Archive for February 15th, 2007


This is where I draw the line

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for yours truly. Let’s see, where do I begin here? As some of you already know, my computer died (or at least went into a coma.) Then, the engine in my car blew up (with me in it). I was on the side of the road for over an hour in sub-freezing weather waiting for the tow truck. Thank God for AAA.

Everyone who drives a car should have AAA. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you don’t need it just because you have towing insurance on your car. Unless he’s desperate for a reason to like himself, your insurance agent is not going to get out of bed at two in the morning to tow your car for you.

But I digress.

To futher add to my stressful state of mind, I just found out that my son is coming back from Iraq in about two weeks. Yes, I know this is a good thing, but it also means I’m going to be on edge for the next two weeks. Anyone who has a loved one over there knows exactly what I mean.

And finally, I managed to put my foot in my mouth on someone else’s blog, for which I was roundly (and justifiably) taken to task. A lesson well learned, but one I would have rather not learned the hard way.

But I definitely reached my nadir the other day, when I was getting ready to type a letter to a customer. All of a sudden, the Microsoft Office Assistant (you know, the talking paper clip) springs up out of nowhere and starts offering to help me write my letter. This was mildly astonishing as well as annoying because I thought I had turned him off for good.

Now look, I’m a big boy (especially around the middle). I have a thick skin. I can tolerate life’s little slings and arrows. I like to think I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong, and I have no problem taking criticism from others, but let’s make one thing perfectly clear:

I am not taking any shit from a talking paper clip!!!!

There, I feel better now.


taking up a glowing cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a disputatious rather than a meditative mood" ~ Dr. John H. Watson ************************
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