Off the Top of My Head
May 24. It's odd to think that we're in a holiday weekend. If we were in a real world, we would have a real holiday. People would be trying to sell us cars and mattresses and other stuff. But now that each day has an astonishing sameness, we have to make an effort to remember Monday for what it is–a time to stop and remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we could be free.
Although I bet people still try to sell us cars and furniture and stuff.
I had a poem (
On Writing) accepted. by Unique Poetry. a good new magazine you should check out.
Today's Prickly Question.
I was looking at .Jeff Goin's Blogthe other day, and he prompted a prickly question. First, he defined his life's mission:
My work, as I understand it, is to encourage and empower creative people to share their art with the world. Impressive stuff. I know's he's helped move me toward sharing more of my writing (and for the snarky among you, no, it's not the good stuff, or at least it's no better than the stuff you see here), as you can see in the above post.
But that's not a one-and-done. We're all works in progress (which is why I follow the folks I follow–Goins, Kleon, Henry, Glei) who cheerfully admit they are a path towards and haven't perfected where they are yet. Jeff sums it up nicely:
I myself totter along this path as an author, teacher, speaker, poet, and human, trying to figure it out.. And that's not a humblebrag. In fact, we all wear multiple hats. Just not all are as
out in front as Jeff, but equally important.
And that's what prompted a question:
What do I need as a human? I'm still trying to figure it out, but i never really asked the question that way. Feel kinda naked. There's the base question to consider, but also how do I make that happen? I immediately thought,
I will need to ask permission. More accurately, I need togive myself peermission, convince myself that I own it, need to make it happen.
I wonder if the big push to
reopen America and get
back to normal is in part because a lot of people, in isolation, started nibbling at the edges of that question and found it way too prickly. Time to get back to the world of distraction.
Personally, I think I'll sit and play with that one for a while.
There's another survey out of how satisfied customers are with the cellphones. As usual, Apple leads the pack, but by an astonishing sli margin. Here are the results:
Wow, I thought, everybody seems to be very happy with their cellphones. I bet they're even happier than shown, because some complaints or unhappiness attributed to the phone are probably carrier problems. So. double wow.
But then I had one of those
wait a minute moments. OK, so they got 80 percent satisfaction. That means that 1 in 5 customers are not completely satisfied. And another thing. The numbers are automatically skewed. Presumably, before the first purchase of a brand and model of cell phone, people did at least some research. Following purchase, even if they're unhappy, saying so would cast doubt on their powers of analysis, or at least on their taste. So many people are likely to say it's wonderful because they're wonderful. I think my iphone 5c is
wonderful, even though the home button is broken, and it's so old the system software doesn't update any more. It's wonderful because it meets my needs. Plus, it's paid for. So put me on the list. I'm eighty percent satisfied.
I'm sure this makes people at Apple nervous (not really–they don't notice what an officially old guy does). They would like me to buy a new phone, but if I don't, well, there you go. top