stealing money from the working man, in three parts

monday night i went over to the potts' and watched enron: the smartest guys in the room with sue. it was interesting. it's still somewhat amazing how much they got away with as a company, and how much the big guys got away with after everything went to h3ll. they had some footage of the milgram experiment in the movie. i knew about the experiment from college psych classes and references in culture, but it has always fascinated me. if you're not familiar with it, follow that link and read -- it's really pretty amazing. anyway, enron: ... was a documentary about the rise, fall, and aftermath of enron. it's based on a book of the same name. i'm sure it has a slant, but there's way too much that's obviously d4mning for them to have to try too hard.

valentine's day. generally valentine's day isn't something i get too wrapped up in. as joel thinks at the beginning of eternal sunshine of the spotless mind: "random thoughts for valentine's day, 2004. today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap." i did okay until near the end of the day. after work i joined several other single co-workers for happy hour at chuy's, a sort of thumbing of the nose to v-day. later at night i ended up in a deep conversation that sort of touched some nerves that are still a little raw, and that put me in a bit of a funk.

today i got the papers to sign a big chunk of my retirment money over to tamara, which she got in the divorce. too bad i didn't get it on valentine's day, that would have been sweet. because the legal system has been set up to screw me by not considering our situation on its own merits, the only thing i could have hoped for during the divorce was a sense of honour and some integrity from tamara. and that of course didn't happen. which is really sad, since i used to have so much faith in and appreciation for those traits in her. but life happens and people change, and not always for the better.

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