June 16th, 2012

heaven et hell

gag *cough* blah

eh-hem, called in sick today. The tilting point occurred yesterday when the customer from hell paid me a visit. The senior moment this patron was having involved late materials. She must've racked up a balance of $30+, but what really threw me for a spin was her manipulative behavior.

At first, she was concerned about the late fines she let accumulate. After I revealed to her the total balance, she presented two additional items to be returned, a couple of music CDs. These items, because they were not late, she began to inquire about. "How could it be possible that the late items I just returned were so late when I had checked out those materials at the same time I had checked out the CDs?" At the same time, however, I'm being told that when she checked her account earlier online, the two music CDs didn't appear as items charged out to her account. So she made some slight emphasis to her honesty for returning stuff she may have thought she needn't return at all seeing as her online account didn't show them as pending return.

I take the easy route and let her look at the computer monitor. I show her where her name appears as being the account for which the last two items had been borrowed. She notices that the items have a due date of June 22. I clarify to her that they indeed had a due date of June 22 but they've already been returned. She points at the charge date on the screen and exclaims "that's today. I didn't want you to check these out to me. I'm returning them!".

By now, I'm feeling the soarness in my throat. I make an attempt to demonstrate with example books just what I did, NOT charge out 2 CDs to the bitch. And as I'm doing this, she thinks of some other fucky question to ask, like "I borrowed those CDs on the same day I borrowed the other books/DVDs". My voice now cracking, I remind her that I am still attempting to display for her just what I did when I scanned the barcodes of the CDs in return mode.

She reaches her hand all the way behind the counter in an effort to count how many books she has already returned. When I say all the way behind the counter, it's because it is a stretch to reach back to where I place books, out of reach from patrons, once they have been scanned in return.

Bitch, bitch, bitch.

I can hear her thinking to herself, "well, if I'm able to reach back there to thumb thru the books and count them, I bet I can lift them up over the count so they can be in my arms again" I let her do this as it's been my experience that saying to fuck heads like that that the books are placed beyond their reach for a reason has come back to bite me in the ass. She nearly fumbles them once she has them in her arms again; I guess because she was going to make some effort to put them back exactly how she found them by reaching all the way across the counter, in reverse mode.

I thought she would never leave. At one point I had even called the librarian for support as I wasn't getting thru to her thick skull that I had not checked out the two CDs to her just now, and yes they were registered to her account, and i guess it could be possible that when she checked her account online they were not then charged to her account (seeing as the charge date was the same date she was returning them), and I dont have a logical explanation how she fucked up her account, but if you show me your charge receipt I will make yet another attempt to speak further with you regarding how something as simple as borrowing materials with a library card can lead to absurd questions like the shit coming out if your mouth in an effort to convince you to walk away with some piece of mind, no matter how fried it must be in there under that thick mass of a steel plate.

I am drowning in my own muckus, but at least I don't have to tolerate customers at work today.
heaven et hell

Let the Fay Grim marathon begin

Yes, I will admit, I fell asleep around the part when Fay reaches instanbul and makes contact with Jallal Said Kahn. Here is a review I found on a site devoted to Marijuana.*
USER: Sonseray

DEC 22, 2011 First off, I'd like to say that Henry Fool was a masterpiece, and I have the utmost respect for Hal Hartley for the creation of such a beautiful thing. That being said, I just watched the sequel, called "Fay Grim" and am just...confused. It was basically a big middle finger to anyone who enjoyed the original film for what it was. To fully understand what I'm talking about, it is necessary that you watch both films, in order. In addition, while this may be somewhat controversial being as this is a site focused on marijuana, I suggest watching both films sober. This could be just my opinion, but throughout all the faults I find that I have, I feel like film is something that I truly understand, and I believe that a film that is a true artwork can only be experienced best sober (I do enjoy watching movies high. It's one of my favorite things, but I don't believe that I can fully comprehend and appreciate a movie while high.) Anyway, I don't expect any of you to watch both films (Although if you don't watch Henry Fool, it is my humble opinion that you have missed out on one of the best movies out there.) So here's the basic rundown. Henry Fool is a movie about a garbage man. His family believes he's retarded and he is very depressed. He turns his life around once he meets a very eccentric man named Henry Fool, and it turns out this garbage man is a literary genius. The film is so much more than that though. The characters are so developed, their personality's so refined that I can only describe it as beautiful. It really is a must watch. Today, however, I watched the sequel, "Fay Grim". It was basically a james bond rip off. Turns out this beautiful, art form of a movie that is so simple and yet so complex, is a james bond sequel. Henry is working with terrorists. What is this?! It doesn't even make sense. It doesn't even have anything to do with the concepts addressed in Henry Fool, It's a FUCKING SPY MOVIE. I am so confused right now. Don't get me wrong, I still appreciated the movie just for the sake of seeing more of the characters, but it was just so utterly terrible. It was like Hal just said fuck it. Can I please get some insight on it? It really depresses me that such a genius of a film maker intentionally destroyed his art. He must of known it was terrible. It wouldn't cut it as a B-Movie alone, and having watched henry fool first, it just pisses me off. Please give me some insight on this....

Normally, Sonseray, I would be posting this reply in the comments section of the site where you originally posted. Even now, I feel uncomfortable doing this as it makes me feel like I am some sort of spokeman for the film. When I first saw Fay Grim, I was not aware it was a sequal for another movie. It wasn't until my obsessive research online about the factoids of the movie lead me to realize that a prequel (floabw) existed, and I had to watch it. I went out and purchased Henry Fool, as none of the rental retailers nearby seemed to have a copy. I was absolutely convinced that I would like it, especially after watching the trailers and teasers.

At first, it threw me how the quality of the film was so raw. It reminded me of Living in oblivian, another artsy fartsy independent film. To understand my complete opposition to your viewpoint on the series, I suppose one must understand what brought me to watch Fay Grim in the first place.

If my memory serves me, I had been perplexed after watching Schindler's list when I learned that Klaus Kinski had a role in that film. Klaus Kinski was the father of Nastassja Kinski, and I became a great fan of hers after having seen yet another Klaus Kinski film called Aguirre, the wrath of God. One thing lead to another in my pursuit of seeking all Kinski related films, and Schinlder's list contained an actress which had made a film with one of Kinski's other children, Nikolai. That film was Fay Grim, and as a result of this movie, Elina Lowensohn became one of my favorite actresses. She is the actress that had a part in Schindler's list who is executed by a Nazi after Amon Goeth orders her death for talking back and acting like a know-it-all.

To sum up, the great cast of characters in Fay Grim are the creme-de-la-creme. Nobody enjoys doing death scenes, at least that's my opinion, but those actors who needed to die handled it with the utmost precision. I anticipate a third film that might include insight to Henry's history, and I'm always checking new Hal Hartley films in development for this reason. To better enjoy the spy movie, however, I suggest approaching it with the perspective of disproving it's contents like, 'is baklava really delicious for breakfast with a black cup of coffee?' Or, more your speed, 'what's the relevancy of Henry's age with his radical interpretation of classic book Blake's Marriage of heaven and hell and chemistry?"

Here's some trivia for you just the same. Did you know some of the sexiest nude scenes from the HBO series Game of thrones, season one, was done by the brunette hotel clerk, Sibel Kekilli, who checks in Fay's luggage?

* http://www.marijuana.com/threads/henry-fool-and-fay-grim-befuddled.292481/