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Thought these might be applicable for some on the forum. Enjoy!

Why I Hired Someone Who Showed Up Uninvited

Are You Smart, or Clever? Here’s How to Be Both

General Discussion Forum / Que82, Have you seen the commercial
« on: April 26, 2011, 03:10:27 PM »
With the young brother from Minor High?  It's an Exxon/Mobil commercial. The young mans name is Jelani Grace. Very nicely done!

General Discussion Forum / Why folks spend all that money for 1 day?
« on: April 24, 2011, 11:26:48 PM »
Mass was packed today. Pews were filled with folks I ain't seen - which is good and bad!  And most of these folks spent good money on suits and dresses for their little ones.  :o

I hope they continue to attend a church somewhere but them bay-bays acted a fool throughout service and cut the buck during the Easter egg hunt. This one portly, husky fella did not get a prize egg and started crying and boo-hooing complete with snot eschewing from his nostrils. The reason for his tears was he wanted this batman action figure. That mug didn't shut up until they gave him that toy!  We had gifts for all the kids but I was shocked that he carried on that way for a stinking toy.

One person had the gall to ask if we were serving fellowship brunch after the Easter egg hunt!  Some folks crack me up. This little buster on our pew loudly told his mom "why we be hafting to stand up so much! I'm tired!!". This caused the twins to scoot away from him to distance themselves. And why did this dude try to take communion 20 minutes later?

General Discussion Forum / Been in the basement building an ark
« on: April 22, 2011, 10:13:19 PM »
I'm about sick and tired of all this rain. Enough is enough!  No mas!!!

Politics / April 19, 1995
« on: April 19, 2011, 01:32:59 PM »
Let's not forget what happened 16 years ago at the hands of two cowardly terrorists - Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols.

General Discussion Forum / The Worst TV Show!!
« on: April 18, 2011, 11:05:34 PM »
We watched the absolute worst TV show ever last week - Worlds Dumbest. I could only stomach about 10 minutes of it. It was horrible and I know folks watch that crap all the time. I wish I could gain my 10 minutes back!!

From the Tailgate to the Concession Stand / Beer Can Chicken
« on: April 10, 2011, 09:20:50 PM »
Love it and so does the family. Usually have to do 2 of em and the leftovers are for a nice curry chicken salad.

I found this quite informative and wanted to share it with the forum. I get a weekly email from them with often great and useful info.  Not sure if it'll benefit anyone in particular or directly, but one never knows....

3 Ways to Ask For Job Hunting Help--And Get It

When you’re job hunting, what is the right-and wrong-way to ask for help? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately since, in the past few months, I’ve been contacted by three acquaintances in that situation (ironically, they’re all lobbyists - i.e., professional networkers). Yet despite their shared profession, their varying approaches provide a good road map of what to do - and what to avoid. Here are the three most important steps:

1.Reach out early and often. Several years ago, I met Steve through a task force in which one of my clients participated. After he left his job, he made the right textbook move:  sending me, along with probably everyone else in his database, a personal email saying he was looking for work and asking if he could pass along his resume. It’s the perfect low-intensity strategy because it doesn’t take much time to personalize a template email, it doesn’t inconvenience anyone, and it might yield some early nibbles of informational interviews or job leads.

What He Did Right: He cast a wide net. You should plan to email literally everyone you know (otherwise, how are they going to know to be on the lookout for job opportunities for you?).

What He Did Wrong: No follow up.   I haven’t heard from him in months, which means he’s likely to have dropped off other people’s radar screens, as well. His Facebook status says he’s still unemployed. You should check in at least every 6-8 weeks with a friendly note and reminder you’re still hunting.

2. Get face time with your friends. Soon after Joe, a former nonprofit vice president, was laid off, he emailed me, wanting to meet. While it’s enough to check in via email with casual acquaintances, if you want to mobilize your friends on your behalf, it’s good to schedule a coffee to get advice. You will much more likely be “top of mind” for them if you meet. Let the other person choose the date, time and location and make sure to pay for the drink. Since they’re doing you a favor, you don’t want them to feel like it’s “costing” them money or time.

What He Did Right: He asked for face time and let me pick the place and time to make it convenient for me.

What He Did Wrong: He ended up cancelling the day before, claiming a stomachache and vowing to follow up with alternative dates. You can guess: I haven’t heard from him again - and he’s not going to get any job leads from me anytime soon. If you do secure a meeting, treat it like gold.

3. Give back. Greta, my third laid-off friend, recognized that in networking, giving is just as important as getting. As she’s been meeting with contacts, her focus hasn’t been solely on herself or her next job. For instance, after she met a prominent business contact at church, she set up a coffee to introduce me to him.

What She Did Wrong: Nothing!

What She Did Right: Too many frustrated job seekers become solipsistic, asking only what you can do for them. Greta’s big picture view - and keeping an eye open for how to benefit others through advice, connections, or information - is what sets her apart. Any savvy employer would want that perspective- and knowing that gave her the courage to start her own lobbying firm recently, because she knows she has the skills she needs.

What have you done to get others invested in your success? And what do’s and don’ts have you seen in others coming to you for help with their job searches?

