not the panama canal
but a similar feat of engineering and hard work
“hard work works.”
while at the airport waiting for a flight to arrive
the voice of a cheerful tsa agent came on the intercom:
” attention, attention, all in the terminal!
if you are walking around
with your pants falling down around your knees
come back and see us at the tsa checkpoint,
we have your belt right where you left it!
i figured this guy
working a double shift this weekend
dealing with a lot of unhappy, delayed, and cancelled customers
has a boss who’s putting out fires
or off for the log off the long holiday
just wants to have fun and make the best of things
“my belt holds my pants up, but the belt loops hold my belt up.
i don’t really know what’s happening down there.
who is the real hero?”
“hello customers, welcome to the garage. i am your 4th floor guardian m-f after 4pm.”
we happened upon this happy workspace in a most unlikely place
with a comfy swivel chair occupied after 4pm
a christmas card that says ‘joy’
a boom box
a tiny desk
a plastic plant that dances
an air freshener
a snow globe
a piece of hanging art
and a welcoming sign
what a wonderful workspace
everything someone would need
what a special person
who welcomes you
watches over you
keeps you happy and safe
on the 4th floor
a safe haven in the world.
“i’ve got a theory; if you love your workspace, you’ll love your work a little more.”
have you ever wondered why the letters on the keyboard are organized the way they are? while it seems like the letters were randomly strewn across the keys, this method of organizing the keyboard was developed as way to slow down typists. back in 1872, typewriter users were typing too fast and causing the typewriters to jam. so, the QWERTY method actually kept the machines from breaking down and is still used today.
“wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. ”
source: mental floss, noam
brilliant pitch on our local townie site:
FREE SNOW SHOVELING CLASS: This Thursday Feb 3rd, I will be holding a FREE snow shoveling class at my place. Come and join the class and learn about the proper ways to shovel!
Reviewed techniques will include the scoop and throw method, the down and push method (AKA the plow technique) as well as the upside down scraping technique.
Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to enhance your snow lifting techniques without throwing your back out! I will provide the driveway to ensure your training is conducted in the most life-like situation. I only ask that you bring your own shovel.
PM me for additional details and times. Spots are limited and handled on a first come first served basis. Hurry, don’t delay!
as always, i loved the responses and they did not disappoint:
Is this for credit or just a certificate program???
Is this one of those Huckleberry Finn/ Tom Sawyer type classes where you have us shovel for you??
Now That’s What I Call marketing baby! Makes me want to get a shovel and throw on the parka and Boots!
Best AAT snow post EVER!
“i like work, it fascinates me; i can sit and look at it for hours.”
-jerome k. jerome
credits: ann arbor townies
when one local dollar tree store closed
my favorite enthusiastic manager
moved to the new location
and judging by my recent visit
he has not lost one bit
of his dollar store fervor and expertise.
this was a conversation between bob (the manager) and evelyn (my cashier) as i was checking out:
E: “bob, you’re really good at remembering all of the balloon numbers to ring up and knowing each one of them without looking.”
B: “well, i’ve been doing it a long time. once in a while a number will change or a new shape will come in, like a unicorn, but it’s part of my job to keep up with it.”
E: “when i worked at the grocery store, i knew all the prices for the cucumbers, the peppers and tomatoes. the easy ones”
B: “some are trickier, like avocados, and for some of those things you only see sometimes it’s harder to remember the all the plu’s.”
E: “it’s really a skill, bob. to be able to do that.”
customer john interrupts:
J: “hey bob – so this is where you’ve got up to – how are you liking the change?”
B: “hey, john. good to see you. it’s great. every day is great. i’m so lucky to be here.”
and how lucky is dollar tree to have bob as a manager?
a man who truly loves his job
takes pride in all of it
is always smiling and helpful
knows exactly where every item in the store is located
and who happily learns the number for the new unicorn balloon.
that moment when you’ve worked very hard on something
and suddenly someone
jumps up front and center just as the last piece is put in
and it’s photo op time.
we each have our own thoughts on this.
“it is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
-harry s. truman (my approach)
“hard work is rewarding. taking credit for other’s hard work is rewarding and faster.”
-scott adams (olive’s approach)
a bit ironic
that the man who was installing my wood flooring
showed up at my house
on the second day of work
telling me how he had helped his friend
take down a dying tree in his yard
only to be knocked out cold and hit in the ribs
by a wayward giant branch
a piece of wood
that did not fall into place as planned.
I suggested he take the day off
to go to the doc or for some r&r
to come back and finish
whenever he felt better.
glad he took me up on my offer
and left for the day.
shows something about his work ethic
that he showed up
the very next day
prepared to work as hard as ever.
his comment –
” I know I look like I’ve been hit by a tree, but I’m okay,
it’s not the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
lots of people have it a lot worse.”
“as you slide down the banister of life,
may all the splinters be going in the right direction.”
– author unknown
image credit: travelocity. com