Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy Memorial Day!

What are your plans this weekend?

We're just chillin this weekend. I had my birthday yesterday and my parents just left from visiting over the weekend. Weather is a little cloudy here, but comfortable.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Common Sense

Over the past several years, in many situations, and several different types of jobs, I hear that phrase. Just use some common sense. To a degree there's a little bit of it in everything. But I'm starting to see that what everyone considers common sense really isn't that common.

Example. (I'll even use myself) I've had many different types of jobs: restaurant (cooking / serving / support staff), retail, IT, office work, and now shop work. I've made my fair share of mistakes and tend to be a quick study at avoiding them. Not having the tribal knowledge, I have a hard time thinking this would be considered to be 'common sense.' Common sense to me would be a few things like "save work frequently in case of power outage", "chicken stored below any other kind of meat, seafood on top", "T-Bone is about the best steak out there", etc. I'm almost certain that a good chunk of the people I work with wouldn't consider my common sense to be common sense.

So, is common sense really all that common?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Terrible Lie - Life in the Fast Lane

This is a new article for me. This is where I take the exciting world of the music industry and turn it down to the mundane and painfully normal. Think those rockers have it made?

It is a little known fact about how the song "Life in the Fast Lane" was written by the Eagles. They were headed out after a long night at the recording studio to IHOP when tragedy struck! They hit gridlock!

The found themselves stuck in this bumper to bumper mayhem for over an hour. Finally, someone said "Hey look at that lane over there! Why are they moving? Wouldn't that be great if we could be in that carpool lane." After looking around at each other, it was realized that there WERE enough people in the car to be in that lane.

Oh, it was a glorious moment when The Eagles were able to finally use that carpool lane. It was decided to become a song. There was only one problem. No listener would see the whole glory of the moment with "carpool lane" or "HOV lane." It was decided to become "fast lane" and as the usual formula, it included fast times, the high life, and all those things way out of the reach of the unwashed masses mixed with tragedy.

Way to go Eagles... mixing the mundane with the exciting.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Armchair Quarterbacks

I'm getting to the point where I can't help but wonder... what is with the 'armchair quarterbacks' of the world? What is the sudden urge to coach on those who are doing the things they have done a million times on their own?

A prime example would be at work, with me on the forklift. I've moved a good number of things around the building, into the building, out of the building... you get the idea. Every time any one of the other employees needs this particular forklift, they don't just wait patiently. They wait patiently, look bored, then approach as to make an appearance. I'm ok with that, considering we all have to look busy. But, when they feel compelled to approach and 'guide' me into whatever it is that I'm grabbing, or where ever it is that I'm setting it down, I get a little annoyed. That is when I get distracted by their incomprehensible hand signals and bump into things.

So, it has me thinking. What is that urge to tell people how to do the things that have already been done to death?

Friday, May 11, 2007

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Time to give this blog a 'housewarming'. Sooner or later, I'll figure out how to change the design around a bit and add some real content. Hurray to me for joining the blogosphere.

Now, don't forget to visit the links over on the right. You go now!