Archive for February, 2005

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After a friend of my read my entry on making friends, he had a few comments.

Basically, he’s heard that it is especially hard to meet “datable people.”

“My two cents - the people in high school are genuinely your friends because they have no other incentive. But once you are in the working world, it’s all schmoozing to get clients, or worm your way with the boss. And another reason - most people want to get away from work, they hate their jobs, and they don’t really want to sit with co-workers talking about work when they arent’ getting paid.”

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Making Friends

My friends have often told me that they find it difficult to “meet people” when you’re working. I thought about it and I realized that most of the people in my life that I consider a friend, I met them while in school. Of course, I have made some casual friends since then, but I don’t believe that I’ve formed very many close bonds with anyone that I have met post-college.

Why is that? Are we so set in our lives with our close-knit groups that we can’t allow ourselves to make new close friends? Do we have so many friends that we don’t need anymore? Are we just not encountering enough new people?

I’ve often wondered what it would be like to start over in a new place where I didn’t know a single person. Would I be able to make new friends? The workplace isn’t always the best place to make friends, as most likely, your co-workers like to keep their work life and personal life separate.

I suppose that there are cool people everywhere, and that once we find them, in time, a friendship can grow.

Scarfgirl, signing off.

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Grand Openings

Sometimes I’ll pass by a store with a “Grand Opening” banner hanging above its entrance door. Since I’m sure that the banner was cheap, they probably would want to get their money’s worth. So my question is, how long is it okay for a Grand Opening banner to hang in front of a store? I’ve seen some banners up a year long.

I’d say around three months is pretty reasonable. You figure that it has to be up long enough to send out the message, but not so long that people roll their eyes with the notion that the owners are trying too hard to draw in new customers.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Crummy Seats

Ah yes, finally, an amusing commute story. Well, it’s not so much of a story as it is something I saw. So while I was riding to work, I noticed this one guy in a dark-colored suit sit in one of the seats. Near his stop, he got up and walked to the doors.

Since that was the same stop as mine, I put my novel away and looked up. The guy’s back was to me and I noticed right away that he had all these yellow crumbs on the seat of his pants. I look around, and other people noticed as well, but nobody told the guy about the crumbs on his pants. Most likely, he walked to his office without anybody mentioning the crumbs. Maybe next time I’ll do the guy a favor and let him know.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Is anybody else annoyed at the insane amount of tax that you pay on your cell phone? It’s ridiculous!

Federal Tax: $1.04
California Teleconnect Fund: $0.05
State 911 Surcharge: $0.21
Universal Lifeline Telephone SVC Surcharge: $0.24
CA Relay Services & Communications Devices Fund: $0.06
CHCFC Surcharge: $0.56
Local 911: $2.75
Municipal Tax: $2.39
CPUC FEE: $0.03
Universal Connectivity Charge: $0.91
Grand Total: $8.24

Insane I say!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Happy Lunar New Year! Good health and prosperity!

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One thing I’ve always wondered is how people thought up braces. Yep. Good old orthodontics. I mean, did somebody, somewhere, some time ago say to himself, “I bet if we glue on some metal squares and have a metal wire connecting them all, that teeth can become straight.”

I know that teeth can move left, move right, tilt inwards, tilt outwards, all by the control of the wire, some rubberbands, and some ties. But how? How is it that the wire just “knows” where to move the teeth? It’s really amazing if you think about it.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Wow, I didn’t realize that my last post was over a week ago. What a slacker I’ve been. Let’s see, no interesting stories from my daily train rides.

I recently went to Tahoe with a large group of people. 18 folks sharing 2.5 baths. That got very interesting with the hot water situation. Then there was the wine glass breaking and falling into the hot tub. Good times.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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