A Real Pickle

July 23, 2011

The storms that have hit the Chicago area in the last few weeks have been brutal.  Coupling the storm-induced power outages with a massive heat wave over most of the country, it’s been downright dangerous here for a lot of people.  I don’t claim to be one of them.  Here are some quick stats:

- 852,000 without power after last Monday’s storm, ComEd’s largest outage ever

- 7 dead blamed on heat

- 2 Rockford house fires yesterday alone from lightning strikes

- The electrical storm that is just winding down right now outside my window produced 4,100 cloud to ground lightning strikes within a 250 mile radius of Chicago in 10 minutes alone, per Tom Skilling

Oh!  And Jen Lancaster, author of 6 books and a rampant narcissist according to her Wikipedia page, had to throw out her mayonnaise.


She followed that with a comment to all of her followers about writing a sad poem for losing the respect of “some random blogger”.  Eh, it really doesn’t matter if I’m a nobody or if I’m a blogger or if I’m random to you, Jen.  You also lost the respect of a book-buyer, formerly one of yours.

The entire exchange is still up on Twitter, if you’d like to read the whole thing.

26 responses to A Real Pickle

  1. That little exchange made my morning. At first glance I was like, “Wha? Jen Lancaster and Beth are tweeting pals?” And then I read further… 

    When she called you  some ‘random blogger’ and pulled out that ‘must go journal a sad poem now’ crap I thought ‘wow – respect your readers much?’  Apparently not if they have a disagreement with her. Good thing you had a smartass response. :)

    • Shit is bad. No amount of infrastructure changes will guarantee 100% uptime. Notice how she never replied when I asked how often she lost power outside of these devastating storms? Coping skills. Get some! It’s super ironic because I always rant about the crumbling infrastructure. But I recognize that a tornado will take the lines down, or 3 huge wind storms in 2 weeks. I’m thankful that we have been merely inconvenienced by these events, not angry at ComEd because I lost ranch dressing and might lose money. We are safe, many aren’t.

  2. That little exchange made my morning. At first glance I was like, “Wha? Jen Lancaster and Beth are tweeting pals?” And then I read further… 

    When she called you  some ‘random blogger’ and pulled out that ‘must go journal a sad poem now’ crap I thought ‘wow – respect your readers much?’  Apparently not if they have a disagreement with her. Good thing you had a smartass response. :)

  3. That little exchange made my morning. At first glance I was like, “Wha? Jen Lancaster and Beth are tweeting pals?” And then I read further… 

    When she called you  some ‘random blogger’ and pulled out that ‘must go journal a sad poem now’ crap I thought ‘wow – respect your readers much?’  Apparently not if they have a disagreement with her. Good thing you had a smartass response. :)

  4. How refreshing to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t worship the arrogant narcissism of Jen Lancaster.  Nothing about this exchange surprises me In The Least.  There’s a particular art to hyperbole, and a time and place for it, and she clearly knows neither.  I would comment on her mediocre talent but this pretty much lets that speak for itself.

    • Oh, and this: “No amount of infrastructure changes will guarantee 100% uptime.”  But I know waaay too much about the electric grid, and infrastructure, and how it works, and how it gets built (Jen, would you like a 765kV line in your backyard?  I can make it happen for ya — google it), and the politics of it all, to keep my own mouth shut.

      • She called me a troll and accused me of co-opting her audience. I NEVER OPENLY TWEETED THE LINK, you can only find it via a reply I sent to Jon. It was her whiny ass tweets about losing the respect of a random that led people to even dig to find out who she was talking about. Barbara Streisand effect, anyone? 6 hours later and she’s still worked up about it. I went back to sleep.

        • Also, she has stirred up her followers into claiming that THEY are in arguments. Except? Not one of them has said a word to me? This twitter war is in her head to generate “there theres” and handpats and “you’re so amazings”. It will be a damn Lifetime movie by 1pm, if we had power.

  5. An old apartment where I lived lost power when anyone exhaled (or so it seemed), so ComEd could really be doing a bit better on the area electrical infrastructure (by burying the lines, and property owners could keep their trees away from existing power lines). I do feel her pain-it’s difficult to run a tech business without electricity (went through that twice due to different circumstances not of my –nor Mother Nature’s– making).

