Month: December 2015

“Something Weird is Going On: What Did Jan Say?”

Something Weird is Going On: The Michael Scott Story

I’ve been a humongous fan of The Office ever since its fourth season (pretty sure the first episode I saw was “Fun Run”, which means I missed the long leadup to the Jim-Pam romance). It’s my go-to series when I do things, and it’s always a huge dose of nostalgia for my undergraduate years. I decided I wanted to bring to life a quote from Dwight:

Dwight: When you become close with someone, you develop a kind of sixth sense. You can read their moods like a book. And right now, the title of Michael’s book is, “Something Weird is Going On.” Colon, “What Did Jan Say? The Michael Scott Story. By Michael Scott, with Dwight Schrute.”

Happenings in Ukiah: December 2, 2015

I love chronicling the weird things that show up in Ukiah’s crime log. From today’s Ukiah Daily Journal:

MAN IN MASK DANCING ON MEDIAN: Caller at the corner of Talmage Road and Airport Park Boulevard reported at 4:03 p.m. Friday that a man carrying a sign and wearing a mask was “dancing around on the median” and acting suspicious. An officer responded but the man was gone.

Anti-Chinese Rhetoric, Late 1800s

“[Chinese] places could and should be filled with worthier immigrants — Europeans, who would take the oath of allegiance to the country, work both for themselves and for the commonwealth, fraternize with us, and, finally, become a part of us. All things considered, I cannot perceive what more right or business these semi-barbarians have in California than flocks of blackbirds have in a wheat field; for, as the birds carry of the wheat without leaving any thing of value behind, so do the Confucians gather the gold, and take it away with them to China, without compensation to us who opened the way to it.” * Hinton Rowan Helper (1829-1909)

(Funny thing, given that Helper was a noted abolitionist. The number of times I’ve had to remind people today – just because one was opposed to slavery did not mean one did not harbor prejudicial views.)