Question of the day 3

September 10, 2009

You know that old saying about hindsight being 20/20 – meaning that we have perfect vision of yesterday from our perspective of today? Well, I don’t know that we really do see the past perfectly – in fact I’m pretty sure we quite often don’t – but here’s my question: What do you know now that you wish you knew then? And what would you have done differently if you did know? How would your life be different?

Re-writing the past is always such fun. isn’t it? We can be so wise, in our imaginations…


Caffeine fiends

September 10, 2009

I hold a most lonely position in the world – I do not drink coffee. Everyone I know consumes it, at home, at work, out in the world. Some of them can’t function without it. So, in honor of all of you caffeine consumers, I have created a bunch of coffee designs and put them on t-shirts, mugs and other stuff.

Caffeine Loading

Caffeine Loading


Insert coffee before assigning work


Must Have Coffee


I’ll start working as soon as the coffee does

How do you know when you are thinking outside the box?

September 9, 2009

When people refer to “thinking outside the box”, what do they mean? What box are they talking about? Who decides which box one should think outside of? If you are inside the box, are you aware of being inside it? If you are outside, is it possible to *not* think outside the box? How big is the box, anyway? And how far do you have to go to get your thinking outside it? What if you are in a different box than the one someone is telling you to think outside of? Wouldn’t you be thinking outside their box but inside yours? Will people recognize that you are thinking outside the box, or will they not even notice? What if your box is older or newer than someone else’s box? What if all the boxes are so close together that there is no room between them? Do you wind up thinking inside someone else’s box if you think outside yours? And who put all those darn boxes there anyway?

My fairy godmother is broken

September 9, 2009


Well, she’s just not working properly any more, and I don’t know where to get her fixed. Time to trade her in for a new one, I guess.

“My fairy godmother is broken” is available on t-shirts and other stuff at my shop at CafePress.

I also have more fairy godmother designs in the Riffs section of my shop.

Question of the day 2

September 6, 2009

Have you ever wished you had a different name? Do you think your name fits you? Have you ever heard someone else’s name and really thought you would like to have that name? Do you think you would be a different person if you had been given a different name? If this were an ideal world and it would be easy to change your name (no hassles with credit cards, driver’s license, etc.), would you do it?

Okay, that’s a bunch of questions, not just one. But have at it anyway!

Upgraded version

September 6, 2009


I’m always trying to improve myself, and hopefully the me that I am now is a better version than I used to be. For those of you who also think of yourselves as “upgraded”, I have put this on t-shirts and other stuff at my shop at CafePress.

Wacky optimism

September 6, 2009

Now I am all for optimism — in fact, I often go a bit overboard with it, often to the exasperation of the people I hang around with. But sometimes mis-placed, wacky optimism is just downright silly.

For example: Optimism is pushing the elevator button and expecting the elevator to come. But how often have you seen someone push the button, wait a couple of minutes, and then push it several more times? Do they really think that will make the elevator come faster? Do they think the elevator will skip all the other floors and come to them, or that it will somehow move faster, just because they pushed the button again? That is wacky optimism. (At least in my opinion. But then again, maybe they are right and it does come faster. But I really don’t think so.)

Here’s another one: Person A is trying to say something to Person B who doesn’t understand Person A’s language. Person B shrugs, indicating they don’t understand. Person A repeats themself, saying it louder and louder. Do they think that Person B will suddenly understand a language that they didn’t understand a minute ago, just because Person A said it louder? Wacky optimism again.

Didn’t someone once say that doing something the same way you’ve been doing something and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity? I just think it’s wacky optimism. But, hey, I do a lot of that myself, so I’d rather think it isn’t insanity!

(And by the way, creating this blog and thinking people will come and read it and comment on it and come back again might be considered wacky optimism. But I’d rather think of it as just plain optimism.)

So what wacky optimistic things do you do, or have you seen other people doing?