Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Century Post


This is my 100th post!

Speaking of approachability, Emily had an interesting experience yesterday evening. After she left the office, a veteran approached her and asked for help, saying that his appointment for that day had been rescheduled at the last minute and he had missed the last bus back to a very distant suburb. He told Emily "You don't seem snobby." So now she's wondering: "Does that mean I don't dress as well as I could?"

Interesting points by Corrin, Mama Edge and Mama Coyote - mothers all! - about approachability and competence. Funnily enough, I'm most often approached when I'd prefer to be left alone. I might have given off an air of "People keep coming to me for help," and of course people like to follow the crowd. They figure if so many others turn to you for help, they must know something.

And when you seem exclusive, that often makes people want your attention more. Don't take my word for it - let two of the world's greatest entertainers show you how to, well, bedazzle people. (Short video clip; SFW)

On the other hand, when you feel and act desperate, you most often don't get anything (except maybe a little peace and quiet).

Mama Edge, maybe your dad could walk around offering free health screenings to everyone within range. Then people may just give him a wide berth.

Happy New Year!

PS: Be safe - don't drink and drive. If you're in the Washington, DC metropolitan area tonight or New Year's Eve (10pm-6am), your designated driver plans fell through, you're 21+ and not sure if you're safe to drive, call (800) 200-TAXI/8294 (or #TAXI/8294 from an AT&T cell phone). You'll get a cab ride home, and the first $50 of the fare will be covered. (Tip not included.) Find out more.

(In other parts of the U.S., Google "sober ride" and your city - you may be able to take advantage of a similar program.)


Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

Congrats on your 100th post, and Happy New Year to you and Emily!

Corrie Howe said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. I loved the video. Of course, I always fell for the second type, but they aren't as good as they seem. ;-).

I loved your suggestion to Mama Edge's dad.