TV Remotes

The remote control, the clicker, that thingy that changes the channels. I think everyone knows what I am talking about. I also think that everyone can also sympathize with me that when it disappears it can be like looking for Bin Laden. Dam near impossible to find.

One of the things the manufactures of remotes have done is make the buttons glow in the dark. That’s great, but it only helps me locate the remote if it is out in the open and its a dark room. I need something more substantial when it has been lost in the abyss of the crack between the back of the couch and the cushions or accidentally kicked under a dresser or something of the sort.

I would like something that emits a noise when either a specific word is spoken or even something similar to the clapper device. It can even be app activated. If you are like me and tend to fall asleep with the TV on and wake up later because the noise from it woke you up you’ll use the remote to turn it off and then it will be lost until the next day when you want to watch some TV before bed again.

Someone get to work on this for me.

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Things to Always Have

Gentlemen this one is intended for you. Ladies feel free to take notes. There are a few things in my few brief years on this planet that I have learned to always keep on my person at all times. Wallet, phone, and keys are normal everyday items for most people. I want to be more specific.

Handkerchief.

This item comes at the suggestion of my father and grandfathers. Not really intending for it to be used for nose blowing, but if needed for such then use. I carry it more for if I’m working hard at something to mop the sweat off my brow. In the instances that blood is coming out of your body for some reason it could help cease the flow of it. Also in a pinch if a towel of some kind isn’t available it could be used to wipe ones hand off. In the rare instance of tears it could be used to dry those up as well.

Lighter.

You don’t need to be a smoker to carry a lighter around with you. This probably has more to do with being a Boy Scout more than anything else, but I consider having one with me at all times a necessity. Occasionally someone will ask for a light and the awkward “I don’t smoke” statement could be avoided. It also helps to have one handy for lighting candles. This is a 2 fold reason.

A: When it comes time to light the birthday candles it always seems that matches or a lighter can never easily be found.

B: In the instance the power goes out lighting a candle is ten times easier when all you have to do is fish the lighter out of your pocket than when you are looking for one or a pack of matches from the utility drawer.

Pocket Knife.

It doesn’t need to be anything substantial. The 1&½ inch folding gentlemen’s pocket knife should do well for most. It makes opening packages significantly easier. I also occasionally find myself needing to cut twine.

Note Book and Pen.

Yes, I am aware, but the note book is pretty useless with the pen. I find it significantly beneficial to have something to write things on. I am constantly writing ideas down for future blog topics, my “To-Do” list is always being updated; I may come across something I want to further research later, events are always popping up so Ill need to write it down to add to my date book later. There’s also the possibility that I’ll need to write something down to give to someone else. Honestly, the reason to have a little notebook and a writing implement is endless.

Facebook Friends

At the moment I have 177 friends on Facebook (FB). 180 is the number I can never seem to break and I am perfectly fine with that. People add me as they interact with and inevitably we will connect on social media. However, as time goes and we stop interacting in the real world or cyber space I will purge people from friend/contact lists. I honestly just don’t like to have a litany of people to go through.  For the people who have anywhere north of 300 friends/contacts I call bullshit.

There is no way you possibly interact with all of those people on a monthly basis especially when we are talking about 1,000+ individuals. In that case I hope your profile is a fan page. After many months of coaxing I finally got my fiancée to start clearing out some of her friends on FB. She was pretty close to 1,000, but I figured out a few things.

1. People will either deactivate their account or just become inactive so over time the webmasters will begin shutting them down so essentially you are friends with non-entities.

2. How many of them are actually someone you know and not just robo accounts?

3. Finally when is the last time you interacted with some of these people. My personal belief is that if I haven’t interacted with you in the last 6 months even if it was you just commenting on something I posted to break my balls I have no reason to maintain contact with you. Especially if your news feed is nothing but drama and unwarranted bitching.

Now she does have  a small side business so having more than 300 contacts is understandable, but 1 & 2 are holding true.

What I am trying to say here is think about purging your friends/contacts list. Clean out non-active profiles, get rid of the robots so your personal info is less vulnerable, and start thinking about if you really need to continue being in touch with some of the people. You’ll have less BS to sort through and you’ll see more things from people you actually want to interact with.

Wait I was listening to That!

I’ve actually uttered that phrase because I was listening to decent music while I was on hold and then someone picked up. When it comes to hold music it is normally feast or famine. Most of the time it is some prerecorded generic crap music that your communications provider has installed as part of the software. In rare instances you run across the business/office that has invested some money in their communications equipment and the local soft rock radio station is piped through while you wait to speak with a human.

My problem is the automated hold system that reminds me every 2&½ seconds that “We value your service and know that you are busy and someone will be right with you.” No shit Sherlock. I get more annoyed at that constantly parroted than I do the shitty hold music. What’s worse is when it keeps interrupting a decent song. When I am on hold extend that please continue to hold reminder to somewhere around the 40 second mark. Personally, I wouldn’t mind hearing the reminder between songs, but I think most people would forget/ give up if the reminder wasn’t more frequent.

