Friday, April 18, 2014

Work Stories: Episode 70: Bad Moon Rising

In the previous Work Story, I wrote about catching people having sex in the museum bathroom.  I wrote about how I made everything awkward and got them to leave on their own terms.  I wrote about how I knew it was going to happen before it happened.  That was that Work Story.  This is going to be this week’s Work Story.  Fasten your seatbelts.  This is number 70.

I’d like to take a moment to remind you why the 70th post in the Work Stories saga is an important one.  Way back at post number 10, I decided that each Work Story post would be about the three-ish weeks of my life I spent working at two New Year’s Eve concerts in my city.  I say three-ish weeks because it was about a week and a half each time, and it was twice that I did it.  Therefore, it’s about three-ish weeks total.  I’ve written about the loading dock problem, the lighting tower collapse, the squirrels, the coworker having sex with another coworker’s mom, and a few other things.  Okay.  Two other things.  I’ve written about a bunch of stories from the concerts though.

This week I’m going to let you in on another Work Story about working at those concerts.  This one involves some travel.  Why?  I don’t remember.  I have no idea how we ended up where we were.  Really.  I do not know how.  But we ended up in a van, driving back to the concert grounds.  There is that.  This will probably be a quick Work Story.  Who knows, though?  I’ve been known to ramble on so that the Work Story seems longer than it really is.

We were driving back to the concert grounds when someone had a great idea.  They turned to the guy in the front passenger seat (not me) and coaxed him to moon the next pedestrian that we passed.  We’re mostly high school kids volunteering because we need our hours for our diplomas, so we’re all laughing and pressuring him into mooning someone.  He agrees to do it.

As we’re driving, someone points out some people walking on the sidewalk, going the same direction as the van we’re in.  The guy stands up on the seat, hunched over.  He pulls down his pants.  The driver honks the horn and the pedestrians look at the van, seeing the ass hanging out the window.  And then the passenger seat guy says to go.  The driver speeds up and then slows right down to a stop.  We were at a red light.

Immediately after mooning the pedestrians, we are stopped at an intersection.  It gives the pedestrians enough time to walk up alongside us again and stare at the van.  Maybe stare is the wrong word.  They were glaring at us.  A bunch of immature adolescents driving in a van mooning people.  We deserved that glare.  The light turned green and we were on our way again.

What did I tell you?  It was a relatively short Work Story.  There’s not really much that you can do with “We mooned some people this one time” when you don’t remember why you were there in the first place.  Do I regret being involved in this?  Not at all.  I look back on it and think it was a stupid, rude thing to do.  Of course I do.  But it’s a relatively harmless thing to do and I was a stupid teenager.  What do you expect from teenagers? They’re going to be stupid and immature like that.

So, that’s it for this week then.  Not an exciting Work Story.  Not at all.  Really, it wasn’t even something that I needed to share.  There’s no emotional depth to it.  There’s nothing entertaining about it.  It was a stupid moment of teenage immaturity that I thought I might as well share for the sake of sharing.  Even if it didn’t need to be shared, I felt like putting it out there.  Next week I’ll try to find something better to write about.

Until then, yeah, my uncle's been on COPS a lot of times.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1, Episode 38, A Bad Reflection on You

When I watch Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, something I look forward to is a good episode that can drive the overall story of the series forward.  That hardly ever happens because the show is episodic rather than serialized.  So you have to look at the individual episodes to figure out whether or not the show is progressing well enough to be considered good.

A big part of the different episodes is the villain.  Besides Rita Repulsa and her usual entourage of Goldar, Scorpina, Squatt, Baboo, and Finster, there are the monsters of the episode.  The best ones are a formidable threat rather than something to simply fight for fighting’s sake.  They raise the stakes and make the situation tough for the heroes.  These villains are more realistic, in the sense that the idea behind them isn’t ludicrous.

In the episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, there was a good villain.  It was a villain that I imagine could have worked in a multiple episode arc.  For whatever reason, the writers decided to make it a one episode story.  Perhaps the next two episodes will show why, since I am about to get into another two episode arc.  But this isn’t about those episodes.  This post is about the one I just watched.  Shall we get into it?  I believe we shall.

Season 1, Episode 38: A Bad Reflection on You

Rita Repulsa has concocted a new plan to try and take down the Power Rangers.  She has enlisted the help of a monster named Twin Man.  Twin Man is a samurai made of mirrors that can disguise itself as whatever it wants.  It can also change putties into other things.  So, of course, Twin Man becomes Jason and the Red Ranger while four putties become the rest of the gang and the other Rangers.

The plan is this: The anti-Rangers will go to Angel Grove High and tamper with the water fountains.  This will get the gang a detention sentence, which happens during school hours for some reason.  I don’t understand why detention wouldn’t be after school.  Having it during school means that they don’t go to class and don’t learn.  Whatever.  While the gang is in detention, Twin Man and his group go off the wreak havoc upon Angel Grove as the Power Rangers.

Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Billy, and Trini are stuck in detention with Bulk and Skull when they hear about what is happening in the city.  They cannot become the Power Rangers because of Bulk and Skull being near so they come up with the idea of a magic trick.  Zack says they can disappear, but the bullies must close their eyes and plug their ears and count down from ten.  That’s when the gang transforms into the Power Rangers and head to the battlefield.

The battle goes down pretty easily.  Each of the Power Rangers pairs off with their evil counterpart.  There is a bit of confusion at one point but they manage to overcome the evil doers and take them all down.  They didn’t even resort to the “No, I’m the real one!” trope.  It was a miracle.  The last of the evil Power Rangers left standing is Twin Man.  He tries to attack in his natural form, but the Power Rangers put their weapons together and blast him away.  Bye bye monster voiced by Bryan Cranston.

Bulk and Skull decide that they are going to rat out the gang for disappearing.  They go into the hall to get the principal who comes into the classroom to find the gang has returned.  The principal gives Bulk and Skull another detention for lying.  And the episode ends.  Credits.

Now, I think Twin Man and what he does would have made for a great arc that could have played out over multiple episodes.  It could have been like a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers adaptation of the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  Doubles of each member of the gang showing up one at a time, ruining their reputations and the reputations of the Power Rangers.  It would have been gripping and possibly could have changed the landscape of their lives.  It is wishful thinking and all.  I get that.  I just think that more could have been mined out of this episode to make a three or four episode arc that meant a lot to the series.

It was still an enjoyable episode and one of my favourites that didn’t push things forward in a major way.  It had a good villain, it had some decent work for Bulk and Skull, and it didn’t need to go with the big, ridiculous Ultrazord stuff to cap off the episode.  It kept things small scale and that was nice.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is a show that I find it hard to not enjoy.  The cheesy high school antics and the fun action help to keep it entertaining.  There are many more episodes to go in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers saga, and many more Power Rangers series to come after that.  I’m excited to be here writing about it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Work Stories: Episode 69: Wow, Perfect Number Much

Previously in the Work Stories, I wrote about a child with a wad of money.  But that money wasn’t any normal money that you would find laying around.  It was Canadian Tire money.  A big, old wad of Canadian Tire money.  And she showed it to me for no reason at all.  Yeah, that was an exciting story wasn’t it?  This week’s story is definitely going to be more exciting.  Get ready for that.

There was one time when I wrote about a coworker who caught some people having sex in the bathroom.  Which post was it… Let me check.  The 29th Work Story was the one that covered that one.  Well, this week I have my own story about catching people having sex in the bathroom.  I now have a personal experience with that kind of thing happening and it’s one that I am going to share with you.  Are you ready for it?

I was at work getting ready to have my break and eat something.  I went to the washroom before I ate.  Not only did I want to wash my hands, but I wanted to eat with an empty bladder.  It would make me feel a whole lot more comfortable.  So I go to the washroom, relieve myself and wash my hands.  I walked out of the washroom and opened the door to the hallway leading to the staff room only to find two people jump up from making out.  They acted like they weren’t doing anything.  The guy went back into the museum and the woman went into the washrooms.  I knew something was up.

When I walked through the door into the staff room, I noticed something.  The door didn’t close.  I turned around and looked, only to find a shoe propping it open.  I walked back to the door and opened it.  The guy was standing at the door looking at me.  He said “Oh, wrong room.”  Then he opened the door to the bathrooms and went in.  Something fishy was definitely going on.

I inflated a few balloons and went to the front of the museum to put them out for people to take while my food was warming up in the microwave.  When I got back, I went into the washrooms one more time to wash my hands.  I heard the sound of zippers and buckles so I cautiously stood against the wall beside the one-person men’s bathroom.  I put my hand out against the door and pushed.  It opened a few inches before I felt a push back and heard the door lock.  So these people hadn’t even locked the door when they decided to get freaky in a public washroom.

When the door locked, I walked to the other side of the hallway and leaned against the wall.  After a few second, I heard “I think he’s out there waiting.”  Then I decided to walk in and out of the bathroom hallway a few times before going to the front to tell my supervisor what was going on.  When she asked who was in the bathroom, they walked out of the museum looking embarrassed and ashamed.  My job was done.

Then, jerk that I am, I got my supervisor to go into the bathroom and make sure it was clean.  I had awkwarded the deviants out of there before they could do anything crazy, but I still don’t want to be the person to clean up the potential mess.  She came back from the washroom and told me that they had cleaned it up themselves.  I went to the staff room and ate.

Oh, did I mention that all of this happened around 7pm on a Sunday?  Yeah.  It wasn’t even a late night thing.  There were children in the museum.  These people were having sex in our public washroom while children were visiting the museum at 7pm on a Sunday.  The things that some people will do, eh?

That’s it for the Work Story this week.  It was a story about me finding people having sex in the bathroom.  Hopefully it’s the last time that it happens.  Who knows?  Anyway, next week I will have another story for you to read and it may or may not be better or worse than this one.  I never know until I am actually writing the Work Stories.  See you next week.

Until then, this doesn't look like the welcome wagon.