Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tri-tip scandal rocks Irvine Valley College!? (What's the beef?)

     The IVC Flex week schedule included a predictable item for Friday: an all-college barbeque. The schedule didn't give details.
     But then, two days before the event, IVC President Glenn Roquemore personally emailed the IVC community with a reminder:

     It was all academic to me, since I was home sick with the flu. Probably wouldn't have attended anyway. Vegetarians generally avoid parties built around sizzling bird and bovine flesh.
     On Friday, I posted something about the old Blue Beet restaurant in Newport Beach. That didn't seem to get much of a response. Friday came and went. I heard nothing about the goddam IVC barbeque.
     Then, on Saturday, beets turned to beef! People posted these comments (under the Blue Beet story):

Anonymous said...
   On Friday Glenn hosts a campus BBQ and 15 mins. into the event, runs out of food…

Anonymous said...
   No he didn't. you're putting us on. I know the P/T dinner buffet ran out of food later on but not the lunchtime BBQ - say it ain't so.

Anonymous said...
   Yup. He enticed everyone with “tri-tip.” That was gone in the first 5 mins. How embarrassing.

Anonymous said...
   There was plenty of potato salad.

Anonymous said...
   You should be grateful for what tri-tip there was.

beef  verb [ intrans. ] informal
complain : he was beefing about how the recession was killing the business.*

Anonymous said...
   Yup, throw some red meat out there and watch the employees scramble and fight over it!

Anonymous said...
   It was a good effort on his part - just poorly thought out. I commend him for the gesture.

     Makes you proud to be a member of the IVC community, don’t it? You can write about state task forces, failed college programs, or massive scandals, and nobody cares. Then some guy carps about tri-tip disappointment at a barbeque, and people go apeshit. Go figure.
     On Tuesday, the “tri-tip debate” resumed, perhaps inspired by the rapidly approaching one-week mark since the initial tri-tip tragedy:

Anonymous said...
   Some of us had to work during the BBQ and when we arrived at 12:30, there was nothing left at all. I'm sure all the minions and A100 folk were fed.
The source of "tri-tip"
Anonymous said...
   Well, it's typical Glenn. Actions don't square with his words.

Anonymous said...
   People should stop complaining about the tri-tip. There was plenty of chicken. It wasn't Glen's fault. Besides, he paid for the whole thing out of his own pocket.

     To be fair, in his email, Glenn only said that the barbeque would "include" tri-tip. It did.
     Whatever. I couldn't believe that all these people were worked up over the absence of tri-tip, whatever that is, at a goddam barbeque!
     Then, on Wednesday:

Anonymous said...
   People don't plan to fail, they just fail to plan.

Anonymous said...
   There was poor planning regarding the Friday barbecue - they should have been cooking the stuff BEFORE people showed up. That was part of the problem - the quantity was, uh, a bigger problem. But I heard Kiana's cake was FAB.

Anonymous said...
   So they were serving red meat, 'eh?

Anonymous said...
   Oh get a life people. Stop complaining about the tri-tip that never was - there was never going to be enough for everyone anyway. We were all meant to eat chicken. the tri-tip was there just to gussy it up.

You should be more upset about the Board of Governor reform plans.

Moral: never promise tri-tip unless you've got shitloads of it
     Well, harrumph! Then today:

Anonymous said...
   I think the continuing disappointment regarding the lack of tri-tip comes from the fact that Glen himself sent out a personal email inviting people to the event promising "tri-tip, chicken and egg plant."

Anonymous said...
   I would bet that at least a few clods heaped huge portions of tri-tip on their plates, and that this was the reason that it was all gone so early in the event. 

Let's please talk more about the Great Tri-Tip Controversy of 2012! Seriously.

Anonymous said...
   Obviously, tri-tip-gate is much ado about nothing. On the other hand, that so many (?) pounce on this issue reveals dissatisfaction with Glenn. That's for sure.

Anonymous said...
   It was NOT self-serve at the grill. 

The tri-tip was served to people.

They didn't buy nearly enough even though they bought it at cost-co.

Anonymous said...
   9:07, right you are; after the initial invite was sent well in advance, Glenn sent out a reminder on the 4th. Yes I agree it was very disappointong [sic] to find no more tri-tip only 15 mins. into the event. I understand that admin. doesn't have to provide us any food, but if they make such announcements, they should at least follow through and provide what they promise.

Anonymous said...
   The Rickner's always used to over-order food at their events, so there was always plenty for everyone! Even for the Rickners; after the events, Sandy R. would pull her Mercedes up, pop the trunk, and load it full with all the leftovers. Then she'd drive home to Nelie Gail Ranch and fill their refrigerator(s)! How cool was that?

Anonymous said...
   I'm going to be optimistic and guess that the Rickners donated the leftover food to charity. Unless you were there to see her load the goods in her refrigerator.

Love this red meat.

     Looks like, next time you want to draw people to your IVC shebang, just say you'll have tri-tip. They'll come runnin', I guess, with tongues dragging.
     But you'd better be sure to have enough!

One of two mountain lion cubs at Orange County Zoo (OC Reg)
*From my Mac's dictionary (Apple)

20 comments:

  1. I'm curious: why does Glen close his email with that strange quotation by "Unknown" - "Never confuse who you are with what you do." ????

    Certainly what one does (one's actions) is part of who one is (IS in that BIG sense), right? How could it not be so? (You're a philosopher Roy, please explain.)

    Does anyone know why this statement is near and dear to Glen's heart?

    I could care less about the tri-tip but eggplant IS one word, not TWO.

