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It’s (mostly) a pleasure to meet you: Introductions

Posted on September 29, 2012

I recently resigned from a company that I had been a part of for 15 years.  I was offered a position with another company that was just too good to pass up.  Being the new kid on the block comes with its perks and disadvantages.  The perks feel like Christmas morning and I’m the bright, shiny new present under the tree.  Everyone is welcoming and helpful as I navigate my way through the new organization.  The disadvantages come with the fact that I’m navigating my way through the organization and have not yet successfully memorized the organizational chart (aka: I don’t know anyone). As luck would have it, my new department scheduled a social 1 1/2 weeks after my first day.  A nice little…

Game Play: Testing your knowledge of nothing

Posted on September 15, 2012

I like games.  I like all forms of games especially air hockey and Jeopardy.  It is said however; that I suffer from a bad case of Tourette’s Syndrome when I play.  This condition has warranted first aid for bloody injury and frowns from fellow players due to random verbal expressions of cursing.  For me, a perfect evening might be comprised of a large, padded room free of inanimate objects, an air hockey table and a big screen TV where I could play both air hockey and Jeopardy simultaneously.  The problem with this scenario is that I would be alone as no one I know shares my enthusiasm.  I am competitive. This week’s Faux Pas lesson will be contained to the play of knowledge games…

Toots

Posted on September 8, 2012

In my lifetime, I’ve known three individuals within my circle of friends, family and acquaintances that could clear a room within 15 seconds.  This uncanny ability is not due to any phenomenal skill other than the uncontrollable human affliction of noxious gas expulsion.  It so happens that this community of peeps is of the male persuasion and find the act uproariously entertaining.  I’ve yet to understand if the hilarity is due to embarrassment, reactions elicited in the nearby victims or a flaw in the gender.  Either way, blatant offenses such as these need to be addressed.  While your vapors may seem whimsical and sportive, you will not win points from the sitting ducks in the room. The following Faux Pas rules apply to all…

The Art of the Air Kiss

Posted on September 1, 2012

I know what images are dancing around in your head.  Young Hollywood starlets, “Want-to-be-Famous-for-Nothings”, The Red Carpet.  While the rise of American celebrity continues to plague us with ridiculous demonstrations of artificial behaviors, it is the air kiss that holds genuine promise for sincerity if executed properly. Although it might be assumed that this cultural phenomenon originated in Hollywood, its inception actually dates back more than a century ago from countries far, far away.  It is hard to pinpoint the exact location but it’s safe to claim that air kissing was not invented by the Housewives of Orange County.  These gals may only take claim to re-imaging the air kiss into a disingenuous and hollow greeting. Let’s begin our lesson with the Five W’s:…