Four For Friday (it’s a meme kinda day)

  1. Wealth: In 1982, the year Forbes started publishing its annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americas, the magazine could find only a dozen or so billionaires. This year, The Forbes 400 list includes billionaires only. What is your definition of wealthy? Not thinking twice before making a big purchase. And by “big purchase” I mean anything over a hundred bucks. If you don’t bat an eye, as far as I’m concerned, you’re rich. But only in the pocketbook. Personal wealth is a far different thing, and is related to having people in your life who love and respect you, being personally fulfilled and satisfied with your life, etc.
  2. Advertising and Religion: Bahrainian athlete Ruqaya Al Ghasara runs her track & field races wearing a hijab (a full Muslim headscarf). Nike, which sponsors Al Ghasara and is notorious for splashing its logo on everything in sight, somehow managed to get the Nike swoosh emblazoned onto the sides of Al Ghasara hijab. In your opinion, should Nike have stopped short of swooshifying a religious garment, or is Al Ghasara hijab fair game for branding? Um… yeah, I’m not so much for the logo on a religious garment. Seems sacreligious somehow. And really, is that necessary? Maybe if she was buck nekkid and that was the only thing they could swoosh, but then they’d probably just tattoo her behind or something. I guess I’m surprised that if it is important enough for her to wear her hijab that she would let them do that.
  3. Asking for Advice: According to a recent survey, most employees are unwilling to turn to their boss for advice on problems at work. In fact, a supervisor was cited by only 11 percent of employees surveyed as a source for workplace advice. More employees rely on a peer, another senior person, or a friend outside the company when searching for advice on work-related issues. How about you? When you are experiencing problems at work, who do you turn to for help or advice? . Because she’s awesome and almost always has my back, and is more than willing to get in people’s faces. And, usually the problems that I bring to her she’s recognize as problems before, or I can quickly explain why I’m complaining and she gets it. There’s no one else, though, so when she retires, I’m screwed.
  4. Sleep: While everyone pretty much knows that sleep is vital to our health and well being, millions of us are not getting enough of it, or are suffering from sleep-related problems. For example, surveys conducted by the National Sleep Foundation reveal that 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. In addition, more than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month. What time did you go to bed last night, and do you think you got enough sleep? I went to bed just before 1. I never think I get enough sleep. If I had my way, I’d get 10 hours of sleep every night (I’ve had a work/life schedule that made that possible, and I discovered that 10 hours was my ideal amount, unlike most adults with 7 or 6).