At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable. -Raymond Chandler, writer (1888-1959)
You’re at work and you print something personal (and sensitive). Unfortunately, you’ve sent it to the wrong printer and, by the time you realize it, somebody else has already scooped it up.
In the first place, you ought not to be printing something personal and sensitive at your workplace. Secondly, if you have to, you should do it at an early hour when no one is in or when everyone has left for the day. Printing sensitive personal documents in the middle of the day is just asking for trouble unless you can make a dash for it before anyone else gets to the machine.
But if you do it and something like the above happens, you can hope that the person scooping it up realizes that it’s not his or hers and returns it to you, politely pretending that he or she did not read a single iota of your unfortunate printing blooper. Of course, if it’s your boss, it depends on what’s your equation with him or her. He or she could just ignore it i.e. turn a blind eye or could decide on a chat with you. It all depends on what the sensitive printed matter is.
Can it get you in trouble at work or is it merely embarrassing that someone else is privy to your secret?
Help me out here. Do folks really need to print out personal stuff at work?
Besides, could it be that the real blooper was not your material being sent to the wrong printer but your secret now public?
“People intoxicate themselves with work so that they won’t see how they really are.”
“The power to define the situation is the ultimate power.”
—Jerry Rubin, activist and author (1938-1994)
It turns out that your neighbour on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?
I guess it depends on whether I have a sleep deficit to catch up with. If yes, then I’ll be off to slumber land in a jiffy and nothing can or should prevent me from enjoying a few hours of quiet and contentment away from the noisy pandemonium of everyday living.
If not, then why not? I am polite to a limit. But making this person my new best friend? That’s a stretch. It’ll take more than that, my friend!
Which method of writing do you prefer, handwriting or typing? There’s no word limit for this post, however you are going to have choose which one you prefer and why you don’t like the other method.
What do I prefer, handwriting or typing?
Handwriting has been around for a long time. And, yes, I began writing by hand.
But handwriting is so much slower and inefficient. I have to transcribe essays once more to digitize and publish.
Handwriting is convenient—all you need is pen/pencil and paper and you’re all set!
But in these times, it probably makes sense to use phone apps such as Evernote to type into as an idea strikes you. This also prevents re-typing.
Handwriting is slower but despite no spell-check facilities,the thought process is so much clearer. Additionally, I commit fewer or no typos while composing. The words flow out just right and I’m quite happy with what’s being produced.
Typing—for me—is a laborious process. I never learned typing and hence a number of spelling errors (ugh, those typos!) creep in. If not corrected in time, a post can look pretty lame with all those glaring aberrations.
Each method has its pros and cons.
It’s all about what’s handy at the moment.