Thursday, March 16, 2017

Day 10 & The Transatlantic Accent

This morning's run at the gym was lacking to say the least, but I was still there to do it.  I think mentally, I just was not in the right mind-set to run.

That Prime Contractor was micromanaging again.  AGAIN!  How many times do I need to redo the fucking submittal sheets?  Everyone else that we deal with is 100% okay with what I do.  They didn't want it done in the word file, so they sent an editable pdf with some logos and shit in it.  Okay.  I used that.  Oh no!  Now they want it to be sent as a separate file.  WHAT THE FUCK?!  I have to redo all the goddamn  submittal sheets now!  That's like 60-80 files I have to redo.  I am not going to rescan everything.  I will resend all the files along with separate submittal sheets.  AND, how many fucking times do I need to be told this?  One email is enough, thanks!  I do not need two emails from two people and two phone calls from two other people.  HOLY SHIT!  What is this?  'Office Space'?
I went to lunch with my sister.

My literal reaction was straight out of 'Office Space'.  Am I in a nightmare?  Did I kill myself?  This isn't quite "being a civil servant" (Beetlejuice reference) but I feel like I'm in some kind of repeating hell.  The worst part is that I have to go to work tomorrow...I know it's Friday tomorrow....*sigh* It's just one more horrible day until the weekend.  I wasn't sure if I was going to start screaming or crying or just punch something or what at work today.

Is it possible to quit if your dad is your boss?  I can only fathom quitting and moving out of the state.  I don't think I'm allowed to quit.

I need a new game plan.

Tonight I'm just going to watch Unsolved Mysteries and definitely have that glass of wine I've been putting off.  I don't even think I could take a bath tonight to help relax.  Maybe I'll take my melatonin at 5pm and hope for sleep by 7pm.


Last night, at puppy class, I'm happy to say that Buster won the dog toy for having done the best job.  He went from not paying attention at all to the day's best.


The Transatlantic Accent (aka Mid-Atlantic Accent) is that old-timey style of speech.  It used to be taught in schools until the mid-50s.  If you are anything like me, you might have always wanted to use the accent, but felt silly doing so in public.  For me, this started a while ago as a desire to just speak like some old movie stars.  In my head, I associate the accent with becoming MORE rockabilly and a vintage-lifer, regardless of only a few people still using the accent on a daily basis.

The more I thought about speech and the accent, the more I thought about how I spoke.  I mumble, I constantly switch pronunciations of 'vase' and 'aunt' (etc), and I think I often sound ridiculous when I speak.  I associate the TA Accent with, gosh this sounds so silly, "something I used to do" and an ideal way of speaking.

If you want to give this a try, I recommend getting Edith Skinner's book Speak with Distinction.  I found a used copy on Amazon for a cheap price.  I also found it on Google Books.  This is considered the TA Accent bible.

Once a week on Thursday, I will post (via google docs) a vocal warm up, a worksheet, weekly word eliminations, and a few videos for you to watch since sometimes it helps to hear the accent.   This is not going to be easy, but you have all weekend to practice!

Definitely feel free to join me on the Transatlantic Accent Revival Group, upload your videos, and use the hashtag #TransAtlanticAccent.
Three videos for you to study.

Leave me your questions, comments, etc below.

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