In my Defense, the Situation had Been Awkward for Years

You’ve met them:  The people who work with the public, who can’t respond to a simple inquiry without engaging the person who makes the inquiry. By “engaging,” I mean starting a conversation. These are usually the owners of small businesses — which I support completely — and salespersons working on a commission basis.  They have little control over their situations.  They need the business, and the bottom line is better if they can make us feel attractive or intelligent. This makes me uncomfortable.  I don’t have much of a social life to start with, and I feel suspicious when someone … Continue reading In my Defense, the Situation had Been Awkward for Years

If You’re Desperate and Lonely Enough…

If you’re ever trapped in a group of people you don’t respect while you’re having the equivalent of a bad hair day with your conversational skills, here’s a shortcut for making the day more interesting — or at least more aggravating: Sit quietly for awhile, and then start giggling.  It isn’t that difficult to do convincingly.  Just recall a memory which never fails to make you laugh.  For example, the time when you looked up from the Daffy Duck cartoon on your smartphone and saw your least favorite co-worker slip on the freshly waxed floor. If you giggle hysterically in … Continue reading If You’re Desperate and Lonely Enough…

Random, Worthless Thoughts

Late yesterday afternoon, I got crazy and decided to withdraw twenty dollars from my checking account. It was okay.  The account still has enough to pay the remaining bills. My bank has locked booths for nearly every ATM it controls.  That can be reassuring, and I choose to feel assured there’s a ventilation system for keeping the air fresh. I’m not a smoker, so it isn’t always easy to distinguish between odors caused by cigars and pipes.  Conventional wisdom states that cigars are worse, but without firsthand experience I can’t say. I can identify cigarette tobacco and marijuana.  They’re both gross, … Continue reading Random, Worthless Thoughts