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culture talks / how much to share / work annoyances


Orientation was actually pretty interesting, because there was a long period of time when we were waiting for the computers to come online that we all just talked. One woman was Hopi, and had actually lived on the reservation in the traditional ways; one kid was originally from Jamaica, and had lived in NY for a long while -- he was a cynical capitalist who was paranoid about the powers of the government; and one girl who I really liked, from south central LA -- she talked about the gang culture, which fascinated me. I love learning about cultures. But that kid from NY annoyed the crap out of me, especially when he used the word 'rape' casually. Had he been talking to me, I would have confronted him, but since he was talking to someone else, I wasn't sure what to do and hesitated too long. :-\

I'm not sure how much to share with people -- I feel comfortable telling anything, but I have to pay attention to the fact that not everyone is comfortable with hearing everything. So I simply said that I took the summer off, and didn't say for what, even thought it made me feel rather dishonest.

I didn't have to do any CBLs (computer-based-learning), 'cause those were saved from when I did them before. That was good.

But Polly gave me a schedule of 9-hour shifts. That was NOT good. I hate them with a passion! But hopefully after the next three weeks she'll change it up -- she did imply as much. Unfortunately, I am scheduled 2-11 both the 29th and 30th, I'm going to try to get her to change it but I might not get to do more than meet Anika when she comes into Atlanta! I'm very upset about that.

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aubkabob ══╣╠══
i had to re-watch all the cheesy videos and stuff from michaels, too, which sucked as i had only 4 hours sleep the night before and was thusly falling asleep during them.

i'm also willing to share just about anything with people, too, and like you, am not always aware of the fact that the person i'm telling whatever may not be overly willing to hear it ;) i AM tmi girl!

ooh, THAT could be my superhero name!
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
I don't believe in TMI, for myself -- but I realize that others do and I try to respect that. ;-) Meanwhile, underneath my smiling face I'm thinking, "Why can't people just be honest with themselves and everyone else?"

Actually, the only place I care about possibly sharing 'too much' is at work. Gotta be professional, you know. :-p
aubkabob ══╣╠══
silly professionalism. takes the fun out of everything.
sabr ══╣╠══
Hey. I just recently started reading your journal (you are a very open minded writer), and I noticed just today that you are from Georgia. Its amazing how little I pay attention to others LJ locations.

Im from the Buford area, but have moved recently to the Athens area. Just thoughts Id share. ^.^
belenen ══╣loving╠══
thank you! open-mindedness is my favorite compliment! ;-)
ex_alariya46 ══╣╠══
well, then, we'll just have to be irresponsible and make sure that we're staying up late and playing during the night - sleepig during the day. It will work out. Don't worry.
eternitywaiting ══╣╠══
*agrees* I can do the night-owl thing....and we'll just make sure you have access to plenty of caffiene. :-P
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
it has worked out! yay!
baka_shampoo ══╣╠══
I love learning about culture.
Especially the music.
from the old times to the new times.
I'm not so interested in Government,
but I love learning about social order and all that
just truly facinating.
belenen ══╣shimmering╠══
I totally agree. ;-) My favorite culture to learn about is ancient Egypt -- they had such an amazing social structure.
nikare ══╣╠══
Italian Mafia culture. Look into that one. : )
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
eh, caucasian cultures are my least favorite. But if you tell me something interesting about it it might spark my curiosity. ;-)
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
except Irish culture, love that. And Scottish and Spanish are cool too.
sidheblessed ══╣╠══
I love learning about other cultures as well. I think that's why I wantto see the world - I want to immerse myself in so many different cultures and feel what they're like.

Nine hour shifts! Just keep reminding yourself of the money.
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
I'm content to learn without visiting (except I want to see Ireland, Spain, and Egypt), but what I really want to do is to be able to have long conversations with people who have cultures different from mine. You can't learn from a book like you can learn from a person... and it helps you understand the person so much more.
wandrlost ══╣╠══
hm... it is a fine balance between expressing yourself and making others uncomfortable. i've always been of the school that finds making people uncomfortable a tolerable act if you are doing it for good reasons. people are often not comfortable in hearing about rape. but rape is a reality -- more of a reality than most people understand. with the majority of rapes going unreported, most people do not realize how common it is. and that is scary.

i think that if you are comfortable talking about it, that your ability to speak openly is a good tool for social change. even if it does make people uncomfortable.
belenen ══╣strong╠══
Thank you for that vote of confidence. You spoke what is very close to my own thoughts -- but my thoughts are stronger now that someone I respect agrees with me. You know how it is. ;-)

But I do have to be more careful at work; gotta be 'professional.' I'm learning the balance there.
on communication, social justice, intimacy, consent, friendship & other relationships, spirituality, gender, queerness, & dreams. Expect to find curse words, nudity, (occasionally explicit) talk of sex, and angry ranting, but NEVER slurs or sexually violent language. I use TW when I am aware of the need and on request.
Expect to find curse words, nudity, (occasionally explicit) talk of sex, and angry ranting, but NEVER slurs or sexually violent language. I use TW when I am aware of the need and on request.