Bottom line here is less reminders better tunes.

Airsoft: Comfort Part II

Time to get back to some airsoft talk. I last left off my thoughts about comfort at the waist so lets continue moving up the body. So looking at the torso area you have a few basic options.

1. Plate carrier.

2. Chest Rig.

3. Zip Front Vest

Again depending on the role you are fulfilling will dictate your choice. I started with a vest, but ended up with switching to a plate carrier because of the greater coverage area it give in providing an extra layer to protect against bb hits, but also for greater pouch customization.

Moving out to the arms some people like to use full or partial arm guards. I haven’t found a reason to use them, but it depends on the look your are going for and the protection you want. Elbow pads are another consideration. In the roles I normally play in I don’t really have a need for them, but if you find yourself in the prone position a lot it is something to think about. Finally your hands. This is a safety issue as much as it is a comfort issue, but I strongly suggest some sort of gloves. The amount of suckage when getting hit in the fingers with a round is right up there with hitting your funny bone. Also, if it is an outdoors op there is temperature to consider as well.

Moving up to the neck. I have yet to see someone actually wear a neck guard, but from my time as a hockey goalie I felt it wise to include. Otherwise one of the best items I have found to wear is a shemagh. It provides protection for your neck, wicks away some of your sweat, can help keep the wire for your coms out of the way, and helps maintain body heat in colder environments.

Just a reminder that goggles are a must just find the pair that works best for you. Also, another reminder is that although not a requirement I highly suggest this piece of equipment. Although they normally aren’t all that comfortable, yes I am aware we are taking about comfort here, it can be adapted so that it is comfortable.

Finally the top of your head. There are a cajillian different options here from nothing at all to full on riot helmet. It all depends on the role your are playing or look you are trying to mimic, but my suggestion is to wear something. It’ll provide some help to protect against impacts and in colder environments help maintain body heat and wick away sweat.

Medication: Flagyl

Flagyl or more commonly known by its generic name metronidazole is used to treat a variety of bacterial infection. One of the first things every patient is counseled on other than how to take the medication is to avoid alcohol. Avoiding that combo is so important that we warn patients not to use mouth washes and certain cough syrups due to the amount of gastrointestinal distress it can cause. I bring this up for two reasons.

  • To convey how important it is to listen to our warnings when talking to someone about medication from the pharmacy.
  • There’s normally a story to go along with it.

So of course I’ve had the patient say to me, “Why didn’t you tell me the medication would react poorly with alcohol?” Well the fact of the matter is we did. The consultation upon pick up, the hand written note on the bag, or the warning sticker that is on the bottle. Three strikes and you’re out. The only person to blame is you. It was the equivalent of driving your car off the end of the unfinished highway because the warning signs, flares, and cones weren’t a great enough signal.

The first story comes via my manager. When first starting out in San Francisco she worked alongside a female pharmacist of the Asian persuasion. While consulting a patient on why not to consume alcohol while taking Flagyl the pharmacist expressed it as such “you drink while taking this you die”. (Insert best bad Asian accent here.) While I agree with this sentiment it probably could have been expressed better.

The second story is a patient interaction of my own. After informing the patient that they needed to avoid consuming any kind of alcohol while taking the medication they proceeded to ask me if just one beer would be ok. If I go to the extent of warning you to avoid mouth wash and cough syrups that contain alcohol CLEARLY ONE BEER IS NOT GOING TO BE OKAY! I ask the patient how intimate they wanted to get with their toilet because that would most likely be the end result.

The patient then proceeds to tell me that they had a party they needed to attend and would just start the medication on Monday so as not to ruin their weekend. I advised them about delaying the medication was not a wise decision, but since I was not their mother that I cannot make them take the medication either. Said patient took the medication and went on their merry way. Find out about a week later that the patient did not heed our warning and ended up vomiting so much that they dehydrated themselves enough to end up being admitted to the ER. Not a huge believer in Karma, but I’m pretty sure it caught up with them on this one.

Micromanagement

Micromanagement is one of the worst ways to run a business and/or supervise employees. To me it says that the supervisor doesn’t trust the employee(s). Having to report about every single facet of a job task is tedious and a waste of time which in my experience makes completing the task in general take more time.

When starting something that is a brand new service, product, or procedure I am more than willing to go through some extra motions and extra reporting steps just to make sure everything is running smoothly and working as should be. However, when it has been some time into whatever it may be step back and the employees do what they have proven to be able to do.

Another acceptable reason for micromanagement would be safety. If the task being performed is something that is abnormally dangerous than  yes by all means please check and double, triple, quadruple check me. Last thing I need is causing harm to myself or someone else.

If you are in a supervisory position have some faith in those in your charge. Once they have mastered what is required take a step back and let the machine run. Let the expectations needed be known and I’ll bet everyone steps up and gets it done.