Like, Like, Like, Like

At what age do females drop the constant use of the word “like”? It’s definitely post high school. That I know for a fact.

The other day I’m riding home on the bus when a couple of high school girls get on and sit right behind me. I tried to ignore their conversation and just keep reading the news site on my phone. But a barrage of “likes” kept streaming at me like the word had an expiry date and they had to use them all up before it went bad. Read more of this post


Spell Write!

You’re reading a document, manual or email and you come across a spelling mistake.  Are you like me in that it disrupts your concentration on what you’re reading?  Instead of seeing the sentence as a whole, you start looking at the individual words.  Sometimes I have to re-read the sentence trying not to focus on the incorrect word.

I’m pretty particular, and old school, when it comes to writing and spelling.  I even write my emails in a fairly formal matter, with proper spelling and punctuation.  That’s just who I am.  Some call me traditional.  Some call me anal.  And some call me very anal.  That’s just me.

If this occurred only once in a while I wouldn’t have an issue with it.  I’d just chalk it up to sloppiness.  But I see it time and again.  And certain people make the same mistakes consistently which tells me they don’t know the rules of how to use these quirky words.  So, I figure it’s time for a refresher of grade school spelling and word usage.  Perhaps you already know this stuff, but for those who don’t, please study up and understand why each word is used, don’t just use the same word for each situation or worse yet, take a guess at which one would fit your context. Read more of this post

Seriously, Wake Up and Move Over

It’s been a long, busy day at work and now you’re looking forward to getting home.  One relatively quick bus ride and you’ll be there.  You board the bus and choose an empty seat next to a window.  The seat beside you is vacant.  Ahh… you can stretch your legs out and relax.

On the very next stop a passenger chooses to sit right beside you.  “Great!” you think.  So you begrudgingly shuffle over towards the window.  He takes this action as an invitation to spread out himself and get comfortable.  Now you’re squished against the bus wall.  “How long is this joker going to be on the bus,” you think to youself. Read more of this post

Telemarketer Pesticide

The phone rings, it’s a number you don’t recognize but you pick it up anyway.  Who knows, it could be someone you haven’t heard from in a while.  Perhaps a chance to catch up.  Big mistake.

“Hi, is this Jack Smith?”

“Yes,” you respond, wondering if you should have agreed.

It’s Simon Wall from Xenix Product Corporation calling.  How are you doing today?” they start off, like that’s his real name.

“Good,” you answer, cringing.  But before you have a chance to even think “what’s this about?” he’s on you! Read more of this post

Waiting to Pay

You’re in a hurry at the store.  You’ve got 2 minutes to catch your bus or 5 minutes to get to your kid’s music lesson.  Whatever it is, you just want to pay for your purchases and get out of there as fast as you can!  You quickly scan the tills to find the shortest line.  Ah ha!  There’s only one person in line at cashier #3.

With blazing speed you move into position in line.  With delight you notice that all of their items are already scanned and bagged.  They only have to pay.  This will be quick!  Then you realize what’s happening… N-O-O-O-O… they’re pulling out a change purse!

That’s when you notice the white hair and shaky hands.  They’re not looking for exact change, are they?  “I know I have a nickel in here somewhere” they tell the clerk.  Precious seconds pass, they continue searching until finally the inevitable happens.  They dump out all of the change onto the counter and begin sifting through each coin.  Oh man!  Finally they find the elusive nickel.  Now it’s onto finding three measily pennies.  At last the payment is complete (at least they don’t have to put any change away!).  You quickly get your two items scanned and pay by swiping your card and pressing 8 buttons in rapid succession on the interac terminal.  Done in 4 seconds flat!  You fly by the “change purse payer” on your way out the door.

What burns your ass?

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