Wednesday, March 30, 2016




Oh my.  The weekdays have been quiet here for a little while, and I knew that wouldn't last, but I had hoped for a little more time off from noise.

But someone's renovating again.

It's the same sound as when the dentist is drilling a tooth.  Except that it doesn't stop.

So I'm off in my usual mental circle of where/how/when can I move even though I've done that so many times before and never come up with a potential solution that I haven't already tried in one form or another.






Tuesday, March 29, 2016




So, today I was at the dollar store and picked up a few small things.

I had to wait quite a while for someone to show up to check me out and then they had problems with the cash register.  They ended up having to pull everything out of the bag and then ring me up again, and that still didn't work so they had to run it through again at the next station.

Not an issue.   But when I got home and unpacked the bag I found that the highest priced item was missing.  I'm sure it wasn't intentional and that in the kerfuffle it just got missed.

But.

It's left me with a bad feeling about that store and since there are several branches of the same chain within easy walking distance I probably will go to one of them and not go back to that branch.

It is so very easy to lose a customer.



Saturday, March 26, 2016




If you invite me to your home for 6:00 I will arrive at 6:00.
Don't assume that I'll take that to mean 6:15 or 6:30.
If you want me to arrive at 6:15 tell me to arrive at 6:15.

And don't give me the "around six" or "sixish" nonsense.
Do that and I'll still arrive at 6:00.

Say what you mean.



Friday, March 25, 2016




Many people seem to think that if they're running late they just have to call and let you know and that's OK.

Being late happens to everyone sometimes but it's the people who do it chronically that I'm thinking about.

Like it's fine to leave you waiting around for them because they've informed you they're "running late".

It's still extremely rude.
If they do it regularly they're clearly indicating that they think your time has no value.





Thursday, March 24, 2016




If you say the meeting starts at a certain time,

START THE MEETING AT THAT TIME!

Don't delay waiting for stragglers.

If you start on time chances are they'll be on time for the next meeting.


Delaying is also really inconsiderate of the people who were on time -- basically you're saying that their time doesn't matter,  that they have nothing better to do than sit and wait.



Thursday, March 17, 2016




I was reading and something about the story reminded me of an incident when I was small child and my father showed me how to use the middle pedal to brake the car if it started rolling.

This is something I have not thought of in years, it feels like a memory I have almost forgotten.

But now that I'm old, when a memory out of my past comes to me I wonder if anything will ever call it up for me again.  If this is perhaps the last time in my live I will think of that particular event.



Wednesday, March 16, 2016




As I was out walking today I was thinking about why I find that so many women look artificial and odd and I realized it's because they're not dressed so much as they are decorated.  The excess in clothing, makeup, jewelry has taken over - the things have become more important than the idea that they are accessories used to present the best version of the person.

They're not wearing the clothes, the clothes are wearing them.

They're no wearing makeup, scent, jewelry - those things are wearing them.

That's why they seem so non-human and unreal.



Tuesday, March 15, 2016




It's 49 years since I finished high school and I still shudder whenever I recall gym class.



Sunday, March 13, 2016




Pockets.  What wonderful things.

Women are at such a disadvantage not always having pockets in their clothes.  They have to rely on purses which they have to hang on to or find someplace safe to leave them.

I often carry a bag of some sort but I always have my wallet and keys in my pants.  I can move at a moment's notice from wherever I am and have my keys, cash and identification with me - without having to stop and think about it or spend time retrieving them.





Saturday, March 12, 2016



Never wear shoes that you can't run in if you need to.



Saturday, March 5, 2016




Some authors can write a 500 to 600 or even 700 page book and it's gripping.


For most who do though it tends to be a lot of overwritten filler.



Thursday, March 3, 2016




"They'll tell you that the most destructive force in the world is hate.  

Don't you believe it, lad.  

It's love."

P. D.  James



Wednesday, March 2, 2016



I understand that people in a condo are occasionally going to drop something, or bang a door or otherwise make a noise that carries.   I occasionally slip up and do this myself.

I don't expect people to be perfect.

But when you hear the same noise, over and over, day after day, that's someone who just doesn't give a damn if they disturb other people.