CV Musings

Oct. 21st, 2011 10:55 pm
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Gen, no warnings, post 8.03, ~600 words.

Chi opened the attachment to the job application she had forwarded, and all kinds of information about Adams scrolled before her eyes.

High school valedictorian in a small, expensive private school: piano, theater, ballet, girl scouts.
Undergraduate at Yale: average good but not great, a tendency to avoid the heavy weight courses, and lots of volunteering (including modeling for a benefit fashion show and two fundraising calendars).
Med school at Johns Hopkins: no grant, not even in the form of reduced interest student loan. She probably didn't even apply. And she took two years longer than Chi herself did, with final evaluations that wouldn't make her eligible for an internship in any good place (and make her a hard sell in a decorous one). Not that there was any trace of internship application in the vita.

The first job, after a decent interval that was probably spend vacationing, was nine months at Planned Parenthood, followed by three carefully concealed months of doing nothing. Chi had done a little research; apparently Adams left PP in a hurry when the fundies started burning cars and leaving threats in home mailboxes.
Almost one year at the correction facility, and another sudden resolution of contract.

And now... she had to laugh at the expression "Diagnostic Department Adjunct Fellow". As if any interviewer worth their salt wouldn't discover immediately she was an unpaid volunteer, working with a paroled con at minimum wages and a young intern.

Chi looked at the vita again, noting that there was only one point in which it was better than hers: the picture, showing a woman who could have modeled for lingerie or dieting products or plastic surgery.
And then she understood. She looked at the photo better. Recognized in the pretty nose the signature curvature of a famous plastic surgeon, from her surgery handbook. Realized how much of Adams' time and energy must have been spent, still was spent, in grooming and increasing that seemingly effortless beauty.
She looked again at the long list of commitments, clubs and social duties. No wonder Adams had had no time to learn properly.

She pulled open her own CV nearby. It included no picture and no mention of her gender, which often gave her a nice edge in the first minute of an interview.
Her looks required only minimal care: her mother fixed her haircut once a month, and the blow-drying took five minutes at most since the hair was naturally straight. She had even chosen glasses over contacts to save time - it also hid the fact her make up was often carelessly applied. Maybe now that she was close to thirty she could stop using it, no one would take her for a teen anymore.

She looked at the curricula again. Thought of her parents' pride in her achievements. Their shining eyes at graduation, the first in the family. The way they had said she was an adult and could do anything, choose any career path she wanted, so long as she kept honest and worked hard. She remembered the long working nights they had pulled so she could concentrate on her studies without contributing to the family budget.

She wondered whether Adams had really wanted to be a doctor, or liked sports, or music. How she felt at having failed yet another interview, while hearing that she had turned down Chicago's prestigious offer. Soon she would find out that the car whose repairs she had paid was actually House's, not hers. She was sure House would find a way to let her know.

As she taped the box with the red shoes closed and put it in the plastic bag with the veterans' association logo, she felt weirdly sorry for her team mate.

Date: 2011-10-22 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't get why some dislike her. I find her quirky and interesting. Great job on this!

Date: 2011-10-22 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I agree. She seems more realistic and human to be. Adams reminds me of another supermodel type with little character who got through witrh her good-looks, charm and Daddy and Mommy's money. I guess I'm a sducker for people with hard-luck stories who have to work and strive to achieve their successes rather than have them handed to them on a silver platter.

Date: 2011-10-22 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I guess I'm a sucker for people with hard-luck stories who have to work and strive to achieve their successes rather than have them handed to them on a silver platter.
Me too. And some saw it as bitching, but I can totally get behind Park snapping at Adams like that. Realistic and human, as you said.

Date: 2011-10-22 07:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for reading and commenting, and yes, I like her a lot too. I've been told some people really find her hard to understand, which of course would be a good dislike reason.

