Category Archives: Life

Telephone tip

samsung galaxy s5I depend on my cellphone.

Most people do these days.

It’s never more apparent than when you misplace it or break it for even a single day.

It’s like losing a limb.

And I am ever so grateful to have my cellphone in hand when I’m walking down the sidewalk and see a couple of petition people lying in wait.

Like today.

I’m sure the two young ladies had something important to discuss with me — they always do, right? — but I just wanted to be on my way.  And my cellphone allowed me to do just that.

As soon as the petition people were in view, I put the cellphone to my ear and begin having a fascinating conversation.

With no one.

The petition people don’t bother folks on the phone.

Give it a try yourself sometime.

Wookie mistake

may 4thToday the truly cool will greet you with cries of “May the fourth be with you” to celebrate Star Wars Day.

Fourth obviously meaning “force.”

But what’s not so obvious — who decided the near rhyme “fourth” was worthy of this great franchise?  Why not one of the other available near rhymes for “force,” awesome words like:

  • farce
  • hearse
  • quartz
  • sparse
  • verse

I’m sure we could find fun everyday words and phrases that use these words, too, and shove “force” right in there.  And we could use them on any ol’ day that we pleased.  Phrases like…

  • bedroom force (farce)
  • smoky force (quartz)
  • Bible force (verse)

Yeah…maybe it doesn’t really matter who picked “fourth.”

Bless your heart

A friend in the education biz recently developed a course on customer service for his company.

I provided some general communication tips, but realized today that I didn’t mention a personal perspective that I have gained from years on the phone with customer service representatives:

southern accentIf the customer service representative speaks with a Southern accent, I:

a) believe they want to help me;

b) have found that they do help me; and

c) am in a better mood when I hang up because they are friendly — regardless of how I felt when started the call.

Now, I tend to believe that the people on the call on true Southerners. You can’t fake that hospitality…

Or can you?

It’s something the companies who depend on customer service — and, really, what company these days doesn’t — need to consider.  We can teach people how to lose an accent…

Why not teach customer service folks to have one?

Line ’em up

Sometimes life is chaotic, and it’s nice to have a sense of order…

Even if it is only in your fruits and vegetables.

Brittany Wright is a photographer based in Seattle who is teaching herself to cook ‘anything and everything’ and, lucky for us, is documenting her efforts on her very colorful, very orderly Instagram account.

Here’s a peek at some of her artwork.

bloodoranges

rainbowchard

pineapples

I feel more zen already.

Vintage softness

handsEvery time I shake someone’s hand, people comment on how soft my hands are.

If only one person said it, I would shrug it off. But it’s become a thing.

What makes it especially weird is that I hate hand lotion. Never use it. And I’m not doing anything to pamper them.

So what gives?

Well, I started paying attention of late, and have decided that the one substance that comes in contact with my hands several times a day may be the reason:

dawn ducks Dawn dishwashing liquid

I wash my hands so many times a day because I’m feeding the dog and medicating the dog and cleaning up after his various and sundry bodily functions.

It’s like a TV commercial from the 50’s.

But then again, they are that soft.

World Book Day

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Can’t imagine my apartment without bookshelves in every room!

Ebooks are convenient , but real books feel, smell and look so good.

Hug a book today!

Holy guacamole!

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Off you go, avocado.

According to New York Magazine, the drought in California is making you more scarce.  Which means you’re getting mega-pricey. And restaurants may be less likely to include you on every dish on their menu.

Hallelujah.

You see, I am the rare breed that doesn’t like avocados.  To my tongue, they are bland mush, and I prefer not to add bland mush to my salad or sandwich.

I am concerned about the water shortage. It’s a very serious situation, and especially on Earth Day, we need to stop and think about ways to be more frugal in our water consumption.

But fewer avocados on the menu?

That’s my silver lining,  peeps.