Friday 5: Performance Evaluation
- In what way do you maintain a tidy and efficient workstation?
My desk at the office is not tidy, but I would like to remind people that I’m a writer with attention issues. A huge part of my job is thinking, and it helps to surround myself with some visual stimuli, such as a few novels I’m working through or plan to work through someday, some posters on the wall, a printout of an amusing Awkward Yeti comic, some movie ticket stubs, and scraps of writing ideas I’m saving for later. However, I do tidy it up at the end of every month just to keep things from getting out of hand. My desk at home is a disaster and I’m thinking of setting the whole thing on fire.
- In what way do you maintain positive relationships with others?
I try to send friendly text messages every so often, most of which get ignored, but that’s fine. I reach out on social media in positive ways. I know; I could do a lot better for sure.
- What effort do you take to be punctual?
When I became a bus rider, I repeated the commitment I made the previous time I became a bus rider: no using the bus as an excuse to be late for anything, and no running for a bus. This mostly keeps me on time for stuff, but when I’m trying to get somewhere I don’t go very often, on a bus line I’m not familiar with, I’m sometimes off the mark. Most of the time, though, I’m pretty good about getting places on time, which is not one of my skills.
- What are your strengths and challenges in communicating effectively?
In person, I tend to take too many words to say stuff that doesn’t require them. I also overexplain, probably a vestige leftover from my teaching.
- What will be your focus for growth in the coming year?
I really need to get back to the weight-losing trend I established a couple of years ago.
Friday 5: Repeat
- What’s something you are repeatedly asked to prove?
I still get carded when I buy alcohol sometimes, and I was born in the Sixties. I suppose a bus pass is proof that I paid the monthly fee, and so is a Costco card. I read an article on network security that says the average person at work has to know eight different passwords just to do his or her job. I think I have seven, including the entry code for the building door and the combination for the lock that secures my laptop to my desk.
- What’s an album you can listen to on endless repeat?
I’m a guy who does this all the time. On my all-time list are Extreme’s Extreme II: Pornograffiti, Yes’s Drama, and Styx’s Paradise Theater. Lately, I’ve had Monster Magnet’s Mindfucker, The Sword’s Used Future, and the Night Flight Orchestra’s Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough.
- What’s a story you’ve told several times?
There used to be this heavy metal record store near on Ward Avenue. I only went in there once, but it was glorious, and I hoped to get a real job later in high school and spend all my money there and even hang out on weekends, maybe when I got some wheels. The store didn’t live long and it’s gone, and I apparently have told people this story many times. They keep letting me tell it even when they’ve heard it.
- What’s something you always order at a certain restaurant?
I like to mix it up, but despite better intentions, whenever I eat at Likelike Drive-In, I seem always to get the loco moco unless they have the pot roast special (they serve it on noodles, which is amazing). At Koa Cafe, I’ve fallen into a rut, almost always ordering the Denver omelette although I usually go in there telling myself to order something else. Oh, you know what? I pretty much always get the Waikiki Burger at Teddy’s. It’s a teri burger with a hashbrown on the patty.
- In what way do you hope this weekend will be exactly like last?
I hope to get some good sleep. This past week was night after night of miserable sleep. Friday night was also pretty bad. Determined to get good sleep tonight and Sunday. I hate that this is one of my issues.