Tag: respect

Thank You, Steve.

Thank You, Steve.

The greatest gift Steve Jobs left to all of us is the gift of camaraderie; he found a way through technology to impart upon us an opportunity to bond with one another.  This, the Apple culture, is his legacy, and it will live on through the company, the technology, and all of us for years to come.

Thank you for this wonderful gift, and for truly enriching our lives. You will be missed.

10 Years ago today…

10 Years ago today…

I was in college, having just started my third year. I was asleep in my loft bed in room 425 of the 150 Massachusetts Avenue dormitory of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The phone rang and startled me awake, my mother on the other end telling me in an almost-monotone voice “A plane had just hit the World Trade Center. They don’t know what happened, they think it might have been an Air Traffic Control accident.” A short pause later, and she said “Wait….now they are saying a second plane hit the second tower. This isn’t an accident.”

I woke my roommate immediately, a NY resident and passionate supporter of the NYPD and FDNY. I filled him in on what I’d heard, and I will never forget the look on his face as long as I live.  He and I went to the lounge of our dorm building, the room filled with our fellow students all watching the live coverage of the buildings on fire, in tears.  Many were trying to reach loved ones on their cell phones and having great difficulties, since the networks of the time were overloaded with people trying to reach their loved ones.

Now I’m sitting here watching the memorial service, ten years later. We will never forget what happened that day, and we will always remember what it’s done to us. I can’t help think that even though we were brutally attacked and many had lost their lives, what is even worse is hearing the children of those who had been taken from us, when talking about their lost relative, say “I wish I could have known you better.”

To those who have given their lives for us, we will always remember you and be grateful for your ultimate sacrifice.

Country Music… Who knew?

Country Music… Who knew?

I love music, this is a given, but I may have found an untapped phenomenal resource for

really well-written songs

… Yes, country music. Probably country-pop more specifically, because I can’t say I’m jonesin’ for some twang right now, but I love a song with great lyrics and that is equally performed with the talent befitting a song of that caliber. Rascal Flatts delivers on that, and I’m in the process of funding a few cups of coffee for them while I’m writing this.

I started a new Pandora station the other day for Rascal Flatts specifically, and I’ve been marking just about all the songs that have come on as a result. Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, phenomenal stuff. I’m interested to check out John Rich’s stuff too, being a fan of The Apprentice and him having won he certainly deserves a listen since I liked the stuff he did sing here and there throughout that show.

If you’ve never used Pandora, you need to. It’s given me a great appreciation for music, even more than what I’ve had my entire life. At first it was funk, then dance music, now country-pop. Who knows what else I’ll find on there?

Give Props to Your Docs

Give Props to Your Docs

I was going to tweet this, but I wanted a little bit more room… While getting my periodic tooth cleaning this morning, I couldn’t help overhearing this woman in the next room complaining about every little thing about whatever she was having done to her. Now, granted, I’m no dentist, but it doesn’t take an expert to know when a little common courtesy and respect are necessary. She had the nerve to criticize the doctor, telling him he didn’t put the Novicaine in the right place, he didn’t wait long enough, etc. How rude! I would never make criticisms about things I know nothing about, or a job I was not qualified to do myself. I wouldn’t know where to put Novicaine in someone’s mouth, but I’m sure someone with the experience that this doctor has knows what he’s doing, because he’s dedicated his life to dental care and he’s damn good at it. I was quite tempted to go in there and give that woman a piece of my mind, and tell her to quit being a big baby, but I realized it was none of my business so I just left when I was done.

There’s no rule in any rulebook saying you have to see the same doctor every time anyway, so if you really have an issue with what one says there is always the idea of a second opinion! It happens all the time, and I’m sure doctors encourage it!

I’ve had nothing but great experiences with my dentist, and just about all of the doctors I’ve had to see for that matter. Being in customer service, of any field, it’s more often we hear of the negative comments and experience people have, as opposed to the positive ones. I just wanted to take a brief moment to recognize my appreciation for those doctors who have helped me out. I am grateful for your help!