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Midweek Meandering 2-06-13

Random Thoughts Drifting Through My Mind Today...

~ I've finally worked my way out of my recent funk and am back in the land of the living, feeling good about life today!  I promise no more dark stories... well, at least for today. :-)  I've found that when I put negative energy to good use to produce tales of a darker nature, it serves as a pressure valve, allowing me to vent and get it out of my system, which is probably a better option than killing off people in real life! :-)

~ I was delighted to read that the people have spoken (via Facebook voting) and Hasbro will be retiring the iron playing piece in Monopoly and replacing it with the beautiful cat pictured above!  Who ever wanted to be an iron anyway? Geesh!  In years past, I've always chosen to be the shoe (rather fitting isn't it), but I'm giving everyone advance warning that I've got dibs on the cat from now on!  I've been playing Monopoly since I was old enough to count, and participated in countless Monopoly marathons that went on for hours and days until everyone became cross and Mom would shut us down.  In recent years I rarely have the opportunity to play board games, but I love them. My grown children are a bit leery of joining me, and I am never allowed to be the banker... I think it may have something to do with that unfortunate incident where I was caught embezzling large sums to enhance development of my properties! By the time they finally caught on that something was amiss, I was laughing so hard I could barely breathe! :-)  What's your favorite Monopoly playing piece?

~  Customer service... isn't it amazing what a difference a smile can make?  When I go thru the drive-thru at our local drycleaners, the young women who work the counter come out to the car to pick up or return my laundry, earphones in their ears, and sometimes cellphones resting on their shoulders, rarely even bothering to look directly at me as they exchange my clothes for a receipt or a debit card. If I want to tell them anything, I have to wave my hand in their faces to get their attention.  It speaks of poor management to say the least. 

On the other hand, when I go thru the McDonald's drive-thru on my way to work, stopping for my daily iced tea and oatmeal, the young man taking the orders has gotten to know me and always greets me as soon as I place the order over the speaker box.  When I pull up to the window he smiles and wishes me a good day and on Friday we both cheer for the coming weekend.  Sometimes he will ask, "Are you sure you don't want a cookie today?" He knows my vices well. :-)  That little bit of pleasantry makes all the difference in how the day begins, and you know, it isn't any harder, and doesn't take one bit longer to be friendly to those we encounter in the course of the day.

Well, my lunch hour blogging time was interrupted by the arrival of a delightful package via UPS... more about that in the next email... for now I'm out of time.  Hope you are all having a great day out there, or at least making the best of the one you have, and are remembering to count your blessings.

12 comments:

  1. My daughter recently started working at a local grocery store and I always tell her "when people are ugly to you, just be super uber nice to them!" She came home the other day and said, "Mom, it worked!"

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    1. I agree Kristi, "kill 'em with kindess"... sometimes they get the message and at least we don't get sucked into their bad attitude that way!

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    1. That's one way to make an impact, Joe! :-))

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  3. Ah Monopoly. What great childhood memories. I remember those marathon games well - leaving the board set up somewhere and sternly warning ANYONE to dare touch or move it so as to disturb the moves. Funny but I was always the shoe too! My love for shoes started early. :) I read the headline about replacing the iron, but didn't know what the new piece would be - very cool to find out in your post!

    So so glad you are over your 'funk'. It always feels like a step out into sunshine when that happens. I do have an email to ya forthcoming! :) I am taking a quick break now, but hope to settle in Friday evening for some catching up. I'll have the house to myself and that is traditionally my day I declare 'work free' beyond my time spent at school.

    Don't get me started on customer service. Yikes. It seems to be a nightmare anymore. I'll never forget the check that was snatched from my hand from the grocery clerk years ago. She wasn't mad at me, but having an intense discussion with the bagger boy in front of me, hardly acknowledging my presence. To punctuate her point, as I reached out my check to her, she jerked it from my hand. I was stunned.

    So glad it's Wednesday and closer to the weekend!

    Hugs!

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    1. I love the possible influence of that early silver shoe in giving you a love for all things footwear, Carrie! :-) It is nice to be feeling like my ol' positive self again. Thankfully, for each miserable customer service encouter I've had, there has been at least one, if not more, really good ones to offset it. I blame much of the poor service on univolved, uncaring management. Happy staff are friendly staff, and supervised staff try a little harder!

      Ah yes, another weekend on the way... wish we could fit two of them into each week! :-)

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    1. Thank you Gail! I love my evenings, settled in with Papa Bear, watching a bit of tv, doing some reading on our tablets, laughing at the furkids antics and them juggling for prime lap positions, soaking in the hot tub, and of course... blogging!!

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  5. Funny thing about the iron: I used to think about having my Barbies use it to iron clothes. I don't think I ever did, though. Anyway, why couldn't Ken do the ironing...

    Strange memory. :)

    Happy Wednesday!

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    1. LOL Dana, I do think that iron might have been just about the right size for Barbie, but with that fancy wardrobe I bet it all went to the cleaners! It's true that as wonderful as Barbie's life seemed to us back then, I don't recall Ken ever doing anything to help out around home. He did drive a really sharp sports car though! :-)

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  6. sending you a smile from across the seas.

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    1. Hello Shimon! It's nice to see you stopping by!

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)