Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Two Words No One Ever Seem To Notice

I have some sloppy handwriting and it is only legible when I take my time. In fact if it was up to me, I would type everything I do on my computer. It would be pretty challenging though. I admit I get jealous when I see people some neat handwriting. However, when I am working and someone decides that they want to show off there pretty handwriting on some forms that I have to read its another story. Sure I admire it, but we when we have to input the information in our computers, we have to be able to read it right.

When I get customers writing in cursive, it gives me a headache. People actually expect you to make out what they have written. Handwriting is like snowflakes, no two are the same. Yet i'm expected to be a expert in writing.

"Umm, is that a N or an R".

"Is my handwriting that bad"?

"No its good, I just couldn't tell the difference, because you wrote it in cursive you idiot"

I think just about every application we have, just about every payment slip, or money transfer form has two of the most obvious words (isn't it obvious that everyone's handwriting can't be read, no matter how neat it is.)


How hard can it be? Don't tell me that people's brains are on auto-pilot when they are writing? C'mon its in both parties interests if everyone prints. That way not only we as clerks don't have to keep asking a customer if this letter is a S or the number 8, but it will also save the customer a trip, and some gas. You have no idea how many times I had to ask this one young woman if I spelled a word correctly. Her handwriting was just too bubbly. Please, you don't have to be fancy.


Sunday, July 29, 2007

Maybe its hypothetical...maybe not

Let's say that your at work and its insanely busy, and that your ringing up an employee. While your doing this your also working on another transaction. You turn your head for a brief moment to attend to the other transaction and when you turn back, the employee who's items you scanned has walked away without paying for his or her food...What do you do?

Lets say you tell the manager on duty, and he or she decides to take disciplinary action on your fellow co-worker how would you feel? Technically this is stealing is it not? He/She didn't pay for there groceries, and they went and sat down and ate the food.

What if I told you that there was more to this story? What if I told you that this person was distracted because he/she was busy talking on the phone. Would that change anything? How would it make you feel if you were responsible for getting someone fired, because they made an honest mistake?

...I wouldn't be able to live with myself...and I would let my feelings be known.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Artsy Essay Contest: Inspiring My Heart

This is my entry for Judith HeartSong's Artsy Essay contest. If you want to join in on the fun, click HERE, and read the rules first.

The theme for this month:

What is your favorite and most inspiring possession? Tell us about it, and if you want an extra creative challenge... tell us about it without naming it until the very last sentence of your essay:):):)

At first I thought this would be a toughie, so I sought advice from the one person who never steered me wrong. She told me that the possession would have to be something that I cherished the most, and that is important to me. Those words made my eyes open wide, and I realized what that possession is. Then I ran upstairs and found it, right in front of me all along.

This one's for you...my inspiration.

I get up, and the first thing I do is welcome the morning. Sometimes I welcome some days less than others. On those days, I just want to cry. That is until I see you. "When I'm low u cud ask me 2 smile and I'd do so". You give me the strength, courage, and wisdom to get through a tough day, yet remind me to take a little time and enjoy the weather. You take my hand...assuring me that everything is OK, and within a snap of my finger, the pain is gone, and in turn makes my wound heal over. There are times when I feel like I don't deserved to be happy. And then out of the blue you remind me that I'm lucky to be me, and that someday I will find that special someone.

All I have to do is believe In love.

Nighttime encroaches, and in the darkness I lay. You tell me that like a star in the sky, my heart shines, the first star I see tonight. I make a wish that somehow, that we never part ways. didja know that you are important to me, that you begin and you end my day...my collection of music.

Saturday, July 21, 2007


In an earlier post (very earlier), I said that I liked one of Amel Larrieux's albums more than the other. In this post I said that I liked her album Bravebird more than her Album Morning. Honestly, I said that without listening to Morning enough. After I listened to it, to the lyrics and the music I fell in love with album. I think that she gets better with each one, so I have to say that Morning is my favorite album. She has a new album called Lovely Standards. I haven't really listened to it yet, 'cause I am still stuck on Morning. Lovely Standards is kind of smooth easy listening, It helps me relax when I'm trying to unwind.

P.S I do think about and sometimes re-read my blog posts. Especially if its an angry post. So far I think that post is the only one I feel bad about.

Friday, July 20, 2007

With Pain Comes Pleasure...I hope!

A couple of Sundays ago I had an awkward conversation. It went a little something like this:

You have been demoted because my neck is killing me. There may be a day when I will need you again, like when I get sick or I need my ankle elevated, until then...

Then I realized how desperate I've become for conversation...Because I was talking to my pillow.

