Communal Bathrobe

I have read stories about the cleanliness of hotel rooms. Well, actually they were about the lack of cleanliness of hotel rooms. And it doesn’t matter how much the room costs or how many stars it has received, you should probably keep your socks on when walking on the carpet. Nicer hotels have bathrobes hanging in the closets, and I stayed in one of those hotels. As I was doing my final check to make sure I wasn’t leaving anything behind, I regretted that I didn’t have a chance to wear the bathrobe. Upon further reflection, that was probably an okay thing.

A Collection of Unenthusiastic Arrow Spinners

You know those underemployed people who stand on the corners of apartment complexes or retail centers trying to implore motorists to turn in? Often they are spinning an arrow-shaped sign with a few words of bold copy. The best of these people spin, rotate and toss these signs in ways that cannot help but attract attention. I have encountered the worst of these. One guy had the sign tucked under his arm and was checking his phone. Another one stood motionless with the sign locked against his hip. And finally I saw an old man who just didn’t have the enthusiasm or energy for the job. He wore the same style cap and cardigan sweater that my grandfather used to wear in over-air conditioned restaurants. He probably had the strongest work ethic of the bunch, but none of these guys were really up to the task. We are in a time when unemployment is so low that you can’t even find a qualified arrow spinner.

This Should Be the Fate of All Selfie Sticks

“Why do you have to keep taking selfies? Don’t you know what you look like by now?”
“They’re for Instagram.”
“Doesn’t Instagram know what you look like by now?”
“Just one more.”
“Ow, you just hit me in the head. If you’re not careful, you’ll make me drive off the road.”
“Give me that.”
“Here’s your phone back.”
“Really? You threw it out the window?”

They Are Watching Us

If I were part of an alien race and I wanted to constantly monitor the human race, here’s what I would do. I would embed small cameras in the roads, sidewalks, trails, hallways, anywhere that people walk, run, ride or drive. While this may sound like a massive undertaking to us – not just the placement of these cameras, but also watching all this footage – it would not be anything at all to a society that managed to get all the way to Earth.

Under Pressure

I had a toy rocket when I was a kid that you filled with water. You put it on the launcher and pumped it full of air to create pressure for launch. Pressing a button released the pressurized air, causing the rocket to soar into the air and spray water in its path. Something can only be under pressure for so long before it needs to be released. And the result of that release can either be good or bad.

The Creative Process

There’s a podcast that I had been listening to regularly called The Moment, and I got pretty far behind. Too many podcasts in my queue. It is hosted by a screenwriter and TV show creator and most of the guests are writers of some sort. I just listened to an episode that reminded me why I like the show so much. The guest was someone who created a specialty bakery associated with a New York restaurant. It was amazing to hear the story of her journey and how her creativity manifested itself through hard work, perseverance, willingness to do whatever needed to be done, and yes, pure creative ideas that were thoroughly unique. It was more than just an inspiring story, but it reminded me that there are lots of ways to be creative, even within the realm of a single job or industry.