Much like Seinfeld was a show about nothing, that’s how I feel today. So I’m going to just sort of freely associate from one thing to another. It might seem like I have ADHD as I skip around. Before someone says something, I’m not poking fun at the condition. I know, I am fortunate to be able to focus without outside aid or prescriptions. Really it’s amazing that anyone can even be focused these days. There are so many distractions everywhere. Preemptive apologies, (see 3rd Sentence) for one. Truthfully I am not out to offend anyone so please accept this as a blanket apology for anything I might say to offend you in my following thoughts.
George Carlin was once commenting on States mottos on License Plates. NH has “Live Free or Die!”, while Idaho has “Famous Potatoes”. He said he liked to think America was somewhere in the middle of those but probably closer to Famous Potatoes.
You know I didn’t spell out New Hampshire above because it’s to long. I know, don’t say it. But it switches my gears to the topic of abbreviations and or acronyms. Abbreviations such as NH for a state, or abbr. an abbreviation for abbreviation tend to make written words less cumbersome (although the word cumbersome seems cumbersome to some). Acronyms can just make things insane. Not all to be sure, but many times, it just makes communication more cryptic than communicative. For instance if someone said “POTUS just got the SITREP from the FBI and CIA about the AMA‘s take on ED reported in an Op-Ed piece about CINCPAC and the effect it has had on NATO. You’ would say “Huh?”. Translated The President of the United States just got the situation report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and The Central Intelligence Agency about the American Medical Association’s take on Erectile Dysfunction reported in a piece opposite the Editorial page about the Commander in Chief Pacific and what effect it has had on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Some of these acronyms have become synonymous with what they represent in their own right such as the aforementioned Op-Ed, POTUS and NATO.
I really only threw in one that was invented, which was done by the pharmaceutical industry. They love acronyms for disease. That way you don’t feel so bad about discussing it with your doctor. No one wants to say “I’m impotent!” so they gave it a longer name, Erectile Dysfunction. But wait saying your erection was malfunctioning still wouldn’t get you talking. Let’s just call it ED. Kinda like VD was short for Venereal Disease or Valentines Day which is when a lot of people got it. But even VD became too negative so it became Sexually Transmitted Disease or STD. For some reason the more words you have the less it stings, because it becomes more convoluted and even more so when they break it down to only consonants.
I’m sure a lot of these drugs help with diseases or their symptoms but sometimes the side-effects sound worse than the disease. May cause explosive diarrhea and sausage fingers. No thanks I’ll stick with the heartbreak of Psoriasis.
Psoriasis. It’s spelled with a P but it’s silent. Lots of words and names like that. When I worked in Customer service and I had to spell out model or part numbers on the phone, I would use such words as a goof or to see if they were paying attention. “OK The model number is PEC27. That is P as in Pneumonia, E as in Eugene, C as in Czar 2 7. Got that? Good!”
Never really understood how I got into customer service. Oh wait I remember I needed the money. Not great money. But still, it was money. People always told me “Do what you love.” What I love is making money. I have worked a lot of places some good some bad, and had some really crappy jobs too. But it taught me one thing. Treat the janitor the same as the CEO. Because no job is beneath anyone. If you’re out there making instead of taking hold your head up. I worked for a period of time at FedEx Freight as a part time Loading Dock worker. One day we had a VP come in and tell us how he started where I and a great many others were and how he worked his way up. I know he was trying to inspire but I took it as “Look how great I am.” I said to the guys I worked with at the time. “Hey look at me! I started as a Driver Apprentice and managed to work my way down to Part Time Dockworker!” They knew what I meant.
So I’ve been carrying on here for a bit and I’m sort of out of Ideas. But it’s ok because for all I have written I really blogged about nothing which was my intention. If you have something to say about nothing, please feel free to comment.