Men, I Got A Pet Peeve

I spent a lot of time sitting at Starbucks.

Sometimes I sit near the entrance where the bathrooms are located. One door is marked “women” and the other is marked “men.” Each bathroom can only accommodate one person, and has a lock on the door. I observe the comings and goings around that bathroom. Many people walk into the Starbucks off the street, they are not customers.

If you are women you usually wait for the person to finish in the bathroom. One thing women are guilty of, no matter which establishment you go to:

When you are in the bathroom they are inpatient. There you are sitting on the toilet, and here comes the first knock. Knock, Knock and the turning of the door handle. Sometimes they will pull on the handle to make sure they weren’t hallucinating and the door is really locked. What irritates me is they will start the four or five knock. Knock, knock, knock, knock. The will do it really fast, and then twist the handle once again. Knock, Knock, knock.

I would yell,” someone’s in here!”

They are either stone death or just idiotic. The one thing (I got to pat you ladies on the back) they will not do, is go into the men’s bathroom. I watched this phenomenon for months. Doesn’t matter if there’s a lock on the door, women do not like using the men’s bathroom. Men on the other hand can be so vulgar and indifferent. Guess it comes from that mentality of getting the job done. You ask them for help, (like pushing your car) and they tear the spoiler off and causing $30 worth of damage, but the car was moved.

One day I was at Wimco grocery store, and went to use the bathroom. Wimco has an open doorway bathroom that houses around 4 to 6 bathroom stalls. Here I am at the sink washing my hands, and out walks a guy from one of the stalls. He is around twenty something. I was flabbergasted, and did not have a word to say. I have had my shoes peed on by a four foot Asian lady (I guess she couldn’t reach the toilet), I have walked into a stall that had a pile of manure on the floor (Left by a 6-foot Caucasian women, who was to tall to squat), but a man in the bathroom with me? I think that beats the cake.

What does this idiot say after laughing? “Oh, I thought this was the men’s bathroom.”

Last time I looked there are metal boxes for disposal of tampons in each stall, how could he miss that? Sounds like a pervert in training, and he got off of going into the women’s bathroom.

At Starbucks if the men’s bathroom is occupied, they go into the women’s bathroom. It clearly says “women” on the door, so there is no confusion. No matter what race or creed, they all do this. I was having this discussing with someone, only I call her “Tito”, and I insisted only the men do this. She disagreed, but I had months of observation to back up my claim. I have to ask, how many women end up on You Tube because of some peeky hole, or camera found in the bathroom? Or how many children are molested because some sexual deviant is wandering around in a no mans zone.

She calls me a “trouble Maker”

My sometimes casino hang out buddy, Cheap Steve, complains they put a non-smoking sign at the counter because someone complained. Me?

Do you know how many employees complained about the, disrespectful, nasty-smokers? Plenty did, I did them a favor, because I am the customer. If you smoke and keep breaking the very “few” rules they have for you, and being inconsiderate to others, you are not going to be able to smoke anywhere. Don’t blame me, blame your smoking buddy.

Cheap Steve and I were sitting at McDonalds last week, and I was fussing, because he wouldn’t spend $1.00 to get me a cup o coffee! He wanted me to drink out of his “germy” cup he had just used and was still using. (He is so freaken cheap!) I watched as people came in and out o the bathroom. Not because I was on bathroom watch, but my seat was facing that way. I was minding my own business. This particular bathroom had two toilet stalls. One guy was waiting outside for one of the two guys to come out of the men’s bathroom. A second guy walks into McDonald, from off the streets, and was told the bathroom was occupied.

What does this idiot do? Do I have to even tell you? He pokes his head into the women’s bathroom, and slides the remainder of his body into the women’s bathroom.

No, I did not go ballistic, but I did have something to say before I got up and headed for the counter to grab me a manager. Cheap Steve, rolls his eyes at me, and says, ” I should have known.” I shot him a dirty look. It took the manager a few seconds to decipher what I was saying, and wasn’t leaving until they dropped what ever they were doing to come and investigate. The manager asked me is the guy still in there, and I told her yes, so she pokes her head in there and tells the guy he is not allowed in the women’s bathroom, and to please leave.

I sat back down in my seat to watch, and the sexual deviant comes out of the bathroom. At least, 7 pairs of eyes were looking at him, including my glaring eyes. I had to massage my jaws; because I had clenched my teeth so hard I think my jaw locked up. The manager walks past me and mutter ” That’s Nasty.”

