Midweek Meandering 2-06-13
~ 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.