General Discussion Forum / Why Am I Now Divorced?
« on: April 06, 2011, 09:52:44 AM »
Just got this from my cousin and fell under the desk laughing.....

Why I Am now Divorced
   Last week was my birthday and I didn't feel
   very well waking up on that morning.
   I went downstairs for breakfast   
   hoping my husband would be pleasant and say,   
   'Happy Birthday!',   
   and possibly have a small present for me.
   As it turned out,   
   he barely said good morning,   
   let alone ' Happy Birthday.'  
    I thought....   Well, that's marriage for you,   
   but the kids.... they will remember.   
    My kids came bounding down stairs to breakfast
   and didn't say a word..  
   So when I left for the office,   
   I felt pretty low and somewhat despondent.  
    As I walked into my office,   
   my handsome Boss Rick, said,   
   'Good Morning, lady,   
   and by the way   
   Happy Birthday! '   
    It felt a little better   
   that at least someone had remembered.   
    I worked until one o'clock ,   
   when Rick knocked on my door   
   and said, 'You know,   
   It's such a beautiful day outside,   
   and it is your Birthday,   
   what do you say we go out to lunch,   
   just you and me..'   
    I said, 'Thanks, Rick,   
   that's the greatest thing   
   I've heard all day. Let's go!'   
   We went to lunch.   
   But we didn't go where we normally would go.
   He chose instead a quiet bistro   
   with a private table.   
   We had two martinis each   
   and I enjoyed the meal tremendously.   
    On the way back to the office,
   Rick said, 'You know,   
   It's such a beautiful day...   
   We don't need to go straight back to the office,   
   Do We?'   
    I responded, 'I guess not.   
   What do you have in mind?'   
   He said, 'Let's drop by my place,   
   it's just around the corner.'   
    After arriving at his house,   
   Rick turned to me and said,
   If you don't mind,   
   I'm going to step into the bedroom   
   for just a moment.   
   I'll be right back.'   
   'Ok.' I nervously replied.  
   He went into the bedroom and,   
   after a couple of minutes,   
   he came out   
   carrying a huge birthday cake ...   
   Followed by my husband  
   my kids, and dozens of my friends   
   and co-workers, all singing 'Happy Birthday'.
   And I just sat there....   
    On the couch....   

General Discussion Forum / Anyone use Pandora and Apple TV users?
« on: March 24, 2011, 11:45:22 AM »
Pandora seems interesting and is an alternative to other mp3 type players, sans the control.  for those who do use it, what are the pros and cons....

likewise, looking to migrate to AppleTV and/or opposed to the movie channels on satellite/cable.  Any insights would be helpful.

General Discussion Forum / Suze Orman's "The Money Class"
« on: March 23, 2011, 12:48:45 PM »
If you haven't seen it or read the book, please do so. We DVR'd it a month ago and bought the book from Costco. It's a must see and read. Very simple stuff but she does a great job zeroing in on what folks need to do in this new economy. Very pointed and frank discussion on living beneath your means - not within, but BENEATH them.

General Discussion Forum / Should the DMV be renamed to DMZ
« on: March 22, 2011, 06:09:11 PM »
20 shootings in 3 days in Baltimore. Maybe they need a DMZ instead.

General Discussion Forum / Powerball.....Anyone Playing Tonight
« on: March 22, 2011, 05:09:34 PM »
Is $244 Million. I may have to run out and get a ticket or three

Politics / Palin's Latest Approval Numbers
« on: March 18, 2011, 10:26:18 PM »
Palin Approval Rating

Washington (CNN) — A new national poll indicates that 56 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of Sarah Palin, an all-time high for the former Alaska governor. That 56 percent unfavorable figure is up seven points from just before the midterm elections, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning.

Thirty-eight percent of people questioned in the poll say they have a favorable view of the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, down two points from October.

The poll was conducted following a difficult two week stretch for Palin, who is considering a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Palin was in the spotlight following the Jan. 8 shootings at a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Tucson, Arizona supermarket, which left six people dead and 13 wounded. Authorities believe Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded as the target of the mass shootings. A 22-year-old suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, is in custody.

Following the shootings critics suggested Palin’s at-times charged political rhetoric and use of a graphic featuring crosshairs may have contributed to the shooter’s motivations. The graphic was part of a website that Palin put up last year, during the divisive debate over health care reform, to highlight 20 congressional districts won by Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, where Democratic representatives were voting in favor of the legislation.

According to the survey, Palin’s unfavorable rating is up 10 points among women, compared to just three points among men, and among independent voters, her unfavorable rating has grown a whopping 14 points.

Does the dip in Palin’s favorable ratings have anything to do with her website?

“Probably not directly, but the public may have been turned off by her reaction to the controversy surrounding that website,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Poll results released earlier this week show that most Americans do not blame her website for the shootings in Arizona. But women and independents — two groups that tend to prefer civility and bipartisanship — may have disliked her combative reaction to suggestions that the website was involved.”

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Jan. 14-16, with 1,014 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Larry Carlton's "Smiles &'Smiles To Go"
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