Valentine Awkwardness

It’s that time of year again!!! A time to reminisce on love, young and old alike, a time for the stores to push their products labelled in red and pink, a time to not remember the past hurts, but to look forward to the future…Except when you get a text from your ex on Valentine’s that was sent MONTHS AGO!!! Last year, in the night leading up to Valentine’s, an internal maintenance cycle was run, and 168,149 previously undelivered text messages were inadvertently sent to multiple mobile operators’ subscribers, which made it very awkward for people who received or were accused of sending bizarre messages, many of which appear to be from February….

I’m curious to know what would you have done if you were one of these people who ended up receiving, or was blamed for sending these?? Or, if you were one of those people, what was the text you got?? Let’s get the comments going below!!

Happy Valentine’s!

Compliments – A Tool So Often Misused

I came across this article this morning, “Self-Sabotage in Relationships and the One Question We’re Not Asking” by Crystal Jackson, and the words ‘Men compliment us, and if we don’t fall over with gratitude, they act like we’re egomaniacs.’ – stuck out to me. Personal experience as a Cosplayer and a woman, I’ve been complimented in the past, then when I haven’t answered back the way they hoped for, the person will either become moody, or continue pushing to the point of harassment in hopes of achieving their desired result.

It proceeds to say ‘The compliment isn’t really a compliment then, is it? It’s just a tool they use to get what they want. Otherwise, it would be freely given, without expectations attached. ‘ The writer then goes into detail of how she doesn’t even bother reading messages that start with a compliment, followed up by a question that was clearly answered by a quick look at her bio, finished off with a sentence starting a relationship with her without bothering to ask if she was interested. (Sound familiar?)

Compliments are just compliments, and too many people, men and women alike, use these to get what they want, and don’t bother asking if the person is truly interested in them or the project they are working on. This needs to be recognized as a form of manipulation and needs to be stopped.

I feel the article’s title is a bit off-topic, however I feel that it provides us the solution to the problem so many people face. “We need to start asking! It’s not wrong to be interested and to even reach out and communicate that interest. To proceed as if our interest is implied by our very existence is ridiculous.

I give away random compliments daily in an effort to make this world a brighter place, but I don’t expect anything extra from providing it, nor do I use them to get my way, and I get right irate at those who think their smooth words are going to push me into doing something I don’t care or want to do. Like anything, compliments can be used for good or bad, it’s how we use them that counts. Ask yourself, am I using this compliment for something? If so, is it to make the world a better place? Or is it for personal gain? Each one of us holds this tool, it’s up to you to choose how it’s used!

Anonymous Otter?

OH Google, you’ve done it again! These guys are just so creative, I have enjoyed their work for years, such as the Google Graphic or games that are secretly linked into search options etc.

So, I’m in a shared Google Doc, which is amusing enough to watch as the others cursors start jumping around and helpful (or silly) information starts populating the pages, when I notice an odd ‘guest’. My first thought was panic, followed by you’ve given out the link to others without gmail addresses, maybe this is their ID! But, all my friends have very distinct tags, so I did a quick Google search, where I found that Google found it was too boring to have random long strings of numbers, and long story short, who doesn’t want to be a cute Anonymous Animal??

So if you ever open your Google Doc and are greeted by a zoo, now you know why!

Correct Colleague Nomenclature Within Written Communication

As someone who has a short term memory for names, technology is my best friend, putting the answers right at my fingertips. But even with this amazing tool, a professional courtesy is majorly overlooked. – the proper spelling of a colleague’s name.

Many times we seem to only care if the person is a customer or beneficiary, but your colleagues deserves that respect to, especially considering that most communication systems within companies require you to enter their name to find them to message!

I understand misspelling, but constant lower case and missing letters is just carelessness.  All I ask is that you please take a few more moments of your day to respect the people you work with, so we can make tomorrow a better world!