Get Your Head on Straight

img_0242“I think her comment seemed pretty innocuous to me,” Lenny said.

“What the hell are you talking about?” Anne asked. “I found the whole thing to be downright spooky.”

“Oh come on, Anne,” Lenny said. “You and your lefty pals always get so irate over the dumbest things. “John Kelly shouldn’t have said what he said about the president.”

“Oh, you mean when Kelly warned Trump that replacing him with a yes man would lead to his impeachment?” Anne asked. “Well that’s exactly what Trump did when he replaced Kelly with Mick Mulvaney, whose head is so far up Trump’s ass, he can’t see any light. And now Trump’s going to be impeached. So there you go!”

“And that’s why I thought what the White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said was so innocuous,” Lenny said.

“So you think that when the freakin’ White House Press Secretary said, ‘I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great president,’” Anne said, “that wasn’t a totally crazy thing to say? Man, you need to get your head on straight.”

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (innocuous), The Daily Spur (hell), Daily Addictions (found), Word of the Day Challenge (spooky), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (irate), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (light).

SoCS — Dress Code

Dress CodeEver since I graduated from college, nearly every job I held required me to abide by a strict dress code. Literally all of my post-college jobs were white collar jobs, meaning professional, managerial, or administrative jobs performed in an office or other administrative setting.

In the early days, the dress code for male employees essentially meant wearing a suit and a tie to work. For the most part, once I got to the office, I’d take off and hang up my suit coat and only put it on when I had to go to meetings with clients, customers, prospects, and with executives in my own company.

I really didn’t mind all that much having to wear a suit, but I really hated having to wear a tie. I never quite understood the purpose of or the necessity for wearing ties. But it was the dress code, you know.

At some point, maybe the late 80s or early 90s, a lot of companies started introducing a new dress code that included “casual Fridays.” We didn’t have to wear a suit and a tie on casual Fridays, but we did have to wear a sport coat with a dress shirt, and dress trousers. We referred to that kind of attire as “business casual.”

Then, in the early 2000s, many companies began to allow males to dress in “business casual” almost all the time, with some more progressive companies introducing “jeans Fridays.”

In 2005, I became what was alternatively known as a telecommuter, a remote worker, or a “home-shored” employee. As long as I had a laptop with a reliable internet connection and a telephone, I could work from the comfort of my own home, only occasionally having to physically go into the office.

One of the things I loved about being home-shored, aside from not having to commute to and from the office, was the lack of a dress code. I could work in my pajamas if I didn’t feel like getting dressed. Or I could slip on a t-shirt and jeans. It didn’t matter. Hell, I could have worked naked, were I so inclined.

It was great. No more suits, ties, sport coats, dress shirts, dress slacks, or dress shoes.

And now that I’m retired, my dress code is whatever is relatively clean and comfortable. Mostly that equates to jeans and t-shirts. I dress any way I want to dress. If I dress at all.

SoCS Badge 2019-2020Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Our task is to write a post using the word “dress.”

FOWC with Fandango — Irate

FOWCWelcome to October 26, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “irate.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.