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  2. “Never confuse who you are with what you do.”
    Prima facie, the remark is odd, for there exists a familiar bit of reputed wisdom very much to the contrary: that the only real measure of who you are is, well, what you do—as opposed to the conduct you endorse, which, obviously, can diverge dramatically from one’s conduct—especially among Republicans. “You are what you do” may seem to be worth saying.
    Naturally, in a world in which people are often forced or compelled to “do things”—accept jobs or assignments—that they find disagreeable, it might be comforting to be told that that’s not who you are, really. But that’s a lot of context, and none of it is provided by the bare remark.
    Perhaps the remark is making a point about the way in which one makes a living. Among businessmen, lawyers, salesmen, advertisers, and various others whose profession invites suspicion that they lack a soul, it might be nice to be told that, at the end of the day, when one arrives home to reunite with one’s jaccuzi or mistress, one can, at long last, really be oneself. Hmmmm.
    My guess is that Glenn scraped this saying from the bottom of a barrel found among the refuse of a business management course.
    All in all, I’d say Glenn’s saying is rubbish.

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  3. Yes, I too have noticed Glenn's odd bit of alleged wisdom. Naturally, it is paradoxical; it seems to be the opposite of anything a wise person might say. I think we have all grown accustomed to this. Speaking for myself, anyway, I fully expect Glenn to own a plaque, sitting on his desk, that says something like, "the only lasting riches are, not in family and friends, but in one's bank account." No doubt, next to his toilet, there sits a book of wisdom, starting with the profound, "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" (Star Trek) and ending with the pithy "beam me up, Scotty!"

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  4. Oh, gad, 6:49; that was a really good one. Actually, every comment here is pretty darned great.

    As to the tri-tip debate: good GOD, guys; have you ever heard of the animal-ethical, environmental (and thus also ethical), and health-related problems with beef--? Not to mention that it's spectacularly wasteful of food resources, a huge contributor to climate change (trolls, please don't even start....) via methane, vastly energy-inefficient.....? I'd better stop. But WHAT the hell--? I think whoever it was who said it's really just disgruntlement with Glen must be quite right--I hope so!

    MAH

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  5. p.s. Just so you know, BvT--I was quite excited reading about the Blue Beet; I'd completely forgotten about it!

    Sorry for the anti-beef rant; it all just seemed so bizarre, and I couldn't help it.

    MAH

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  6. MAH, I'm glad you remembered the Blue Beet. Did you and I dine there at some point? I know we popped in once or twice. I recall going there while an undergraduate once or twice--just before I met you, I think. Friday night craziness.

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  7. I think the quotation warns that we should not become so absorbed in our work that we lose sight of who we are. Work and the desire to climb up the ladder should never become so important that they devour our sense of empathy or personal integrity.

    Some of Glenn's closest staffers should heed those words.

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  8. Nice clip art in that email! Very professional. Very Ivy League.

    The spelling is also bad...

    Maybe Glenn is your troll!

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  9. Let's bbq up the mountain lion!

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  10. Isn't your "work" and how you do it, part of "who" you are?

    I always have thought that Glen's closing quote was unintentionally hilarious precisely because it was attributed to "Unknown" - clearly a person who has lost sense of who she or he was - and remains UNKNOWN. Hilarious. Especially coming from an educator. But maybe he is not an educator after all because WHAT he does is not WHO he is.

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  11. LOL! Describes Glenn perfectly!

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  12. I appreciate all of the comments about the curious quotation--but in one way, our responses are unintentionally elitist, I think. We (faculty, at least) are fortunate enough to be able to do (for a living) what we love and deeply believe in; but many others are stuck in blue-collar jobs that they may or may not particularly identify with their most essential selves--and maybe they don't have much of a choice. (I doubt if this is what your Glen meant, though, since he's in a very different position.)

    MAH

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  13. Good point MAH, but even if we take it away from the context of employment, should not our actions (what we DO) be a part of what or who we ARE?

    Or couldn't the logic of the curious quotation be used to justify or explain actions that one takes but doesn't want to own?

    Know what I mean?

    "Yes, I have to DO this unethical thing but that's not who I really am - really I am GOOD GUY."

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  14. I think the mysterious quotation dates to those days of tension when people began signing off their emails with a series of ever increasing overly polite salutations:

    respectfully

    with respect

    with utmost respect

    with more respect than that other guy

    etc.

    People were trying to "top" one another in how they presented themselves.

    I think THAT is when the closing quote began to appear on certain people's emails signatures...

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  15. Aren't quotes in college emails inappropriate? What if it was a biblical quote?

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  16. No beef about no beef for me, but doesn't GR know how to spell "eggplant"?

    Hint: It's not "Egg Plant."

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  17. I totally get what you mean, 4:09; it's a great point that is more important than almost any other. (Big claim, but I think it's true.) I was thinking of somebody who is a clerk at Target or Stater Bros. all day; they can remember that there are other parts to their souls that they should not neglect (if they can find time and energy to cultivate those other parts). But your point is well-taken.

    On another point entirely: I, too, found "egg plant" disconcerting and somehow disturbing. How the heck did a plant get named "eggplant," anyway? I'm going to look it up.

    MAH

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  18. Okay; here we go:

    chiotsrun.com/2009/07/22/thats-why-they-call-it-an-eggplant/

    (I'm probably the only one who didn't know this.)

    MAH

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  19. Lima beans come from Peru.

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  20. after the luncheon I heard people whine and babble on about the tri tip running out ...

    really?

    actually it was a pretty nice gesture on his part and maybe we should spend a bit more time saying so....

    was the grill a bit dirty?....were the hamburger buns a tad stale?.....were there enough diet drinks?.....EEK!

    sometimes we all look terribly ridiculous....

    I am anonymous here so have no points to gain.....

    Come on.

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