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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Advice for Valentines Day: Part 2

Last week I gave some advice for those with a sweetheart on what to give for Valentines Day. Today I'm going to offer some thoughts on what about those of us who are single on this day of love, token gifts of affection and martyrdom.

Often times a single person wants to be part of a special relationship and at times pines for one, even cursing the opposite sex at times for its members not recognizing what a catch they are. Taking solace in friends' remarks to you such as "they are just stuck up," or "someone will truly appreciate you someday" might help for a moment, but in the long run you continue to feel just as single and miserable as ever.

Instead, just stop and consider for a moment just how lucky you are!

Don't you feel sorry for all of those in committed relationships? You know, those who not only have to spend endless hours with their significant others, hours that could otherwise be spent on things they are more interested in... like Star Trek reruns, but also end up dropping large piles of cash for little things while dating like dinner, movie tickets, popcorn, video rentals, condoms, etc.

Dating can cause a great lack of time and money that could be spent on something a person would likely enjoy much more... themselves, and in addition to the high financial and time costs of dating, what about the cost in creativity?

In a relationship you are almost required to give your significant other a gift on Valentines Day to show your love. Thankfully there are many options: cards, flowers, candy, balloons, sky writing, jewelry, serenading musicians, trips to tropical destinations, cars, a kidney... but then what? You've got to do something new nearly every year for fear that they might get sick of repetitive gifts... so you've got to be extra creative and come up with something brilliant and not just show up to her door with a box and saying:

Unlike this kitten, my love for you will never die

or

Like this kitten, I feel like I am in heaven because I am with you


So, given the inherent advantages in single hood, if you'll excuse me I'm going to use some of my free time and money and sit back and watch some Star Trek reruns tonight and laugh at all of those who cannot do the same because of their devotion to a holiday that began with a Christian martyr writing a letter and somehow turned into love, chocolate and obsessive amounts of red.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Final Arrested Development Episodes Tonight!

Tonight we will at last get to see the final four episodes of season 3 of Arrested Development and will be very problematic for many who may be torn between Arrested Development, SciFi Friday (Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica) and the Olympics opening ceremonies.

Lucky for me though, after SciFi broadcasts those 3 big shows on Friday night... they air them again so after watching Arrested Development from 7-9 I’ll be able to switch over to SciFi for the first showing of Battlestar and then the second showing of SG1 and Atlantis.

So much TV tonight and here my PVR isn’t done yet.

Their Poor Ears

When I was quite young I had a rather large problem sitting still for any length of time and this was particularly problematic when getting my hair cut where the barber would tell me stories of little kids just like me who he had to send home with their ears in a bag because he accidentally cut them off because the kid was moving too much.

And now... I now fear this happening to a whole group of adult men.

This morning I head a commercial for a Male Salon whose major perk it seemed was large plasma displays so that customers could watch football while getting their hair cut.

Am I the only one who thinks this potentially a bad idea? Not only will the barbers be starved for conversation, but an exuberant fan whose team scores another touchdown may very well leap to their feet to cheer and dance... potentially costing them their ear.

I guess what I was told when I was young was right... despite me not believing them.

Advice for Valentines Day: Part 1

Valentines Day advertising has been everywhere as of late, as it often is this time of year and is of course primarily targeted towards guys as traditionally it is the guys roll to be the romantic one on this day... which many guys find expensive

A good number of commercials have been advertising diamonds and other jewelry in lieu of chocolates or giant cookies with balloons. Sounds great right? WRONG! Giving non-edible jewelry could be considered insulting to many women. Why? Aren’t you effectively calling them fat by saying:

I love you honey... but I’m just worried that a box of chocolates might go to your hips and butt


This valentines day, remind your special someone that you’ll love them no matter how fat they may become and buy the largest box of chocolates you can, hell, give her three of them!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Planting seeds of evil

There are a number of MSDN blogs I read often, one of them is known as Jobs Blog (aka Technical Careers @ Microsoft) and in reading them for the last year or so I have learned much that I think will benefit me when one day I move on to other jobs.

I should pause to mention real quick that I am quite happy with my current job and have no plans currently to leave, I simply find such information provided there interesting as I doubt that I will spend the rest of my professional career with my current company.

That being said, a year ago Jobs Blog blogger Gretchen pitched and made official “Be Nice to a Recruiter Month” in recognition of the flack that some recruiters receive when calling those who do not want to be recruited.

A year later while in the Microsoft company store she snapped a picture of a “I (heart) my admin” shirt and asked the question 'Where is the "I my recruiter” shirt?!'.

Having a bit of time and money according to my budget that was earmarked for evil I decided to fill that void, and with the help of CafePress came up with this beauty and sent it off to her with a small note and no resume (I didn’t want to seem like I was trying to bribe her after all):



Two weeks later I received an email from Gretchen who absolutely loved it and had even hung it on her wall and even posted about it later.

Here’s hoping that if down the line I apply to Microsoft, that she is still there and has that shirt on the wall... it could be a nifty in... if she and Microsoft were that easily sold, which we both know they aren’t.