I am unbelievably livid right now.

I spent a couple hours earlier today moving Mae out of her room in my residence hall to another room across campus. I don’t feel comfortable spilling all the details of roommate nightmare Mae has been going through this past three weeks, but suffice it to say that I was already glad I didn’t run into her former roommate.

I refrained from sending criticism when the decision was made to displace Mae because I couldn’t find a way to word it such that I would come across more hard-hitting than “bitching, complaining, subjective friend.”

This, however, is her roommate’s response to Mae’s departure.

In fact, let me quote:

Congratulations: To Myself.

Yes, yes– I’ve successfully driven my roommate to insanity within three weeks of college. She moved out today, actually. Unfortunately, SHE LEFT THE SHITTY DECK for me to deal with until fall break. um. No. This supposed “deal” is definitely not going to work out.

It’s difficult avoiding the temptation to simply burn the monstrosity down.

I got halfway down the stairs to her room before Andrea and Nikolai stopped me, and let me rant at them rather than going down and paying the woman a visit.

After I’d mostly stopped shaking, I called Mae and pointed her to the post. She called her mother. There goes another block of Mae’s study time with more stressful shit.

I am completely displeased with the way our administration has handled this situation. They’ve tip-toed around this situation for fear of loud response and have Mae feeling that she’s in the wrong for this situation even developing.

So I let them know.

One nice long e-mail, with quotes, links, and a goddamn screenshot to my RA, the Director of Residence Life, and the A. Dean of Student Affairs, all of whom handled the situation the first time around. I also included the Dean of Students, who I don’t think was previously involved, but I him met personally last week on behalf of newspaper work. I made it known that I will go to whatever level of the administration needs to be contacted to have this situation handled in a satisfactory manner.

I hate clusterfuckery.

Update: Someone else is displeased.

Update again: Just when I thought I was done being really pissed. That is a former suitemate of Mae’s, someone who’d pretended to be a friend. I honestly can’t believe I’m finding this. It’s like high school, all over again.

Feeling just a bit betrayed. But is it really that serious?

No, it’s not. But I’m taking a break from my regularly scheduled schedule to ponder the issue.

This past week, Bob had a photography project. He was supposed to photograph a full spectrum of the social interactions of some group, and he chose the Thorn. Since I was in the office so often this week because of the hours I was keeping, he wanted me to be the victim subject of some of the photos.

I don’t like being on the wrong end of a camera. I am not a photogenic girl. I am not pretty or sexy. I don’t bother with make-up primarily because I feel that painting this mug isn’t going to do me much good. I do not dress well. Any attractiveness I may have is most likely solely derived from my sheer force of personality or my silliness. My mother has only been able to get one or two pictures of me since I hit middle school, including those damned school pictures they throw at you every year in school.

I let Bob take one picture of me anyway, because I most likely wouldn’t be readily identifiable. The night before, I had spent the night working DISCO problems on the whiteboard in the office, and I’d drawn one of those little faces with X’s for eyes and a dot for a mouth, and I’d added wriggles indicating my nappy, much pulled-on hair. Above it, I wrote “FUCKED”. Bob was tickled at the idea of a picture of a hunched over, stressed-out student, books everywhere with crossed-out work all over the board. So I let him take it.

I hope I looked sufficiently stressed, because I could mos def feel that lens’ eye on my back.

The next day (Wednesday?), I reached a point where I needed to sleep–I was getting confused and forgetful and I was shaking like a leaf (I’ve picked up muscle tremors along my right arm–the one that operates the laptop’s touchpad). So I climbed on the Thorn couch. The only other person in the office was Bob.

I am very particular about the people I sleep around. Very rarely am I so vulnerable for whatever pranks people wish to pull on me. It’s always entertaining for people to pull pranks on me when I’m awake; I laugh, I make funny faces, I very rarely get seriously pissed.

