Category Archives: Life

The Elevator

Yesterday I saw over at Metal Hygiene a classic prank from Allen Funt’s ‘Candid Camera’: the victims enter the elevator with three actors who employ unusual activities during the ride. It clearly illustrates the influence group behavior has on an individual, especially in tight spaces.

People aren’t so different from sheeps after all. This prank reminds me of something that happened to me a year ago or so, which I will call:

On My Way Up… I Think

Place: Building condo on my way to visit a friend
Date: Saturday afternoon
Time: 3 o’clock-ish

I enter the elevator lobby. A man comes in and faces the control panel. He pushes the button to his final destination, and says:

Rider: ‘Hello! How are ya?’
Me: ‘Oh. I’m fine, thanks… you?’
Rider: ‘Good, good. Where are you heading?’
Me: ‘Ninth floor, please. Thanks!’

The man doesn’t push the button, and mind you, the control panel is right in front of him. He then says:

Rider: ‘Ugh! I am exhausted! Lately I’ve been working seven days a week and over 12 hours each day. But I’m finally home now.’
Me: ‘Well, that’s good. Uh… are you going to push nine for me?’

He doesn’t move, but says:

Rider: ‘Oh! You’re with so-and-so? Say hello to her for me! On your way here, can you please bring us a bottle of wine and some capers? Yeah, man. See you in a bit!’.

He was talking to somebody else on his wireless headset all along and I didn’t notice because he was facing the wall. How embarrassing is that?!

You Know What Sucks?

Going to the doctor last Wednesday and getting a giant needle jammed directly into my elbow. I am certainly not a fan of needles to begin with, and I thought the needle process was going to be fast, but no. The doctor wanted to test me for allergies, thyroid, and a few other things. I asked him if it was going to be quick and he said:

‘Quick? Ha! Just look away and a few seconds later it’s done. You won’t feel a thing.’

Well, let me tell you that my doctor is a mega liar. For all the tests to be done, the lab technician needed about 6 capsules of blood from me, which took an eternity a lengthy amount of minutes to get.

I felt like I had a giant fishhook jammed into my elbow getting all the blood I had. I am back to the doctor’s office in two weeks… and I’m not happy about it.

The Death Of The Email Generation

Here’s an interesting article about the death of the email generation by Chad Lorenz.

I definitely consider myself from the email generation. I still remember when I got my first email address in 1996 at my school computer lab.

I used to have a MySpace page for about two years until I closed recently. For the last 9 months or so, it was only there for show. I tell my friends and family that the best way to contact me is via phone or email. I really don’t need yet another place to go to look for messages (I’ve already got three email accounts).

Plus instant messaging doesn’t appeal to me. For the office, I personally think email is much better… there’s less ‘how r u doing?’ fluff. It gets down to business. If I want to talk to you for a long time, I’m going to pick up the phone and call you. Bam!

And let’s not even talk about texting! Wow, I guess this is a sign that I’m getting old, huh?

A Six-Day Birthday Bash


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Yesterday was my birthday. The day that marked my last year into a whole new decade, and to be honest, I don’t feel any different… at least not until I break a bone or need to start buying Depends because I’m only as young as I feel, right?

I started the celebration last Thursday up until last night, a six-day birthday bash surrounded by the most amazing of friends.

Now let’s re-evaluate the birthday wish list I posted a month ago:

• A piece of chocolate cake. – I had two, so double Check!
• Phone calls, emails, regular mail, comments and/or a visit to congratulate me and to tell me how super-awesome I am. – Check!
Birthday celebration at this place. Birthday celebration at THIS awesome place, so check!
Pizza at Andiamo. Pizza at Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale – Check!
• A bottle of Killian’s / Bass or a Long Island at Frankie’s. – Check!
• Of course, there is one thing that I’ve been wanting for months and it is…… (Drum roll please)…… a pimpin’ ride. – Money to buy the pimpin’ ride I want? Check!

