My kid does 13K in damage to studio equip, we handle it like lunatics.
I’m an audio engineer and score arranger full time in my self-owned business. It’s how I provide for myself, my fiancée (also CF), and my mother. I record, mix, and master for bands, voice-overs for local commercials, and write music for people’s weddings, college films, indie games, etc.. It was my passion since I was a child and every day I ask myself why I get paid to do what I do.
You know, until today.
I had a woman schedule to come in because she wanted me to record her monologue for an acting class. I thought it was going to be easy enough. I set up a mic and a music stand in the sound booth and got my workstation prepped for tracking. She was supposed to show up at 3:30, so when 4:00 came around, I called her to ask her if she was still coming. It was my last contract for the day and I was wanting to get home to my fiancée, dogs, and dinner.
“Oh, sorry sweetie, I’m going to be there soon. I just had to get my son from ex-boyfriend.”
4:12, she showed up with her child.
To preface, I’ve never really wanted kids, and don’t really hate them either. But I’ve been childfree of mind for a decade now in league of several bad child experiences in public.
Anyway, I sat her down at the conference table and tried to talk to her about the contract and billing, etc., and just couldn’t because of the six-years-old pile of ovary droppings next to her.
“Mommy it’s cold in here.” “Mommy, I’m bored.” “Mommy, that guy has girl hair.” “Mommy, I want to play on the phone.”
The incessant whining went on for the entirety of the discussion. She did nothing about it. I had an ache in my stomach that this might be a rough session.
I was right.
I showed her to the sound booth, positioned the mic at face level, told her the basics of mic use, and then she floored me with a question.
“Can my son stay in there with you while I do this?” I insisted that he wait in the conference room (across the hall from the control room) because the control room wasn’t a very kid-friendly place considering the 120K of equipment at arms reach.
“But he’s a little angel.”
I shouldn’t have taken her word for it. I SHOULD NOT have taken her word for it. This kid was ANYTHING but. I let him in, told him to sit in one of the office chairs and don’t touch anything. Needless to say, he touched. I queued the recording arm and signaled her to start. She got three lines into her take before I hear a deafening screech and crash.
That little shit machine had just knocked over a $4,000 Korg into a rack with $9,500 of equipment. Completely shattered the touchscreen on the Korg, busted the dials off of half of the effects, and totaled my distressor that I use for almost all the vocals I track.
All of this, by the way, was the room’s length apart from where I told the crotch goblin to stay.
The kid, because of the loud noise, started full-lung screaming. Not crying. Not yelling. Screaming.
The mother, with no hesitation, ran over to the control room and DEMANDED to know what I did to her child. She cussed at me and accused me of hurting her little snot monster. Threatened to sue and even swung at me. When I told her that her precious angel had just racked up at least twelve grand of damages, she said “good”, spit on me, then stormed out, slamming every door on the way. So I pulled the security camera footage and had filed a police report. Grand total: $13,504.25. I also mailed her the bill for her session for good measure.
Of six years in the studio, this is my only truly terrible experience. Fuck mombies. Fuck having children. Thanks for making my vasectomy decision that much easier on me.
jacksonwang852g7: My Dearest Mom happy birthday! 🎁🎊🎈🎉 Thank you for being by my side during my birthday, always insist of going to the supermarket even though you don’t feel well, just to cook me dinner. Always organizing and cleaning up my room. Always there waiting for me until I sleep. Basically thinking about me every moment. Always worrying about my health condition, about the amount of time I could sleep. But to be honest, it really hurts me deep down my heart. You’ve already been through a lot back then while raising me up. And as your son I don’t want you to suffer anymore and I really want you to do what you loved to do and what you wanted to do. I should be the one who is taking care of you and dad now. Maybe in your perspective, sometimes you would say it’s a waste of money, waste of time and it’s not important. But I just want you to know, as your son, The fact that I can do something for you, it’s happier than anything else, and more important than anything else. Maybe I can’t be with you because of work all the time, not being able to do what a son is supposed to do. Truly sorry but I always think about you, and I wish you can be happy every day. The world, no the greatest mom in the universe. Happy birthday 🎂
antis’ outraged reaction to Rian saying we can all relate to Kylo is reminding me of this C.S. Lewis quote @themoonslayer reminded me of the other day:
When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less.
these people that systematically bully and harass people over fictional characters and ships seriously think they’re like the heroes of the story. they relate to Rey and Finn because like Rey and Finn, they’re good and kind and brave??? have they looked in the mirror lately??????
