– the tpg connection’s still valid. There’s a ? mark hovering over my head as I type.
Today was okay. It’s funny – there’s not really any other day that’s laden with expectation the way dec.25 is. Either I think everything’s gonna be hunky dory – and then it’s not — or i think it’s going to be a nightmare and I’m pleasantly surprised when it’s not. Sure I was in a bit of a bad mood last night – but that’s just me.
Have been going through old posters and wall things the last day or two and found this little scrap of paper that I tore off of – of all things – junkmail from a real estate agent – which stopped me for a few minutes.
It’s called ‘the rules for being human’. I won’t repeat all ten – but this one,
“7. Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.”
That one really speaks to me. If and when the family get on my nerves it’s because they’re like me/I’m like them.
The neatest and most unexpected think I was given was a veggo cookbook from my bro sschew. There’s lots of pictures of perfect looking food in there which I’m gonna have a hard time emulating.
Didn’t think I’d be back here tonight but my sis was driving back to melbourne for work tomorrow so i got a lift. She’s got Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ as her phone ringtone. Vaagner.Vaaaagner dude. This got me vaguely wondering if she’d become a nazi, but perhaps I’m jumping to conclusions.
I wonder how long it’ll be before there’s a hip anti-hip revival of people putting ‘Greensleeves’ as their ringtone?
Charles Eicher aka Mr.Disinfotainment wrote this interesting piece of modern history – a first hand experience of selling the apple //c and the PC Jnr. in the christmas of ’84 in L.A. Was an eye-opener to hear of that perks program that apple set up with sales people. I wonder if they still do that.
Hey, that story was only the tip of the iceberg. Spiffs were pretty new to the computer industry back then, but now it’s fairly common. I also wonder if still Apple does this, especially at Apple Stores where I hear they work on salary only, no commission. Surely they have little promo deals for employees like “sell 50 iPods get a free iPod” or something like that.
Anyway, Hewlett-Packard was especially agressive with spiffs, as were a few other companies. I remember one year, salesmen kept trying to steal each other’s HP laserjet serial numbers and turn them in for bonuses before the other guy did. That’s one of the reasons I got out of the sales business, too much greed. I’m not that greedy.