November 7th, 2006

secretary glasses

Looking for a new crutch

I just had my one crutch in class taken away from me tonight...again. So remember how I was saying that my disability makes it difficult for me recognize or remember faces? I mean I can literally be introduced to some one and five minutes later if I see them again, I'll have no idea that I just met them. Well this would naturally be a problem when you're teaching classes like I do and need to be able to recognize your students. So I rely on the girls' hairstyles to tell them apart. Eventually I learn some of their faces, but many I never learn and just count on their hair to tell them apart.

Well tonight was the first day of the new session and in walks a total of 4 Asian girls (out of the 6 students in this particular class). This is the second time this has happened! The problem? Most Asian girls have the exact same hair color and hair texture...making it impossible for me to use their hair as a way to circumvent my disability.

It actually IS possible for me to learn some one's face after some prolonged exposure. But once a week for 6-weeks is not usually long enough. Sometimes even on the 6th week, I have no idea who my students are when they walk in the door. Fortunately I can still call them all by name thanks to the hairstyles and the notes that I make and review before each class. But this time the notes may not be so helpful, because the hair is the same on so many of them.
socks and cat

internet shopping cart

This is a warning to everyone who does business over the internet. Do not ever EVER use the shopping cart/credit card accepting system at Their error just caused me some embarrassment AND $360. I've been on hold with them for 16 minutes now, hoping to speak with some on there to get to the bottom of how their system could allow such an expensive error. I should mention it's NOT an 800 number. I actually have to pay for all this time I spend on hold to find out why they cost me $360.

And where else can I post this to warn other vendors of how unbelievably bad their service is?