A collection of things that are not so awesome.

A Health Care Analogy

Sometimes, the best way to look at things is from a totally different perspective. Analogies give us the opportunity to do just that, so I’ve taken this opportunity to shed some light on why a government-run health care industry would be better than a privatized health care industry such as the one we currently have here in the U.S.

The first thing you do is call the fire department. They drop everything to come to your burning residence, risking life and limb to save your loved ones and even your pets from the devastating inferno. When all is said and done and the flame has been put out, you don’t have to pay a dime to the fire department for their heroic services. That’s because fire departments are government-operated organizations paid for by taxpayers, and everyone is entitled to it no matter how large or small your home is.

Online Classes

When you sign up for online classes, you do so via the Internet. That means there are no registration lines and no bitchy ladies telling you the registration form hasn’t been filled out properly. There are no physical classrooms to show up late to, which means there are no boring lectures that you can fall asleep to. Exams are administered online, which means you can take them bare-assed at two in the morning while listening to Queen. Online classes are schweet!

There is, however, one thing that I really hate about them: the obligatory message board. This is where you answer questions to assignments and respond to classmates about what you’re learning in the course. This sucks because part of your grade usually relies on responding to these people, whom you’ve never met, don’t care to meet, and won’t ever talk to again unless, of course, you’re afforded the luxury of seeing them in future online classes. You lucky dog.

First Dates Gone Awry

There’s been a lot of speculation about the quality of single, college-aged girls in the Melbourne area. My hypothesis is simple: most of the good ones go out of town for college while the “less than desirables” stick around, making the dating scene a rough, contaminated quagmire for guys like me. To qualify my deduction, here are some real quotes from first-dates I’ve been on:

(I really wish I were making these up)

Negativity in the Workplace

When an organization causes feelings of negativity, people handle it in a number of different ways. Detachment is the one we’re going to focus on right now. Obviously, this is bad for both the organization and the individual, but the process of detachment is popular because it works really well in the short term. By detaching, a person is able to cope with extremes that would otherwise trigger intense reactions which are not only inappropriate, but devastating to their position and their reputation. Ignorance, stupidity, and incompetence are all excellent examples of these extremes.

Something I’ve come to realize is that this happens to me on a daily basis.