The Virginia Child Support Enforcement Agency is taking out full page newspaper ads
with pictures of their most wanted deadbeat parents. Is the purpose of this to shame people into paying? Or to hope a friend/co-worker will recognize someone and let the agency know where they live? What about the cases where you know where the parent resides, but they still aren't paying? The only action that's been taken against my ex for the $16,785 he owes our two children is sending his name to the federal and state tax set off list. Whoop-de-whoo. Let's think about this. If you're not working (or getting paid under the table, as I suspect), you're never going to file taxes again. How far does one have to go in arrears before something further is done?
I'm taking a trip to Williamsport, PA this Sunday and Monday to audit the books for Tuckahoe Library's opening day collection
, which are being managed by Brodart. I'll be checking that the materials are cataloged and processed according to our specifications. I'm really excited about this experience because I've never visited a vendor's facility before. I'll be able to see how they manage their operation and meet people that I've only corresponded with. The Tuckahoe building itself
is really starting to come together now. Postings may be sparce for the next few weeks as I proceed through this trip and the job interview in CA.
I'm wrapping up the Introspective book and have a few more snippets to share that I found particularly TRUE.
"Unlike extroverts, who wear their personalities on their sleeves, introverts
often keep their best to themselves. With extroverts you see what you get. With
introverts, what you see is only a portion of their personality. The richest and
most trusted parts of an introvert's personality are not necessarily shared with
the outside world. It takes time, trust, and special circumstances for them to
begin to open up."
There is a chapter in the book on introspection at work, an environment where extroverts who speak their mind and make quick decisions are typically viewed as the more valuable employee. There is a hilarious section on business meetings and how these drain introverts. It says:
"Why don't innies speak up in meetings? One reason is that when innies are in
large groups, they usually find it hard to both absorb all the new information
and formulate an opinion about it. They need time away from the meeting to sift
and sort the data.... innies must expend extra energy to attend to what is being
said in the meeting. For them, focusing on the outside world is like driving an
SUV: it's a gas guzzler. There is little left over for speaking. Drawing
attention to themselves by speaking up truly depletes them."
Did I mention the author is an introvert and an ex-librarian? About herself, she commented:
"The way my brain worked puzzled me. I couldn't figure out why I could think of
comments after the fact. When I gave my opinion about something that had
happened earlier, teachers and friends would ask, in an irritated tone, why I
hadn't spoken up before. They seemed to think I was purposely withholding my
thoughts and feelings. I found my thoughts were like lost airline baggage; they
arrived some time later."