St. Patrick’s Day

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Saint Patrick, born to wealthy parents in Britain, was a missionary. He was born in the late fourth century and would later become the patron saint of Ireland. So if he’s a patron saint, why do we pinch each other in his name? Here are a few ideas about why this holiday is so widely celebrated in the USA.

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by the those of Irish descent and increasingly by non-Irish people (usually in New Zealand, Australia, and North America). Celebrations are generally themed around all things Irish and, by association, the colour green. -Wikipedia

St. Patrick’s Day is actually celebrated on the day Saint Patrick died. There are many legends associated with Saint Patrick.  At 16 Patrick was taken prisoner by Irish raiders attacking his family’s estate in Britain. He spent 6 years in captivity and during that time became a shepherd. Perhaps the most famous is that he drove all the snakes from Ireland. This is of course not true.

So why do we pinch each other for not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day? Here are a few ideas from wiki.answers.com:

You get pinched because you’re a nonconformist.

Pinching gives you a bruise so you can have some green on you.

The act of pinching on St. Patrick’s day began in America with Irish settlers who tried to get their kids to behave by telling them that fairies would come pinch them.

But the answer ACTUALLY is: Pinching those not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is an American tradition, having really nothing to do with Ireland or St. Patrick. It’s thought that the pinching started in the early 1700s, about the time that awareness of St. Patrick’s as a holiday came to the fore, too, in Boston, in the Massachusetts colony. They thought if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was good because they would pinch anyone they could see. So the pinching is to warn and remind you about the Leprechauns.

So go find someone who is not wearing green and give them a pinch and sing them this Irish Blessing Song

“May the road rise to meet you, and the wind be at your back, and the Lord hold you always in the hollow of his hand.”

The 5 Most Unprofessional Things You Can Do Without Getting Fired, Maybe

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Most of us have worked in an office where people have done outrageous things and been fired for them.  From stealing to insurance fraud, we’ve seen it all.  In fact just today there was a news story about 3 car dealership executives that stole 81 cars and had embezzled tens of thousands of dollars.  But what about those little things that are just wrong but won’t get you fired?  Here is a list of five things that happen around the office that just shouldn’t!

1.        Men and women alike, wear pants that cover your rear end.  We know you like your thong but that doesn’t mean we need to see it too!  And I won’t even go into the whole plumber’s crack thing.

2.       If you work directly with the public, in person OR on the phone, DO NOT CHEW GUM!!!  It’s disgusting to hear and even worse to look at. 

3.       If you’re sick, really sick, like contagious, please stay home.   We don’t want to take more sick days because of you.

4.       Be polite to clients.  Remember the old adage treat other as YOU want to be treated.  Well it’s still true.  You might not care if the customer leaves but I guarantee the company does.  Remember a happy customer is a returning customer. 

5.       Don’t gossip.  Especially about your boss.  It WILL get back around.  Come on we’re not in high school anymore right?

All of these were taken directly from experiences gathered from family and friends who work in corporate America  .  I have been working from home for the past 3 years and I am so glad I don’t have to deal with any of this anymore.  I would love to hear your best/worst office stories.  If you’ve got a good one please post it in the comments and then get back to work!