Archive for January 6th, 2008

06
Jan
08

Kiss My Butt

A note to those who would have opportunity to send a note to a South Carolina judge: Do not invite him/her to kiss the part of your body upon which you sit. You get nailed for contempt.

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06
Jan
08

2008 Initiatives

Long after the trend started… I’ve decided to do the portable music thing. I bought an 6 gig card for my swanky phone (a Blackberry 8820). I’m not sure how this is going to work out. I’ve steadfastly avoided the whole portable music thing for a long time. I’m not talking about the advent of iPods… I’m talking about the fact that I never even had a Sony Walkman to lug around. At one point, I vaguely remember having some type of bulky CD player with a ton of wires and some funky adapter that played my CD’s through the radio’s casette bay (why do cars still have casette players?) and sucked power out of the cigarette lighter plug. Not impressive. So, 25+ years after playing your own portable music became fashionable (I’m not talking about the radio, here), I’m jumping in. I got some wireless headphones for Christmas, so I will not have little white strings hanging from my head…

Initiative #2: I’m dialing up my efforts to not eat as much at one sitting. This is also known as trying to avoid “eating until I am full”. I’m not overweight (not by anyone’s definition). But for a variety of reasons, I need to be healthier. Smaller meals, spread out through the day, instead of a ginormous lunch and an almost as big dinner is part of the plan.

Initiative #3: Email patience. This going to be the tough one. I deal with a metric butt load of email each day. Yep, there’s a shocking amount of spam involved, but I know that ain’t going away. Two of my pet peeves with email are:

  • Folks who spend their days forwarding on joke, spiritual, cute, chain mail, etc. snippets. Instead of fuming, I’m just going to hit the delete key and move on. For now…
  • Folks who make it impossible or too damn difficult to answer them. Here’s the deal: if you want to ask me a question of get a response, approve the receipt of my response to you befor you expect my response. If you are using one of those challenge/response systems “Hi! In an effort to reduce spam I am using this nifty system to insure that you are human…”, I tend not to respond. You’re making it hard for me to answer you and you’re just making the problem worse by making sure that I will get cranky and you are unnecessarily increasing the email volume, to boot. Use one of those systems with the squiggly lines? Forget it.

I’m going to try to not get as upset. No promises other than I’m going to make the effort.