Neologisms: flirtual reality
Twerpette (named for my dachshund Molley, the original twerpette or "goofy girl") seeks to tweak the long nose of life with humor, affection, and gravitas. Topics include dating and relationships, faith and spirituality, language and writing, journalism, technology, arts, academe, whimsy and humanity. Cheeky and tweaky, Twerpette is rated PG13 for mature language and themes. This weblog began May 10, 2005. Copyright 2005-2016 Steve Deyo.
Amazon.com: Books: Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream: "What surprised me most, right from day one of my job search, was the surreal nature of the job searching business. For example, everyone, from corporations to career coaches, relies heavily on 'personality tests' which have no scientific credibility or predictive value. One test revealed that I have a melancholy and envious nature and, for some reason, was unsuited to be a writer! And what does 'personality' have to do with getting the job done, anyway? There's far less emphasis on skills and experience than on whether you have the prescribed upbeat and likeable persona. I kept wondering: Is this any way to run a business? I was also surprised--and disgusted--by the constant victim-blaming you encounter among coaches, at networking events for the unemployed, and in the business advice books. You're constantly told that whatever happens to you is the result of your attitude or even your 'thought forms'--not a word about the corporate policies that lead to so much turmoil and misery."
You would think that the repair person would know (esp. after you directed him) to put a tenant's pet back behind the gate or door, so she doesn't poop and pee a lake all over the carpet while the tenant is out. Oh well, it could have been worse.
People always described The Far Side as "twisted" -- to which I thought "Hey! That's my sense of humor! What's wrong with it?" I think if people were that creative, it would be normal.
I've bumped into women who get on dating sites and then decide they're not ready to date, but I think that's better than men who think they are ready to date yet clearly aren't.
If you understand anything about me, it should be that I am willing to listen.
(Michael Graham in Jewish World Review)
Yes, I have always loved Stan Rogers. What a tragedy that he was killed (and John Denver and Jim Croce too). [Why do the good musicians die young? What did they ever do to Cessna anyway?]
We can talk, or we can do (prayer, generosity, faith). Words without actions ain't nuthin'.
I would suggest that you go to Blogger.com and create your own [weblog]; you should be able to figure it out and be done within 5-10 minutes. It can be endlessly customized, but the templates are completely point-and-shoot.
People believe what they want to believe, and if their motives are selfish rather than oriented towards finding the truth... What a mess.
Cajuns are a friendly and loving people, all right.
I know the good people of Louisiana to be sincere, hardworking folks. The neighbors of Texas are our friends. You are all in my prayers.
Funny how some parents (who want children to be silent during a storm for their own reasons) will say to be quiet "because God is angry" -- scare them good! Respect for the Lord ("fear of God") and nature is a good thing though; it can keep you alive.
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
I first heard SheDaisy on their Christmas album, and I had time to say "Wow!" before it became one of my year-round favorites. I describe them on this album as Not Your Mother's The Lennon Sisters on Megadoses of Estrogen. The vocal arrangements are rich and adventurous (to say the least); SheDaisy is a hard act to follow.
What if the rapper culture took over and put out their own version of our kids' dinosaur books?
I think we don't yet realize how fortunate [all of] Houston was to be spared the devastation that our dear friends just east of us did.
[Regarding the Adam Sandler song,] I believe the operative word might be "rank down there" [with "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"]!
(Fred Barnes, of The Weekly Standard and Fox News' The Beltway Boys, via Gegrapha)
I do appreciate all these provisions and protections from the Lord, but it is important to both see it and to say it (repeat with me out loud: "Thank you God!"). I am beginning to think he appreciates or blesses prayer even more if we speak it aloud or are emotionally invested (from concerned to desperate) in the outcome. I grew up camping so I have always understood life without conveniences. (I don't think any tribal people is "backwards" or "deprived" because they live in grass huts without running water.) In fact, it's interesting to note what was a luxury when we were young is now considered by many to be a necessity (such as each child having their own room and TV, not to mention DVD, video game and MP3 players). The trend toward bigger is not necessarily better; convenience and technology have to do with how but "better" has to do with why.
