It's been a while since I did an introduction post. (CW for length)
I'm Julie. The cartoon Roo what goes SQVEAK!
I play a ton of videogames and pinball, and I've had a love of them since the 70s... like, arcades were my happy place when I was growing up, so it's kind of obsession-levels...
I also have an obsessive love of cartoons, and that includes a lot of the really corny ones... old HannaBarbara goofy characters, FleischerStudios rubber-limbed black and white 'toons... love that stuff.
I also love weird. Bizzare. Freaky... but still fun.
I draw as a hobby. Sometimes I draw things for others, but it's not my profession, I don't take commissions, and my output is very linked to my depression, which I have a lot of... so a lot of my doodles come from my emotional high points and hedonistic places.
I ramble a lot about introspection and observation. I talk through my depressions, repressions, and agressions. Sometimes it's theraputic... sometimes it's spirally.
I draw naughty things... cartoony weird things... alt-gender things... inflation things... chompy Pac things... furry things... video game character things... anything I doodle like that is behind content warnings, and unless I'm following you, it won't show up in your timeline.
If that's an issue, I get that, but I'm definitely a weirdo. This is who I am and what I do, so it's what I'm gonna keep doing.
Do you have gender?
It's ok. Many of us either do or did at one time. It's a somewhat common thing, really.
Did you know that you do not need to keep your current gender if it's not working well for you?
You can have more gender... less gender... no gender... all the...
... well, no, you can't have all the gender. I mean, save some gender for others that may want some...
Point is, you get to choose how much and what type(s) of gender you want, and you get to choose how you want to express it.
Yes! You do!! Yes, you!!!
Today, he was given another new-to-him weird part that had to be done... lefty outside thread with a tight tolerance, which is easy to measure if you know how to use pins and can figure out the needed math...
... which he can't... which bothers me for other reasons...
... but they are definitely using sink-or-swim tactics on him, and then leaving him on his own to drown.
I don't argue that he isn't the right skill level for this job, but these mind games don't teach anyone anything except to give up.
In comparison, I am at the stealth- buttplug level of lathe skill.
... as in there are more than a few machines in this shop that lost the plastic cap that covers up an access hole on them, and to stop chips and debris from getting into the machines, I made a few tiny 1-inch buttplugs and inserted them into the holes... all anyone can see is the flat of the bases...
... it makes me giggle.
Work related distrust
Ok, so, I work in a small shop, and am 1 of 2 lathe specialists on this shift, and the other lathe worker is more at a "button-pusher" skill level.
So, he can run existing programs and make small modifications, but major alterations and making complicated programs is outside of his range. His work is not the most consistent, his time is not efficient, his measurements are not consistent, and he doesn't seem to want to try to improve.
Yesterday, he was told to run a part he hasn't run before, although he has run similar types of parts. I was sorta told not to do it for him (which is a thing he tries), and when he was asking some qvestions, the reasoning seemed weird to me.
Then he had a tool break, and asked for help, and then things got weirder.
Like all kinds of programming, there are multiple ways to program a lathe to get the same end result. I looked at the program he was told to use, not one he made or modified, and that program looked like it was made to break tools.
There was no signature for who made it.
I know that part has run on that lathe before, on 1st shift.
There was no way that program wouldn't break tools because it pushed not-actively-in-use tools directly into the physical space that the jaws clamp on the part.
In order to make it work, you'd need to only have the active tool in the turret, physically stop the program after each tool phase, remove the tool that just ran and put in the next one, 5 times in succession, and how and pray that each tool was going to end up in the correct physical alignment it was touched off on because you cannot re-locate a tool in the middle of a program.
No one would run this program, except for someone who didn't have the skill level to be able to visualize what would happen once you pushed the start button, which, as previously mentioned, I don't believe this guy has.
Today, I get told that this is how the 1st shift guy runs... and I know that isn't the reality, because I've never seen any other program on that lathe being set up that nightmarishly.
If I was paranoid (which I definitely can be), I'd say he was being tested and set up to fail.
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The Spicy Pepper is not a beer, it is the pepper vodka that I've been enjoying from Doundrins Distilling in Madison WI, and it has been VERY tasty. I am not really a hard alcohol drinker, and I don't drink it neat, but this is delicious to me when mixed in soda.
Cherry Chouffe, a belgian beer with cherry flavoring, made in Belgium.
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Black Is Beautiful, an imperial stout with kola nut, yams, vanilla bean, and coffee from Mobcraft brewing, Milwaukee WI
A munich-style dark lager (sometimes, they don't have names) from More brewing, Huntley IL
Smells Like Bean Spirit, a breakfast stout ale with maple syrup and Tugboat coffee. The branding is called Mikerphone Brewing, which makes craft beer inspired by music. Brewed at Octopi brewing, Waunakee WI
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Berry Noir, a sour ale with mixed berries from Boulevard brewing, KansasCity MO
Bittersweet, an imperial coffee milk stout from LeftHand brewing, Longmont CO
The Great Blackstack Bake Off, a blackberry french toast tart fruit beer from Blackstack brewing, StPaul MN
Went out to get BBQ at a place that's been getting really good food reviews...
Walked in to a bar/dining room, the barstools fully packed with guys not wearing masks, the lone bartender/ server not wearing a mask, and heard they had a lot of menu items being out because the line yesterday was literally out the door...
... yeah, I don't care how good the food is, because I doubt the folks in the kitchen are wearing masks any more than the folks out front, and I'm staying in there for another minute to find out.
Getting MacNCheese at a different place.
Signs that I am alive and ok:
Got a big cheese steak sammich and a bottle of pepper sauce, and I'm demolishing said sammich by sqvirting the bottle in one hand, and eating without napkins in the other, like a fully functioning adult.
Signs that I may not be as functional or adult as I think:
Pepper sauce is creeping dangerously close to my crotch as I brought no napkins to clean up and then I accidentally drop and spill the bottle all over my thighs.
... but I keep eating anyway.
Done with work for the week... managed to complete all my projects for the week's due date, but not the specific day date, but I can accept that... if they want 100% on-time completion, then the scheduler needs to grok that parts don't get made instantaneously and that rework or emergency orders destroy plans.
Got soda and shelf-groceries.
Will get drinksies, tomorrow.
Reminder that it's OK to try out different identities, personalities, genders, aspects, and sides of yourself.
It's also OK to express those attempts to whatever capacity you feel safe in doing.
If something suits you really well, then it's OK to embrace it!
If something doesn't fit, then that's OK, too!
Sqveaky weirdo roo-thing!
(shi/hir * they/them/ally'alls * sqveak/sqvirk)
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