Wow! I can’t complaint! Turns out that this birthday was just as good, if not better, than any other birthday thanks to my friends who bought me booze and gifts and surrounded me with love.

One interesting thing I observed about the last six days was that most of the people in attendance were not people I’ve celebrated my birthday with before. Many of the friends who I’ve considered to be my core, my second family were not able to attend because of moves, babies, previously scheduled trips and other life events. I was sad that those people weren’t with me as they once were, but it also makes me feel extremely blessed that so many really wonderful, interesting and dynamic people continue to travel into my life.

I am overwhelmed by my life: thrilled, empowered, uplifted, and speechless by its hugeness. I know God is driving, and he knows exactly what he’s doing. I don’t even want to see the map.

I’m a lucky girl. And so, so thankful.

My Birthday In A Month… Again

Yes, folks. Is that time of the year, so consider yourselves warned! We are exactly one month until my birthday… again!

What a depressing thought. Twenty-nine. 2-9. Two-nine. Almost three decades old… three-tenths of a century old. What little coolness I have now will cease to exist.

But let’s put that aside for now. What I will get into now is possible birthday presents, so please work out among yourselves who’s getting what…

A piece of chocolate cake. Like I said last year, I love cake and making wishes, but not the year. I mean, TWENTY NINE people!
Phone calls, emails, regular mail, comments and/or a visit to congratulate me and to tell me how super-awesome I am (bring some Cuban coffee while you’re at it.)
• Birthday celebration at this place.
• Pizza at Andiamo
• A bottle of Killian’s / Bass or a Long Island at Frankie’s.
• Of course, there is one thing that I’ve been wanting for months and it is…… (Drum roll please)…… a pimpin’ ride.

I would like handlebar streamers, please. And one of those little metal license plates that says J. Awesome on it. And flowers on the basket please.

(You should be writing this down. Seriously.)

Now, Why I think I deserve presents? Well, aside from being your awesome friend, I’ve written a lot of stuff on here, bringing you quality entertainment for free at the risk of employment status, romantic prospects, and my health. But that’s about it. I recommend putting your loose change in a coffee can.

My birthday is Tuesday, July 29… and I approve this message…

Better! Faster! Stronger!

I’m officially back from a much-needed vacation! Yeap, back to 12 hour work-days… what? That sound you hear? Oh! That’s just me screaming.

So, what did I cover from the agenda?

• Good Japanese food at Monster Sushi. (Check!)
• Many cocktails in Manhattan with Kira and Vekina (Well, cocktails with Kira and Amanda… Check!)
• A frappuchino while I walk down Fifth Av (Bummer)
• House party at my sister’s house in Jersey! (Well, going out to dinner with my sister and the fam… check!)
• A little somethin-somethin from Canal St, Chinatown (Check!)
• A beer at McAnn’s (A beer at the Upstairs Bar, so Check!)
• A run through Central Park (Bummer)
• A cup of expresso while sitting outdoors at a restaurant with Hilda in Hoboken (Bummer)

Five out of eight… Not bad! You’ll find a flock of posts on The Pompomist in the upcoming weeks.

Thank you for your patience!

Jamie Awesome

Break!

I’m off to New York City for the rest of the week, then up to Connecticut for work. And I am very excited!

That’s right. Getting a healthy dose of the Familiar will do me some good, therefore posting will be low on the priority list. Maybe later, maybe tomorrow night, maybe Sunday, but I promise I’ll take care of you.

So, what’s in the agenda?

• Good Japanese food at Monster Sushi. Yum!
• Many cocktails in Manhattan with Kira and Vekina
• A frappuchino while I walk down Fifth Av
• House party at my sister’s house in Jersey!
• A little somethin-somethin from Canal St, Chinatown
• A beer at McAnn’s
• A run through Central Park
• A cup of expresso while sitting outdoors at a restaurant with Hilda in Hoboken

Yeah, there’s no way I will get through half of the above, but I’m going to give it a shot.

Bring It On!

PS: And nope. I am not flying American Airlines…