I can't say with certainty that my neck is 100%, but its a heck of a lot better than it was two weeks ago. At one point I couldn't even tilt my head to the left, and even when I tried for some stupid reason (ouchie), I would cheat and raise my arm and shoulder. Eventually that got better, but then for somehow my "pain in the neck" migrated from the left to the middle. I finally countered the pain with some Icy Hot pads and defeated it for the most part. The left side of my neck is still sore, and I'm still feeling a little discomfort in the middle. One of my co-workers suggested that I go and get a massage. I'm all for that, but I'm scared that I may end up getting some guy violating me instead of a woman (stupid Seinfeld episode).

I guess I can say that I learned from my pain though. When I had that "conversation" it opened up a "can of worms" of thought (isn't a can of worms supposed to be troublesome). Well it was, I came to a realization, yet I still don't have an answer to the question.

Obviously if I was sitting there talking to my pillow before bed I have issues. I'm not the only one though, just about everyone on Earth has at least one. I on the other hand, have more than one. I think I have mentioned this before...I'm shy, so I rarely ever start a conversation. When I first got my current job, I tried my hardest to greet people. I would say hi, and my co-workers would say it back to me. Eventually though I noticed, that I was doing most of the greeting and no one would say hi to me first. I know it sounds silly, but I was deprived of attention from a one of my parents growing up. I guess you could say, that I didn't feel loved enough. I felt unwanted, so when I noticed that I wasn't being said hello to me as much as I was saying hello, I felt unwanted.


So eventually I became afraid to say hello to people again. So every time I would walk by someone, I would stare at them wanting to say hi. So I would end up with an awkward stare, as I pass them by. And each time this would happen, I felt like I lost a little bit more of my confidence.

Rewind back to two Sundays ago, I thought to myself that maybe the problem is that I don't know exactly when I should be the one to greet someone or when I should be the one who should be greeted.

For instance, lets say if I am sitting in the break room and someone walks in, who is the greeter, and who is the greetee(OK not a real word). I don't comprehend the rules of social behavior very well. I think Data was better in social gatherings than me. Anyone have some tips and advice, I am all ears. While your at it lend me some courage.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

I'm not an idiot...really

See what happens when you experiment with technology. You get shrunk, digitized and poorly animated...LOL.

Seriously though, one day while I was surfing the net looking at info on Apples new IPhone, I discovered something interesting. Somehow I had got sidetracked because of all of the interesting new technologies on ABC news' website, and ended up watching its "site of the week" segment. I was like cool, and I went and checked it out. I kept saying that I was going to do this, but things came up, and I kept putting it off (what's new right). Well here is my gizmoz. I dare all of you to make your own. Its fun! All you have to do is take a picture of yourself, and upload it to their site. You can't smile in it though. You have to have an emotionless face. You can also use avatars that they have already made. I just think it would be a whole lot funner to see peoples faces...that is those of us who have shared there faces in the land of the blog. I wonder what everyone think of mines? Did I get the desired laughter that I was so looking for? I'm such a attention whore. (pardon my language) LOL

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Recent Observations

Actually I have already noticed this, but never posted about it. Lets say you are walking along on a sidewalk, and you notice two people approaching you from the other direction, walking side by side. As those two people get ready to walk past you they continue walking in stride without a care thinking that the person walking by him or herself will move off of the sidewalk and into the grass or something worse. Is it really that hard for someone to temporarily walk behind the person they are walking with? Come on, when I am walking with someone, I have the courtesy of walking behind my friend or family member when someone walks by me. Recently I have decided to take a more aggressive approach while walking. When I see two or even three people I pick a side one the sidewalk and keep walking. I act like the people aren't even there. Force them to recognize that I am on the sidewalk and make one of them move out of my path.

I observed that people believe the majority win over minority.

Yesterday I was at a video game store to looking around to kill some time before I went to see the Transformers movie. I find something I want, but I decide not to buy it until after the movie. I come back to the EB game store and I go to buy a guidebook for a game that has been really difficult. While I am there I have a conversation with the clerk that eventually cash me out. I asked him about some games that I were looking forward too earlier and I also mentioned which gaming systems I had. Now the guidebook is all I that I want at this time, but the irritating clerk is trying to push me into reserving copies of new games that come out later on this year. At first I was thinking to myself, "be patient, he is only doing his job", but then he tried mentioning some other games, and sounded a bit frustrated. "Nah, I only want the guidebook right now". For whatever reason the annoying clerk started to get annoyed himself and said, "Nobody buys guidebooks"! I stayed calm, cool and collected, and in response I told him that I do. If I want to buy a guidebook, let me buy the freaking guidebook. When I say I don't want something else at this time, let it be the end of that. Its not the end of the world, I may come back at a later date.

I observed that business comes before customer satisfaction.