Sunday, February 26, 2012


Recently, we’ve heard from friends who happily found a great job or project.  Upon reporting this good news to supposed friends, instead of  good wishes they get snarky comments in return.

 “Hope they’re paying you.”

“Really? Good luck, I’ve heard things about that company.”

“Are you happy?”

“Good luck, you’re going to need it.”

“Make sure they pay you.”


“Congratulations. I’m happy for you and wish you all the best.”

How about that?

Monday, February 20, 2012


      “Oh, please, you have to tell your followers about me. Tell them how I break all the rules of carpooling," Car Pool Offender No. l begged me.
       Your wish is my command.

• She insists on joining conversations she’s not been a part because of her manic texting. “What was that about the man who lifts his legs and pees on women’s gowns?” The driver and I, in the front seat, were speculating on why a  particular dog wasn’t invited to the Oscars.

• She thinks she’s whispering because she's speaking in another language.

• She’s not willing to freeze to death and has the nerve to ask the driver for heat.

• She starts texting around town on Sunday afternoon to confirm the carpool’s departure Monday morning.

• She talks about Republicans. It's best to keep the conversation in a carpool as apolitical as possible, there’s not enough room for flaring tempers.

• She emails carpoolers in the office too early, say, 2pm, about the ride home that night. This isn’t awful it’s just that the subject of the email will pop up on the screen when the carpool leader is in a presentation.
LADIES, ARE WE STILL LEAVING AT FIVE? This is followed by a series of emoti-thingys - :))

• She chewed gum one evening and pointed out how we should’ve told her she was being rude. Huh?

     She’s a really nice person and has a big heart. And she’ll learn to abide by the rules one day soon in a couple of years.

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Email Of No Return

Is there an email in your inbox waiting for a reply? Is it from someone looking for a job? A response is in order.

“Let your fingers to the talking,” says a writer friend of ours, Terry. “It’s simple and easy to be polite – ‘Got your email, thanks.’" Terry suspects that when one doesn’t respond to an email there’s a power thing involved. “It’s a passive-aggressive way of saying, ‘I’m too busy for you.’"

Sometimes it may not be a power play at all. Not everyone is email-addicted. But if you offered your email address for business purposes, do business. Get back to people. The beauty of emails is that they can be brief and honest unlike a double-talking phone call.

If you’re counting on a reply and don’t receive it, before terminal rejection sets in, look in your junk mail box. Good emails are known to end up in bad places, the same goes for the email you sent.

During these difficult times many, are looking for work and a reply goes a long way. No one wants to send nagging emails with the subject line, ‘Just following up’. How much following up can you follow up? So, for those of you holding the cards or are just too fabulous and too busy to reply, remember, these days tables aren’t just turning, they’re spinning and it could be you in email hell tomorrow.