meanwhile, reylo shippers/ben redemptionists are some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, and I think it’s because we see ourselves in Kylo. we see ourselves for the flawed people we are, people who fuck up and hurt people, and get up again and try to do better, which is what we hope Kylo will do. we like the heroes too, but it’s not because we think we are them, but because we admire them. they’re what we aspire to, but they’re not a reflection of who we are. who we are is Kylo (and no, this doesn’t mean we’re literally going to betray our families and kill our dads. this is a story, and Kylo functions as both a metaphorical reflection of our worst impulses and the hope that we can overcome them).
it’s just supremely ironic to me that here Rian is talking about how Kylo’s anger is a relatable quality, and then antis, the angriest people I’ve ever encountered, are screeching about how they don’t relate to Kylo at all. ‘understanding their own badness less and less’? sounds about right. (and I could add here that they’re possibly even more regressed than Kylo, who’s already showing signs of regretting what he’s done, Adam saying ‘humanity’ and ‘patricide isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’, etc. and I just laugh because it’s possible Kylo the fictional character who they think is worse than the devil is already more self-aware than they are.)
- Youngjae’s laugh first of all - when Jackson told his parents he wanted to go to Korea to be a singer, his dad told him that if he could win a fencing competition that he could do it…and he did - Mark’s old ramen hair - oh man Jinyoung’s pointy fringe hairdo from way back in the Girls Girls Girls days - how Jaebum’s freckles above his eye look a little like a piercing and it’s cute as hell - whenever they prank Yugyeom by blaming him and getting ‘angry’ he always takes the blame and apologises even when he didn’t do anything wrong omg babe - BamBam on ASC “how do you know I’m not I’m big” like son can u please chill - how Jimin from ASC literally has to prepare herself mentally for these children coming on the show - how Jackson is friends with like…everyone. Amber from f(x)? yup. Namjoon from BTS? Got it. - Yugyeom loves dramas - Jinyoung evolved from JR to Junior to Jinyoung - Jackson falling asleep in the hairdressers and waking up with the Stop Stop it hairstyle. bless - Youngjae spoiling Fly live on v-app bc he got too excited playing with Coco -legit how well Jinyoung and Youngjae are doing with their English, they don’t have to but they do it and they’re trying so hard - “IT’S NOT HARD…it’s not hard” - Jackson’s giggle that sounds like a pixie or smthn - Mark’s dad. what a blessing. the most savage - how they all had a go at writing or composing songs in the new album - BamBam “there’s also this hyung - i won’t say his name - but he should stop wearing earrings” - Jinyoung “what is your point” in english like wOW MARK GET REKT - “I am jungle. Jungle is me.” - Jackson Wang, everybody - the excessive amounts of ass-slapping that goes on in this group - like the time Youngjae slapped BamBam’s ass so hard it made him physically shudder and call out in English - Jinyoung pulling Mark back down onto his knee and saying “Sit- sit down - I’m your mom.” - “this is youngjae class” - Yugyeom Hit The Stage - Jaebum not letting him live: *sign of the cross* “HIP-HOP” - how supportive they are of each other’s song-writing - Jinyoung saying that he gave Yugyeom his favourite part to sing in Mayday - Hard Carry butt wiggle dance - the members taking the piss out of Jackson’s rap voice - when they switch roles in their songs - Mark’s “girl you’re my diamond” in Tic Tic Tok - Mark’s random dedicated English parts in anything tbh, like in A, Mayday etc - “eyyy swagger like me” Jackson in U Got Me - the Home Run dance - in the Fly dance practice, when BamBam steals Jaebum’s screen time and JB’s just so hurt - Youngjae’s weird and hilarious dance in the Fly dance practce - Mark’s face in every Just Right performance - how Jackson always makes sure that anybody treating him like the leader direct the questions at Jaebum and when they don’t, he turns it around, “Jaebum-hyung, what did we do?” - speaking of “jaebum-hyung” how offended Jackson is that he makes him call him his hyung when they were born in the same year - when Jackson was making fun of Jaebum when he wasn’t there, thought he was coming, was so terrified and then got roasted by Jinyoung for the face he made - how effected they all were by the Playground tribute the fans did for them at their fanmeet - their Buzzfeed video that got a ton of new int. fans (whatup guys) - the cola commerical they did - the pink hair Mark had for like, 2 days - the time Yugyeom shouted on “Jaebum-ah!” and the entire group was stunned - the best high note Jaebum will ever hit in his life in A - Jackson is constantly run off his feet and met with horrible obstacles (the saesang fan incident with the car accident, being lonely overseas on his own etc) but always managing to be positive no matter what - Yugyeom constantly