Sunday, August 12, 2007

I hate "busy"

What does “busy” mean anyway? Constantly I hear, “I would have done that or been there but I was busy.” Busy? Seems like it is the new buzzword that everyone is using when in actuality they just forgot or it was not high on their priority list. Why is it that by saying "I was busy" that all of the sudden everyone else is suppose to understand that and say, “Oh, I am so sorry I didn’t realize that you were busy.”

I went to have my truck serviced and it was supposed to be done in a few hours. When I called 6 hours later, I was told, “well it is not done yet because we got busy.” What does that mean! Does it meant that everyone else was more important that me? Or is it easier to say that phrase than the real truth; they screwed up and overbooked their appointments.

Webster defines busy as "engaged in action" or "full of distracting detail." Dizmang defines it as "I have more important things in front of you."

We are all busy doing something and to put one’s importance over another and then trying to cover it up is not appropriate. Why can’t we just tell it how it really is. I think most people would understand better and be just fine with the truth.

So you will never hear me say, I couldn’t do that or do this because I was busy. You might however hear me say, I would have done it quicker but had to stay in the bathroom longer than expected due to the Mexican Buffett.

Friday, August 03, 2007

I can't believe I went to a Midnight Movie

I love to go to the movies but I never do. It is just one of those things that I just never seem to have time to do. Believe it or not, I see the larger silver screen about once per year usually on a holiday or something like that. But tonight it was Bourne Ultimatum night.

This is one of those guy kind of movies. Lots of action, car chases and crashes, special effects, and one tough dude. One cannot miss that! So, I made a pot of coffee, drank it to stay awake and off I went. It is now 2:30 a.m. and I am pumped (probably mostly pumped full of caffeine) so I can't sleep.

I loved it. Not much on dialogue, my wife would probably hate it, but I want to see it again and I never do that. If you have not seen the previous 2 movies, I recommend that you do before seeing this one or it won't make quite as much sense. Then again, anyone going to a midnight movie and then getting up at 5:45 am for work the next day doesn't have much sense anyway.

Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I Never Return Phone Calls

Each day I receive over 100 emails, 30 to 50 phone calls, and numerous people in and out of the office each and every day. No big deal really, a typical day for a real estate investment specialist and property manager.

Today, was no different. Unfortunately, since it is impossible for me to talk everyone at one time, the caller has to leave a message in my voice mail. I hate that, but it is the best option I have. What is so funny are the people who leave messages like, "I have called 4 times and you have not called me back; what kind of business are you running?" "Do you ever return calls?" My favorite, "Hey Paul, are you still alive, I have called 4 times in the last hour and you still have not called me back." In all of these cases, the caller forgot one important fact; they never left their phone number! I had no way to contact them.

I am so amazed at the number of people that take the time to leave a message and yet not leave a return phone number. What does one do? I think I just need to change my voicemail message to, "Hi this is Paul, please leave your name and number, or you are an idiot."