Tags: annoyances

kidding, Ryuuki

Drip.... drip.... drip....

Gaah. So, the first part of the week was mostly rain. Which was not unexpected; we were scheduled for rain, but... this was quite a lot of rain.

And tonight, after a completely sunny day, I was sitting in the living room when I heard a "plonk... plonk..." sound, from what seemed to be the stairwell. Which was odd. And did not seem to sound like a cat-related noise (which is more of a "whee, I am poking the carpet!" noise) And then it kept going. Ptolmey (the stripey cat) went up the stairs, curious, to see what was making the funny noise, and then gave me an "ACK OHNOES!!" look, because something had dripped on his head!!.

Yes, indeed. We have a ceiling... well, a leak, I guess... there's a damp outline, and then a damp patch, in the middle of which there's what is clearly a hand-sized paint blister full of water, which is dripping. Over the stairs. Which means that there is a roof problem (not a plumbing problem), and also that I don't want to know what the attic looks like (I rather don't want to know anyway).

Called the landlady; she is going to get someone over here first thing tomorrow (and we have a bucket and towels on the stair). Hopefully, the problem will not worsen. Hopefully, the fact that it's a roof issue means that it isn't on the renters to pay to fix it.

Dragonsdaughter notes that this is the third apartment where there have been water and/or plumbing problems, and that we clearly need to have a little less shui in with the feng. Or possibly figure out how to attract dry rather than wet. *sigh*

ETA: Apparently, it was just that the AC had gotten clogged, and the pan had overflowed. So, fortunately, not roof... well, mostly; the splotch in Dragonsdaughter's room is still a roof issue, and the HOA has been informed. Fixing the other problem (which looks remarkably better; the amazing paint blister just dried right back up, with only a small wrinkle and a little discoloration) involved the landlady and her husband getting up into the attic with a pipe-snake-type thing and a shopvac. We helped out by providing ladder support and bucket-carrying. Had a much easier job than they did; it was HOT up in there.

So, hopefully that is now fixed. They aren't going to paint the ceiling, because it's not very visible, minor staining, reeeeaaaallly high up and hard to get to.... and also, Dragonsdaughter and I seriously do not care. They can paint it when we move out, and that is fine with us. Low-maintenance tenants, yup indeed.
Medieval Lady

"Of course it's easy! Especially the step where you set everything on fire!"


Ah, the end of the semester. Not just the end of the semester--the end of the Spring semester. Good times. Everybody is going nuts, my inbox is full of Very Special Excuses and Panic*

Not, of course, that there are not legitimate excuses. Because of course there are. But, really, day after day after day of panic and illness and family emergencies and car-related emergencies and oversleeping and crazy stress and oops I've lost my computer and oh no my computer died and multiple deadlines.... yeah

This is not helped by the fact that they've started group presentations this week, and many of them seem to be doing amazingly half-baked work. *headdesk* I dunno-- end of the year? Groups not gelling? Not really caring? See, it's not that there haven't been excellent presentations. But.... I'm hoping that things pick up later in the week, because if they're all at the level most of them have been at so far, it's going to be wretched and boring for everybody. And a pain in the tail to grade (not least because, upon careful re-reading of the assignment, it's not that they're getting it completley wrong,, it's just that they're being ridiculously broad and giving no details and just providing a laundry list of "Our topic is X. X is very important. This is what X is. X originated in the following location." And frequently occasionally they are just egregiously wrong (witness: "Sugar is easy to process!") or skim over important details (like, for example, the development of plantations and the slave trade in relation to the sugar industry *headdesk*)

*Very Special Excuses and Panic are a known academic phenomenon. Seriously; "The Chronicle of Higher Education" has an entire forum dedicated to their mockery discussion.

Yes, that's exactly how I plan my viewing strategy....

Like many people in the US who are anime/manga fans, and adults, and female, I don't tend to go around talking about it, especially if I'm in a work-type setting, any more than I talk about my other pop culture-type hobbies. Less, probably. Because.... well, I've had to deal with enough wacky misconceptions from family, including, but not limited to, the time I mentioned manga as a Christmas present and was greeted with baffled expressions and an annoyed/confused, "Where on earth would we find such an exotic and strange product?" (Me: In... a bookstore? In the manga section? With the big sign that says "Manga and Graphic Novels?"), as well as the extremely annoying experience of having spent a couple of years vainly trying to convey why anime and manga were worth liking, only to have my parents take the topic seriously when my sister's boyfriend (who runs an anime club at the school he teaches at) came to meet the future in-laws for the first time (he's fantastic! they are fantastic for each other! nonetheless: really? seriously? NOW you are willing to accept that anime might be worthwhile? *ahem*).

Anyway, long story short, I was getting some dinner with one of the other folks in the summer program I'm in at the moment, and since a trip to the ramen-ya was followed with a trip to the Japanese grocery store across the street, we were talking about Japanese culture-- specifically, she wondered how I knew some of the stuff I knew. She knows Japanese, she's been to Japan, I think (if I'm remembering rightly) that she in fact teaches Japanese. In short, she is a person who deals professionally and on a regular basis with Japanese culture.

Her: Wow, you really know a lot! Have you ever been to Japan?
Me: Oh, well, no, but I do watch a lot of anime, sub-titled, and you pick up bits of the language from stuff like that.
Her: Really?
Me: Yup! Basic stuff, numbers, greetings. Just enough to be confusing in language classes. Plus, you know, random cultural info.
Her: Woooow..... I had no idea you could learn about Japanese culture through something like that!
Me:... um. Yes, actually. I mean, you know, some of it's going to be more relevant-- if you have something set in contemporary Japan, it's going to be more informative than, say, something set in a fantasy past, or a future where there are giant robots.
Her: *very seriously* You know, in real life, Japanese girls don't show their panties that often, the way they do in anime.
Me: ...
Me: ...
Me: ...

I finally stammered out something about not all anime being like that, but now I'm wondering what on earth she thinks I mean when I say I watch anime. And, of course, I'm annoyed that I didn't raise an eyebrow and ask her what the heck sort of anime she thought I was watching, because... seriously? Really? (with a side of "How on earth can you be working with Japanese language and culture and education and still have that combination of clueless and dismissive?")