Then I went to the Commerce Bank in the same strip mall to withdraw some cash at the counter. There was another customer, a rather sun-baked looking man, trying to cash a check. From what I overheard, the problem was that he had 12 accounts at the bank but 11 of those were inactive. (As an aside, that sounds like rather sloppy money management.) So the teller had to call the head teller to proceed. The man was visibly getting upset, saying loudly that he had $800,000 in the bank and yet they were treating him like he had $12. Then he snatched the check from the teller's hand and stomped out to the ATM.
Well, that was a valuable opportunity to see what a hissy fit looks like from an third party point of view. After seeing that, I conclude that it is a good idea to save your complaining for later, in writing, because taking out your frustrations on the service staff just looks ugly. Of course, holding back can sometimes be hard to do in the heat of the moment.
1. Do you really make wishes when you blow out the candles on your cake?
Sometimes, but not all the time.
2. Have any of the wishes ever come true, if yes?
Yes. Well, I'm here.
3. How do you feel about birthdays? (e.g., love the attention, just another day, don't want anyone to know my real age, etc.)
I'll go and do something special on my own, which is like most weekends. Hmm. But one time, I had Hurricane Isabel.
4. Tell us a favorite gift you've received, or something you'd really like for your next birthday.
Last year, Richard sent me an old-time radio horror story MP3 CD set. I thought that was pretty unexpected and cool.
5. What flavor cake?
Black forest, which is my earliest memory of a birthday cake.
1. what's a good reason to lie?
If lying will save someone from getting sent to a death camp, then yes, lie!
2. what's the most convincing lie you've ever told?
One time, I was looking for a geocache in a wooded area just off a road in Brightwaters and someone who didn't look trustworthy (but I was really just guessing) inquired as to what I was doing. So I told him I was birdwatching. Wait, that wasn't convincing at all. :)
3. are lies of omission acceptable?
Tough question. As always, it's situational. Normally, I don't go telling people about everything that I do all the time. At the same time, failing to warn others about a potential danger (e.g. a terrorist with liquids photographing the GWB, but I digress) would not be good.
4. has dishonesty ever made your life better?
I don't think it has, although I noticed that some folks believe in self-delusion.
5. finish the sentence: if they only knew....
... how enormous the Federal fiscal gap is.