Friday, August 29, 2008

Here we go YOYO!

Sunday morning worship at Oakgrove church in Walnut Hill. Enter: Dexter Ledkins, a 4 year old boy with Downs Syndrome. Enter: The preacher whose sermons begin with one tone and end in another, to which Dexter gives much attention.

Each character knew his part. The sermon begins. Dexter folds his soft pudgy hands in his lap, and shouts one time, "Here we go, YOYO." He was unbelievably well-behaved Sunday after Sunday between the start and end of each sermon.

When the preacher closes his sermon, his tone takes on a tone of "I have this memorized... I have said the same thing every Sunday." Those are not his exact words, but the tone switches from fresh to rehearsed.

This is Dexter's cue to shout, "Pidda Hut! Pidda Hut!"

His mother promises him lunch at Pizza Hut every Sunday if he would just behave during worship.

So, when I experience any of the following, I silently say to myself "Here we go YOYO!" and looking to shout with joy, "Pidda Hut!"

1. When I'm told by a conference that my speech cannot be anything near a commercial and yet, 90% of all presentations I listen to at the conferences is a commercial for the speaker's company.

2. When anyone refuses to use CTRL F to find answers.

3. When one's company becomes a corporate sponsor and interconnect for ... say ... a softphone/IM, and the website of the softphone/IM does not add your company to its corporate sponsor list, nor to its interconnects' list, and deletes you from their Facebook and Linkedin networks. This really happened to a great company/service I know. Names not mentioned to protect the guilty.

4. When I'm gone for over a month traveling for my company through London, Dubai, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and Tokyo. (Don't get me wrong, I love these cities, the people, my friends there, our business clients and partners there, and the food, but I miss my husband, my grand-daughter, my 6 days a week running schedule, and worst of all, the piles and piles of work that grew in my absence that MUST be done.)

5. When it's all about the CEO in anyone's company ... don't worry. I know what it is like to be the CEO. I was one for ten years from 1999 - 2009.

6. When everyone in a business discussion that is VERY important to me (the discussion and the people) is speaking a language I know very little of, and I'm whispering to the person beside me ... what does this/that mean and that mean, and they all look irritated that I'm asking. "Hajimemashite" ... "billcul" (it's a pleasure to meet you for the first time in Japanese... definitely in Urdu.) Quit whining, Suzanne, and learn the language. Ha ha!

7. When someone says, "The food artist gave you the free sample because you were one of the older women, and he thought he would have a better chance with you." - Could it be that it is because I treated the artist like a human being and carried a conversation with him and he was showing me that he thought of me as his new friend? Here we go YOYO. ;-)

8. When you ask over and over to your "blog space provider" how to do something, and they keep telling you click on SETTINGS, and you inform them that SETTINGS is not clickable for you, it is grayed out, and the circle of this conversation just repeats itself over and over and you see no pizza in the future.

9. When your laptop or cell phone battery is about to go dead and there is no electricity around OR when your print cartridge is so empty you could drink water out of it and there is no way to get a new one and you must print this service agreement and fax it because your new vendor or customer is still living in the Dark Age of pre-900 AD and will not accept scan with electronic signature.

Got any more? Add 'em. Talk about 'em. YOYO! Or just tell me, wahh wahh, make it stop! Quit complaining. For not, I'll say "Here we go YOYO!"

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