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Archive for March, 2015

Being There: Speech Contests

As a long-time member of Toastmasters, I’ve had numerous opportunities to participate as contestant, organizer, or judge, at speech contests at the club, area, and division levels.

According to the speech contest rulebook, these events are considered important to the Toastmasters educational program, providing for participants “…to gain speaking experience, as well as an opportunity to learn by observing proficient (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XXI

It’s not spring yet, so here’s more warmth from enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • I wish you hadn’t lost a step but at least we have a few extras in the closet
  • Don’t worry, given it’s a Mobius strip it can’t be expected to make ends meet
  • It’s a Mexican standoff since the lady from Tijuana won’t come anywhere near our meeting (more…)

Memorable Quotes: Tales of Screenwriters – Part Five

The Marketplace – selling stories:

(a) “I had no idea that selling oneself was going to be such a huge part of the process, and that your ability to write is secondary only to your ability to walk in to a room and present your idea…  a script is already a description of a thing.  It’s a description of a movie. So to be describing the description of a thing…  But that’s how you get the job.” (more…)

Lesser Known Impacts of the Switch to DST

Officially at 2:00 am tomorrow morning the annual switch to daylight savings time occurs.

Most people think of this as potentially losing some sleep, and having our biological clocks adjust to the hour’s difference (and looking forward to light later in the day).  Apparently for some, the reconciliation process can take a few days. (more…)

My Customer Appeals

When I phone or go on a chat line with customer service agents, I take a deep breath, and prepare for inevitable pain.

If it’s a phone call, I’ll usually have several minutes of waiting time, sufficient to invoke memories of the dentist’s waiting chair.  One could suggest that at least the latter needles you before the deeper work begins.  The customer service agent has no such balm, except by exuding an aura of welcome, like the warmth of a Venus flytrap. (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XX

While the calendar now says March, the temperature forecast remains iffy, so here’s more warmth from enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • If you lose your lunch in that stupid bet it’s going to be a long, long wait for dinner
  • I know those growth hormones are impressive, but do you really think they can make a mountain out of a molehill? (more…)

Memorable Quotes: Tales of Screenwriters – Part Four

The Marketplace – the writer and self:

(a) “When you look at someone else’s films and say, ‘I can do that’, you’re in a lot of competition – because everyone else is looking at that hit of the year and they’re saying, ‘I can do that’ too.  You’re gonna be up against all of them…  But if you look into yourself and say, ‘What do I have that no one else has, but other people can understand and identify with,’ then you’re only in competition with yourself.” (more…)