    That said, the recent storms hitting here have been historically epic (and not merely in a Gen Y/Millennial, hipster way).  #megaThanks to the electrical teams from other areas who are getting us back onto the grid; beers to you (raising a glass). 

    • Exactly.  There are plenty of people who live in areas that have serious electrical grid issues, and are down for no reason.  I’m the BIGGEST advocate of infrastructure funding, FFS I was a supporter of Dennis Kucinich!

      I asked her how often she lost power outside of these historically epic storms.  She never responded. 

  6. Anyone who would willingly own the label of rampant narcissist clearly fails to grasp that it is a massive failing of their character.

    I’m spending my week having flashbacks to ’95 when 700 people died from a comparable heat wave, something I remember experiencing in the house I grew up in without A/C.   There are people for whom restocking perishables actually would be a meaningful cost, but 6x published author probably  isn’t one of them.

    Reminds me of the story of the U of C law professor who complained that his family was “just getting by” on he and his wife’s combined $250k income.

    World’s smallest violin, etc.

    • Wait, just noticed she’s a Lake Forest resident.   I’dconfidently bet that North Shore residents are more likely to view inconveniences as crises.

      She’s got the scratch to afford restocking her fridge (at Whole Foods I’m sure) and weather whatever a missed deadline will cost her. 

      Like Prof. Todd Henderson, she’s earned a heartfelt STFU.

  7. A Facebook friend just posted that she lost all of her personal possessions in her home because of the storms in the past 24 hours.  Included on the list of things she did NOT lament were the ketchup, mustard, or relish in the fridge.  All of her possessions except for herself and her dog were destroyed and she didn’t complain about a darn thing, so by my calculations, I have -50 in sympathy for this Lancaster lady.  I want to give her a big Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler, REALLY? Really? right now.   

  8. Never read her books and shan’t vote for one if they are an option for book club. Good work, my friend.

  9. Wow, bitter much that she’s more successful than you? It’s called sarcasm, humor, and expecting to get what you paid for…. 

    • I sell furnaces and air conditioners for a living. How exactly is she more successful than me at that?

      • Oh, you haven’t heard about her New ChickLit HVAC Empire?  It’s been ALL OVER the blogs lately.

        Well, the successful ones, anyway.

        • V4M already developed a crime drama about HVAC for me to write but we scrapped it because the name Cold Case was already taken. True story.

          • I know!  Hot Fuzz!

            Oh, wait . . .

          • Whenever I hear the word “fuzz”, I think of Fuzzy Navels.  I haven’t had a good Fuzzy Navel since my 1986 Superbowl Party, which was like 2008 or something.

          • Oh GAWD…  Just the thought of a fuzzy navel makes me gag.  It was the first drink that I had enough of to prompt a barforama.  

          • They were popular with my parents when I was little, so in my mind, they are like the ultimate grown-up drink. 

            That’s what happens when people have kids in their early 20s.

    • Precisely.  Those obnoxious elderly folks who live on oxygen and medication that has to be refrigerated just don’t appreciate the importance of a good Grey Poupon.  Parents of infants claiming they need food?  Buncha whiners.  I mean, it’s not like writing can be done on anything that isn’t electronic.  EVERYONE knows that writing didn’t exist before computers.  So how was poor Jen supposed to get her work done?

      And yeah, what about all that electricity she paid for?  How DARE the laziness and corporate greed of a company like ComEd allow something as trivial as WEATHER knock down power lines!!  I mean, next thing you know they’re going to start blaming gravity for things falling from the sky.  They think their customers are gonna buy that excuse?  They’re just in it for the money.  Sure, electric rates for transmission and distribution are set by the government at cost plus a small profit margin, but still.  They just have to be making money somehow whenever they screw their customers.

      Probably kickbacks from Mother Nature.

    • Actually, Beth’s just bitter that SHE didn’t get to help secure the book deal for the Daddyblogger who was sexually harassing multiple female bloggers out there, most of whom were married, all of whom were uninterested.  Beth’s totally bitter that JL gets to be his BFF instead.

      • But did he wear crocs? Because he is no Blogger’s Brett Favre without the crocs.

        • I don’t know.  I’m not successful enough to find out.  It’s not like I have a 7! Figure! Book! Deal!  I’m not even some random blogger.