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VA is for lovers... and temps - Ldy, the lemony, ligerish ducttaparian's Magic Treehouse of Lost Thoughts
A classy broad's life... with footnotes.
VA is for lovers... and temps
Today's weight: 150.4

Work has been amazing. The first day, Tuesday, was a test in and of itself-- find Building T-6 at the VA Medical Center for paperwork, and then find the fingerprinting area in the basement of the Medical Center proper.

The "T" in "building T-6" stands for "trailer." Basically, there are a number of trailers scattered around the property, seemingly at random-- there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to their placement. There is also no guidance as to parking, which is impossibly bad. The experience was akin, I would think, to that of a rat navigating a large maze. The cheese, it would seem, is a plastic badge with a bad photograph, and fingerprints on record forever.

I prefer stilton, but hey. :)

I had to consult my compass* twice. At least they gave me a map to get to the fingerprinting place. All in all, I managed to navigate the entire maze quite handily, if I do say so myself.

When that was done, I had to go downtown, to a large locked set of double doors. From there I navigated a cubicle maze, down another hall, across the street to another building, which seems to be where I'll be working. Oddly, nearly half of the organization at these two satellite locations are temps.

Glorified data entry, my arse. The information I'm expected to understand and access is deep and complex**. I have three or four sets of usernames and passwords, and must be able to understand and use not only medical terminology, but bureaucratic doublespeak as well. I also have to remember a variety of door codes anytime I want to take a pee.

I've been trained for three days already, and more training in store. I'm in the Special Victims Unit section of RTSU. I've learned dozens of acronyms during the past few days, but For the life of me, I can't remember what RTSU means. It's possible that I was never told.

Eventually, I'm told, I'll be working, processing authorizations for veterans who are in need of special treatments. I'm not entirely certain how this will happen, as I haven't actually got any sort of desk.

Tuesday night, Paul and I had steaks at Stonewood and saw my favourite Shakespeare company do Hamlet. I'm so thrilled they actually came to town.

Last night, we had a couple pints of Guinness and played some darts. I actually beat him for a change in a very competitive and high-scoring game of cricket. We might check out the darts tournament tonight at a local pub just for shiggles.

Anywho, that's my update for today. I'll have to catch up with comments on this and my previous entry later-- I'm wiped, and the cats are hungry.

I hope you are well and happy, and are coming to realize just how much power you wield as a positive force of change in this world.

~Hugs to those who need 'em, those who want 'em, and those who don't run away quickly enough~

* Yes, I carry a compass, as well as chopsticks, a set of darts, and countless other Useful Items and Nifty Gadgets in my Bag of Holding.
** Unlike yours truly, who is shallow and simple.
*** "I'm sorry Mr. Smith, but our records show that you still have one good kidney, so I'll have to deny your dialysis this week. Please submit form XR-511-T if you'd like to challenge this decision."
**** Honestly, though, I'm qute impressed with the professionalism, kindness, and genuine concern my coworkers have for these patients. It's really not a bad place to work.

I'm feeling all kinds of: accomplished tempy

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lomer From: lomer Date: September 25th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC) (permalink)
YOU were the one seeing Hamlet! I got tickets last minute and couldn't remember who said they were coming.

What'd you think?
ldy From: ldy Date: September 27th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I saw Tony Lupi there (not sure if you know him or not-- he was in Oliver and Dolly)... I think Beth Telg said she had tickets (but I didn't see her)... and I heard Alex Mrazek in the audience, but didn't actually see him.

I had mixed feelings, but liked it overall. Claudius and Polonius were brilliantly cast and interpreted. The ensemble actor (gravedigger, etc.) was amazing. I was a little disappointed by Gertrude... I'm a big fan of Tina's and just wasn't convinced by what she was doing-- she didn't seem to be totally "there" all the time. Hamlet was delicious and Ophelia was good, if a little given to histrionics-- but I'd be hard-pressed to play the role, so whom am I to judge. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were wonderful, and Horatio was given quite a lot of depth-- no mean feat for that particular foil.

The missing scenes were not missed at all. I particularly liked that they chose to remove the first scene (the sighting of the ghost); it would never have occurred to me to do that. My jury's still out on the treatment of the "to be or not to be" speech... I understand that they were trying to shift focus to the text by darkening the stage, but I would have liked to have seen the actor deliver such an important soliloquy.

The set was minimal, but that's how I like (and frankly expect) my Hamlet. I liked the boxes onstage-- the water in the stage right one was a nice touch. The costumes were wonderful.

I liked that it was not set in any particular time; it made one appreciate the timelessness of some of the characters. I have to wonder with this, and most productions I see, however, why, when time and setting is thrown to the wind, dialect is still presented as standard British English. Still, I'd probably have done the same. And though Claudius might have worked with a different accent, his character was a brilliant archetype done as it was.

The lighting was amazing, if a little over-the-top. I mean, sure I can pull an explanation out my arse for how the ball lamp floating down into the table was symbolism of the falling of the moon, but I'm reasonably certain they did that particular stunt simply because they could. Still, it was neat.

Overall, I enjoyed it. S&Co never truly disappoints. What did you think?
lomer From: lomer Date: September 27th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Apparently they were having technical difficulties and the lights being off during the "To be or not to be" speech, was an accident.

I don't think I liked it. I had heard that they had a very distinct vision for the show and it just didn't come across. My expectations were higher then the actual finished product. I didn't like Ophelia (although a lot of my peers did). I liked some of Hamlet's choices, but I felt like he indicated too much (seriously, he moved his hands with EVERY single word). I loved the Gravedigger/King/Player, but I don't know how well his choices translated to people sitting futher back. I was in the second row and even I had problems hearing some of his lines.

I don't know. I liked parts of it, but overall I expected more.
chezmax From: chezmax Date: September 26th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Ah, footnotes without referents! Brain breakage!
ldy From: ldy Date: September 27th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (permalink)

* Yay!
** Teehee!
*** Snicker :)
chezmax From: chezmax Date: September 28th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC) (permalink)
*brain asplode*
ayoub From: ayoub Date: September 27th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I hope you get a desk soon, at least!
ldy From: ldy Date: September 27th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Me, too! And thank you :)

I actually got to use the nurse's desk Friday. I understand that the VA is renting another office on the same floor-- maybe I'll get a real desk there when they do,
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