Yay, God, for saving Houston!
I've never really considered visiting family (as welcome or necessary as it may be) as a "vacation," which somehow in my mind carries the connotation that you get to do relaxing (or active) things of your own choice and timing. Isn't it [also] weird to feel the dichotomy between a welcome chance to "get away from it all" versus the welcome feeling (by the end of it all) of getting back home?
It's not trying and failing, it's doing and learning... Yes, we learn by falling down; but I'd much rather learn as much as I can before the test (avoiding the need to fall down) than after the test.
I used to have an easier time planning trips, but I think that's because I had more time when I was younger. At our age, we juggle so many things -- which I refuse to accept as normal, though of course I will deal with it.
Do you have a problem with what I've seen before [because I've been on the Internet for 20 years]? Who cares? Should I be penalized for saying something (and having to second guess you, like you're trying to second guess me)? No... Just say and share what you want, I'll say and share what I want, and neither of us will make a federal case out of it. That's how I live anyway.
Every time I search for "Labtec," your site breaks up this word into "lab" and "tec," then gives me hundreds of irrelevant items such as "Security Labs" etc.
You never know what impishness will bring you, so be careful what you fish for.
Sorry to disappoint, but I had my hands full taking care of my own business: meeting a Wednesday work deadline, [taking] two days to prepare for evacuation, and getting away for a couple of days. When you evacuate, you don't bring much (just what you can carry yourself), but you prepare for the worst before you leave. (Imagine you were told this Wednesday that a tornado might possibly punch in all your windows and rip off your roof at 2 am next Saturday morning, and flood your place with at least six inches of water, depending on your location; where would you put and how would you protect all your belongings?) Because of the traffic gridlock and gas shortage, at one point it looked like I would have to walk six miles to the staging point for my group's evacuation in three cars (leaving behind [our] food [if not] Molley [herself]), but traffic lightened up later on the back streets.
A gas-generator-powered web server... Sounds like a contradiction in terms, doesn't it?
Mysterious Dog Flu Spreading Across the U.S. - CME Teaching Brief - MedPage Today: "NEW YORK, Sept. 23--A new and highly contagious canine flu that superficially resembles the familiar kennel cough has sickened and killed dozens of dogs around the country.
Thank the upper-air high-pressure system that ontogenetically displaced the... Oh, never mind; thank God. :-)
Like the string of bad relationships that some divorced people fate upon themselves, you can feel the Gulf Coast population starting to feel communally skittish about hurricane season, ready to join Floridians in last year's edgy mantra: "Hurricanes suck!"
Houston was blessed to have missed the bullet. Rita would have cost $40 billion they say (as large as Andrew) if it had not turned at the last moment and headed up the wooded Texas border. You can't imagine how happy everyone is that all the evacuation brouhaha proved to be just (literally) a dry run. Lessons learned!
It seems clear that your job offers you more than the usual amount of stress, and I submit that your ability to tolerate this over time has limits (as well as costs). Perhaps you should work on expanding your options.
I have told people for years to either use a mail program that lets you save as you go, or else just write your letters in Word and then copy/paste the text into an email at the end. It's most important that your software or hardware not cost you time or cause you to lose what you're creating. Anything that isn't working, should be discarded for a better alternative that is working. (That's in fact the whole point of technology: Costs aside, if someone builds a better ballpoint pen, use it.)
I'm partial to power for AC, computing, Internet, cooking and TV. You are so right about our good fortune! I wanted to stay awake and "guard" the house but was so tired from preparations that I crawled off to bed before 3 am. I could just imagine staying huddled for hours in a small room alone (even with Molley). If living in Houston has taught me anything, it's much better to get out of the storm path and return after power returns.
KF, a realtor, says Goof-Off works like a charm for cleaning tape residue from windows. I know nothing yet about another product called Goop-Off. Anyone?
I'm sure glad Rita was not as bad as initially projected. I'm sure some spiritual efforts had a part in that.