So… I know I’ve complained about the same things last year, but they still shock me so I’m gonna go ahead and complain again. I don’t understand how probably 75% of the college-aged kids I deal with do not know how to address an envelope. Even those who just graduated from college!!!!!!!!!! Ok, ok, I get it, no one sends letters, they use email. BUT… don’t they still teach kids how to send letters? At 22, nearly 23, I’m not much older than these kids, and I still learned this stuff when I was in school. Even if I hadn’t, I get bills and see how they’re sent. Yeah, yeah, people pay bills online. I guarantee you, these kids get junk mail. They get Dominos fliers, probably once a week. Those can even give you a hint at how to address a piece of mail. At least enough of an idea so you don’t stare at me with a look of terror in your eye when asked to address an envelope. Real examples I’ve been given: name and address written in the upper left (close, but no cigar), Name with Milwaukee, WI written underneath (sorry, but I think Milwaukee is a little too big for them to find you), Zip code written before the city and state, stamps in the wrong corner, no name at all, the list could go on and on. Here’s a picture of a gem from this year. I just want to smack these kids and say, “REALLY??!!! REALLY??!!! This is your best effort? Do you think this will get to you?”
As frustrating and unbelievable as this is to me, I worry for these kids. What if they have to apply for a job or grad school that needs application materials mailed (not emailed) to them. Would they just address it like an idiot? I would HOPE those potential employers/professors would throw away the application, if it even managed to get to them. Would they have their parents do it? I hope any parents would just slap their kid and tell them to grow up. I just don’t understand how people don’t know these things… or even have a slight idea how to do it. This year I had a girl who had just graduated, who had to ask where to put her name and address, so I pointed that out, and then she confidently says, “And the stamp goes in the upper left corner, right?” Um…. no.
Day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty. This is a dumb one. So I’m choosing to ignore what I’m supposed to be doing and just go with one of my favorite songs, because I know I’d sure like to listen to it, and maybe you would too. “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness. One of the greatest songs ever.
Day 29: A song from your childhood. I was listening to the radio a few weeks ago and this song came on. It reminded me of the past, and also how much I love Puddle of Mudd. I loved listening to their stuff back in the day and was thrilled to see them live at NWRR a few years ago. Even though there are many other songs I love by them, I’m going to use this one because I think it is so beautifiul. “Blurry” by Puddle of Mudd.
Day 30: Your favorite song from this time last year. One of my favorite songs from this time last year was “Bulletproof” by La Roux. Now when I listen to it, it seems kind of annoying, but I still love the lyrics. “Been there, done that, messed around, I’m having fun don’t put me down” was basically my motto of Summer 2010. =]
Day 23: A song that you want to play at your wedding. “Your Song” either the Elton John version or Ewan Mcgregor…because his voice is dreamy. =] I just love this song, and maybe it’s not such a great song for a wedding, but then again, it’ll be my wedding so I can do whatever I want. 🙂
Day 24: A song that you want to play at your funeral. So…. this may not really be what I’m looking for, but the general point is what I’d hope to get across. “Time of My Life”
Day 25: A song that makes you laugh.”Don’t Trust Me” by 3OH!3. “Don’t trust a ho, never trust a ho.” Words to live by.
Day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument. My musical abilities have pretty much gone away entirely, but I always remember this was one of the songs I played for piano, and I could still probably play it if I sat down and gave it a shot. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.
Day 27: A song that you wish you could play. I would LOVE to be able to play this song… it’s so beautiful and one of my absolute favorite songs. Maybe someday when I get free time again I’ll learn it on piano. “Konstantine” by Something Corporate.