I get a lot of cold calls. Today I heard a voicemail from someone with whom I’ve never spoken at a consulting firm I’ve never heard of wanting to tell all about the “race horses” they have available at their firm.
I am really used to sales jargon, but this was a new one for me. Like they have all these hotshot thoroughbred geniuses of IT consulting (a.k.a. extracting your money), and they can’t wait to tell me all about their prowess at rocking out and recontextualizing my paradigms. I adjusted my Cheese Tolerator yet another regrettable notch higher and moved on.
I then accidentally heard the message again and realized that the person said “resources.” Oh, right. Dehumanizing, but certainly more mainstream.
The fact that I thought “race horses” was even a possible term is sad, and it indicates that the Tolerator may have to stay at the new setting.
Whenever I walk down this hallway, I always think “Alert Lobster.”
Words of wisdom which I mentally revisit from time to time:
Freddy, as a younger man, I was a sculptor, a painter, and a musician. There was just one problem: I wasn’t very good. As a matter of fact, I was dreadful. I finally came to the frustrating conclusion that I had taste and style, but not talent. I knew my limitations. We all have our limitations, Freddy. Fortunately, I discovered that taste and style were commodities that people desired. Freddy, what I am saying is: know your limitations. You are a moron.
— Lawrence Jamieson, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
I’ve been a tepid-to-moderate St. Louis Cardinals fan since I was a kid, and lived in St. Louis during the Mark McGwire (freak)show. I still follow them from time to time, probably more than any other professional sports team. It’s not that I’m unsympathetic to sports pride, it’s just not something I’m passionate about.
I was actually passionately angry when the following silly injustice was done, and I’m glad to see it might be undone:
Missouri Senate votes to rename McGwire Highway (Yahoo Sports/AP)
The Missouri Senate wants to take away Mark McGwire’s highway. A stretch of Interstate 70 in St. Louis was designated the Mark McGwire Highway in 1999, one year after the Cardinals slugger hit a then-record 70 home runs. But McGwire has now admitted he used steroids, and the state Senate voted unanimously Monday to rename the section of interstate the Mark Twain Highway.
For me, it was always an easy call. Literary Hero and American Treasure vs. Guy Who Hits Ball. Seems simple, especially when the road is already named after the Literary Hero and American Treasure.
But then it’s Guy Who Hits Ball With Faux-Musculature? We must act!!!
Whatever it takes, I guess.