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Don’t Feed the Trolls!

You know what?  I’m VERY newly in the blogging game, but haters lurk everywhere, out here in the “real” world, on social networks, on blogs, at Walmart, everywhere.  I’m printing this excellent reminder and taping it up on my wall where I can see it every day.  Carry on!  (MUCH thanks to Karen Gunter of build a little biz, who got it from Inspiring Mums.  There’s also a version with blank bubbles so you can fill in your own words!)


I also read Chris McCombs’ blog post and wow….what a timely message for me, especially after this week.  “How to Get More Haters” put a new spin on the scourge of the interwebs and gave me a little perspective in my non-cyber life, too.

Have a GREAT, AWESOME, LOVELY weekend, y’all!  (And how do you like my new “signature” graphic?)

brigitte pink with black border

Food for Thought · Life in General · Personal · Work


Giving up on a long-held dream is a really rough, I can attest.  It’s hard to overcome and even though the deciding event happened several months ago, it’s still causing me pain.  It’s said that time heals all wounds, so I’m waiting for that mental band-aid to kick in any day now.

Part of the healing process, for me, has been the spark of an idea I’ve had for a new venture, and possibly a new direction in my life.  I’m mulling over a plan in my mind….working out how to implement it and in the process reinvent the “working me” to fit this bold, new persona.

What about you?  Have you ever had to give up on something that was near and dear to your heart, whether it was a relationship, a professional goal, a personal goal….or something else?  How did you move past that loss?

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Dear Prudie

I’ve mentioned how much I like Dear Prudie’s column many times.  This recent letter could be my life, so I decided to post it here.  Original column is here.

Dear Prudence,
I work at a talent agency as an assistant. The entertainment industry is notoriously hard to break into and the agency world can be ruthless. The line between business and personal is often blurry. Recently my boss took a phone call with one of her friends, Sadie, a development executive. Assistants normally listen in on calls in case their boss discusses a meeting that needs to be set or a script that needs to be sent. This time the subject of discussion was one of my assistant friends, Jeremy, who is up for a job that he really wants at Sadie’s company. Sadie said that Jeremy’s boss went behind Jeremy’s back and gave him a terrible reference. Jeremy is an amazing assistant, and his boss—who is conniving—said he supported Jeremy’s desire to move to a higher-level job. But it turns out Jeremy’s boss is sabotaging Jeremy to keep him longer. Do I tell Jeremy that he needs to watch his back? If I do, I reveal information I heard on a personal phone call. If I don’t, Jeremy might keep losing out on great jobs and not know why.

—An Assistant

Dear Assistant,
For a primer in what to expect, anyone who wants to break into Hollywood as the underling to a powerful person should watch both HBO’s Entourage and the movie Swimming With Sharks, in which an assistant is abused by evil entertainment executive Kevin Spacey. Jeremy’s boss is perfectly following the script of the narcissistic manipulator for whom other people are merely a figment of CGI. Thus I assume Jeremy’s boss is very successful in Hollywood. Jeremy’s own chances, however, are being trashed by having hooked up with this jerk. Since you came upon this information in the course of your work, weigh the kind of relationship you have with your own boss, and whether she’d be open to hearing your dilemma regarding Jeremy. If you feel comfortable, then ask her if there’s a good way to warn Jeremy that his job search is being subverted without your revealing where you got the intelligence. If she tells you it’s all confidential, you cannot divulge to Jeremy the conversation with Sadie. But you could invite Jeremy over for pizza and a viewing of Sunset Boulevard. When Gloria Swanson shoots William Holden in the back for daring to leave her, you might want to turn to Jeremy and say that’s a Hollywood story that still gets played out figuratively to this day.


I mean, do people really DO this?  What happened to common decency and wanting to help your fellow person?  In case you were wondering, yes….this is my cynical voice.  😉

In other news, how do you like my awesome new theme?  I can’t believe a theme this feature rich is available for FREE on the theme showcase.  It looks like a premium theme, doesn’t it?  Also has a BUNCH of available widgets, post formats, built in links to social media, page options, and custom colors.  Pretty cool!

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Adventures in Purchasing

I’ve mentioned before that I work in the world of government procurement, a source of endless fascination and amusement, and not a small amount of angst!  Recently a call went out over a professional listserv I belong to for some funny stories about Purchasing for a class the requester would be giving.  Here’s some of the more shining examples of spec writing gone very wrong:

1. All pipe is to be made of a long hole, surrounded by metal or plastic centered around the hole.

2. All pipe is to be hollow throughout the entire length – do not use holes of different length than the pipe.

3. The I.D. (inside diameter) of all pipe must not exceed the O.D. (outside diameter) – otherwise the hole will be on the outside.

4. All pipe is to be supplied with nothing in the hole so that water, steam or other stuff can be put inside at a later date.

5. All pipe should be supplied without rust – this can be more readily applied at the job site.

N.B. Some Vendors are now able to supply pre-rusted pipe. If available in your area, this product is recommended as it will save a lot of time on the job site.

6. All pipe over 500ft (153m) in length should have the words “long pipe” clearly painted on each end, so the Contractor will know it is a long pipe.

7. Pipe over 2 miles (3.2km) in length must have the words “long pipe” painted in the middle, so the Contractor will not have to walk the entire length of the pipe to determine whether or not it is a long pipe.

8. All pipe over 6″ (152mm) in diameter must have the words “large pipe” painted on it, so the Contractor will not mistake it for small pipe.

9. Flanges must be used on all pipe. Flanges must have holes for bolts quite separate from the big hole in the middle.

10. When ordering 90 degrees, 45 degrees or 30 degrees elbow, be sure to specify right hand or left hand; otherwise you will end up going the wrong way.

11. Be sure to specify to your vendor whether you want level, uphill or downhill pipe. If you use downhill pipe for going uphill, the water will flow the wrong way.

12. All couplings should have either right hand or left hand thread, but do not mix the threads – otherwise, as the coupling is being screwed on one pipe, it is unscrewed from the other.

Ha!  These remind me of when we used to tell the newbie truck drivers in the Army that the air in the tires had to be changed for “summer” air or “winter” air, depending on what season we were currently in.  Now that I think about it, it’s actually kinda scary that some of them believed it!

Updates · Work

What’s New in the World?

I’ve been very busy the last several weeks, studying for a certification exam that I took yesterday, and thank GOODNESS!  I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that it’s over.  I think I did ok on it, not great…..which is A-OK in my book.  I won’t find out the results for about 8 weeks, tho, which kinda bites.

Anyway, on to better things!  I ran across a couple of interesting articles recently, and thought you might enjoy them.  So, here we go!


No. 1 – No money?  No problem!

From MSNBC comes this story about a man who’s living entirely without money.  I’ve heard of Groupon before, but hadn’t checked it out.  This is pretty interesting, tho, and I’m planning to check the site out thoroughly, and very soon!

Ten Tips From the Man Who Lives Without Money – from Forbes on

No. 2 – Tool School

My second offering is about the amazingly intelligent New Caledonian Crows, who learn to use tools they’ve fashioned themselves, from their parents!  And you thought your parents didn’t know anything!

“Go To School,” say the parents of New Caledonian Crows – from BBC Earth News


I know I haven’t done a Word of the Day in quite some time (did you READ my first paragraph about the test from Hell?), but honestly, my Word-A-Day calendar hasn’t been all that interesting lately.  I’ll post another one soon, I promise!