Caracierge: Doing What Has to Be Done and Loving it

~or~ The Life of the Personal Concierge


Where has Caracierge been?!

Not that there are many of you out there, but for anyone who wonders why Caracierge has been so inactive, here's a picture of something she got to cut last weekend:


Pet Peeve of the Week (maybe the Year!)

I'm going to say it straight up: People in the EXPRESS LINE at the grocery who pay by CHECK.

This should not be allowed. There is nothing EXPRESS about writing a check, and it is unfair to the rest of the express-liners waiting patiently (but seething on the inside) while you have to ask the date, write out your check, run it through the machine that always jams, the cashier writes down your ID number, etc. etc. I was in line yesterday, with my 8 items, behind not one but THREE women in the express line paying by check. One of them, mind you, also had about 20 items (10 was the limit) and she knew it too. She kept trying to hurry because she knew we all knew, and she was writing a check, so she looked like a double jerk.

I'm of the personal opinion that stores-all stores*-should stop taking checks altogether. It's not necessary anymore. It's 2006. GET A CHECK CARD. Even Joe Schmoe Bank of Little Town, Nowheresville offers a check card. Do yourself, and the rest of us, a favor and get one. It's just like a check, only easier. Where's the downside? So, I repeat: GET A CHECK CARD.

*Stores that don't take credit are exceptions, although there aren't many stores like this anymore, and the grocery store is not one of them.


Enough Already!

The most over-used word in journalism today: lilliputian

Enough already.... I mean it. I think I've read this adjective at least one time in every magazine I've gotten in the last six months+. Please go back to using small, tiny, modest, miniature, and many many other synonyms. I know "lilliputian" sounds pretty and fancy and like you're well read, but so does word variety.

If you really want to impress me, try to work in houyhnhnmic.

If you're not sure, this is where these terms originated.



Scot Lehigh: Lamenting the decline of conversation

In the article, he comments: "The enticements of the virtual world and a cornucopia of personal-entertainment diversions have pushed discourse to the side."

What's ironic? This particular article was a web exclusive

I just found it kind of funny. The article is feeding that which is central to the destruction of conversation. Not that I don't agree with him in some, even many, ways- Newbury St. is hardly the place to find intellectual conversation- but I think there's a bit of failure to appreciate the changes is conversation, and to recognize that for every great conversationalist from ancient Greece to 18th century Boston, there were at least 2 or more uneducated and that time's equivalent of the "and I'm like..."-ers of today. There just happen to be more people, more of everything now, to get in the way. I guess the real problem is one now has to work harder to find good conversation, and certainly no one wants to work harder nowadays.


"The World is Wide Open for Heroes"


Anonymity and Mankind

The question of the day: does anonymity bring out the worst in people, or does it show their true colors?

I regularly read several anonymous web boards/discussions (what does one call them? Do they have a name, like "blog"?). I'm finding lately that, according to my theory, something about feeling like they are anonymous makes some posters forget all common decency, politeness, and tact. They say things that, one hopes, they would never say out loud to someone, or in a way that would make them blush if someone they knew could hear them. But I wonder... does being anonymous make people feel like they are free to say whatever they want, knowing that they wouldn't say it in known company, or does it simply expose who they really are in the most glaring, unflattering light? Or, scariest of all, are they one in the same?

Do people forget that they can disagree while still being polite and give criticism that is constructive, or do they relish the chance not to?

I've always thought that one of humanity's greatest gifts is the ability to know what we can do but do what we ought to do... even when we think no one (we know) is watching. I think there's some famous quotation about that somewhere out there. It's about choice, and choosing the good, even though it's difficult. Now that, I know, I've paraphrased from Aristotle. Who says pertinent thinking can't have occurred thousands of years ago?

Okay, this is not really about my business, but since this is my only blog, I might as well put it here. Besides, it just makes reading more interesting.



Happy first day of spring!