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Shortest day at work ever! Three people were out, so I was called upon to do all sorts of things today. I actually welcomed it because we've been so slow lately. I decided early that it was going to be a good day instead of a hectic one as I was inspired by a friend's Facebook status: "Can't find a hair band large enough to hold my hair. I'm intending for this to be my biggest problem of the day. How bout you? biggest prob?".  I responded with "My biggest problem today was picking out which album to listen to on the drive to work." Since I'd already encountered my biggest problem, why have any more problems? It made for many smooth encounters that otherwise might have been "difficult" on any other day.

I should resolve to have good days more often. ^_^

What was your biggest problem today? ;)
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I keep finding more and more reasons to appreciate Lady Gaga. For those of you who only know her for catchy pop songs and too much skin, read her Wikipedia page and a few interviews; her sincerity and demeanor will surprise you. (I would venture to say she is definitely an ISFP--the quintessential artist.) This morning I happened to find myself at her IMDB profile where I found a quote that I really liked:

My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label. I fought for months, and I cried at meetings. They didn't think the photos were commercial enough... In my opinion, the last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself.
 
And more from her Wikipedia page:

She has six known tattoos, among them a curling German script on her left arm which quotes the poet Rainer Maria Rilke:
 
In the deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if you were forbidden to write. And look deep into your heart where it spreads its roots, the answer, and ask yourself, must I write?
Lady Gaga described Rilke as her "favorite philosopher," commenting that his "philosophy of solitude" spoke to her.

When I'm writing music, I'm thinking about the clothes I want to wear on stage. It's all about everything altogether—performance art, pop performance art, fashion. For me, it's everything coming together and being a real story that will bring back the super-fan. I want to bring that back. I want the imagery to be so strong that fans will want to eat and taste and lick every part of us.

She is a true artist. I may not enjoy every song or outfit, but I know I will never be disappointed by her.
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"There's only one thing in life you can be sure of: you will die. Once you are born and take your first breath, you begin to die. You have to be prepared at all times." While several of my coworkers scoffed at the 70-year-old contractor for blatantly spouting the "fact of life" as he called it, I smiled thoughtfully in my office. I knew he was right.  

One of the young ladies was taken aback and proclaimed, "How negative! I don't think of life that way." "You might want to start thinking about it.You might even go before I do! I'll be ready to go when my time comes." This came from a man who has worked almost every day in his adult life. "You people who work here need vacations. I don't need 'em, cause I don't work. If you don't enjoy what you do, it's work. I enjoy what I do so it's not work. Life is beautiful." After several more minutes, the lady received a phone call, so the contractor said his goodbyes. She protested, but he insisted that he had to continue on with his day. He told her in one last jibe, "I'll be going so you can have a good day." True enough, I think she'll have something to think about the rest of the day.

This is one of the last places I expected to hear this type of conversation. But of course, at the end of the day, anyone can be enlightened. There is always a choice.

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