"Use All The Crayons!" newsletter No. 32

Today's theme ... "Occupation"

Today’s theme: Occupation

Colorful Living Tip of the Day …

• Your life will be appreciably more balanced & sane if you wake up Monday & realize your job isn't nearly as important as you think it is

Related …

• It should be in the Constitution that nobody should be allowed to hold elective office unless he or she can prove they once held a job that required them to wear a name tag.

• I’d like to get a job at Tomorrowland in Disney to see just how far they'll let me push the whole procrastination angle.

• I wonder what Socrates used to say when people asked him if he was ever going to get a real job.

• Ambitious tailors who work exclusively on 3-piece suits have vested interests.

• I’m always surprised when I hear how much roofers earn. I always thought they worked on the house.

• It flips language logic on its head, but being self-employed ain't working for me. 

• Apply for a job in a spice factory so you can joke to the interviewer you’ve always dreamed of having access to a thyme machine.

Zeitgust Word of the Week (a word I made up with the goal of getting it into a dictionary) …

Slomosexual: A person who devotes his or her life to the self-proclaimed virtues of public heterosexuality before finally coming to grips with their true sexual identity.

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Today’s featured blog post …

“Worked to death (from ’08)

The Japanese labor bureau reported Tuesday that one of Toyota’s top engineers worked himself to death under deadline pressure to come up with a productive hybrid model for the manufacturer’s Camry line. The 45-year-old man -- his name’s being withheld -- was reported to be working up to 114 hours of overtime a month in the six months prior to his death. With the exception that we’re both 45, it’s impossible for me to imagine two people more opposite than the deceased and I.

(read full post right here)

Oddly enough (stories from my story treasure chest) …

“I know Victoria’s Secret! The time I went in to try on ladies lingerie (from ’12) …”

I was strolling through the local mall yesterday and found myself feeling an odd sort of nostalgia for a heterosexual man like myself. It was in front of Victoria’s Secret, a store I haven’t set foot in about 12 years. I thought, “I wonder if they’ve redecorated the dressing rooms since when I was in there pretending I was a transvestite.” I don’t know why I haven’t written about this before, but I was once tagged to do wacky field reports for one of the Pittsburgh morning radio giggle shows.

(Read full story here ...)

Mark your calendars: Sirius XM radio, Road Dog Trucker radio is having me back on April 10 to tell my Latrobe/Arnold Palmer stories. Here’s the audio from my Feb. 27 visit.

Concluding words …

• Tell friends you think being a Big Ben tour guide would be time consuming because all must work ’round the clock.

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