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Friday Thoughts XVII

It's been almost 2 months since my last Friday Thought...

...and like a tree falling in the forest when no one's around; did it really happen? Meh. I always say at the end of each episode that no one listens to that I have a blog post every Friday, but that's just an outright lie. It's never the best idea to lie to your audience if it's only 5 people. Just a white lie though, right? And it's not like I have a ton of readers that are dying to see what kind of shit I happen to write. Just like my shitty podcast, it's just something to do.


At any rate, I was trying to think of things to write about and I couldn't really come up with anything specific. Or interesting. I tend to save the moderately interesting things for the show so maybe I should use this space for something. Or less interesting.


I was thinking today that I would like to be a better friend. It's not that I think I'm a terrible friend, but I think that I could be better. Not having kids frees up a ton of time and it would be great to be the sort of friend that people reached out to because I was such a good friend. That's a bit convoluted, I know, but it makes sense in my head. The problem there is that close to all of my friends have kids and their time is limited. I understand that completely and that's how it should be.


I did reach out to a friend today that I hadn't talked to in a while just to say hello and more or less check in. They don't live around here anymore so interactions are even more limited, but it was nice to just say hi. I have to make a point to do that more often. I have to be the one to make the effort to reconnect. We'll see if I can improve. Fingers crossed.


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I hate writing professional emails. Lately I'm finding that any sort of creativity within an email feels a bit forced, but then writing one without any just feels bland. It's a struggle to find a happy medium and I would guess that subject line improvement is probably the best way to show creativity while nail the recipient with what's probably boring information.


Another problem is that I've become a bit reliant in Google's awesome mail merge feature which eliminates for individual emails. In my last line of work this was invaluable as I needed to quickly share a piece of time sensitive information in a short period of time to large number of people.


Having said that it didn't really increase my response rate, but the number of opened emails did go up so something worked.


This was a terrible post and this is simply a forced exercise at this point, eh? Fuck, I can't even blog right.


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Not sure where I stumbled on to this act, but the Reid Southall Band is led by, you guessed it, Reid Southall and they play like a crunchy, country rock thing. They're out of Oklahoma of all places and Mr. Southall has some atrocious hair. Just awful. Like a blond perm. Weird. You'll have to do the work to see the hair, but I can share the tunes.



And that'll do her.


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