A Matter Of Vigilance

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Getting around town, I have noticed a stark and scary hands-off absence of security. 


So different than the immediate vigilance after the attacks of 9/11 is the sleepiness of our security establishment now. 


Recently, I noticed a security guard not on lookout, but rather on video games on his smartphone while standing post. 


And then again coming down the street today, another guard (no child that is) was putting up handprints on the fogged up glass instead of having their hands safely on (or off) their trigger. 


What was even more frightening was that the guard abruptly turns around while handprinting the windows, as if I did something wrong just walking by, and says to me, “You scared me!”


To which I promptly replied, “Really, you’re the one with the gun!”


It’s incredible how far we have fallen security-wise after the attacks from New York to Paris and Orlando to Kiryat Arba.


In the Wall Street Journal today, Bret Stephens writes, “It’s depressing to think that the only way the world might understand the truth about terrorism is to have some experience of it.” 


Why do we have to be lazy and lackadaisical, playing around with people’s lives, instead of with it and ready to prevent the next one and the next one?  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Dress It Up With Your Blanket?

Blanket Style

I took this photo in Starbucks in Washington, D.C.

This woman is waiting in line for coffee wrapped in a sheik light blue blanket covered with Minions and the UK flag. 

Apparently, this is a new fashion trend that is catching on–as I saw a second young women in the street “wearing” a blanket (not a coat) and walking with what looked like her boyfriend. 

This fashion statement is a little weird in light of the homeless people around town that frequent the street when it gets cold wrapped in these horrible dirty wool grey blankets.

But the blankets these young women are wearing are not shawls, sweaters, coats, and are far from grungy, but rather they are sort of colorful and playful.  

The blankets give the impression of course, as someone still in their PJs, just getting in or out of bed or just casually lounging around because they can.  

Depending on how you look at it–cool, relaxed, and fun or lazy and time to turn yourself over and go back to sleep.  

You never know what sparks the next fashion craze–it could be like SpongeBob says, I want my blankie! 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Better Early Than Never

Zero Tasking
So I learned a new word/concept today…PREcrastination (New York Times)

 

It’s when you do things early!

 

The better known opposite word is PROcrastintion.


That’s when you put things off or delay…often until the very last minute.

 

We know why people procrastinate–they don’t want or like to do something, have more important things to do, may be overwhelmed with too many taskers, or perhaps they are just plain lazy.

 

But why do people precrastinate?

 

Well, it’s sort of the inverse of the above–they may like doing it, it may be a priority, or they just may want to get “ahead of the curve” on all the things they have on their to-dos, or they may be a Type A personality and don’t rest until they’ve “got a handle on things.”

 

Getting things done at the last minute (procrastination), can push off stress until later–perhaps a better time to deal with it, but getting it done early (precrastination), can help eliminate stress by just getting it over with.

 

Some of us who get things done right away, may be doing extra work, because at times, the necessity of the moment is “overcome by events” (OBE) later on or we may start something before we even have all the directions or information and do it wrong altogether.

 

While others who dilly-dally, may find that they waited too long to get the job done or have other things going on later that precludes them from meeting the timeline–as they say, “if you fail to plan, plan to fail!”

 

Is there a right or wrong in terms of Pre/Procrastination?

 

I want to tell you now, but I think I’ll wait until later. 😉

 

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)