Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, etc.

I watched The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. I just heard that the LA Times said his show lacked energy. Are they nuts? I am old enough to remember The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The show was funny, but not overdone. I really loved the show and I think Jimmy Fallon could be there longer than Jay Leno, definitely longer than Conan O'Brien. Who knows, maybe longer than Johnny Carson. Jimmy Fallon has so much energy and talent, I don't see how he could possibly fail. Go - Jimmy - Go!

Well, it is another day and I am still upset about email. Why do my friends and some people that I don't know from Adam think that I would be interested in their silly story, joke, or picture. Why would I want them to forward prayers, jokes, etc? Do I really want to be on a prayer list with people that would do that.

Since I retired, I am heavily invested in Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Pinterest, Empire Avenue, and LinkedIn. I have an outreach of over 3M people. I receive 200-300 emails a day. I am trying desperately to separate them into folders. Where do I put the junk mail? Should I hire someone to sort my email? 

Anyone who has been on the Internet as long as I have, has loads of followers. Please do not waste their time with junk mail (spam). Not to mention, it takes more and more resources to just get email through servers. That is why it seems so slow sometimes.

Why does water taste better out of a bottle? I am not a big fan anyway, but I can stand it very cold (filtered) from a bottle. I seem to drink a lot more that way.  

I found this infographic on the web somewhere and thought you all might be interested. Remember when we used to drink water from the hose in the yard during the summer. It tasted great then. But now they tell you not to drink through the hose. I still do occasionally in the hot summer. 

We used to do a lot of things that are considered wrong today. Like riding our bicycles without a helmet, going to the movies by ourselves. I took my granddaughter and her friends to the movie and my daughter and I sat in the back. A man came in and sat directly in front of them when the theater was virtually empty. I went down and checked to see if they needed anything. Soon, he pretended to have a phone call and left. Passed right by me. He came back in about 10 min later and sat in the same spot. I went down to see if they wanted more popcorn. Then he got another "call" and left for good. Don't you think it was strange for an older man to come into an almost empty theater and sit directly in front of three 11-year old girls? 

Remember the "good old days" but keep your eyes and ears open to these days, cause things are just not the same. There are a lot of good things going on, but there are so many bad things going on now. Don't be scared, just careful.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Dealing with Email Life Today

Have you ever opened up your email program and discovered that you had over a thousand emails? I have. Not to mention, I have #Gmail, which means that to sort emails, I have to guess who they are from if there is no company listed. I tend to delete emails when I don't recognize the name. 

This started the wheels turning and I remembered when I was working for the Air Force as an Executive Assistant. I was there when we transitioned to computers from word processors. I was actually the first secretary to have a computer on my desk in our division, possible our command. After a few months, with more and more people coming on line, we realized that some changes had to be made. 

 It was a little easier there, because the office symbol was included with email from others on base. Then there were emails that involved specific tasks, so we learned to put a suspense date in the subject. When I went to the audit agency, we would enter the project number and subject for each audit. Everything became so organized, which we all know makes our lives better.

In the past 5 years since I retired, I have become increasing prolific on my computer. I do newsletters and blog posts. I also am a member of my church, the Women's Club, the Lions Club, the National Association of Parliamentarians, etc. Each one of these organizations and all the other things that I have joined on line come into my #Gmail box. Most of the time, I recognize the person't name, but sometimes I do not.  This means I might have to open it up. It does fall under the category of "UNKNOWN" like phone calls from telemarketers (which I never answer).

Then there are the sneaky marketers that squeeze under the SPAM controls with what looks like a personal email. I make sure their next email is entered under SPAM where I will never have to see it.

I am asking a favor for myself, but it may help you also, especially for those of us who get hundreds of emails a day. Could you please enter "Descriptions" for your email in the subject line? 

Examples: Church:
                FBC - Prayer Concerns
                FBC - Deacon​s
                FBC  - Staff
Women's Club:
                GFWC - National
                NNWC - Social 
Lions Clubs:
                NNlions - Projects
                Lions District 
                Lions International      and, etc., etc.. . . . 

I would be able to organize my email easier, and so would you, not to mention, send an answer quicker. You could even "flag" the email if it is time-sensitive.

I have been known to delete emails that I didn't recognize who it was from because of SPAM. Viruses, etc.

Thanks for your consideration, 
Barbara Duke
Professional Encourager