grinding on everything - when they made them all do sexy dances to JB doing an impression of a “sexy” singer on Weekly Idol but he got down at the end and started grinding the floor - Jinyoung’s eye whiskers, like that is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen - BamBam dissing Jaebum in Thai and rolling his R for like 14 seconds straight - the If You Do dance in 2x - Jinyoung taking his shoes off in the If You Do 2x dance - how tall Yugyeom is, like you would need a stepladder to get to his height - how when they debuted, BamBam was a smol child and now he’s this tall and deep-voiced bias wrecker? like sit ur ass down boi - Mark literally just disregarding every rule of the kpop world and getting a huge tattoo - Youngjae possibly (I’m praying he has) getting a tattoo - how Jaebum’s managed to mellow out in the 2 years since they’ve debuted - BamBam doing the girl group dances, somehow its funnier than when the other members do it and I have no idea why (like don’t get me wrong, Jaebum and Yugyeom doing it is hilarious) - after Yugyeom got pranked and he went nuts screaming “GWENCHANA! NA GWENCHANAAAAA!” when everyone was trying to hug him - Youngjae getting so hurt by Mark calling him “Jackson” (How are you Jackson? I’M NOT JACKSON) - Youngjae impersonating an otter because Jackson told him to in their GOT2Day - Markson - JJ Project being a thing - that video where Yugyeom is just running behind Jinyoung and Jaebum shouting, “Jinyoung pabo!” “Jaebum pabo!” and then “JJ Project!” and doing the song and dance to tease them - Jaebum and Jinyoung literally having no idea ho idea how to get him back for that - how Youngjae is constantly hitting everyone - the time they threw a plastic cockroach at youngjae and he screeched - how Youngjae and Jaebum have made multiple dick jokes to each other - Jinyoung praising Yugyeom like a proud mum and being rewarded with Yug’s r00dness - seriously they don’t know what to do with this kid and it’s the best - the time they went to the zoo and Jackson was shouting at the tigers - Jackson and Jinyoung on the rollercoaster together and Jackson just screaming “JINYOUNGGGGGGG - JINYOUNG- JINYOOOOOUNNG!” - BamBam and Yugyeom’s knowing-everything-about-each-other-already-so-they-barely-actually-talk relationship - BamBam roasting Jackson for his fashion choices “I wish Jackson-hyung would stop wearing baggy trousers-” “I HAVE SHORT AND THICK LEGS WHAT ELSE AM I MEANT TO WEAR?” “I also wish hyung would stop wearing black.” - Jackson and Eric Nam. “No one asked you, Eric.” “Oh, hey Eric.” “I HATE YOU ERIC” - Jaebum’s fake snake bites tho…how did we get through that - whenever Jaebum’s hair is longer - when Yugyeom’s hair is darker and not completely covering his forehead - when Youngjae does sweat paws - Mark wearing baggy jumpers - Jackson having blonde hair - or Jackson having his hair black but longer? oh damn - Everything about BamBam in Flight Log:Turbulence era - Mark’s “hard carry hey” I think goes without saying - the way BamBam says “hungry” and the movement he does in the Hard Carry MV - Jinyoung wearing stripes - Youngjae’s smile - that time Jaebum literally chased Yugyeom around a fanmeet hall - when Yugyeom almost peed himself laughing because Mark didn’t catch a ball - BamBam: Call us Dab7 Mark: No, you go be Dab7 by yourself. Youngjae: *loses his shit* - during the episode of ASC in the Flight Log: Departure era where the members were constantly just saying “yas” “yaaaas” “yAAAAsss” - “Markiepooh” - When Youngjae came out of the trailerand on discovering the rest of them were filming shouted “My name is Youngjae! How are you!” and they were all like “no, stop it Youngjae” - when Jaebum was cooking and told to speak in English and he literally just kept saying “and then” - how Jaebum hates speaking in English (god knows if I didn’t speak English, I’d hate being told to say things in it) - when Jackson and Namjoon were having a rap battle and Jackson was like “please don’t diss me” - how Jackson challenged Jooheon to a rap battle, and when Jooheon started realised it was a very bad idea and was like “hey no don’t do it like that you’re making me look bad” - how GOT7 and BTS are so close (see: their shared stage, how excited Bangtan were when they saw Jinyoung in that elevator, how they all have each other’s numbers, how excited the 97 line are when they meet up) - when they were on Weekly Idol for Flight Log: Turbulence, they introduced Jinyoung with his new name with a fan vid which included everyone at some point or another screaming his name - Jinyoung’s savagery - Youngjae’s love for videogames - how when Jackson was asked to speak French, he ended it on “paris baguette” - how much Jaebum cringes when they bring up Dream High - “my dream is to dab with moose” - “aka browny” - how Jaebum had to turn his back on Yugyeom during the prank to compose himself because he couldn’t stop laughing before pretending to be really mad at him - how far they’ve come in 2 years that they’re such a respected and loved group internationally and how peaceful the fanbase is in general