grew up in a remote part of Vancouver Island known for the number of cougar attacks on people but I’m referring to predatory older women in this post.
Yesterday, at the dollar store, I was propositioned by a cougar. It happens sometimes when I’m out without my wife but mainly in dollar stores for some reason. I said that I was happily married (she said that she was too!) and politely excused myself. I don’t believe in being rude in dismissing such a proposition because the extreme brazenness of it likely stems from extreme loneliness.
If you stop to think about it, you probably don’t listen to death metal for the same reason that you don’t listen to opera: Not understanding the vocals.
Sharpening knives was one of my chores growing up and I loved doing it. When I was a teenager I went to work for Mr. Oyama and learned a different way of sharpening the knives we used to butcher fish; our methods were virtually the same as in this video. You don’t need to understand Japanese to get something from it:
On Friday I smashed my finger with a hammer and have a blood blister on my fingertip to show for it. There was a conversation with a coworker immediately after:
Coworker: Are you accident prone?
Me: Only when I’m tired.
Coworker: Are you tired now?
Me: I’ve been tired since 1998.
No names! An engineer buddy of mine was on a factory tour featurimg an assembly line in a purpose built building.
He noticed that the shipping and receiving were one department. Parts came into the shipping/receiving department and were run to the cells/stations where they were needed and the finished product was brought back from the end of the line to be sent out.
Brought back from the end of the line… Hold that thought. The assembly line headed away from the shipping/receiving in a straight line then, after being palletized at the end of the line, finished product was driven a considerable distance back to the shipping/receiving area.
My friend: Hey, why didn’t you make the assembly line circle back to shipping to eliminate all this material handling?
Tour guide: Ummm….yeah…we messed up.
…No talk of having a dedicated shipping department at the end of the line. That’s another possibility.