On Taste And Smell

Just wanted to share this saying (translated from Hebrew) that I like:

On taste and smell, there is no argument.


What tastes or smells good or bad to one person versus another is not up for debate. 


Each person has their own taste buds and odor senses.


Some people may be more or less sensitive to different tastes and smells. 


So there is no arguing there.


You either like or you don’t like. 


That’s your prerogative!


Don’t make a big stink about it. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Upside Down Bird, Black Sheep–Same Thing

I thought this art was funny and accurate:

There’s always one in every family.

Really, it should be there is always one (or two) in every family, group, and organization. 


Whether it’s the upside down bird or the “black sheep”–I think we call it that person a troublemaker!


Is it the attention they crave? 


Is it a good fight or argument they are after?


Are they just different and that’s okay.


Listen, we are all the same, but we’re also all different. 


Imagine being completely the same and how boring that would be. 


So being the upside bird isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 


The other birds may look at this upside down bird as cuckoo.


But the bird may not be a cuckoo bird at all.


He may just be acting himself. 


To the upside down bird, he probably thinks of himself as being right side up bird, and that it’s the other birds that are the cuckoos.


From my experience, there is being different and then there is being cuckoo for real. 


There really are one or more cuckoos just about everywhere you look.


Worse yet, if the other 4 birds are sane, then watch out because you may be the cuckoo bird.


And then there was the movie, “One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

Couple Arguing Loudly About Sex and Pregnancy On The DC Metro {Funny}

This couple is arguing loudly in front of everyone on the Metro in Washington, D.C. 


She claims the coming baby is his, and that he needs to take a paternity test. 


He says it’s impossible that it’s his because she’s 3 months pregnant and they haven’t had sex in 5 months!


This goes on and on in a most hilarious and boisterous way, and they even try and involve some of the innocent bystanders on the train. 


Always a show in this crazy town and it’s not just the politics! 😉


(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)

When You Need To BLUF

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Most professional (and even personal) communications should start with…

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BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front).


This means that you start with the ending–in mind, on paper, verbally, and in digital format. 


You provide the conclusion and/or recommendations right up front.


Rather than first wadding through all the details–context, analysis, considerations, assumptions, risks, etc. 


Let the reader know right away what it is you want. 


Generally, this is different than an abstract or summary that provides a synopsis and leading evidence for the argument put forward. 


Tell me what I need to know and get right to the point! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Arguing The Negative

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I thought this was an interesting sign this gentlemen had.


It says:

“Those who reject Jesus do so because of sin, not science or evidence.”


Overall, religion is a matter of personal faith not to be argued, but rather when based to good, to be wholly respected. 


This argument though was basically saying, not to reject this particular tenet of faith of a major religion because there is “not science or evidence” from which to reject.


But usually, don’t we look for science or evidence to accept or do something. 


In other words, the default usually is that if you want me to believe in something or somebody, prove to me why I should


It’s a bad argument when you ask me to prove to you why you shouldn’t believe in something. 


Very often this is the same argument people use in relationships and in organizations.


We do the same thing everyday or over and over again, and we often don’t ask ourselves why we do it this way or believe this is a good way of doing something…we just do it. 


And in fact, when someone new comes in with “fresh eyes” and questions why we do it a certain way or have we considered another approach, we ask them to prove to us with “science or evidence” why their way is better, rather than reexamine our own ways and means.


I’m not in any way questioning here G-d or religion, but rather simply our approach to self-examination, introspection, and betterment.


Don’t ask me to prove to you why you should reject something, but rather be prepared to defend your hypothesis. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

A Pushy B*tch/B*stard

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I remember the funny commercials of the vacuum cleaner salesman, who when he didn’t get anywhere with his pushy verbal sales tactics, he would put his foot in the door as the homeowner was trying to close the door on him.


However, pushy doesn’t just get your foot crushed in the door, but typically backfires as a means of convincing anyone of anything. 


If someone says no, as a recent sexual abuse poster said, then the answer is no–an unwanted advance is not wanted, period–get it?


You can’t push yourself into bed with someone non-consensually, and you can’t successfully push a product or service or idea unto others who just really aren’t sold–eventually they will push it right back in your hostile, pushy face. 


It’s one thing to make a sound argument if/when another person is willing to hear you out, and it’s another to push, push, push, and just not take a hint–not interested!


On the show, The Last Kingdom, this past week, the English priest was trying to convince the violent Danish Viking to convert to Christianity–the priest thought that it was working as he continued to work the Viking over, until suddenly, the viking stands up and thrusts a sword through the priest.


Pushiness over!


If you can make a poignant argument for something and influence things for the better by all means try, but if you are just going to act the pushy b*tch, then be ready for the fallout from a non-receptive and eventually hostile audience. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Settle Things Like Adults

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This was a funny picture on the Metro in Washington, D.C.


On their commute, one lady is reading her newspaper and one gentlemen is listening to his iPod.


On the man’s shirt, it says something like:


Let’s settle this like adults: Rock-Paper-Scissors.


Adults are in so many senses just like big children. 


We get into disagreements, arguments, and fights, and then don’t know how to get out of them and resolve things.


Hence, the old “Rock-Paper-Scissors.”


– Rock beats scissors.


– Paper beats rock.


– Scissors beats paper.


Everything can beat something. 


And everybody is right from their own perspective on things. 


Decision is by the luck of the draw between two people–throwing off hands gestures. 


Probably just as good (if not better) than how most decisions get made and disputes get resolved in everyday real life. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)