Thursday, March 29, 2007

Do as I say, not as I do.

First of all let me say that I am not a whistle blower but I had to get this off my chest and it shows how difficult my job can be at times.

As a supervisor at my primary job (not the real estate business but the one that pays my bills) I am frequently required to preach about and uphold corporate values and standards. Recently we were sent a reminder to pass along to our workers and it dealt with taking gifts and getting favors from people that do business with us. The example they gave was: Is it ok to let a person who provides services to the company take you to a sporting event like a MLB game. Hmmm thats an interesting question. I know before reading the answer where this is going. The answer they gave is: NO it would be inappropriate because that might cause you to favor this company and do more business with them. Now I understand all this but here is the problem. My company buys tickets to big sporting events such as big tennis matches and gives them to prospective buyers in an effort to entice to do business with us. Now I am really confused. So its ok for us to try and shall we say Bribe others but don't you dare let anyone try and bribe you. I can do this, just use that "do as I say not as I do" approach like my parents did. :) So now everything is rosie again and this morning we get the "do what is right speech and along with it comes the financial statement of the CEO and well the hornets are stirring again. I could retire on one of his bonus'. Have a great day and I hope this little complaining session didn't bore you too much.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Meadow Surprises

On my walk this morning, I had to pass through a small meadow. Well actually it was more like a field but I like using the name "meadow". Anyway, on the way though the meadow, I noticed a few things that deserved some attention so I took picures of them. It reminded me that sometimes we are so focused on going somewhere that we don't even notice things al0ng the way. I think everyone needs to stop and smell the roses or any flower for that matter.

Fashion Police

I went to the local flea market yesterday and I must say either the trends are changing or some people are out of style. First of all, When did it become proper to show off your stomach when you are pregnant? I really don't have a problem with this at all but I remember when pregnant women wore those loose shirts that let people know they are pregnant without showing their stomachs. There must have been 15 pregant girls/women from 18 to 50 that we saw at the flea market that had on everything on from see through shirt, to half shirts and even a few bikini tops with jeans. Is this the norm now? Maybe its me that's behind the times. I mean I think a pregnant woman is a thing of beauty but seeing a 40 year old woman in hot pants with a bikini top that is 8 months pregnant and that has other children judging from the little "smile" may be a little shall we say tacky. Am I the only one that feels this way? Oh and along with this endless parade of pregnant women was a huge assortment of tattoos that were over 30 years old. Oh how pretty they were. :) Have a great day.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Birds eye view

View from a tower.

Circle of life

On my morning walk along the river, I discovered this turtle shell in the grass. It had been there since last summer and I think she just got lost in the tall grass and couldn't find her way back to the river. Nearby I found what was left of a turtle nest and I could see where the baby turtles dug themselves out. It is sad that she died but I am sure her babies are still swimming in the Edisto River.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Innocence lost

Are there any parents out there that have children that just want to play and have fun? My youngest son wanted to play baseball. First of all that term has the word play in it but there isn't much playing or fun involved. He played last year in a recreational league and did have a ball. There were no team rankings or stats, only a bunch of kids having fun and learning about baseball the way I think it was meant to be. This year we tried to get him in the same league but they did away with it. The recreation department said it was because there weren't enough children interested but we heard rumors that some of the "competitive"teams needed players so they did away with the fun league in hopes that some of the kids would join the competitive league.

We decided to go to a different area and sign him up there. The department head said that the league was supposed to be for fun and not that competitive but we found out that wasn't true. This past week, my son's new coach called to say that there would be practice three nights a week from 7 to 930 and the kids needed to be there early. He also had a practice scheduled for two hours every Saturday. I called to talk with him and he started talking about competition and standings and sharpening skills etc etc. After a brief conversation with the coach, we decided to pull my son from the league.

I hear this is the case with many sports these days. The coaches are hoping that one of their team member will be the next baseball or whatever star and their name will go down in history as one of the star's coaches. What ever happened to playing the game for fun? I guess when you started paying players millions of dollars a year to play, the fun went out the door.

It is sad especially when you know that the possibility of them becoming a famous athlete is about one in a million. I know kids, well they are adults now, but their whole childhood they lived with the dream of becoming a great athlete. They did poorly in school but their parents didn't care. They too thought their little child would achieve greatness through sports. Later in life when they failed at sports, they had nothing to fall back on. At least they had great "childhood" memories.....or did they?

I think children should be children. They should play sports for the fun of it and if they happen to excel in it then maybe one day they may do it professionally. It is ok to dream about it but not make it their nimber goal in life.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Charleston Fishing

Well my second favorite past time is fishing. When I am not gardening (or working) I am fishing. I think I am pretty good at it too. Oh don't worry, I let this one go.