You think not? Unfortunately, many people think that it’s OK for a man to go into a women’s bathroom. Then again people think its OK to let their 5-year-old go to the bathroom by himself or herself, because they are only five feet away. Did you check the bathroom?

I am suffering from sensory overload, and I starting to think aliens kidnapped me.

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” Augh!

Who are you trying to convince? This lax attitude is the great apocalypse. I don’t want to pretend something is normal, when its not.

  • Gay pastor marrying gay people – What does the bible say about this?
  • Guys getting sex changes, and then with their partner deciding they are going to get pregnant to have a baby –Men cannot have babies,,right?
  • Legalized Weed – Federal Government doesn’t agree
  • White Kids with flying saucers in their ears and dreadlocks – Isn’t that A tribal/cultural thing?
  • Men Purses – 1980’s for those that don’t remember – They called it something else and got angry with you if you did not use the right term. Hey I was there

Some of us grew up with that one weird guy in the neighborhood that made us laugh. He would urinate in the bushes and laugh and we would laugh and say that is disgusting, but praying that he outgrows it. If not, the next step on the journey, flasher.

Things that appear normal are the great builder and prediction of future events— to come. I don’t think it’s a good ideal to ignore something because its not your problem, causes no harm, or no big deal. If the devil is a great deceiver and liar, he has many people fooled and asleep on the job. I am not psychic, I am intuitive and I see a man using the women’s bathroom is not acceptable on any levels. Unless, it says Men/Women.

What do you think?

Rebecca P

Implementing Legal Measures on the Legal BSC

The balanced scorecard is one managerial tool that can be implemented in any industry. This is because the nature of the tool is quite extensive, to the point that it can even be used in aviation, medicine, and law. There is indeed a legal BSC or legal scorecard that contains legal measures or key performance indicators as well. You can even say that the legal BSC’s following is getting bigger and stronger with each passing day. In fact, it is the preferred tool to use when it comes to the measurement of performance and the rate of success in the industry. Not only that, the legal BSC is also used in the promotion of legal practices. The tool is indeed becoming more and more popular in terms of acceptance and application.

If there is something that law firms have in common with companies and firms of other industries, it is the fact that its primary agenda is still profit. This goes true for law firms that take on pro bono cases because not all of their cases would be administered for free, you know. Law firms do need to earn profit to continue its operations. After all, if all cases a law firm takes on would be done pro bono, there would not be funds for the salaries of the lawyers belonging to the firm.

This is where the importance of the legal BSC sets in. Being the managerial tool that measures profit and performance, the BSC is then used in the law firm’s status quo, giving the firm as many opportunities as needed for it to earn profit. Most of the time, law firms here would pay attention on the performance areas that directly impact or affect the achievement of corporate goals and objectives. And when you are using the legal BSC in the context of law firms, then you should pay attention to this particular major area – learning and growth. This perspective is also related to another performance area – customer service – so it really pays to focus on these two areas.

The learning and growth performance area requires attention on the creation of a team of lawyers that can aptly handle just about any kind of case that is brought about by the firm’s multitude of clients. In doing so, it is important for this team of lawyers to handle the cases efficiently because this, in turn, would encourage the existing clients to stick with the law firm for future cases, and even refer their friends and colleagues to the law firm for services needed.

Another essential is the firm’s staff development program. For its bases, assessment results should be used and the program should be created in such a way that all lawyers would be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to take on any type of case. A law firm does not really handle every type of legal case that comes along. Law firms handling civil cases just might turn down a criminal case brought forth by a prospective client. But this does not mean that civil lawyers should not equip themselves with sufficient knowledge and skills about criminal cases commonly brought forth to them.

Lastly, customer service is a must for any law firm. Law firms inevitably want a clean public image for themselves and to do this, they should be ready to provide excellent service so as to have a growing number of clients. All of these legal measures should then be incorporated on your legal BSC.

Reunions – Food That’s All in the Family

Family reunion. Those words seem simple, but they are often loaded with emotional content, memories — and stress. The stress of figuring out when and where everyone can get together, the stress of figuring out everything from housing arrangements to entertainment plans, and the challenge of how to feed the gathering herd with all their unique personalities and tastes. Your family may be different, but our extended family is full of relatives that get along and those that don’t. In the end, the whole thing becomes an endurance trial focused around one thing — the food.

