Not Your B*tch

Dog Carriage

Another story from a friend of a friend in the office.


A person has someone working for them who hasn’t been working out all that well. 


Basically, the staff person is having challenges simply getting their job done. 


The boss asks what the problem is and if there is anything they can do to help the person be successful. 


The staff person blurts out to their boss that “Nothing is wrong–I just don’t want anyone to say I’m your b*tch!”


For all the possible reasons for not doing your job this one was quite a shocking one. 


Sure people have challenges–not everyone is good at everything and it’s not always a right fit, but being worried about what other people think about your doing your job…uh, not a very good excuse. 


Seems like something the boss is not going to be able to really fix…maybe a shrink. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hair Please Don’t

Hair Don't
My friend used to joke when someone had a bad hairdo by calling it a “hairdon’t.”



I took this photo in the mall on Sunday of this mannequin head with hair in multicolors sticking up out of her head in all directions. 



Uh, you gotta be kidding–is this actually going to sell anybody on a new hairdo (unless of course maybe you count it’s shock value)?  



See the mirror lying next to it too, so you can actually see how you would look in one of these get ups–if, of course, you really want to. 



When the nice young Asian attendant lady saw me looking at this monstrosity, she runs over like can I help you, seriously.



Yeah, I’m doing some holiday shopping (Chanukah’s right around the corner you know), and I’d like to get a new look JUST LIKE THIS!



Not today, but thank you. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Pain Relief – SUPER SIZED!

Tylenol Super Size
This was funny at CVS today.



The “value size” extra strength Tylenol (equivalent)–1000 pills!



Think about it that’s something like 500 headaches…



It reminded me when I worked in the financial service industry in New York City.



The Comptroller of the corporation has a mega size bottle of aspirin right on the front of his desk when you walked in.



It was clear he was quite S~T~R~E~S~S~E~D out.



From a personal branding perspective (my wife is the expert at this), I would imagine that this is not the image you would want people to have of you all the time.



Anyway, pain relief for some is a very big bottle of Tylenol and for others a nice bottle of wine or some time at the beach. 



My father used to tell me the joke, “If I have to give up wine, women, or song…I’ll give up singing!” 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Selfie Heaven

Selfie
So this lady found out how to take the best selfies.



She has an extendable stick with an adjustable ball head that attaches to her smartphone, and a separate remote control for snapping the photos.



Here she is with the camera snapping away.



I looked it up on Amazon and this device is only around $6.



For a completely ego-centric society without friends, why not get this doodad and you too can take selfish selfies all day long. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Not For Drinking {Funny}

Not For Drinking

For funny Friday, here’s a photo that I took of the Toilet Coffee Mug (for real).

It’s cute in a certain miniaturized way, but I am not sure who would want to drink their coffee from this thing.

Or imagine this, you go to the leadership meeting at your important organization, and there sitting across at the table is the Big Kahuna executive with this mug.

No, it’s not a great brand making statement, but it definitely is a conversation piece.

Hey, will they put Starbucks in here, if you ask nicely? 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Dyson Vs. Dirt Devil

Vacuum

For those of you neat freaks out there, you probably have been sold on the King of Vacuum cleaners–the Dyson!

Dyson, a British company has built a vacuum cleaner (and fan and hand dryer) empire with 4,000 employees and $1.5 billion in sales.

For a number of years now I have used Dyson including their super powerful (and expensive) “Animal” bagless cleaner–this thing actually ate up one of my phone cords and tore it to shreds.

I’ve also had other Dysons and my experience has been that while they look really nice in their bright yellows and grays, and sort of sleek for a vacuum, but they tend to break down–especially the motor for the brushes that work on the floor that I find accumulates hair and dirt around the spinner until it stops working.

The other thing that I’ve found with the Dyson is they come with so many annoying attachments, many with no place to actually attach them all–I think it is overkill for most people’s basic cleaning needs.

After going through a number of Dysons, I finally got fed up with paying so much and getting so little, and we decided to stop “investing” in short-lived Dyson vacuum cleaners.

Instead we said let’s get a simple, cheapo, Dirt Devil for like 50 bucks and run it into the ground. If it stopped working we could replace it 6-10 times for the cost of a single Dyson!

We purchased the Dirt Devil, and my expectations were very low–I actually considered it an experiment in purchasing this low-tech machine, and just seeing what we would get.

Well, it’s been about 3 months and I can’t believe the amount of vacuum you can get for so little money with the Dirt Devil–it is bagless like the Dyson and without scientifically measuring the amount of dirt it picks up, I’d say it is almost equivalent in getting the dirty job done.

Additionally, the Dirt Devil–doesn’t come with all the useless attachments–a case where more is less–and it weighs only around 8 pounds, which is 1/3 of what the Dyson weighed–so it is much easier to use around the home.

Similarly, when I look at the cool Dyson fans without blades, it seems almost magical how they actually work, but frankly who cares if it cost $300-$450 and doesn’t work as well as a basic floor Vornado that sells for about $120.

My opinion is that Dyson is generally overpriced and underperforms–but at least you’ll have the image of innovation and performance, even if not the reality at the price point.

Anyway, If I had a vacuum cleaner dream, it would be to one day get one of those “commercial” vacuum cleaners that you see being used in the huge buildings–almost non-stop use–and they may cost a little more, but they actually give you more as well. 😉

(Source Photo: here with attribution to Molly DG)