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A rant on ‘rants’

Does tennis great John McEnroe have a history of histrionics?

Absolutely.

But I take issue with media outlets like Page Six calling his recent comments about New York City cyclists a ‘rant.’

My neighbor was simply speaking the truth.

McEnroe was speaking with ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr at a Central Park Conservancy Women’s Committee luncheon when he made the remarks, citing his experience as a cyclist himself.

I didn’t attend the luncheon, but his remarks in the article give an accurate account of the majority of cyclists’ behavior in Central Park.  They travel at dangerous speeds, don’t break for pedestrians, and have caused numerous injuries and even a few deaths.

I personally appreciate someone of McEnroe’s stature bringing attention to this situation.

Remember when we had unbiased media who filed the stories?

 

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Lost in translation

First of all, I want to clarify —

This is not a rant. Think of it more as a ‘huh.’

lost parcelYesterday a package arrived at my door.  It was addressed to a man who hasn’t lived here in almost six years.

I quickly deduced he had selected his old address by accident while shopping online, so I called the company to see if I could help correct his error.

(How nice am I?)

Turns out the company’s customer service just isn’t set up for this type of communication.  All their scripts are for customers, not people like me trying to assist another customer.  The representative I spoke with understood the situation and was definitely working with me to help correct it, but she refused — or maybe wasn’t allowed to? — say anything that was not in her script.

So nothing she said to me made any sense.

Even after we figured out how to resolve the shipment error, she thanked me for my order and hoped I would return again.

You know?  Probably not.

 

 

Warning: rant ahead

This is for everyone on the sidewalks of New York City and beyond who might come up behind a dog and his person:

dog leashStepping over the dog and/or over the expanse of leash between the dog and his person is never the right choice.

Making yourself known is probably your first best move. The dog and his person aren’t intentionally blocking your way.  And giving them the time necessary to step aside is also appreciated.

But stepping over the dog or his leash not only puts the animal in danger, but you.  You could startle the dog into a sudden movement that could cause all three of you  injury.

And who’s going to get sued in that scenario?

The dog person.

So slow down and show some common courtesy…please?

Good boy.

Attention getter

In my business writing seminar, I often get on a soap box about the resume cover letter. It should be the most persuasive bit of writing we do; instead —

It is often dull, template-driven drivel.

soap boxHere is an opportunity to sell the finest product we know — OURSELVES — and yet most of our cover letters put the reader to sleep.

Grab their attention, I tell students. Make your letter stand out from the 500 others that will probably cross the HR director’s desk. Show you did your homework and write the letter just for them.

I was reminded of my usual rant when Jamie Casino’s law office commercial went viral on the Internet.  (It aired during the Super Bowl, but only on the local Atlanta station.)

Casino could have produced your standard law office ad, and no one would have remembered it.

But this one has the world talking.