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Feb 14

February 14, 2019

GrumpyVDay2

So I’m Single on Valentine’s Day. What’s Your Point?

The most obnoxious people in the world, no doubt, are couples on Valentine’s Day. I’m not talking about the “We’ve-been-together-four-years-here’s-your-stale-Walmart-chocolate-now-go-away-so-I-can-watch-Netflix” kind of couples. Nor do I refer to the “We-just-met-in-a-bar-Saturday-but-we’re-sure-we’re-soulmates” type, either. Not sure either of them count. No, we’re talking about the ones in the middle. The ones who have gotten past the first reveals of the human beings under the façade…but haven’t been together long enough for cynicism to completely beat down the entire idea of romance. I’m…

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Feb 5

February 5, 2019

PickACard

Retail Store Credit Cards Aren’t Doing You Any Favors

Argh! What was I thinking? The last thing I need is another credit card: I know that, you know that, anyone whose ever met me knows that. Credit cards = debt, and I do not need more temptation to go into debt. And I KNOW BETTER…I know it’s a trap. Which makes me feel like a complete MORON. You know how it goes: you’re in some big box department store, there at the register with your purchase, starting to checkout, and what’s…

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Jan 9

January 9, 2019

Helpwant2

If Everyone Needs Workers, Why Can’t I Find a Job?

Despite what seems to be the best intentions of certain orange-haired freaks in high places, the American economy is strong, American confidence is high, and American unemployment is at its lowest point in years. So why can’t I find a job? I mean, I have a job. I don’t particularly like it, but I could certainly do worse. Having said that, apparently I bitch about it quite a lot, as my friends (and Mom) keep asking why I don’t look…

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Dec 24

December 24, 2018

IOTOverwhelm

Can We PLEASE just STOP Making Things Better?

All I want is clean dishes. Is that so much to ask? OK, the back story: Anyone who’s ever read this blog–both of you–knows that I am not a huge fan what I have come to call “invasive technology”: the software and apps and such that get all up in your business under the thin façade of making your life more “convenient.” I don’t need Siri chastising me because I didn’t take the route she recommended, or Netflix pointing out…

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Dec 7

December 7, 2018

OfficeParty

Sorry I’m Late … I Didn’t Want to Come

OK, so it’s that time of year again: time for eggnog, fruitcakes, and the dreaded (at least by me) “Not-Officially-Required-to-Attend-but …” office party. Let’s just call it NORTAB for short, shall we? I’m a bit of a curmudgeon (you’re shocked to discover this, I know) so I probably dread these things even more than the next guy, but research shows that the vast majority of workers would rather have their stockings filled with a lump of cold hard cash ……

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Nov 12

November 12, 2018

MultiPass

I’ve Had It with Multitasking!

I swear on my grandmother’s china, if my boss goes off on me about “multitasking” one more time, I am going to blow up like a hamster in a microwave. (And no, I’m not worried about him reading this. One, he has no idea this site exists, and two, the man requires a PowerPoint deck, GPS, and a Sherpa just to check his email … Google is a bit beyond him.) Having said that, he is the MASTER of multitasking….

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Oct 31

October 31, 2018

ebay

Scoring with an eBay Side Hustle

So, a few years ago, right before I moved into my current apartment, I had this wild idea on what to do with all the crap I had collected over the years that wouldn’t FIT in this apartment: I’d sell it on eBay! It turned out very well … although not in the way I anticipated. It will probably not surprise you to learn that the crap I didn’t want was, well, CRAP: almost by definition, no one else wanted…

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Oct 18

October 18, 2018

creep2

Why Do Retail Holiday Displays Go up so Early?

Just to be clear, I stand firmly in line with the people who start complaining around this time every year about “Christmas creep”: stores putting out Christmas displays before Halloween or earlier. Having said that, I’m not one to do much of the actual complaining myself; I don’t like it, but having worked in retail, I get it. That whole “Black Friday” thing? To most consumers, it’s just another word for “sale,” but it is deadly serious to retail folk,…

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Sep 28

September 28, 2018

smartwomen

7 Inspiring Quotes from Smart Women

I’m actually a little surprised at how many of the quotes I live by came from women. Insert gay joke here. Honestly, though, I’m really not sure being gay has anything to do with it. Maybe I read more? That seems a little, what? Sexist? What is the opposite of misogynist? Frankly, just about any reason I could ascribe to it–women are more caring, women think deeper, whatever–ends up sounding like I think there is something inherently better about women…

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Sep 17

September 17, 2018

onlineHoliday

Ho Ho Ho for the Holiday$

So this past weekend I found myself shopping in a major retail store (I won’t tell you the name, but it rhymes with Sprawl Mart…) and as soon as I walked in the door, I got hit with a massive display of Christmas decorations. My first thought when seeing that (well, actually my second thought: my first thought was “Why did I come here, again?”) was something along the lines of what you’re probably thinking right now: “Are you kidding…

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