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February 2, 2009

You’re DOING IT WRONG! – Using “the” language

Filed under: Big Help for Small Minds — billcutshall @ 11:12 am

It is difficult for me to criticize people for extraneous word usage since I am such a fan of using a dozen words where six will do but in this case of people who use the word “the” inappropriately I will make an exception.  Seriously, people,  just because it is the most common word in the English language doesn’t make it acceptable to throw it around with complete abandon.

If you use the definite article “the” in front of words describing general concepts or adjectives chances are good that you are DOING IT WRONG! (more…)


December 22, 2008

You’re DOING IT WRONG! – Health Insurance

Health insurance has been a big topic of discussion lately and more and more we get to hear the opinions and experiences of individual Americans expressed in the mass media.  For the most part I understand people’s frustrations over in-network/out-of-network services, high co-pay amounts, paperwork nightmares, and outright fraud and deception executed by insurance companies in their payment policies.  What gets not only my goat but also an undue amount of airtime, however, is frustration over exclusion of “pre-existing conditions”.  Here’s the thing:

If you wait until you are sick before you get health insurance, you’re DOING IT WRONG! (more…)

October 27, 2008

You’re DOING IT WRONG! – Replacing the Toilet Paper

Filed under: Big Help for Small Minds — billcutshall @ 8:00 am
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The roll goes over the top.  Period.  If you put the toilet paper on the dispenser and the flap hangs back against the wall you’re DOING IT WRONG!

Having the next sheet hanging off the front of the roll makes it easier to see and grab.  The last thing anyone deserves once finished on the throne is to have to dig to find the end of the TP roll.  Also, do you really want a bunch of people touching your bathroom wall during this process?  I didn’t think so.

October 24, 2008

You’re DOING IT WRONG! – Dieting

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Dieting is not about figuring out what you can eat.  It is about eating less than you burn.  If you are spending your time making lists of food you can and cannot eat on your diet, you’re DOING IT WRONG!

Americans, on average, are overweight.  It is no mystery where the excess weight comes from and yet the strategies devised to correct the situation seem to diverge from dealing with the actual cause almost at their very core.  Simply put, the body burns a certain amount of calories in a given day.  Any calories consumed in excess of that amount will be turned into fat and stored.  Any calories burned in excess of those consumed will cause the body to turn fat back into usable calories and burn it.  If you are overweight it is because you consumed more calories than you burned over the course of your life.  Period.  It isn’t because you have a slow metabolism and it isn’t because you are big-boned and it isn’t because stress caused your body to manufacture cortisol which promoted the creation of unsightly body fat.  The process that makes people fat is long-term and the solution is as well. (more…)

October 21, 2008

I’m DOING IT WRONG! – Drinking Coffee from a Paper Cup

Filed under: Big Help for Small Minds — billcutshall @ 9:46 am
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My Nemesis

My Nemesis

Seriously, I’m old enough that I should be able to eat or drink without spilling anything on my shirt but there is evidence in my family that I may be genetically predisposed to lose that ability as I age.  I was therefore doubly dismayed when I discovered this morning that I had dripped coffee on my white dress shirt, first because I would be spending the entire day at a client’s office wearing a brown bib of shame and second because I might be doomed to a life of dark shirts and fear of sauces and dressings.  (more…)

September 24, 2008

You’re DOING IT WRONG! – Filling the salt and pepper shakers

Look at your salt and pepper shakers.  One of them probably has more holes than the other one.  If you put the salt in this one, you’re DOING IT WRONG!

There are differing opinions about which shaker is the appropriate or correct one to use for salt and which for pepper (in the cases where there isn’t a clearly labeled “S” and “P” gracing the shakers).  The basis can be traced back to two schools of thought which I call the historical and the practical but, as with most opinions, only one is correct (because I say so, that’s why).

The first school of thought holds that the number of holes is traditionally linked to the amount and price of each of the seasonings required.  Before worldwide commerce was commonplace, pepper was extremely expensive.  A smaller number of holes in the pepper shaker conserved the precious spice and undoubtedly made anyone dispensing a large amount of it very conspicuous.  Salt, on the other hand, was relatively inexpensive, necessary for life and health, and useful in covering up the taste of poorly stored or prepared foods and thus was in more demand at the table.

The second school of thought observes the relative size and shakability of each of the two seasonings and determines that, given an equal number of holes, salt will flow from a shaker more easily than pepper.  In order to make the pepper easier to get out without breaking an elbow, more holes are appropriate.  Since none of us is suffering from a lack of salt in our diets and pepper hasn’t been a precious spice in hundreds of years, this is the correct way of doing things so stop reading this article and go fix your shakers immediately.

September 10, 2008

You’re DOING It Wrong! – Making the Bed

Filed under: Big Help for Small Minds — billcutshall @ 8:00 am

You are putting the flat sheet on your bed upside-down.  Stop doing it wrong!  It annoys me.

Flat sheets generally have two sides, one where the pattern is bright and visible and the other where the pattern is faded and much less visible.  I like to call the faded side “the back”.  When making the bed people naturally (and correctly) put the fitted sheet on with the bright side up away from the mattress and facing the sleeper.  The next step is where it all goes horribly wrong.  You lay the flat sheet out with the bright side up where it will inevitably be covered by the comforter.  You leave “the back” facing down to where the occupant of the bed will eventually be.  That’s wrong, wrong, wrong.

Try it this way next time; lay the flat sheet out with “the back” facing up and then lay the comforter on top.  When you peel the comforter and sheet back to climb into bed that night you will be presented with an appealing burst of color from both the bottom AND top sheets of your bed.  I guarantee you will sleep better knowing you made your bed the right way.

September 2, 2008

A Little Advice for Getting Through Airport Security

Filed under: Big Help for Small Minds — billcutshall @ 11:01 am

I have been flying a lot lately and have quite a bit of practice getting through the airport security checkpoint line smoothly.  My fellow travelers, on average, don’t have the benefit of hundreds of previous screenings and can be expected to be a bit slower than I.  Some will statistically be a lot slower and will inevitably hear the dreaded phrase “Bag Check, Lane One” or worse, “Security Assist, Male”.  They will also be subject to the intense silent scorn and loathing of a hall filled with impatient people forced to wait in line.  Here are a few tips to help get you through airport security while drawing fewer invisible daggers. (more…)

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