quote yourself. by- adventureclubviral

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“your resumé is a kaleidoscope. be sparkling for the interview.”

i have been examining my resumé lately. i have also been examining the job market lately. among attempts to match my resumé to job after job after job- there is always a that customized editing process- a sentence worth omitting here or a word worth inserting there. each edit makes me appear on paper to be the perfect candidate for another perfect job. surely i am not the only one tweaking my resumé constantly. surely i am not the only one frustrated with that resumé format of fitting your expansive experiences and ass-kissing assets onto one page that is your entire adult life on paper.

so i quote myself when i call the resumé a kaleidoscope. it never does the job seeker proper justice. there is always a distortion between what is written on that one page and how fabulous and qualified you really are. and i relate to all the time spent manipulating and managing that one piece of paper for one particular job (after job after job)… and i encourage myself and everyone else out there with a resumé to keep sending them and when you land the interview…make it count.

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provocation of the day- quote yourself

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why do people like quotes so much? what is it about borrowing something else that has been said?  we jot them down in our journals to be remembered, we make art of them, hang them all over our walls, repeat them, revere them, list them in our social media profiles under the stock section favorite quotations…

we are inspired by the words of others surely. we are intrigued, provoked, tickled, shocked, humbled and outraged. quotes are everywhere, famous and novel, anonymous and repetitive, tired, tried and sometimes true.

adventureclubinteractive wants to hear you quote yourself. what do you have to say that makes people want to write it, read it, think it, repeat it? challenge yourself further and publicize your quote somewhere around town. leave your quote like your signature on a message board! write your quote on the bathroom wall! quote yourself in a conversation!

please submit your responses via email to adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com

or share a quote as a comment below.

to ride the microwave. by-adventureclubviral

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why a photograph of storage units regarding the microwave? because that is where my microwave currently resides – hibernating a few states away from me. not only am i provoked by the adventureclubinteractive provocation- to ride the microwave- among other things locked up in that storage unit i have been really re-considering the importance of what most consider to be basic household needs.

the microwave and i parted ways about a month and a half ago, less by choice and more because of circumstances. other kitchenware left behind include my beloved coffee machine, my electric fryer, my good knives,  fancy crystal glassware and favorite ceramic teapots. i knew i would miss these things the most and packed them all away with a promissory kiss.

and i am slowly learning something – more like the inverse of what i thought i would miss… for example i wondered, a month and a half ago, how am i going to reheat the leftovers without a microwave? and now instead of improvising with leftover packaging- i don’t leave leftovers. i save time, preparing less food. for example i wondered, a month and a half ago, how am i going to enjoy nice wine without my Riedel stemware? and now instead of drinking nice wine in a generic glass- i don’t drink nice wine!

the lack of a microwave has served me a lesson in a paring down of things you think you need to enjoy other things. and the bonus has been realizing i don’t need to enjoy those certain things quite so much. saves me money. saves me the waves.

provocation of the day- the other dinner table guest

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the remote control made it to dinner tables everywhere in the fifties.

imagine the scene- a nine to five father settling heavy into his favorite armchair. two point five children ordered to set the dinner table. an apron adorned housewife emerging from the kitchen in oven mitts. the trays are unfolded from out behind the couch, one for each member of the family. everyone in their usual position- dinner is served. while fingers and forks push around food the entire scene is backlit by another guest- practically a family member itself, and probably the most entertaining of the bunch… the television.

anyway, decades later the television is still a good friend or family member to many. and usually you can adopt the television anywhere else you have dinner outside your own home- at your friends house or at the local restaurant… you don’t need to bring your own to assure you of its company!

there is another guest at the dinner table these days. the cellular telephone. how interesting that there is usually one television remote control per dinner table but there is one cellular telephone per table setting.

adventureclubinteractive wants to know what you think about the cellular telephone as a guest at the dinner table.

please submit all provocative thoughts via email to- adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com

dropping the ball. by- adventureclubviral

i dropped the ball on yesterday’s provocative post prompt. but i thought about the expression all day long. i think that i was over-provoked. i imagined hundreds of ways that i have dropped the ball in my life, this year, this month, all week… it cast that effect on me as words sometimes do… when you stare at them too long they start to look funny. when you say them out loud over and over they start to sound odd. so i thought about another kind of dropping the ball this morning. and i realize i know so little about the history and the meaning behind the upcoming dropping of the ball(s). all over the world, as the year comes to an end we drop balls to bring in the new year. what does it mean? 

