What's on the iPod: Demons by Imagine Dragons
The Bad: Entitled drivers. Tell me -- did they change the rules of the road without advertising it? Since when is it A) perfectly acceptable for someone making a left into your own right turn to do so first and B) to give you hell for not knowing he was about to cut you off? And is anyone ever going to enforce that no-passing-on-the-shoulder rule? I nearly got creamed just by being patient and waiting behind a turning car. The moment I accelerated, there was another car whose driver hit that horn and shouted like hell. Last I looked, it wasn't me doing the stupid shit, buddy.
The Good: Experts with no egos. My first botany walk I was nervous, but these people put me at ease quickly. And they cheered me on whenever I identified something. They made it easy for me to learn and to enjoy the experience.
The Bad: Insecure punks. When is it ever cool to taunt a cancer victim wearing a headscarf to cover her hair loss? Sadly, my cousin encountered some punk in Walmart who brought her to tears. He's to be pitied because when Karma comes back around, his is going to be brutal.
The Good: A beautiful movie. It's about acceptance and embracing the weirdness and flaws in all of us -- The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a surprisingly fantastic movie, one that leaves you feeling happy as you leave the movie.
The Bad: Technology. Yesterday's tax webinar would have been terrific if not for the technology glitches that started with the wrong dial-in numbers, completely altered interface that meant we couldn't use our slide presentation, and a loud echo on the presenter's side that had everyone hearing him twice, and not in a good way. Even with those glitches, it was a good webinar, but I'll admit my focus was way off.
The Good: Community spirit. Today starts the two-day celebration around the annual Firebird Festival. The bird they're burning this year, like many years, is a stunning piece of art (see the picture above). Tonight, a parade, and tomorrow the town celebrates with hot chocolate, music performances at many of the music venues (and outside, as well), and my favorite part -- the funnel cake truck. I don't often get one because they're so bad for you, but just knowing you can get one in December is a treat.
The Bad: Clients and their legal counsel. If you've signed the contract and you don't want to pay, hauling out your attorney isn't going to get you out of that commitment. And for the measly amount you're arguing about, you're wasting six times that just to fight it. And you know who you are. How about paying for the work you'd asked for instead of waiting five months and then responding with attorneys?
The Good: Wonderful clients. It's telling how wonderful some of them are when I'm willing to cut my fee and walk through fire for them because of how great they are to work with. One in particular is just a gem, and I thank my lucky stars she's part of my orbit.
The Bad: Writers with bad intentions. I've come across two in my career who made it difficult to work. One did so by creating in-fighting among the writing community, and the other by stealing blog posts, reworking existing articles, trumping other writers' efforts, and painting a jolly, sugar-wouldn't-melt-in-my-mouth persona that's all show. Even two bad apples can spoil it for the rest of us, yet cohesion in our community is so important. I've seen when things go sour publicly. No one wins.
The Good: Writer friends who make a difference. One walks for breast cancer awareness every year. Another creates a welcome community on her blog. Yet another promotes the hell out of his friends' blogs and successes. Unselfish, good people (like you) are abundant in this community. I thank the heavens for them, and you, every day.
What are your bad and good this week?