Date: 2011-10-22 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lovely little piece on Park (and indirectly Adams). She's a new character but from what I've seen, you've captured her perfectly:)

Date: 2011-10-22 07:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's early to say how Park and Adams will be. I tried to write this now since I'm afraid of what is going to come in canon.

Date: 2011-10-22 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Interesting possibilities for Adams. Still, she was working at a prison when she could have been in a nice little comfortable private practice somewhere, so there must be something to her beyond money and DS's preferred looks. I am sure they will waste several episodes exploring it rather than Wilson's family background. Sigh.

I like Park too, but Adams hasn't annoyed me yet the way young Cameron and then Master's did. I am holding out hope.

Date: 2011-10-22 07:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am sure they will waste several episodes exploring it rather than Wilson's family background.
Wilson? Has a family? I think you're right, sadly.

I am holding out hope.
You are technically right, in that they still have ample margin t make Adams likebale, but I'm not hoping much anymore. I also think they could have made Adams an interesting character without choosing such a blatant piece of eye candy.

Date: 2011-10-22 07:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
sorry for having to delete it once.

"she looked again at the long list of commitments, clubs and social duties. No wonder Adams had has not time to learn properly."

This added to her working at Planed Parenthood and the prison House was in and she had thought of joining Doctors without Borders: she seems to be a very social conscious person who tries to compensate her previlegued upbrining. Actually this is very remarkable.

In your story Parks comes out the more deligent and intelligent, her way to the "top" straight and single minded. And doing exactly what Adams did as well: she let her parents work for her education! And now she has her first job after med school with nothing to show but being a good little hard working student without any time for learning about life and having done nothing for fellow humans so far.

Adams is arrogant and that makes her not very likeable (I don't like her at all!).

But Parks is arrogant either, as she lets hang out how hard and diligent she had to work, how she is superior to Adams in that way and therefore does not take charity from a rich kid who she thinks never did anything but painted her nails while lounging at the country club's pool.

I don't think Parks has anything to feel better than Adams, but being diligent (and her personality will go down with somone like House better). Actually she should be envious all over the place.

A note of disagreement: you say Parks has a haircut that does not need care. Ohohoh! That pageboy style is hard work each morning, all haircuts of that kind are a pain in the ass because you have to blow it over a curling brush. And the cut must be done by a pro (I don't know, maybe her mom is a hair dresser) each week to stay that way. Therefore she has the more time consuming hair style as we have seen Adams with a simple pony tail at prison. And that is the most easy hair style around.

And contact lenses- right, one needs a lot of vainess to use them instead of a stylish frameless glasses for example (I have contact lenses for saturday nights only) and not a black nerd frame, one that fits your face and aren't too big so you have constantly push it back up your nose and that gets in the way when at a microscope. Like Parks ugly, too big glasses that she pushes up constantly, letting her look like a little girl playing dress up with grandpa's glasses.

Which let her look like she doesn't care for details, is not taking care of how one thing fits another and how to make something work best. Not very recommendable for a diagnostics doctor, me thinks.

Date: 2011-10-22 07:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm in a hurry but there's one thing I can tell immediately: with the right kind of hair, you need no care for that haircut at all. When I met my husband I thought he was spending half an hour every morning with a hairdryer and a cylindrical brush. He didn't even own any of those items. Park would need a dryer because her hair is thicker, that's all.
And if they're not too well off, her mother has learned hair cutting by doing it for her since she was small. It's not rocket science.

Contact lenses take time, especially since most of them you shouldn't wear more than ten to twelve hours in a row and the shifts in a US hospital are often longer than that. Plus, really thick glasses hide better improperly applied makeup (which is what you get without contacts if you're seriously shortsighted).

Date: 2011-10-22 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay, now you're miffed. Okay, okay.
I had that haircut for a lot of years (was fashionable when I was a kid and I did not care what my parents did to me then) and I had straight hair. It did never look like that. But if you know it better, which you might, okay, you win.
If you have to hide bad make up why apply it at all? What nonsense, in my view.
Now I'm miffed, too.
Have a good day with what ever you do today!

