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Cortney Tree
08 August 2008 @ 03:56 pm
I'm about to go to my parent's condo in FL for a week with Matt, our only real vacation this year, and I'm treating myself to a pedicure and possibly a few other spa treatments.  I DO NOT want to end up at some backwoods Florida chop shop where I'll possible get fungus place less than sanitary, so I'm doing some online searching and found a couple reputable looking spas in the area (which, just in case you're wondering, is approximately in the middle of no where).  So, for my future reference, these are the links--but if you feel like looking, hey, all the better, and tell me if you think they look reasonably priced, insanely cheap, expensive, etc and what YOU would get if you were going ;)



My other option is to wait until we drive into Tampa one day, but I'm afraid I'll wind up paying considerably more for the, you know, big city spa experience ;)
Cortney Tree
20 June 2008 @ 03:15 pm
Fuck it. 
I did it.
I removed my coworkers and the previous set of addresses of the customer who sent the Revelation email, and then I copied and pasted every last address into my email and sent the snopes links on their merry way.  I just felt horrified at how MANY people were reading and forwarding this trash as though it were gospel, quite literally.  I fully expect to get hate mail, which I will of course post here.  But at least I can feel as though I did my part in spreading the freakin' TRUTH--whether any of them wants to hear it, or cares, remains to be seen.  This way, though, there is no pleading ignorance allowed, and maybe one or two of them will pass it along.

Hopefully the hate mail will at least be amusing.

And also, via anne_jumps: This did, in fact, amuse me greatly :
Cortney Tree
20 June 2008 @ 01:37 pm
Cautious Optimist is a phrase that may as well be stamped on my forehead--I'm very much a "hope for the best, plan for the worst" kind of girl.  And of all the places in my life that this phrase is applicable, no where is it more relevant than our upcoming presidential election.  Oh, how I long for my dreamy candidate of change to triumph, for our county to prove we can take a huge step forward, that we are not a land full of backwards, phobic, rednecks.  And then, I open my email.

Yeah.  I got the "Book of Revelations" email.  I'm sure you've seen it.  A laundry list of *very bad things*, all attributed to Muslim Extremists between the ages of 17 and 40, and then, of course, the completely misconstrued passage from the Bible saying, hey, y'all, the Anti-Christ will be a Muslim Extremist between the ages of 17 and 40, and GUESS WHAT??? You're about to elect him president!!! OMGWTF!!!!


To make matters worse, this came from a coworker (whom I like very much and is for the most part just a simple country girl who didn't think before she forwarded), and was forwarded to half a dozen other people we work with.  Maybe I should have just deleted it and gone on with my day, but I just CAN'T LET THAT SHIT GO.  So I replied thusly:

Barrak Obama is neither a Muslim nor the Anti-Christ.
Please vote for whomever you will based on FACT and their political beliefs--not rumors, ignorance, and lies.  Please do not send me political based emails, I do not expect everyone to share my political beliefs and I hope it can be understood that in return I may not share yours, but that we can be respectful of each other regardless.
Cortney Hall

That was a "reply ALL" by the way, so everyone she forwarded it on to got the message as well.  And of course it caused a stir and of course she was asked not to send political emails at work anymore, and that's fine--it wasn't really a reprimand so much as a suggestion to think about what is appropriate.  And even though it's been hours and all is well, I still can't stop thinking about how fucking stupid that email is.  I did not reply to the 7 pages worth of other forwarded addresses that were below hers, ONLY because the person who sent it to her is a customer, and we will all be better served if I KEEP my job rather than lose it over the Obama Revelations email, but DAMN do I wish I could.  Can't these people learn to check facts before randomly believing stupid shit from the friggin' INTERNET?  THIS is where the cautious part of my optimism comes into play--I want to have faith in humanity, but OH. GOD. do they make it hard to do so.

Truly, this has very little to do with my own political offiliation--I'd like to think that if I got a McCain email filled with lies, I'd snope that too.  I snope ALL forwards I get--whether about Obama or serial killers or bonsai kittens--and yes, I usually send them back with links to the people who sent them to me.  Always as politely as possible, but firmly stating that what they are spreading is UNTRUE.  Because the Optimist part of me likes to think that maybe they just didn't realize....

But isn't that kind of THEIR job, not mine?  To educate themselves, not believe what they are spoonfed until I come along to educate them instead?  FUCK.  There's that cautious side again. 

I hope he can win. I hope I'm wrong about the world outside my door.  It's just that it seems like there's so damn many of them not using their fucking heads...

Cortney Tree
22 April 2008 @ 09:35 am
This morning I woke to a completely swollen face, congested head, and dried up crackly sinuses.  Worst day of allergies this year.

Happy Birthday.

The dream I was having when I woke up?  I was back in high school (a senior with a few months to go), I had just had a falling out with my best friend, who then moved away, and everyone else I knew sided with her, so I had essentially become a social outcast, and...I had terminal cancer of some sort. 

Happy Birthday.

WTF, y'all.

Here's hoping my day improves.
Cortney Tree
I am almost as rapturously in love with the soundtrack to "Deathproof" as I am with the movie itself.

"Down in Mexico" by the Coasters is so bad ass it makes me want to give lap dances.
Current Mood: enthralledenthralled
Current Music: "Chick Habit", April March
Cortney Tree
10 January 2008 @ 09:09 am
 It's only 9 am and I'm already having a work day that makes me want to have someone executed.
People, I have just two things to request from you-- BE SPECIFIC and THOROUGH when asking me about pipe pricing and availability on stuff you are about to order.  DON'T, let's say, ask  about "10" 18 purple, 12" , and 6" 14 blue", have me give you the info, and then place your order for 12" 14 blue when I quoted you 12" 18 purple, because, dammit, that's what it looked like you asked for! Nor should you, when you've asked about those three items, send me an order for FIVE, two of which we never discussed, and then act surprised that those two items aren't in stock.  YOU DIDN'T EVEN CHECK.
Cortney Tree
02 January 2008 @ 09:04 am

Matt and Cortney Say Happy New Year!
Cortney Tree
21 November 2007 @ 10:05 am
EVERY one will be doing this any minute now.  I laughed my ass off.  That's the Hammontrees, y'all!

And just for the sake of thoroughness, here's Me and Matt and my brother and his girlfriend Ryn, who got this whole mess started.
Current Mood: gigglygoofy
Current Music: Jingle Bells, baby!
Cortney Tree
15 November 2007 @ 03:30 pm
You Are The Stuffing

You're complicated and complex, yet all your pieces fit together.
People miss you if you're gone - but they're not sure why.