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The Trickle - Nov. 13

November 13, 2008 - Brian Ferry
Dream (bad one) come true

So, the Fantasy Oracle isn't bad enough. For the past two years, I've participated in a fantasy football league with a guy who writes a weekly column (a pretty good one, I'd say) for our local paper. Now I hear I get to be involved in a fantasy football league with a guy whose face everyone sees attached to a fantasy football advice column when they go to Yahoo to check on their teams? I will welcome you Mr. Buser, but be warned. If I manage to defeat you, even by the slimmest of margins, I might try to take your job. (I wouldn't worry too much. My success at the fantasy football thing has been fairly negligible.)


In my travels I visit a lot of offices. In many of them I see those pretty, sometimes sappy, motivational posters. I prefer a product from Despair Inc. called the Demotivators. I get their catalog around the holiday season every year. They're not appropriate for some office settings (if your boss wouldn't want to see something that said “Nepotism: we promote family value here. Almost as often as we promote family members.” or “Retirement: Because you've given so much of yourself to the company that you don't have anything left we can use.” don't take it to work.) But, for people who like the pretty pictures, have a good dose of cynicism and bosses with a good sense of humor, these things are great. Remember, “Motivation: If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon.” And “Dare to Slack: When birds fly in formation, they need only exert half the effort. Even in nature, teamwork results in collective laziness.” For more, visit

(Re)Naming names

I don't often use names in this blog, but it's required this time. In a recent story about the good work being done in Warren County schools, District Director of Secondary Education Amanda Hetrick was a frequent reference. The spell check program decided it didn't like Hetrick. It suggested the alternative 'huckster.' I decided to go with Hetrick anyway.

Oh what fun

At a recent county meeting, a mayor explained his recent attempts to work with a state agency. (I wasn't there so this is not guaranteed to be a quote...) “I get more satisfaction banging my head against that 'darned' wall than dealing with the” state agency. (Thanks Lauren)

Overused sayings

One of our county officials is an excellent speaker. However, it seems he has a few pet phrases that he likes to interject into just about every sentence. He must get bored in the mornings because everything he talks about is “at the end of the day.” (Credit Allen Seybert with the bored mornings stuff.)


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