• Other writings,  short fiction

    The Curse of The Purple T-rex.

    Every year I do a fun, creepy, scary story for October. This year is no different. I’ll be telling the chilling tale of how I once turned into Bernie, the purple T-rex. Of course – this is fiction….or is it?  Enjoy this year’s story!  December 22nd, 1993. A group of ten or so of us decide to rent a cabin at the coast before the Christmas madness hits a few days later. It’s morning and I’m asleep, or so my bunkmates think. I decide to have a little fun and pretend I’m dreaming. “I love you…..you love me,” I sing, supposedly sleeping. “Look – Aaron’s dreaming….” I hear someone say. …

  • Advice and how to,  Advice, Information

    How to give your mobility impaired clients the best service possible.

    If you deal with clients, you probably have a few mobility impaired clients. Maybe they’re in a wheelchair or use a walker – maybe they just have chronic pain issues that are not so evident. Mobility impaired people come in all shapes and sizes. While some are easily spotted due to equipment (wheelchairs, canes, and the like), others may not be so obvious. Maybe they walk with a slight limp or perhaps their clothing covers their disability. As someone who has mobility issues, but also as someone who has had clients with mobility issues, I find myself looking for answers: How do we serve our mobility impaired clients? Obviously, there’s…

  • Advice, Information,  Other writings

    Working Tuesday through Saturday: Pros and Cons.

    In my last job, I worked Tuesday through Saturday. I really liked this schedule  – but there were certainly drawbacks. I did not appreciate hearing “TGIF” when I had another day left in my work week. Still, I got back at them by exclaiming. “I love Mondays!”, while everyone else drudged back to the working week. All in all, if I can choose a schedule for my next job, I will gladly work Tuesday through Saturday, however, I have different tastes than others. Maybe you’re considering a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. More and more Americans are opting to work on Saturday or Sunday and dropping a weekday from their schedule. …

  • animals,  General geekiness,  Movies and Film

    Should I watch this Shark movie?

    If you know me, you know I love sharks. One of my favorite things about summer – almost every year there seems to be at least one good shark movie. This year’s movie, Meg, looks particularly exciting. Every scientific fact I know says the premise could never be. Still – I kind of hope we find that Megalodon exists somewhere. I know that we don’t really want it circling our beaches. Even though sharks don’t actually like eating humans, they sometimes get confused. No if  Megalodon exists – probably best that it exists in a deep cove in the middle of the ocean. But I digress. The point of this…

  • Other writings

    Getting laid off means so many goodbyes.

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls –  getting laid off sucks. I’ve been employed in my current field for 18 years, and have worked extremely hard to get where I am at now. While there’s been ups and downs, and various levels of employment, I have not been unemployed since then. The rushing thoughts of “what now” seem to be non-stop. I’ve never been really good at job hunting, and I’ve gotten used to a certain level of living. I honestly don’t know what type of job I want, and I don’t know how to get it. Having said that, this is far from my only fear. I fear I’m…