Here’s a clip from author Kate Kelly about dropping the ball.

The Party Tradition Begins

The first New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square occurred in 1904, just after the New York Times had relocated to a new building in what had been known as Longacre Square. Publisher Adolph Ochs had successfully pushed for a renaming of the district, and the triangular area where the new building sat at the intersection of 7th Avenue, Broadway, and 42nd Streets has since then been known as Times Square.

That year Ochs sponsored a party to beat all parties to celebrate the new location. An all-day street festival was capped off with a fireworks display, and there were thought to have been 200,000 people in attendance. The Times continued to sponsor a New Year’s Eve event in the area, and New Yorkers soon began going to Times Square instead of ringing in the new year at Trinity Church as had been the previous custom.

A few years later the city banned the use of fireworks, and that led to the creation of a new tradition. At first, Ochs’ team developed a creative use of lights. At the end of 1905, lights were configured to read “1906” and these electric lights flashed from the tower of the Times building, reportedly visible from miles away. The Times tower was also festooned with electric streamers that lighted the building’s four corners.

But the creative thinkers were still at work.

Noting Time with Ball Drops

Everywhere in the world, the problem of synchronizing time was addressed with many forms of creativity. In 1833 The Royal Observatory in Greenwich England had a ball installed, and at 1 p.m. each day, the ball would drop to mark the time and allow the captains of nearby ships to set their chronometers. (When the telegraph was invented, the exact time could be communicated beyond areas that could see the ball drop.) The success of the dropping ball was copied elsewhere in the world, and it is this tradition that is mimicked with the dropping of the ball in Times Square.

The first ball made for Times Square was iron and wood and weighed 700 pounds; it featured light from one hundred 25-watt light bulbs. It was made by an immigrant metalworker whose company, Artkraft Strauss, took responsibility for the creation and dropping of the ball for most of the 20th century.

While the ball must have been on order for many months before December 31, 1907, its introduction was met with little joy and less fanfare. The “Bankers Crisis” had occurred in October of 1907, causing a 50 percent drop in stocks in the New York Stock Exchange and leading to the spread of a nationwide recession. There was no central bank to avert the disaster; times were very hard for people and there was little feeling of optimism. (The following year, Congress undertook a study of the country’s financial structure that led to the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank.)

As a result, that fist drop of the Times Square ball was met by a subdued crowd. The New York Timesreports: “The dropping of the illuminated ball on the tower of The Times was awaited by an expectant crowd with upturned faces. The square was thronged. As the ball dropped on the stroke of twelve an involuntary cheer arose from many thousands.” (NYT 1-2-1908)

During World War II, the United States was adhering to a wartime “dimout” and in 1942 and 1943, there was no ball drop. The tradition was so strong, however, that people still gathered in Times Square. At midnight during those war years, a minute of silence was observed followed by the ringing of chimes from sound trucks parked in Times Square.

Since that time there have been several new versions of the ball, but one thing remains the same: People enjoy gathering in Times Square — or watching via television or the Internet — to mark the beginning of a new year.

Follow Kate Kelly on Twitter: www.twitter.com/AboutAmerica

provocation of the day- bucket list

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life as a to-do list

life is an adventure, life is a trip, but life runs out so here’s a tip-

life is short so plan ahead. what will you do before life makes your bed?

imagine it, commit to it, write it down to be shared…

…a provocative bucket list before your life is spared.