Design, ha!

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I’ve mentioned before I’m in school again. We have yet to see how successful I am this semester. Seems everytime I try to go back to school and enroll and all that, I get halfway into the semester doing well and something always happens that puts me behind.

It’s me I know, my discipline is out of whack. Yeah I know, it’s because when things change and I have a new project I go 120% at it and I forget everything else. In this case, that included school work. I’m such a damn slacker.

On Sunday, while I was trying to get at least something done that was worth a grade in web design I started playing photoshop designing would be logos for my site for school. Of course I played with a logo for MouthyGirl but it’s nothing worth looking at. Truth is when it comes to design, fashion, shopping, which bag I should be carrying, how I should wear my hair, how the forks are laid at the table, all that style shit – I’m clueless.

The hubby has more style than me, by a lot!

So yeah, the logo looks terrible I mean my son could prolly do better. Thinking I might start a chipin page or something so that for those of you that hate the design, you can send me a buck to go towards a new custom design, lol.

Screw that, I’ll just install the buy me a beer plugin. You’d buy me a beer wouldn’t you?

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An Employer’s Argument Against Socialism

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To All My Valued Employees,

There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country.

However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interests.

First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a Back Story. This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You’ve seen my big home at last years Christmas party. I’m sure; all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life. However, what you don’t see is the BACK STORY :

I started this company 28 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living apartment was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by t he way, would eventually employ you. My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn’t have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying.. In fact, I was married to my business — hard work, discipline, and sacrifice. Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting the Nordstrom’s for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the discount store extracting any clothing item that didn’t look like it was birthed in the 70’s. My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business with a vision that eventually, someday, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm, I don’t. There is no “off” button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you h ave a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to my hip like a 1 year old special-needs child. You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden — the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations… you never realize the Back Story and the sacrifices I’ve made.

Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bailout all the people who didn’t. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.

Yes, business ownership has is benefits but the price I’ve paid is steep and not without wounds. Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why: I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don’t pay enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes.. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for
$288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my “stimulus” check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check? Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country . The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you’d quit and you wouldn’t work here. I mean, why should you? That’s nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy..

Here is what many of you don’t understand … to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn’t need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don’t defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the poor of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine. Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep.

So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I’ll fire you and your coworkers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child’s future. Frankly, it isn’t my problem any more. Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire. You see, I’m done. I’m done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.

So, if you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steam rolled the constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about….

Signed,

THE BOSS

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Margaret Thatcher

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Is Being Self Centered a Character Flaw?

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I was reading a blog by FemaleProdigy this morning that was a meme designed to be about the blogger, the instructions were for her to talk about herself. I don’t see any harm in that, we always want to know at least a little bit about someone when we regularly read what they write, right? I know I do.

She received two comments telling her she was self centered and narcissistic. I don’t know her personally so if she is narcissistic then that’s her deal and not mine to judge, but the whole self centered comment set me off a little. I started to wonder, what if all the people in the world weren’t somewhat self centered.

I think we’d have a big problem on our hands. No one would take care of themselves!

It’s not as simple as you either are or are not self centered, do you wear makeup? Do you wear cologne? Do you try to look fashionable? Well Damn! You’re so self centered! Am I the only one that finds this utterly stupid?

It just seems ridiculous to me that being self centered is a bad thing. Sure some people take that kind of thing too far and never see past themselves, but damn, who are you to decide that based on some words you read on the internet? I think it’s very funny that someone would call being self centered a bad thing, making it accusatory instead of a statement. Even that someone would be offended!

Anyone can call me self-centered, I hope in some ways that I am! I grew up thinking of my sister before myself, then my son before myself, and I still do that a lot just because that’s the way I’ve been taught to be, it’s not all about me and no matter what I say or do, it never will be. I realize that, but on that same token, I’d like to think I’m self centered enough to make myself presentable, even attractive at times.

Honestly folks, to be able to write a blog day in and day out and not go crazy I have to be a little self centered believing that someone will read it. I hear the Field of Dreams voice saying, “If you write it, they will come…..and read it.” I have to believe that or I’m going to start looking at MouthyGirl as a waste of my time, and I don’t think this idea is a waste of time. Do you? Why do you read my musings? Entertainment? If so, hell that’s awesome! If I can even for one moment entertain someone else….um where do I sign and I’ll cut in line even!

If that makes me self centered, good! My generation likes to call “judging” type people haters. There are always going to be haters in this world, or people that judge you without knowing what you are about or who you are, that’s why the last line on the What is a MouthyGirl page is, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.” The reason for that is that a lot of us have to overcome adversity in this world to get where we’re going and because of this, we’re allowed to be kind of proud of where we’ve been, what we’ve learned and where we’re at.

At least I think so. That’s why I’ve dubbed myself MouthyGirl, I have opinions, beliefs, ideas, suggestions and plenty to say about all of that and more and I dare anyone to tell me that I can’t have something to say. My basic position is if you don’t like it, you won’t read it. It really is that simple in my opinion.

I leave you with a video that I think sums up my opinion on this pretty well.

Have a Great Thursday everyone and I’ll see you tomorrow for GirlFriday!

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MouthyGirl Rules of the Road

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Today, we’re going to talk about traffic. No actually, we’re not, we’re going to talk about MouthyGirl Rules of the Road.

I am and have always been a defensive driver, in high school quite a few of my classmates perished in car accidents, that I’m sure could’ve been prevented in some form or fashion. Showing me gory scenes of those in accidents scared me so badly that I’ve always been a paranoid driver to a certain extent.

That being said, I get really pissed off when I notice there are others on the road that have no business being there. Let me give you just a few examples of the rules according to MouthyGirl.

Driving the speed limit in the fast lane. If that’s the best you can do, kindly get over into the middle, or right lane and let the rest of us pass your slow ass.

Getting onto the highway at less than the posted speed limit. You’re supposed to merge into the flow of traffic, not make everyone slow down behind you.

Hurrying up to jump in front of me and then slowing down. If there were ever a justification for road rage (and there never is), this is it.

Riding my ass on the highway. This bothers me because it is not only INCREDIBLY STUPID, it’s dangerous for both of us. I am in the habit of slowing down to make someone go around me when that happens because I assure you if you are on MY ass, you are going WAY TOO FAST! I know this because I’m usually doing at least 15-20 miles over the posted speed limit. Ssssh! Don’t tell the cops. 😉

Not maintaining your lane because you’re on the phone. The highway is not the place to socialize. If you can’t control yourself then take backroads to the places you need to be so that if you do come out of your lane, you’ll be in a ditch and you can leave the rest of us the fuck alone.

You’re too scared to drive the car. You know what I’m talking about because they’re the people that when you pass them they look positively petrified of the road and the car and everything around them.

Slowing down when there’s an accident, a road crew, someone with a flat tire, i.e. Rubbernecking. I know you’re attracted to the pretty lights and all, but resist the temptation to stare and just keep it moving. It’s not reality TV and they’re not going to win anything, I promise.

Feel free by all means to add your thoughts and suggestions, and your rules in the comments, I’d like to have a comprehensive list here and one day, maybe I’ll make a page out of it. And to the driving instructors of the world, please share this with your students, because they, by far, are the worst on the road.

With that I’ll leave you with a song that I believe expresses my feelings about this whole topic quite well. Let’s take a short break for some Ludacris shall we?

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