Friday, February 24, 2006

Americans and work

I just read this article and had a sense that this is really indicative of what is wrong with this country. Here is the link: Americans work more, seem to accomplish less

This, another article I read recently (Can your job kill you?) and talking to my brother in Germany made me think about the state of affairs.

Americans work too much and it is killing us.

I'm not saying that we work to hard, we just work too much. So many of us do not draw the line between work and our home lives and spend so much of our time at work.

Andy is in Germany right now and he made the comment that Americans are too stressed out. He's right. Germans - well, most Europeans, actually - value relaxation. Quality relaxation, not just sitting in front of the tube or taking the kids to Disneyworld for a week. Think spending Saturday at a spa (the entire family) or taking a real vacation for a mimimum of 2 weeks. When Germans leave work (at least in my experience) they really leave it. I know I am making broad characterizations, but I felt (when I was in Germany) that Germans have a much more practical view of what it means to be healthy and value health so much more than in our culture, so that mentaility transcends different aspects of their society and influences everything. They understand that preventative medicine saves lives and money. They understand that mental health is just as important and enjoy life more by taking time to relax. Consequently they understand that eating fast food isn't particluarly healthy and often don't feel so rushed that they resort to it.

Also...if you need further proof...they even have a word that means "call it a day and relax": Feierabend!

Business people might argue that or 24 hour a day mentality keeps us ahead, but I think the article I posted above on productivity indicates that this is not the case.

Perhaps this mentality is changing. I know that in other articles I have read about Gen Xer's like myself have cited a different mentality on work and happiness. But we still have to face the demands of high stress jobs...which is one reason I was ready to switch.

I'm pretty content in my new job and for the first time in 2 years feel like I have some control over what I work on from day to day and can prioritize. I'm proud of the work I did before, but I also feel like I can do better work now because I'm not so scattered.

So, Leute...Feierabend!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Root Canal

Well, I survived my first and hopefully last root canal.

It was actually less horrific than fillings I have had in the past. With enough numbing and a friendly dentist, it's not so bad. I am cautiously optimistic that my new dentist is the "shiznit." Her office is practically in our backyard (by rural WV standards) so that is really cool. I like to support people who invest in my community. She's also really nice and straightforward and tells me what we're doing and what needs to be done.

I'd been shopping for a new dentist since part of the next to the last lower molar on the left side broke off on my most recent birthday. It had been sensitive since I got a filling on Sept. 10, 2001. I think it has been cracked since then and I just didn't know it.

Anyway. I go back on the 8th of March for a crown.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Visit this link: http://totalobscurity.typepad.com/flagorama/

I just received this e-mail from my friend Christopfer:

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I don't know if I've shared this with you before. This is a link to Barry's newest web site. There was one particular section of his personal blog (totalobscurity.com) that got A LOT of traffic, so he separated it out and created its own blog. It's HIGH-larious, yet verydisturbing. Please enjoy!

http://totalobscurity.typepad.com/flagorama/

Yes, I'm very proud of my boyfriend's creativity and the fact that he has somewhat of a brain.

Hope this email finds you well!
Critter
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I just visited the site and concur that it is really flippin' funny. I laughed my ass off at all the snarky comments and ridiculous flag-related photos. LOVE IT.

Thank you Chris for sharing!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Fwd: Tech Support

Here are some tech support "yucks" that a friend forwarded me. Thought they were amusing... Enjoy!

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Tech support: What kind of computer do you have?

Customer: A white one...

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Customer: Hi, this is Celine. I can't get my diskette out.

Tech support: Have you tried pushing the button?

Customer: Yes, sure, it's really stuck.

Tech support: That doesn't sound good; I'll make a note.

Customer: No .. wait a minute... I hadn't inserted it yet... it's still on my desk... sorry....

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Tech support: Click on the 'my computer' icon on to the left of the screen.

Customer: Your left or my left?

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Tech support: Good day. How may I help you?

Male customer: Hello... I can't print.

Tech support: Would you click on "start" for me and...

Customer: Listen pal; don't start getting technical on me! I'm not Bill Gates, dammit!

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Customer: Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha, I can't print. Every time I try, it says 'Can't find printer'. I've even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says he can't find it...

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Customer: I have problems printing in red...

Tech support: Do you have a color printer?

Customer: Aaaah....................thank you.

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Tech support: What's on your monitor now, ma'am?

Customer: A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me.

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Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore.

Tech support: Are you sure it's plugged into the computer?

Customer: No. I can't get behind the computer.

Tech support: Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.

Customer: OK

Tech support: Did the keyboard come with you?

Customer: Yes

Tech support: That means the keyboard is not plugged in. Is there another keyboard?

Customer: Yes, there's another one here. Ah...that one does work...

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Tech support: Your password is the small letter a as in apple, a capital letter V as in Victor, the number 7.

Customer: Is that 7 in capital letters?

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Customer: I can't get on the Internet.

Tech support: Are you sure you used the right password?

Customer: Yes, I'm sure. I saw my colleague do it.

Tech support: Can you tell me what the password was?

Customer: Five stars.

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Tech support: What anti-virus program do you use?

Customer: Netscape.

Tech support: That's not an anti-virus program.

Customer: Oh, sorry...Internet Explorer.

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Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.

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Tech support: How may I help you?

Customer: I'm writing my first e-mail.

Tech support: OK, and what seems to be the problem?

Customer: Well, I have the letter 'a' in the address, but how do I get the circle around it?

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A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer.

Tech support: Are you running it under windows?

Customer: "No, my desk is next to the door, but that is a good point. The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his printer is working fine."

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And last but not least...

Tech support: "Okay Bob, let's press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter "P" to bring up the Program Manager."

Customer: I don't have a P.

Tech support: On your keyboard, Bob.

Customer: What do you mean?

Tech support: "P".....on your keyboard, Bob.

Customer: I'M NOT GOING TO DO THAT!