I have very serious issues with how I am woken up or scared (of the “boo” variety). Whenever I am in the Thorn office alone, the door remains at least closed, most likely closed and locked; this gives me a chance to hear the lock turn or glimpse the door opening out of the corner of my eye before I am surprised with someone else’s presence. It’s not that I’m doing anything I don’t want anyone else to see, I simply do not like to be surprised. It seriously jangles my nerves majority of the time. Likewise, being at all rudely awakened (I think there are familial roots in this…) is enough to get the culprit violently attacked and to put me on edge for the remainder of the day. Wrong side of the bed, I suppose.

Then, of course, there’s the matter of judgments and criticisms. There’s a whole ‘nother person lying there when someone is sleeping. This isn’t a side I prefer to have open to the world. If I am sleeping, then I am warm and comfortable and relaxed or I am so fucking exhausted and worn-down that even comfort has become mostly irrelevant, and both are vulnerabilities I want to reserve for me and my close ones. Particularly given that I talk in my sleep, and have been known to clearly vocalize entire half-conversations on issues bothering me.

Bob took a photo of me sleeping on the Thorn couch Wednesday, without my permission, and submitted it with his photography project, to be posted somewhere.

Am I pissed? Sorta, yes. Am I pissed at Bob? No. He just wanted a candid shot. I’m not sure he realizes how violated I felt when I walked into the Thorn office and there was my sleeping face on a poster for everyone to see.

Violation is such an odd emotion/mindset to articulate. It doesn’t sound like a big deal that he took posted the picture, and on any kind of absolute scale, it’s not. But I fell asleep in the office trusting that Bob would wake me up in an hour and would politely ignore my confused, mumbled ramblings and would let me just rest for sixty minutes–safe from work or intensely prying eyes or pranksters looking to get one over on the News Editor. Instead he turned that eye on me and blew it up for the entire staff to see.

I’ve taken the original photo, and I asked that the poster left in the office be turned face-away from the room. Bob still has the negatives, and if he asks he can have the picture back, but before I return it, I think I’m going to do my level best to widen his world-view a little by explaining my thoughts on the matter, because both he and Luke acted like my problem with the picture was extremely odd.

A hiccup in progress.

I’m laying out the front page, and just realized that since my story fell through and I’m avoiding putting my name on the transcribed interview, all content was produced by the co-editors-in-chief. Well, I did the News Briefs.

There’s something wrong in the way I’m running my section when no one in my section is doing the work…

In other news, I got a big “hooray” at the idea of our school’s president paying attention to us (the newspaper) all because of the “wake-[the-fuck]-up” e-mail I sent him at the end of summer. Almost makes up for the fact that this issue of the paper has so little of my creative energies put into it (such as they are normally) that it feels like crap. Dr. McKnuckleberry is going to bitch at me either way this week–one, for running the ad for the www@10 conference next to a wire story about it, or for running a non-conference wire story and completely missing talking about the event before it occurs.

At this point, he’d have to be very direct and in my face for me to care, and then I’d probably just throw a chair across the room and walk out. The only problem would be that I might not come back. That would lighten my load…

A few minutes of conversation (okay, ranting) with Bob and Luke (I’d swear they orchestrate this), and I somewhat better. Some of my sleepiness (but not the fatigue, alas) went away, enabling me to work for just a few more hours…

The old facial tic I had in eigth grade has come back with a vengence with my fatigue. Annoying and embarrassing.

I’ve been in an odd mood lately that I can only describe as sense-hungry. I’m feeling, hearing, and tasting things very acutely right now, and the sheer quantity of time I spend with nearly numb hands and feet is irritating. I’m craving touch and warmth, and certain types of sound (whatever sounds can be found in the intersection of {Metallica} and {popular rap music}…), and the taste/texture of… I don’t know what it is, but it’s nothing I’ve been eating lately. I want to curl up somewhere warm and sleep and read and talk with a friend and eat warm, non-greasy food and have a cup of hot cocoa with marshmellows (even non-vegetarian).

Actually, I’ll just take the conversation and the hot chocolate. That would make my week, I think.

Back to work. I shall be in bed by 03:00, come hell or high water. (Or, more likely, come a space filling problem or a lack of understanding of computer architecture.)