Great article this week. If only all things could be so simple as a straightforward length measurement, but still food for thought for troublesome employees. The good employees (or at least good-hearted) will rise to the challenge of a direct expectation like that, while bad employees will resent it, and when they fail you know they should go…
I applaud your willingness to enter personal (and potentially unflattering) comments into your article, like the Grumpy Old Man comment and the thing about the electric dumbwaiter – it makes for an interesting read and gives us a peak into your life and mind that is helpful to know your perspective.
Norcross, Georgia USA
Laura should have suggested you mow the lawn yourself. You need the exercise. The typical sub-division is bermuda grass so your fire stick is about 1-1/2" long. We call those toothpicks on the northwest side of Atlanta. You could take your wife to Steak & Shake with the money you save (but I realize people of your stature wouldn't be seen in such a bourgeois establishment). Sorry, I just didn't think. However, we like it and use the coupons from the AJC, too. We also like the Right Wing Tavern in Woodstock.
Marietta, Georgia USA
For us it is "dogs' butts".
When the grass in the [fenced in back yard] gets so tall that Mitzi [miniature Schnauzer - born 1998 from Pat Hoekstra's female dog & has Pat's attitude] and Emma [3 year old Chihuahua, attitude passed on from Mitzi] won't "take care of business" then it is time to call "Pablo" [he says that is his name]. His wife hand's the phone to their young daughter who speaks perfect English... And the dogs get relief.
Atlanta, Georgia USA
I don't know if Larry is insulting any race, color or creed, but if you think he is, please take it up with him, not me.
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