Thursday, October 25, 2007

Scary characters

Not a lot going on at work today. Phone calls of people looking for help (legitimate calls). Suspicious callers with thick foreign accents wanting to "update information of your agency" in their "database" so we can receive more phone calls like these and more reams of junk mail. Told the caller today "our information was already updated" and hung up.

Mainly was working on funding requests; wrestling with how to explain how our program "positively impacts the community" in 50 words or less to fit in the little box on the funder’s online form. At least it’s a word count and not a character count, as in "tell the story of how your program improved a client’s life"—in 150 characters.

(The above paragraph is 55 words, 255 characters without spaces, and 308 characters with spaces.)

So, the wind is blowing, leaves tumbling down the streets, and Halloween characters are appearing in front yards and doorways. This along with political characters popping up disguised as lawn signs for the upcoming election. With spaces or without, now beginning to walk the streets of every neighborhood to "update information of our election." It's all pretty sca-a-a-ary…


If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn't show up.
-Dr. Seuss

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
-Gertrude Stein

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