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We Are Upside Down

In Gripes, Uncategorized on March 23, 2009 at 7:21 am

I was stuffing newborn kittens into plastic bags when it occurred to me that something wasn’t right.  While the duty to clean up the detritus that surrounds us falls upon all responsible people (the feral cat problem in my office’s neighborhood is a longstanding one that results often in abandoned litters, roadkill and bird carcasses) I could not be convinced that my presence at that precise moment was the result of noble intent.  I needed to be at my desk, making sales calls and writing revisions of new web pages, planning for 5 conferences we’re presenting at in the next six weeks, I needed to be working.

Details aside, my job is rewarding and I have an overriding commitment to my company’s success.  What I realized, even with all that need and reward and despite the dead animal in hand, is that I enjoyed being outside for a change.  And I knew that I was going to take my time investigating the shrubs for other frail or expired animals because I absolutely needed to be outside.  Outside of my dim fluorescent lighted office, outside of my air conditioned car, outside of my email, my on-line banking, my marriage, outside of my everyday life and faced with an absolute change in context.  I didn’t need to understand the new context, I just needed to feel it hit me in the face.

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For Your Own Protection

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2009 at 1:55 am

This link can save you the next time you must ward off a 23 year old subordinate who thinks highly of their communications degree and higher still of their coffee-fetching internship at Polo or Conde Nast.  The Online Dictionary of Language Terminology is a great resource when you can’t remember all the rules (and why should you have to – isn’t that why we have the interwebs?).  Keep it handy.