Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I did it in Adobe

This is quite possibly one of the most ironic phrases I've heard. It's up there with a former boss telling me she was "fisticated". (and yes, she really did say that. I guess she was just trying to prove she's sophisticated. Uh... if you say you're fisticated, then you really aren't. That is like me calling myself Slim or Grace.

In the graphic arts industry, if you ever hear "I did it in Adobe" – run away from that person – very fast. And never ask them for advise or hire them. Also, try not to sit near them as their stupidity will annoy you.

Yes, I am a software snob. Adobe software is the butter on my bread and it is my money maker. But if you can't tell the difference between Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, DreamWeaver and so on, you are a complete moron. Yo
u may have used Adobe to make your craptactular design or file. But you have also proven yourself to be a waste of air and an insult to my industry and talent. I have a kitchen, but it doesn't make me a chef.

That said, my congratulations to the nitwit at the printer across my cube who is having difficulty printing her file that she "did in Adobe". Next she'll say it won't print because the file is too fisticated.

(this tshirt is cool if you need something to get me.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Random Wednesday

I received this from M. I don't know where it is from for credits. Because the Packers are 4-2, I'm having a better time forgiving Favre for leaving... but I admit I'm still jealous when I see him in a Jets uniform.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The beginning of the end

"Life isn't fair". I've heard it my whole life. "You're given what you can handle". I've heard that one way too many times.

Today I received news about a man I barely knew. He was the man who fell near my pool this Summer. (see earlier post). He and I only talked for about 20 minutes or so. But in the last 3 months, he's been on my mind, a lot. He fell in June and went to the hospital... what we thought may have been symptoms of a stroke, was an inoperable brain tumor. I knew he was in the hospital this whole time. I wanted to write him a card or letter. But how to you say "I'm the one who called 911 for you" or "You really don't know me, but I've been thinking of you"?

After all this time, he never went home – until this weekend. He died in his sleep at hospice, on Sunday.

I never called or wrote him a card or letter. I don't know if it would have made a difference. Would he have liked to have gotten a card from me? Or would it make him remember the day he fell – the beginning of his end? I did, however, pray for him often. I'd remember him on my way to work, when I say my prayers. I'd think of him as I passed by his empty condo. And I thought of him this Tuesday night, when I saw the pool.

Some people are dealt a dumpy hand and life is not fair. Lesson learned is to live as if today is the beginning of your end.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Made me laugh...

There are certain silly things that come up time to time that just make me laugh. I'm sure most everyone has memories of something silly. A conversation that was 20 years ago can seem like yesterday to me.

A site I visit often has silly and (sometimes) raunch comics. Very basic drawings, but to the point. Some of them, I don't get the point – but I think that IS the point in some of them. Here's a comic that made me laugh and smile.

The comic is titled: "Yuck, don't buy 'em". This comic is really funny to me because of a story my Dad tells. You see, ever since my Dad retired, he travels with my Mom – a lot. It can be somewhere like Canada, Texas, a safari or a cross-Atlantic cruise. They're known to be gone 5-6 times a year with their travels — so you can see they are well-seasoned travelers.

My Dad has a "trick" to travel light. He brings old underwear, socks with him and doesn't bring them back. He literally saves underwear for his trips. You know - the ones that are getting kinda dingy in the back of the drawer? Yup, those pairs. These are easy to wear on a trip and never will see home again. The problem is my folks travel so much that my Dad can't keep up having "old" underwear. So his solution for a cruise was that he bought underwear at a discount store. A deep-discount store. He brought them on a cruise, brand new. And knowing my Dad, he had exactly twice as many pairs of underwear as days of the cruise. So his number was exact. Only thing is, when it was time for the new pairs of underwear, they were labeled wrong/mismarked for his size... and not to his advantage.

The lesson of the day: always try on new underwear before taking vacation and to eliminate any issues, don't buy it at a deep discount store!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I was inspired from the Cleveland Plain Dealer today. I read their column, "Thankful Thursday" in the print issue of the paper. It has loads of people thanking others for simply being nice. It included thanks to senior citizen bus drivers, some people giving free Indian's tickets away, courteous groundskeepers and a couple who helped a stranded teenager with her car.

Basically, it is a nice gesture for the nice gestures. But the reason I read the paper this morning was because I was at the Jeep dealer getting my glove box repaired. So, today, I'm thankful for the Jeep mechanic (Mike) who fixed it quickly and efficiently. He's a great mechanic.

And to the Jerk on Carnegie who TRIED to break into my glove box, today is Thankful Thursday. So thanks a lot, as I'm out $120.20 + my time. I hope someone treats you as respectful as you did me.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

$50 savings

This post is an update to the previous post, I'm addicted. I could no longer stand the calling of the $20 off discount that onlineshoes.com/drug pimps offered me... and yes, I bought another pair of Keens. (If you're counting, this makes only four total - I'm not a total crackhead, yet).

I did, however, kept myself from buying the impractical orange mary janes. No, my newest pair of my prized Keen collection has orange shoe laces. Yes, these are much more practical, or so I'm telling myself.

Here's my analysis: I figured that the orange mary janes would look dorky with socks. And everyone knows one can not go without socks too long in Northeast Ohio. And if I even tried, the shoes would eventually be able to walk on their own.

The brown shoes will be a much better fit as a school shoe. I can wear them with my winter orange things. Plus, their style is more appropriate for said orange things in the closet. Not to mention they'll do better with socks. And what really threw me over the edge was that they were originally $84.99, on sale for $54.99. So, with my $20 off discount, that made a $50 savings... a pair of Keens for only $34.99!

I know, I know, many of you think "they were on sale because they have orange shoe laces, dummy". Uh, OK that was one of the main reasons why I bought them... I needed orange, Winter, looks-cool-with-socks-so-my-feet-don't-freeze-or-get-stinky school shoes, doesn't everyone?