Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wendy Campbell Doesn't Live Here

Dear Rude Phone Woman,

Please stop calling me asking for Wendy Campbell. I am not Wendy Campbell. I have corrected my name for you before, and if you can't get it right, you have no business calling me about "a personal business matter" or whatever it is you want me to say.

If you are going to take up my time by calling me and waking me up after I've only had one hour of sleep, you need to get my name right. How hard is it to read my name from a paper or computer screen? Here's my best recollection of today's conversation (some may be paraphrased if I can't remember the exact words):

Woman: "May I speak to Wendy Campbell?" Seriously? You still can't get it right? It's on my voice mail!

Me: "I'm sorry, you have the wrong number." This is true, as my number is not Wendy Campbell's number.

Woman: "This isn't Wendy Campbell?" Didn't I just address that?

Me: "No."

Woman: "Well, it sounds like Wendy." Well, you sound like a bee-otch, but I haven't pointed that out.

Me: "There's no Wendy Campbell here." Oh, snap! At this point, I figure she'd probably reference her list.

Woman: "I know this is Wendy Campbell. I remember your voice." So you have magical voice recollection but you can't remember my name? If you remember my voice, you remember talking to me, which means you should remember me correcting you about my name.

End of call.

Seriously, people, I'm happy to discuss whatever as long as you know who you're calling when you dial...especially if you wake me up.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sorry for the Lapse

MTSU is making budget cuts, and as of now, philosophy is on the list of majors and departments to get cut. I will be devoting my time to helping the cause, so I urge you all to check out my blog, Save MTSU Philosophy, in the meantime, as I will updating that one far more frequently until I succeed or go out in a blaze of glory.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Let Operation: Shawshank Redemption Commence!

A quick note while I get settled in from seeing my dad. On my way up there, thanks to some tweets, I found out that MTSU is considering cutting a number of majors and/or programs in order to save money. Among them, of course, are my two majors: applied mathematics and philosophy.

First off, what kind of crappy-ass college doesn't offer philosophy as a major? Or applied mathematics for that matter? So, in response, I am starting a letter-writing campaign inspired by my favorite movie, The Shawshank Redemption. I will write one e-mail per day to MTSU President Sidney McPhee, the MTSU Faculty Senate, TBR, and anyone else I can think of. My goal is to also include one written letter each week, and my e-mails and letters will be inspired by various philosophers.

Take that, MTSU! Thanks for trying to screw me out of a degree even when I'm no longer enrolled.

I courage everyone to do the same. Er, I mean, write letters. Don't screw me. Unless you're Johnny Depp.