Archive for June, 2010

June 26, 2010

I know you’re busy

No. Not you. Otherwise you wouldn’t be here reading this post.

My pet peeve du jour is the sentence “I know you’re busy” uttered by someone who interrupts another person’s work to ask them for something.

If you really knew that person was busy, you wouldn’t just barge in on them. “I know you’re busy” means “I’m interrupting you because my time is more important than yours”.

June 15, 2010

Nostradamus

That could have been my nickname 5 years ago as I SAW THE FUTURE.

A friend of mine just e-mailed me the log of a conversation we had on MSN way back in 2005, when I was still a graduate student. A random blast from the past. Here’s a first highlight:

my dream would be to work in comm. for public sector
as silly as that sounds
I’m in ad school
and I’m in public service school

the thing is, I feel that those schools don’t teach you shit
they just put stuff on paper to make you more marketable but you still have to take on near-entry level positions
so you have to take on jobs that are remote from your goal but you have to take them anyway to put your feet in the door

So true!

I now work in the communication division of a state agency and got my foot in the door by taking a customer service job. It took me 3.5 years after I graduated to feel I was putting my two master’s degrees to good use.

I’m going to keep reading to see what other insightful things I thought back then. I’m living the dream and I didn’t even know it!

For serious. I’ve been feeling a bit frustrated with work lately and this is a random and healthy way to put things back in perspective.

Reading the rest of the chat log is not as rosy. My friend notably wrote:

you know we work because we have to
there has to be something to fill the years
basically the gap between birth and dying

For serious.

June 8, 2010

Nobody doesn’t like your product

I was waiting at a light on my way to work this morning and watched a big truck drive by. The slogan “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee” was all over it.

Two hours later, I’m still thinking about it. It’s not a bad phrase, but is it a good one?

Does the fact that nobody dislikes something make that thing good?

I can think of a bunch of things that I don’t necessarily hate but don’t like either. Zucchini, grocery shopping, vanilla ice cream, Dave Matthews…

I’d rather buy something because it is great and potentially the best, not because it’s not bad.

I’d rather hire someone because of the great recommendations I heard about that person, not because nobody had anything bad to say about them.

Catch my drift?

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