You may have heard some of these before; I’m pretty sure that I had. They still elicited an out-loud laugh from me, so it seemed reasonable to believe that you might enjoy them too.
Even though I don’t consider these true stories (they came from one of the e-mails that circulate on the internet), they’re certainly plausible. In fact, I know several people who I could very easily envision saying or doing some of these things . . .
Some guy bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying: “Free to good home. You want it, you take it.” For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it. He eventually decided that people were too un-trusting of this deal. It looked too good to be true, he changed the sign to read: “Fridge for sale $50.” The next day someone stole it.
One day I was walking down the beach with some friends when someone shouted….”Look at that dead bird!” Someone looked up at the sky and said… “where???”
While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn’t want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, “Does the sun rise in the north?” When my brother explained that the sun rises in the east, and has for sometime, she shook her head and said, “Oh, I don’t keep up with that stuff.”
I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, “The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
He responded, “Is that Eastern or Pacific time?” Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, “Uh, Pacific”.
My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we overheard one of the administrative assistants talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in a convertible, but, “didn’t think she’d get sunburned because the car was moving.”
My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car it’s designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk…
My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought 2 cases. The cashier multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% di scount…. (maybe I should have bought 10 cases)
I couldn’t find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. “Now,” she asked me, “has your plane arrived yet?”…
While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time before responding. “Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.”
This was a silly little quiz that I came across but enjoyed taking it nonetheless. There are two distinct disadvantages to this particular quiz:
- It’s supposedly evaluating your accent but it’s a written test in which your perceptions determine the outcome (rather than an unbiased listener).
- The questions are so few that the accuracy of the assessment is at least mildly suspect.
OK, so I’m probably over-analyzing what was intended to be a fun quiz. That’s just the way I work and while this quiz may be purely entertainment, it doesn’t hurt to critically analyze the world around us in order to not be misguided by information sources that aren’t exactly what they appear at first.
|What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West
Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you’re a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.
|The Inland North
|What American accent do you have?
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In today’s world of easy, voluminous communication and cheap storage which facilitates lengthy retention periods, it’s hard not to become crushed beneath the sheer weight of personalized information in the form of e-mail. I have spent several hours over the last two days shuffling through literally hundreds and hundreds of e-mail messages in both personal and work accounts.
I’m not completely unorganized, so what is it that makes falling behind so easy as to be a near inevitability? For me personally (and perhaps for you as well) there are several forces working against me.
- Good intentions — If I get an e-mail, it’s implied that the message is important enough for me to at least read. That implication isn’t always true. I still get to decide whether or not I should spend time on it! Sometimes an e-mail also requires a thoughtful response which takes time, and if I can’t answer right then, the only reasonable thing to do is leave it there in my inbox, right? What if it’s a link to a lengthy article that I want to read? That might sit for a really long time!
- Lack of time (or other priorities) — There’s only so much time in the day, and if it comes down to keeping up on my e-mail or eating/sleeping/playing with the kids/getting the job done at work/etc., which will I choose?
- Procrastination — Sad but true.
- Habits that make it hard to keep up — Most of us develop ways of dealing with items (physical or virtual) around us that are capable of dealing the reasonable volumes of those items. The trouble is that “reasonable” is relative and the volumes tend to increase over time. That means that our MO must evolve to keep up.
- Spam — It’s not just what’s for breakfast; it’s always waiting for you in your inbox. Spam makes the prospect of facing an e-mail inbox even less appetizing . . . er . . . inviting.
What can be done?
- Stop the bleeding — Like weight, financial, or virtually any other problem, the root cause must be identified and addressed.
- Be honest (and fair) with yourself — If you really don’t care about reading an article, file (or better yet, delete) the e-mail and forget about it. If you can’t get away with that, scan it quickly and then file or delete it.
- Inboxes shouldn’t be To-Do Lists — Come up with an effective way of managing your tasks, but let it be outside your inbox. Personally I like Effexis Achieve Planner, but I’ll talk more about that in another post.
- Touch it once (or at a maximum, twice) — Respond right away, even if it’s just a quick note. “Git ‘er done!” Don’t waste time looking at the same e-mail multiple times; that’s counter-productive!
- Commit to do better — It’s up to each of us to manage our personal affairs; nobody else can do it for us. Therefore we must take responsibility for the problem and work towards a worthy goal.
Question(s) of the day:
What are some tips & tricks you’ve come across for managing your e-mail effectively?
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