20081024

Awareness


And...from "Stuff White People Like" (I'm reading the book right now)

An interesting fact about white people is that they firmly believe that all of the world’s problems can be solved through “awareness.” Meaning the process of making other people aware of problems, and then magically someone else like the government will fix it.

20081019

Colorado Voting

Hey everybody!

I got my mail-in ballot a few days ago and i just wanted to pass on some of the resources that I've been using to complete the super-long ballot. Enjoy!

30-minute video debates on each amendment and referendum from Rocky Mountain PBS:
http://www.kbdi.org/election/?CFID=463501&CFTOKEN=34955833#colorado_decides

Full-Text of each amendment and referendum:
10-15 minutes discussions from Colorado Public Radio:

Rocky Mountain News (you can select race or issue under "voter's guide" in the right column

20081017

I am a Front Desk Agent

(I found this while cleaning up the front desk computer at the hotel...It's amazing how much is Sooooo true!)

"I am a Front Desk Agent"

I have advanced degrees in Accounting, Public Relations, Marketing, Business, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, and Swahili. I can also read minds.

Of course I have the reservation that you booked six years ago even though you don't have the confirmation number and you think it was made under a name that starts with "S".

It is completely my fault that the blizzard shut down the airport and you have to sleep in a warm king-size bed while 5000 of your co-travellers are sleeping in benches at the airport. I am sorry.

It is not a problem for me to give you seven connecting, non-smoking, poolside suites with two king beds in each, four rollaways, 3 cribs, and yes, I can install a wet bar. I know it is my fault that we do not have a helicopter landing pad.

I am a Front Desk Agent. I am expected to speak all languages fluently. It is obvious to me that when you booked your reservation for Friday on the weekend we're sold out that you really meant Saturday. My company has entrusted me with all financial information and decisions, and yes, I am lying to you when I say we have no more rooms available. It is not a problem for me to quickly construct several more guest rooms. THIS time I will not forget the helicopter landing pad. And it is my fault that everyone wanted to stay here. I should have known you were coming in, even though you had no reservation. After all, you stay at our brand of hotel all the time, 300 nights a year, and this is only the first time you've ever been to our city.

I am a front desk agent. I am quite capable of checking three people in, two people out, taking five reservations, answering fifteen incoming calls, delivering six bath towels to room 625, plunging the toilet in room 101, and restocking the supply of pool towels, all at the same time. Yes, I will be glad to call the van driver and tell him to drive over all the cars stuck in traffic because you've been waiting at the airport for 15 minutes and you've got jet lag.

I am a front desk agent, an operator, a bellhop, houseman, guest service representative, housekeeper, sales coordinator, information specialist, entertainment critic, restauranteur, stock broker, referee, janitor, computer technician, plumber, ice-breaker, postman, babysitter, dispatcher, laundry cleaner, lifeguard, electrician, ambassador, personal fitness trainer, fax expert, human jukebox, domestic abuse counselor, and verbal punching bag. Yes, I know room 112 is not answering their phone. And of course I have their travel itinerary so I know exactly where they went when they left here 9 hours ago, and what their cell phone number is.

I always know where to find the best vegetarian-kosher-Mongolian-barbecue restaurants. I know exactly what to see and do in this city in fifteen minutes without spending any money and without getting caught in traffic. I take personal blame for airline food, traffic jams, rental car flat tires, and the nation's economy.

I realize that you meant to book your reservation here. People often confuse us with the Galaxy Delight Motel, Antarctica. Of course I can "fit you in" and yes, you may have the special $1 rate because you are affiliated with the Hoboken Accounting and Bagel Club.

I am expected to smile, empathize, sympathize, console, condole, upsell, downsell (and know when to do which), perform, sing, dance, fix the printer, and tell your friends that you're here. And I know exactly where 613 Possum Trot Lane is in the Way Out There subdivision that they just built last week.

After all, I AM a Front Desk Agent!

20081016

Star Trek Movie!!!

Star Trek XI is scheduled to be released May, 08 2009. Apparently it's about the early years and how the characters in The Original Series met. I can't wait!!



I miss Star Trek and Wish they'd make a new series...

20081015

Name Game

So, each time I join a new group (my new job is the one I'm referring to this time...) about half the people learn how to pronounce my name correctly, and the other half do not. And the ther is usually a "pronunciation battle" for a few weeks until I get disenchanted. I try to gently correct people but my requests seem to be ignored after the second or third correction.  Uggh, I never know what to do at this point.

My new job has a message board where anyone can post questions/comments/concerns. What do you think about just a general post:

This is how you pronounce my name:



20081002

International Day of Nonviolence

The International Day of Nonviolence is today! October 2 the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

So go out and smile at some strangers and tell your friends about the International Day of Nonviolence and spread peace!

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
~Mahatma Gandhi