Family reunion food is the ultimate comfort food if you grew up in the Upper Midwest. It’s not fancy or specific to any ethnic heritage. Some recipes have been handed down through so many generations that reunion food has entered the realm of racial memory (the race, of course, being anyone who grew up south of the Canadian border within three hundred miles of lakes Michigan and Superior).

For the sake of those who are new to the region (remember that anyone who’s been here less than 25 years is considered a newbie, so you know who you are), I compiled a primer to help you out, because sooner or later, you will be facing a table full of this stuff along with the inevitable hamburgers, hot dogs, and carbon-encrusted grilled chicken.

JELL-O[r] salad

JELL-O[r] is a food only America could invent. In 1845, industrialist Peter Cooper obtained the first patent for a gelatin dessert, later named JELL-O[r]. It never went anywhere until the rights to sell it were purchased by a patent medicine salesman named Frank Woodward. The rest is jiggley history. Americans can never leave anything alone and started experimenting with ways to make JELL-O[r] more interesting. Folks combined flavors, layered JELL-O[r] into parfaits, fluffed it, cubed it, added fruits and/or vegetables, whipped cream, mayonnaise, and God alone knows what else and called the result “salads” for lack of a better title. As a result, Aunt Mildred now brings at least two JELL-O[r] salads to every reunion made, of course, from treasured family recipes. If you were born overseas and don’t have family JELL-O[r] recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, visit [http://www.JELLO.com]. There are 250 travel-friendly recipes and over 500 family party recipes just waiting for you.

Macaroni salad

We’re not talking pasta salads here. Pasta salads are for people who drive fancy European cars, talk about the subtle, unassuming, yet complex bouquet of their latest wine purchase, and own Afghan Hounds or Labradoodles named Pooky. No, we’re talkin’ elbow macaroni with mayonnaise and additives like peas, canned tuna, or cheese. If you heat these up, they become a hot dish. At a reunion they are to be served cold — in Tupperware[r]. Most macaroni salad recipes are family heirlooms or come out of those cookbooks put together by church ladies. You can also go to http://www.mayo.com where the friendly folks at Hellman’s offer four macaroni salads including Traditional Macaroni Salad and the more exotic Neptune Pasta Salad.

Cole slaw

Cole slaw is usually one of the best things to eat at a reunion because it’s so hard to mess up. Combine cabbage, carrots, and slaw dressing (sometimes homemade, but often bottled) and mix. Folks with fancy airs might add raisins, caraway seeds, or a little red cabbage for color. The only thing that’s hard to get right is quantity. For some reason, cole slaw always expands to fill the available space and beyond until the only container that will hold it all is a wheelbarrow. Our favorite bottled cole slaw dressing is Marzetti’s. If you are looking for those fancy versions, there are a number of tasty recipes at http://www.marzetti.com.

Pork and beans

Some folks might try to tell you they’re baked beans but we all know those beans came straight out of a can. The telltale sign is always that little cube of pork fat that makes it legal to call it pork and beans and not just beans. Some people try to dress them up, but breeding will tell. For reunion food purists, the only way pork and beans should be served is lukewarm.

BUSH’S Baked Beans (www.bushbeans.com) has a wide variety of flavors and there’s even a recipe on their website for Sweet Baked Beans Pasta Salad that includes elbow macaroni and chunks of cheese. How much more basic can you get?

Dessert bars

Apparently there is too much pressure to get ready for a family reunion to bake cookies or cakes so the Dessert du Jour is invariably several varieties of dessert bars. Dessert bars are divided into three types: brownie, pudding, and cookie and can range in consistency from chewing on toasted particle board to sticky with the cohesive force of Gorilla Glue[r]. Getting some of them out of the pan requires an air hammer. Here’s a piece of advice. The cuter the name, the worse they’ll be. Try to avoid eating “Suzy’s Goody Gumdrop Apricot Extravaganza Bars.” Dessert bars travel well and are simple to make as the 925 bar recipes and 243 brownie recipes at http://www.AllRecipes.com prove.

The last thing I’ll mention is what makes the rest tolerable. It’s not technically food but I’m willing to stretch the point. It lets you tolerate Uncle Phil’s jokes that you’ve heard at every reunion since you were allowed to join adult conversations. It gets you past all the “the last time I saw you, you were this tall” events (including the cheek pinch). I am, of course, talking about reunion beer. It’s the cheapest beer that can be found, but after a while you don’t care. It all gets better. Somebody pass me “Grandma’s Disappearing Magic Marshmallow Carmel Fudgey Brownies.”