Thursday, May 30, 2019

Garage Sales: a personality test

The Wharton Citywide Garage Sale is this Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1. We have 55 of them for you.

Whether you do garage sales or not, it sure can be fun to watch. We found a delightful summary of types of people who do garage sales from daveramsey.com. Here are a few gems:

The Negotiator: The Negotiator has a single goal: to break the will of the yard sale host. The host says $1; the Negotiator says 60 cents — and means it. Final offer.

The Latecomer: The Latecomer shows up just as the host is done shutting down. The latecomer then asks: Got anything on special? 

The Garage Sale Pro: The Professional is in and out of your yard sale in three minute, whether he or she buys something or not. 

The Barterer: As daveramsey.com puts it: ”Three Hot Wheels and a blender for that mangled copy of Gone With the Wind? Why not!”

We don’t know if any of these types are true (but they probably are), but we sure can visualize it. Happy shopping!

A footnote on a previous blog on the phrase, "no problem:" Siri replied "no problem" when she was thanked for doing something. Oh, well.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Morehouse gift leads by example

Robert F. Smith’s commencement speech at Morehouse College will be remembered not for the words. But for what he did, promising to pay off the student loans of the entire graduating class.
           
These graduates are leaving the bubble to the big world often piled with debt that is so high that it is unimaginable. But Mr. Smith’s deed speaks volumes about how to improve their lives from the starting gate.

Already, we hear pundits say it won’t solve the problem of student debt. But who said it would? Sometimes you have to solve complex problems one separate problem at a time. Lead by example.
            
Walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
            
We believe the theme of life is “make it better.” We prefer love, compassion, empathy, kindness, and giving strangers the benefit of the doubt.
Let the Morehouse Class of 2019 shine as an example of “make it better.” Let’s hope more examples follow.

Thank you, Mr. Smith.



Thursday, May 9, 2019

What’s the problem?

No Problem — we hear that phrase a lot. Can the true meaning be confusing? 

When someone says the phrase, does it assume there could have been a problem? Or there really was a problem? But it is a problem no more? Or there never, ever was a problem? But there could have been a problem?

One might be stumped of the meaning. Even though there might have been nothing to be stumped about. 
Inc Magazine once made a list of business phrases that might be misdirecting or contradictory, perhaps, just like the phrase “no problem.” 
Our favorites include “to be honest” (which may mean I have been untruthful up to now) and “with all due respect” (which may mean I have not been respectful previously).
Frankly and truthfully, how is one to interpret?
Let’s just say it is a “mute” point, as they say around here. No problem.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Ben Sharp: Mentee and Mentor

      Ben Sharp is a bright star for Wharton. He is a gifted and skilled writer and photographer— you’d have to go far and wide to find someone of his talent and character.
He is now publishing his third novel, In the Morning. He spoke about this newest mystery novel as the speaker at the Wharton Rotary Club program on Wednesday.
It is a source of pride to have watched him grow over the years, as a writer, photographer, and as a person. The Yiddish word for Ben is mensch.
He is on the staff of the marketing department of Wharton County Junior College
Let’s expand this story a wee bit. Ben said he was mentored when he was first starting out as a newspaper reporter, early in his career.
       It was all about the mentee. It was what he brought to the table: He listened, absorbed and observed — taking the useful and discarding the not useful.
Ben, your day is coming! It’s the best!