Sent by 514-841-1334…. Learn to write proper English before sending hate mail…

Yeah, what a coincidence, right? Someone called from 514-841-1334 – a telemarketer wanting to sell website services – and I hung up on him. Minutes later, I receive a piece of hate mail. Yeah, you’re so obvious….

By the way, if you can’t even write proper English, it’s like I would take you seriously, right? And, very classy, using my email address to fill out the contact form to send this hate mail.

*That’s the phone number that showed up on caller ID, but it’s a fake number. The call came from India, as the IP address indicates that.

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People who can’t change…

Redskins’ sources say the coach personally broke down the game tape with the quarterback. When they were finished assessing the Chargers game, George told the coach that he played as well as he can possibly play.

Chris Mortensen on ESPN.com in 2001

This is a blast from the past. When it happened, I was upset that then-Washington coach Marty Schottenheimer didn’t give Jeff George another chance. George had a great arm, I thought. He was way better than plenty of starters in the NFL, I thought. Why not give him another shot? Why didn’t anybody else give him another chance?

Now, as a teacher, I know. Sometimes, some people are uncoachable. Now, I’m not saying that George was like that. The stories penned by many football journalists implied that, including the one above. I don’t know George or anyone involved personally, nor have I talked to any of them. That’s what’s been suggested or implied based on what writers have written.

I had this student. Let’s call him Shawn.*

*The name has been changed to protect the student’s identity. 

I would tell Shawn, “All right, Shawn. Make sure you come on time moving forward. Class starts at 9:00, not 9:09.” His response? “I’m trying my best already,” he would retort. No, it’s not a traffic thing or commute issue. He lived about eight minutes away on foot. However, he chose to wake up every morning at 8:55, change, and rush to school.

He never brushed his teeth – it was obvious. You could smell it standing close to him.

I explained to him that you have to develop a good habit, wake up early, as it affects your future career, etc. It was in one ear, out the other. Now, I’m not talking about a child or teenager here. The guy was 26 years old.

“I’m teaching you to develop strong habits,” I would say.

“I have 10 minutes to be here. I don’t need to be here at 9:00,” he would say, referring to the school’s rule of allowing students a 10-minute window to arrive because of traffic. The 10-minute window is not for people who are lazy. And Shawn was exploiting the rule due to his laziness.

I would tell him to create a title and double-space anything that was to be handed in. I would remind the class every time. I even had a package that I handed out detailing examples of this. Every time he handed in his assignment, those two things were “forgotten.”

Now, we’re not talking about a learning disability. Shawn simply didn’t care. And it doesn’t matter how patient you are, his stubbornness was something he refused to change.

When he received a low grade for the term, he was “angry,” (his words). He thought that if he paid, he was a customer and should receive royal treatment.

The more I taught Shawn, the more I thought about the football example.

Then I realized… it’s true. Some people, unfortunately, can’t be coached. In life, that’s just the way it is.

The people around us…

It’s too bad that people around us have this kind of destructive attitude in them. These are things overheard on the train recently – and this is a young woman sitting behind me talking on her phone:

“You’re my eyes and ears now, so if they find out I did it, you tell me right away! You are my eyes and ears now…”

Seriously? Talking about sabotage and spy work in a company?

“If Malcolm takes over as manager, he’ll fire all of them… No, I don’t give two shits about those people. We just hire again. No, I don’t give two shits about….”

Gosh, we have people like that talking about not caring about others and wanting them to be fired from their jobs. This is a classic terrorist. I was sitting in front of her, and she was going on and on about work and trashing co-workers on the phone.

“Everybody thinks Malcolm and I are a thing.. but we’re not. We just like hitting each other…” Yeah, a real professional workplace setting….

Or we have other situations where a person would gossip about other people in a group setting. “There was this guy who was blah blah….” Like, seriously, what is with people who just enjoy gossiping and talking about others?

Yes, I am doing the same now, but my point is that I’m doing this only to point out how annoying it is that people around us………………………………..

 

Update on life…

It’s been a while since I last posted – but that’s because I’ve been busy with teaching and writing. But I’ve been paying attention to what’s been happening with the NFL signings and baseball news. Yup, I saw the other day that the Angels’ new pitcher-slash-DH got roughed up. I saw the news about Kirk Cousins.

Anyway, as mentioned, life’s been busy. Here’s an update from earlier this week:

Ahhhh…. After a full day of teaching – my university/college prep students & my Grade 12 kids – where we discussed poems, puns, understatements, euphemisms, appositives, etc., it was time for some honey lemon tea and my book writing… The book’s going well! And…the index for the 1988 Dodgers book is done too!

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Will talk more sports later… and about people too…

Don’t flatter yourself…

So, I woke up in the middle of the night to do something, and I turned on a few things, including the radio – which is pre-set to a certain station.

I wasn’t interested in what the talk-show host was saying but since it was the middle of the night, everything was quiet so I could hear him rambling on about how he hadn’t missed a show for the past decade due to illness. I won’t mention his name but the guy compared himself to Cal Ripken about his “streak.”

