Friday, September 24, 2010

I’m Sure He Didn’t Mean It

September 23, 2010

Today’s blooper headline is on an article about giving kids a chance to hunt. It reads, “Youth hunters, it’s time to take your best shot.”

I wonder if somebody’s having issues with his kids?

A New Resume Twist

September 24, 2010

When I was job-hunting, the man at the employment agency asked if he should put down my time at Target or leave the time at Target as a gap in employment. (There are so many schools of thought on resumes--how to write them, what to put in...)

I told him to leave it in. I took the job for good reasons:

A) I needed the money
B) It had the hours I wanted--I could work while my daughter was at school and be home when she was home

Thinking about it later, I realized that I could add something new to the resume game: I could put in what I learned at Target, not what I did there: I learned about retail; I learned a lot about how creative people are from watching what they bought, and talking about how they're going to use it; and a lot about fashion (yes, really!) (Mostly that designers are blind, but no need to go there on the resume.)

So yes, put that Target time in there. I'm not ashamed of it, and I learned things, and as long as you're learning things, you'll be valuable to your next employer.

It's All Numbers

September 20, 2010

A couple of weeks ago a visitor admiring our sun room asked me how big it was. When I replied, “I don’t know” she looked at me as if I were not quite bright. But I don’t go around measuring square feet; either a place is the right size or it isn’t.

I’ve deduced from listening to other people describe their houses that 5,500 square feet is really big, and 1,200 square feet is really not. But I don’t know if I should be impressed by 2,200 square feet or if I should sympathize. For me, if everybody fits and the roof doesn’t leak, I’m good.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Am I Missing Something?

September 12, 2010

The retailers are being very restrained this year. It’s already September, and I haven’t seen a single Christmas tree in any store. Often I can see them in July.

Traffic Notes

September 12, 2010


Dear Tailgater,

Crowding my bumper isn’t going to make the car ahead of me go any faster.

Dear Tailgater,

Sorry you’re in such a hurry. That’s not my problem, or the problem of the other drivers on the road. Leave earlier next time.

Dear Tailgater,

If you’re crowding me just because you’re a Type-A personality who rushes from place to place even when you don’t need to, try meditation. Your friends and family will thank you.

Dear Tailgater,

I hope that cop is writing you a nice, hefty ticket.