Friday - February 21, 2003
Histrionics & melodramatics annoy me,
especially when Iím the one doing it. When I see other people doing it they
remind me of myself and I get uncomfortable. I make a mental note to try and
remember to tone down the hyperbole the next time Iím discussing something
that has my juices flowing. If something has me upset, I tend to become
emotional and ďgild the lilyĒ to try and make my point. Itís counter
productive and starts people questioning your credibility.
We get a lot of hyperbole at work, especially when the unions are involved.
One of my coworkers came in the office today to complain about management's
new edict requiring everyone in the physical plant to wear steel toed boots.
The physical plant will pay for them but we will be required to wear
them. Years ago the union complained when management didnít provide boots
and now theyíre complaining because management does. The union quote that
got me thinking about this subject was, ďKeep managements hobnailed boots
off the neck of the workers!Ē Gee, to me, that seems to overstate the
issue just a little. What are they going to say when they want to make a
point about something that is really important.
Descanso Sweetwater Bridge
My take on the current ďSurvivorĒ show.
I think people have noticed that ďflying
under the radarĒ is a successful technique for getting ahead in that
competition. On the womenís team however, everyone seems so hesitant to take
charge that very little has gotten accomplished. Theyíre still sleeping in
the rain! It seems to be human nature to resent the boss but sometimes
you need someone to get the roof built.
And the guys. Well, at least they werenít quite as embarrassing as on the
first episode. Itís hard to tell exactly whatís happening because the
producers manipulate the final product for purposes of entertainment. I
gotta remember, this isnít a PBS documentary.
Nov 24, 1966 - Thursday
Today is Thanksgiving so I have two days off from school. I started today
off by watching the parades on T.V. and then I went over to Kirks to play
some football. I spent the rest of the day at home and at 4:30 we had a real
nice turkey. (Whoopee)
I havenít brought up this subject much before but with the lack of things to
say, I decided to discuss it.
As I have said, Iím not the type of person who goes on dates or to any
dances, in fact, Iíve never been on a date and Iíve only gone to about 2
dances when I was in the fourth grade. For a junior in high school this is
pretty bad. I donít know what it is but girls scare me to death and if I got
caught in the situation of being with one alone, I donít know what Iíd do. I
have trouble talking to other boys in my class, how do I think Iíd do with a
As far as my looks go, I donít think Iím ugly but the most important thing
is a good personality and thatís where I loose a few points.
I think that a girl could like me once she got to know me but a girl expects
the boy to start the ball rolling and I can never do that.
What Iíd like to do is just let fate work things out, but the way things are
going that could take years. Iíve got to do something but I donít know what.