Excuse me? If any caller made such a comparison, most hosts would hang up and call that caller names. Yet this particular host compared himself to Ripken. The irony is he then mentioned missing the previous week and having his producer cover for him. Uhm – doesn’t matter if it was a vacation, the fact that he missed his own shows meant there was no streak at all.

The worst part, though, was how he then threw the aforementioned producer under the bus by going on a rant about how the producer, whom he explained would be away for the entire week, had not returned his work-related phone calls (or, apparently, takes too long to do so). His sound engineer (I assume) or whoever it is then said on the air perhaps the two should just hash it out over a work lunch some day, but the host completely trashed the idea and said that he (the host himself) had no time. He was serious about this situation – it wasn’t a light banter or a joke. (The context was, according to what the host said, that the producer had texted him to say he was going to be away for the week without any further explanations and wouldn’t answer the host’s subsequent call.)

Excuse me? So, apparently the solution, when you have some sort of issue with a colleague, is to throw him under the bus publicly (since the guy claimed he had a large audience because of his college football coverage) instead of talking things over privately like grown adults are supposed to do? Got it.

And he even then said on air that he normally replied to or answered a call within a reasonable amount of time – whereas his producer didn’t. Then he quickly changed his answer to when he got a call from his own boss. As I was wrapping up my things, I was thinking this guy was full of it. I was sure that, for example, if I were to contact him on social media and asked to see if he would review my manuscript, he would (like others) just ignore my message.

But seriously – if you’re taking time off work for vacations – which is normal – don’t act like you have a “streak” going like Cal Ripken did. That’s absurd. Just like throwing people under the bus instead of making time to resolve your issue with them.

And after that, I simply turned everything off and went back to sleep.

The Secret of Their Success

There are people in the workplace who advance (or stay employed) not because of their own hard work or talent – but because they have people looking out for them or covering for their flaws.

I want to talk about this cancer Abbie, whom I know from an ad company several years back. Initially, there were 10 people in the customer service department, but the company downsized and it was down to three people in customer service. I was in training/translation but my desk was in the customer service room.

Because of where I was sitting and where this cancer Abbie was seated, I could see what she was doing. She would, literally for the duration of the eight-hour shift, watch Korean drama on the work laptop.

The customer service “manager” (who got that phony title because the company wanted to help with his immigration process and the guy needed a professional job title) sat next to Abbie and knew of her actions. Yet this manager – let’s call him Cain – ignored this and even helped cover for her. For example, if Abbie left the room but foolishly kept her drama window on the screen, Cain would minimize it so that the director, if he came in, wouldn’t see it.

So, the phones would ring and Abbie would sit and watch her shows while Cain and the other girl answered. You can call this the secret of Abbie’s success. Have people cover for her and, essentially, cheat the company’s money.

Sometimes, Abbie would pause her drama and – get this – talk about her own drama, so to speak. She would whine about how the whole world was against her. .. how her manager at her part-time job was always picking on her, how blah-blah was mean to her, etc. etc. Geez – you wonder why her manager at her part-time job was “against” her? Look at her work ethic and you can see this clearly is someone who’s unemployable.

But you’ll have scumbag men such as Cain covering for her. Who knows outside of work what she does to him to repay him?

And oh, that’s not the end of the story. From what I learned, Abbie and the other girl always complained to the director about the former customer service manager because – oh wait – that ex-CS manager was actually doing his JOB and being firm with them. Of course these two girls made up some story in an attempt to get the ex-manager fired.

Yeah, you know, the manager tells you to do your job, and this is called “Oh, he’s always picking on me.” Well, do your job, cancer Abbie, and then nobody will “pick on” you! Be lazy and watch drama all day at work – using the work computer – and you’ll have people telling you to do your job…. or in your case, have your favorite new “manager” do all your work for you so you can go back to watching your TV!

Tactless Asses…

I’d promised to write out a list of the types of people that I encounter on a daily basis. Here’s my next category: The Tactless Asses.

Tactless Asses

True story: About 10 years ago – this was around 2008 or 2009 – I had a blind date with a woman from Hong Kong who was about five years older than me. Or more than that – I don’t remember. She was more established in her career – but definitely 5+ years older.

Anyway, we got to talking about careers and I happened to mention that I was feeling sorry for a former manager who had just gotten laid off three months or so earlier. I commented that I was worried about this ex-manager – her name was Candace – because she had been depressed and didn’t want to leave her own apartment. I mentioned to the blind date something about wanting to make sure Candace was okay because I considered her a friend – even though she was an ex-manager.

Guess what the blind date said? “Oh, you know, I don’t feel sorry for people like THAT. You lost your job, so what? Get back out there and find another job. Don’t feel sorry for yourself. I don’t feel sorry for that kind of people.”

There you have it – a woman who point blank insulted someone whom I considered a friend. Very tactless and inconsiderate.

Unfortunately, we have so many people like this blind date in our society – the tactless asses. Sure, you may have a lot of wealth built up. You may have a lot of zeroes in your bank account.

But guess what? You’re not humane, you don’t care about others, you care only about money and material things, you are inconsiderate – and you’re a tactless ass. You don’t have any class. Who cares if you have lots of money or are successful in your career? Not me.