Date: 2011-10-22 07:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're free to be miffed, but I do resent you knowing English words I don't :).

And I also had the same haircut, and it involved crying and gnashing of teeth every time to fix it (my hair is straight, but not that straight). Now my daughter has it, and all you have to do is dry the hair. Some straight hair are straighter than others.

was fashionable when I was a kid and I did not care what my parents did to me then
LOL. I've found my long lost sister?

ETA: I believed in my fic that Park wears make up in an attempt to look older, i.e. her own age. Women with a very round face tend to have their age underestimated (don't I know) and being short can't help. Since the point of the make up is to be visible, there's really no point in applying it well.
Edited Date: 2011-10-22 08:21 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-22 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
don't get your ETA. There is no point in appying it well when it's to be visible? Then Cuddy always wore bad make up as it was visible. Lip stick is always visible, that's the point of it: red baboon behind showing off sexual availability.

Is Park wanted to look older she just needs to change her kiddy haircut!

Date: 2011-10-23 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love your description of lipstick!
What I meant is the only point of Chi's make up in my fic is to be visible, not to make her look better. That's not the case with Cuddy who's obviously trying hard to look as conventionally attractive as possible, for reasons beyond my understanding.

Date: 2011-10-22 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, and maybe she wanted to look as unattractive as possible because her attending was a dirty pig? Not that it helped.

Date: 2011-10-22 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
well it seems even "unfuckable women" get harrassed. Not so "unfuckable" after all?

Date: 2011-10-23 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
harssment isn't really about fucking. It's about power. Comandare รจ meglio che fottere (to have power is better than to fuck).

Date: 2011-10-23 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
welcome to real life where older people will show younger ones their place in hierarchy.
She defended herself, everything's alright. I'm confident she will win the hearing. Park 1:0 Pig.

Date: 2011-10-24 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Park1:0 Pig
Great summary. Park kicks ass.

Date: 2011-10-22 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay, a more detailed answer and one that snaps out of the "writing Parks from within" mode and goes well into rant.

I think the show writers, like the rest of show business distinguish two categories of women: fuckable, and unfuckable. Because that's the only thing relevant about a woman, of course. Women above forty are by definition unfuckable; if they're supposed to be still attractive, like Cuddy, they have to be dressed like sex workers and wear heavy make up at all times.

Younger women are usually fuckable, unless they're ugly. They could choose an actress who doesn't fit current beauty canon in theory; in practice they can't, because there's no such thing. All successful actresses are incredibly standard-looking: gone are the days of Barbra Streisand and Meryl Streep (who are both very beautiful women, but at least they refused to have a nose job).

So how do you signal that a young, cute girl is unfuckable? You use a simple visual code: thick glasses and a bang (I am not sure this is the word I want, I mean hair cut horizontal on the forehead, just touching the eyebrows); for teenagers, you can add teeth braces. And bad clothing, of course (Masters remains a shining example). Oh, of course you could also have an actress who's not thin, but that is also impossible to find.

I have the impression Adams let her great-great-grandparents work for her, LOL. And Park looks to me like her parents worked, but she worked hard, too. That's much more than being diligent. You don't make top two per cent of your class in a good school by being diligent. I think Adams was diligent. Park was working her ass off.

[OT I never made top two per cent of my class, LOL. We didn't have fifty people in my class - less than twenty, in fact.]

I'm not miffed, and I'm happy we are given interesting female characters for once. Let's hope they don't screw it all up. I'd love Adams to turn out better/deeper/whatever than she is.

Date: 2011-10-22 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you are right with this, of course, the chauvinistic p... I mean men in powerful positions will see it that way (men are very simple creatures after all: food, booze and sex is all they can think about, same as rabbits).

But I try to see it the characters as real. If a real person will look and act like Park and Adams - what makes them tick? If I always just say: it's just a tv-show, I cannot be fan as I'm fan of characters, not shows.

Date: 2011-10-22 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
and I don't see any difference beetween dilicence and working hard. You need , I guess, 70% intellligence and 30% dilligence to get anywhere higher (in an ideal world where nepotism is none existent). Haha, as I was neither I did not get far (and do I care?) :)

Date: 2011-10-23 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Italy is the capital of nepotism. I suspect the concept was invented here.

And there's a level beyond diligence. Diligence is, you work on your problem ten hours per day. But the way you solve it is to think of it twentyfour hours per day.
in my line of work, you need crazy dedication and a gift. A vision. Intelligence isn'thalf enough. More a focused kind of madness.

Date: 2011-10-23 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you obviously see parallels between yourself (your work ethics) and Park. Can't keep up with that, it's beyond my scope and can't go on arguing about it then. Work is for me just a way to make money to pay the rent, not a calling. Poor me, right.

Date: 2011-10-24 07:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't think of you as poor you. Just each of us gets some things, not others, and it's not our choice.
Would I have chosen mathematics over, say, having a musical ear? Being good looking? Having one of those jobs that pay the bills and at five pm you're free and your weekends are really, really yours? I don't know. Honestly.
Point is, I didn't really have a choice. This is who I am, as much as the huge Muttermal on the right side of my nose I inherited from my granny. All I did was follow my gift instead of ignoring it as my parents would have wanted me to do.
At least Park's and House's gift saves lives.

Date: 2011-10-22 10:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As she taped the box with the red shoes closed

Noooo, don't give away the red shoes ! We have plans for those :)

Interesting look at Park v. Adams. I like the picture you give of Park.

About adams - I don't know, we haven't been given any signs that she's not a good doctor - and I can't see House tolerating her if she isn't (see the CIA lady). Yarroway made a good case for her not being the smartest in her actions in the prison and I didn't like her silly game with Parks but I'm trying not to hate her just yet :) . I think we don't really have enough to judge her completely yet, I just hope she doesn't take over the show like 13 did when she came on it.

Date: 2011-10-22 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
we haven't been given any signs that she's not a good doctor
Of course not. What we do know is that she has very confused ideas on what she wants to do with her life, unlike Parks, and top students usually are way more focused. You don't need to tell me that academic ability and real world competence are not very much related :).

I can't see House tolerating her if she isn't
Not in the long run, but right now House needs people who can go out of PPTH, and he has no Chase, or Taub, to work for him. Giving up Thirteen must have been hard in that sense, and a decision of his that I truly respect.
If I wanted to be mean, I could add he needs her money, but I've done all my bad actions for 2012 already :).

I just hope she doesn't take over the show like 13 did when she came on it.
Park should also have some space, according to both spoiler photos and the pending trial against her ex-attending.

Noooo, don't give away the red shoes ! We have plans for those :)

Date: 2011-10-22 04:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Oh, what an interesting little character study.

I loved the detail of Park not including her gender.

Date: 2011-10-23 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw a study according to which the same paper gets a better eferee report if the author is John instead of Jane. The same CV is rated higher if it's perceived as male. Sad, and logical of Parks to try and get an advantage from her neutral name.

Thank you!

Date: 2011-10-22 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Park is awesome. I hope more fic writers follow our lead and write about her.

Date: 2011-10-23 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You opened the way. I just follow :).

Date: 2011-10-23 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wonderfully realized. I love your taking this view of a quiet few Park moments. She's already so interesting. I hope the writers do well by her.

I loved that she recognized the plastic surgeon's nose! Delicious detail that made me laugh aloud.

Seamlessly in character--an accomplishment since we are just getting to know her. I love her, too.

Well done. Many thanks.

Date: 2011-10-24 07:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We'll see if it stYs in character, I don't much trust TPTB. But I really, really like Park so far.
Thank you so much for youcomment, and what a very cute icon!


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