Saturday, May 29, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Retro week

It's been a very Betty Draper sort of week for me.

Lots of homemaking--you know, cooking, cleaning, vacuuming, dusting, arranging, beauty appointments.

All in all, I'd give this week 4 stars. I'm just beginning to tap into all the benefits of being unemployed.

RIP Gary Coleman

So sad. He was just 42.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

American Idol 2010 Finale: It's DeLightful, It's DeWonderful, It's DeLovely, It's Dewyze

Crystal was the better singer tonight (she also had better songs), but I think Lee DeWyze will be crowned this season's American Idol winner.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Ooo la la at the French Open

C'est une plaisanterie, droite?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

American Idol 2010 Top 3 Power Rankings: A Word To DeWyze

1) Lee DeWyze
2) Crystal Bowersox
3) Casey James

Monday, May 17, 2010

Book Report: The Help

There's so much hype about this book, I was afraid it couldn't possibly live up to my expectations.

Well--it did! Read it!

Best current fiction I've read in a couple of years.

Friday, May 14, 2010

"Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

One of my favorite people in the world is in town and we had lunch today. Everytime I'm with him is a reminder that working in the media world and being a nice guy doesn't have to be mutually exclusive.

Now that I'm unemployed, I can choose to surround myself with people with integrity. Lucky me!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

American Idol 2010 Top 4 Power Rankings

I almost forgot to post this!

1) Crystal Bowersox
2) Lee Dewyze
3) Casey James
4) Michael Lynche

Slow down

Warning to all my friends traveling on Lindbergh...

There's a cop shooting radar at Lindbergh & Clermont Lane.

Slow down.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Unemployment Update

No, I don't have a job.

But! I did take a very long walk with Grace, my son's Vizsla. Grace and I were pleased to see that folks throughout the neighborhood are busy beautifying their personal spaces. We ran into landscape trucks, retaining wall experts, painters, neighbors planting, sweeping, and pulling weeds. In general, Clermont Lane is looking quite spiffy.

Neighborhood excursion complete, it's now time for a little rest and relaxation. I need to be fresh for my book club tonight.

Book Report: Slaughterhouse 5

Unlike the aforementioned The Tea Rose, Slaughterhouse 5 is pure genius. In parts, Slaughterhouse 5 is science fiction, World War II memoir, satire, humor--and all in barely more than 200 pages. Absolutely Kurt Vonnegut at his best. So it goes.

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Now that I'm among the 9% of Americans who are unemployed, I'm visiting a lot of job sites on the internet. I run across many, many great employment articles. Here are highlights from one that some of you may find interesting. It's titled, What Makes A Boss Bad. Click on the link if you want to read the whole article.

•Love brownnosers, tattletales, and relatives who report to them. They choose favorite employees and cover up and make excuses for the poor work of their incompetent favorites. They ignore selected people and discriminate against many employees.

•Fail to communicate, and may not even have, expectations, timelines or goals. Bad bosses change their minds frequently leaving employees off-balance. Bad bosses change expectations and deadlines frequently.

•Use disciplinary measures inappropriately when simple, positive communication would correct the problem. Bad bosses ignore employees until there is a problem, then pounce.

•Speak loudly, rudely, one-sidedly to staff. Bad bosses don't provide the air time for staff to respond to accusations and comments. They intimidate people and bully staff. They allow other employees to bully employees.

•Take credit for the successes and positive accomplishments of employees. They are equally as quick to blame employees when something goes wrong.

•Fail to provide rewards or recognition for positive employee performance.
These six were the top "bad boss" characteristics cited by readers. The following came up less frequently but were contributed by more than one reader. The bad boss:

•Is not qualified for the boss job by either skills or experience.

•Will not let go of problems or mistakes. The bad boss returns to discuss negative events continually and searches for faults in employees.

•Will not accept constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement. The bad boss can't deal with disagreement from employees who have their own opinions about work related issues.

•Lacks integrity, breaks promises, and is dishonest.

•Does not have the courage to deal with a difficult situation despite knowing that it is the right thing to do.

•Causes dissension among staff members by his or her actions and comments.

My job counselor at the Missouri Employment Office will be glad that I'm keeping these things in mind during my job search.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Book Report: The Tea Rose

I had high hopes for this massive door stop. I was told, "you'll love it!" "you won't be able to put it down!" "there's a sequel!". Well, you may...but I didn't.

In fact, The Tea Rose is everything I don't like about so-called historical fiction. Pick a time period, throw in a bunch of unrelated events (in this case, everything from Jack the Ripper, to dock strikes in London, to Nellie Bly the American journalist...and way, way more improbable, intersecting events), then add a modern female heroine (feisty, strong, witty, ambitious, blah, blah, blah), and a few modern storylines (gay character befriends our feisty, strong, witty and ambitious heroine)...and stretch it out for 550 unlikely, trite, and unchallenging pages...and ta da! An historical fiction book is born.

If you like Barbara Taylor Bradford books, you'll love this. I don't and I didn't.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Countdown to Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this coming Sunday.

My mom lives with us, so every day is Mother's Day around here.

Regardless...the pressure is on to find the perfect gift--that is, one that measures up to whatever my 3 siblings come up with.

Well, the competition has begun. Kudos to my sister in Memphis for getting her gift here first. No idea what it is, because it's wrapped (more points awarded).

Who says you grow out of sibling rivalry?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

American Idol 2010 Top 5 Power Rankings

I love Harry Connick, Jr. He should be the standard that all men hold themselves up to.

1) Lee Dewyze
2) Michael Lynche
3) Crystal Bowersox
4) Aaron Kelley
5) Casey James

It's happened again...

Well, after just 10 months wearing the OPA (oldest person alive) crown, Japanese Kama Chinen has passed away and left the honor to a younger woman. Unfortunately, she missed her big 115th birthday bash by just a few days.

RIP, Kama Chinen.

(Ms. Chinen's death hands the title of world's oldest person to Eugenie Blanchard, a 114-year-old French woman living on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.)

Related Posts:

OPA Passes Torch

Oldest Person Alive Dies--Again


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Things I don't understand.... (cont'd)

#14. Why people in the movies don't have to say goodbye to someone before hanging up the phone.

p.s. is it hang up the phone, or hang the phone up?

Other things I don't understand: