If you live in Florida, you've encountered the Federated States of Micronesia.
Well, if you fill in any online form, and you tab over to the states section and you begin to input Florida's abbreviation (FL), at the moment that you enter the "F" up pops the choice of the Federated States of Micronesia.
If you make the mistake of hitting "enter", you have to go back and hand select the state of Florida.
IT IS SO ANNOYING!!!
Since when did the Federated States of Micronesia become a state, and how come no one informed me of this any sooner?!
I know that for some of you this is the equivalent of griping about your mate leaving the top off a tube of toothpaste. But if you were job hunting and repetitively filling out forms, it might be enough to send you out of your office for a well-deserved 15 minute rant in your backyard as the nearby squirrels run off, chattering, looking backwards over their shoulders at the insane person stomping about in their backyard.
Not that I would ever do such a thing.
So I finally gave up this morning, and googled this Federated States of Micronesia. I figured that if these employers were all considering job applications from residents of this place, maybe I should get to know my competition better.
According to Wikipedia, it's a cluster of micro islands (which explains the first part of the word "Micronesia"). These islands are near Papua New Guinea. In other words, any competitors will need to get into their hand-carved bark canoes and paddle a long ways to get over here and fight me for a job.
Which gives me some relief, since the competition is fierce enough as it is without my having to fight a headhunter to get a break.
They do have pretty spiffy attire, though... So if they become a true threat, I may have to rethink my standard business suit.
Sarah Palin's Acceptance Speech
When I first heard of Sarah Palin about 6 months ago, I was quite impressed. When McCain announced her as his running mate, my friend and I were so excited that you should've seen the emails flying between us! As you know, I've posted some pretty positive thoughts about her nomination.
But let me play Devil's Advocate for a minute.
Palin has some things that may haunt her if she doesn't get spin control on top of it right away:
1. Her televised comments as Governor saying that the Iraq war is a war of God on June 8. This will smack of the Crusades to the Muslim world (this can't look good to other countries), and many conservatives such as myself do not agree with the war, nor believe it's of God.
To see it, go here.
2. Her Bridge to Nowhere claim (that she said "thanks, but no thanks") is somewhat disengenuous, as it turns out that she may not have constructed the bridge, but she sure kept the money.
To see an article on this, go here .
I would very much like it if points 1 & 2 didn't exist, but we have to be fully aware that they do. With any luck, Palin has some excellent spin doctors on her team now, so there will be decent answers that will make this only a hiccup in the campaign.
But to ignore it is dangerous, IMHO.