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Poll results. And taters (precious).

Clearly not all my readership has voted on the charismatically-titled Poll #166795 of last entry, but exit surveys indicate that fully 80% of you came here for LOTR reasons. (And, I can only presume, stayed for the love.) Well, I guess I sensed that, and that's why I discuss the damn thing (LOTR) so much. But we all have other interests too, so I shan't be afraid to branch out.

So here's a random thing that I did today. At work, they had a picnic-style lunch for us on the roof - fried chicken, baked beans, jello, etc. They also had, at each table, a raw potato and a clear plastic bag containing Mr. Potatohead arms and eyes and ears and such. Each group was supposed to dress up their potato as they saw fit, and the best three would be chosen at the end of the day.

No, I didn't tell everyone to dress our potato like a hobbit. No. Even more disturbing, actually. I was toying with the empty plastic bag that the parts had come in, and commented that I thought we should come up with some creative use for it.

Well, the obvious thing to do with a clear plastic bag is, of course, kill yourself by suffocation. My fellow Accounting employees thought this was a hilarious (if sick) idea. So we ended up rubber-banding the bag over our Mr. Potatohead, and taping a note to his hand that said "Goodbye cruel world." (I wrote it left-handed - not my dominant hand - so that it would look uneven and disturbed.)

Anyway, we placed third. I guess it wasn't regarded as unforgivably sick and wrong by the judges. But then, another group stabbed their potato with a plastic knife and used pickle relish as blood. (They didn't place.)

In other news, current job opening that I'm pining after: publications editor at the Seattle Symphony. I'm sure I won't get it; probably won't even get called in for an interview, considering how many artsy types must be out there competing with me in looking for work right now; but that sure would be sweet.

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mikeneko
Aug. 12th, 2003 04:38 am (UTC)
Hmm... Are you seriously interested in finding an editorial job? I mean, as opposed to going for any sort of job that looks kinda interesting?

You can do a few things to give yourself a bit of an edge in the applicant pig-piles for editorial openings, depending on the type of position. But those things involve some time and individual prep work; I don't know that they're worth the trouble if editorial work isn't a goal per se. For example, tests are widely used for winnowing applicants, so it can be a good idea to learn markup and style *before* you get hit with one them. That sort of thing.
mollyringle
Aug. 12th, 2003 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'd like to do anything that involved publication, more or less; but of course it would depend on how pleasant the workplace was, as well. And unfortunately I don't have a lot of experience doing markup and style - just plenty of grammar/proofreading knowledge. I'm hoping my tendency to pick up new skills quickly will be of use to me in the near future.

mikeneko
Aug. 13th, 2003 03:22 am (UTC)
Oh yes, quick learning is a bonus. :-) I've been scrawling on copy, manuscripts, and proofs around for 'bout 15 years; I'm retired as advice central in this regard, but don't mind being dusted off once in a while. If info is needed, emailable.
mollyringle
Aug. 14th, 2003 06:39 pm (UTC)
Good to know - thanks! I'll hang onto that offer.