Sunday, February 12, 2017

10 Different Types of Coworkers

I am currently in my 22nd year of working for my money legally. I have held several different types of jobs over this time period: labor intensive, food service, customer service, clerical, teaching, and management. The jobs may change and vary but the people aren't all that different. Here are 10 of those exact types.

1. The Seasoned Veteran

This person has been working all of their lives and is closing in on retirement. They take their work seriously but not overboard to the point of undue stress. There's not much they haven't seen and they often reminisce back to the simpler times not only in the workplace but our world.

2. The Know It All

Every job has this person. They have x amount of skills and show it constantly. There's nothing you can't tell them and they are often the most obnoxious workers. They are either management's favorites or the ones that could be close to getting the ax.

3. The Burned Out

This worker has been working at that place way too long. You can see it in their eyes, it shows of pain and depression. The job has literally consumed the life out of them. As terrible as this sounds, this is often their means of mental survival, as well as financial. Should they leave the job, they would barely be able to function.

4. The Hot Shot Newbie

This is the second most hated coworker. They literally just started  (like last week or last month) and they are already getting more attention and notoriety than you ever did. They are constantly in management and HR's face and before you know it, they are in your face, telling you what you did wrong. Ummm, excuse you? But this isn't the worst type of coworker to have,...

5. The Brown Noser

Yep this one is everywhere in all lines of work. They do very little because they kiss up to management or even because they're a family legacy and their parents basically knows and vacations with the owner. If you didn't get that promotion you were seeking or if you're on a crappy job assignment, chances are it's because of The Brown Noser. They are a workplace cancer.

6. The Pseudo Boss

They aren't management or even on that path. But you can't tell them that. They are always trying to tell you how to do your job and where you messed up. It can be stressful already trying to meet workplace expectations. Now you have this person all in your business and space.

7. The Snitch

Not much different from The Brown Noser. Just that they are more cut throat and get cheap thrills from getting others into trouble. I have a friend that has a dirty word for snitches but I won't say it in this piece. In short, they are steadily telling on someone.

8. The Workhorse.

They are there an hour before shift and often stay late voluntarily. They rarely take any types of breaks and have zero time for small talk. It's all business with them. These are the ones that should be promoted but often aren't.

9. Barely There

By this, I mean what it says. They lay out and take vacation, personal,  whatever time they can to be out. They aren't necessarily lazy, they are just hardly ever at work. They work part time hours and get full time benefits. Barely Theres also take these long periods of leave, even if nothing is wrong with them.

10. The By The Book Robots

There are definitely by the book managers. But guess what, many of them started out in this role. They do everything exactly like they should, no shortcuts, no disagreeing even when something is wrong. They are a different version of The Workhorse. They will work odd hours, shifts, etc without any complaint. Shoot they don't complain, they live for the job. You could even call them company people. Point is everything they do is overexemplary and over the top. Either they will soar and be the GM or they may snap. Hard to really hate on a model worker, but these folks often don't know how to relax or to use good judgment. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Musical biopics: going right, wrong and a top 5 of some of the best

This past week, faith has been restored in BET. Those that known me for a while and follow my posts and writings know how I feel about BET. However they did the New Edition story and it was surprisingly a slam dunk. The story was well-written, cast, produced and portrayed. They left out many things, but told a good story and gave older audiences plenty of nostalgia and introduced NE to a newer audience. All of this was accomplished without cooning or making it ghetto. Fine job to the entire network and producers.

Now BET, and other biopic producers, need to realize what can happen when you dedicate the proper time and have the right people around you. You get a quality product that folks will want to view over and over.

Some ingredients in making a good musical biopic are adding little known facts and tidbits about the artist/group that even diehard fans didn't know about. Also, you have to cast quality performers, dancers and actors. Jamie Foxx was perfect for Ray, and Leon seems to be able to play in any musical role (Eddie Kane, David Ruffin, Little Richard). Also, make the movie the right length. Finally give unknown actors a chance and splice in some legends to help out. It also helps to have the proper network if it's on TV and determine if it should be in theaters or not.

That being said, I'm not quite ready to anoint The New Edition Story into my top 5 musical biopics yet. It definitely doesn't top the Five Heartbeats and that was fictional. Here are my top 5 musical biopics.

5. Straight Outta Compton

Despite flaws with the storyline and casting, the overall music, performance and storylines were crisp. Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., was perfect to play his father. The actor that played Dr. Dre was good as well. It also revealed how intelligent Cube and Dre really are, writing and producing many songs for their group and others (Dre's rep as a producer is undeniable).

4. Walk The Line

Some that don't follow country may see this as a white Ray. However, it was also well cast, showed Johnny Cash's troubles from childhood on. It also showed how it can it be as a musician to marry into a musical family and still strive. Reese Witherspoon definitely earned her role for playing June Carter Cash.

3. Ray

This movie may have honestly been higher outside of the length. It's honestly a classic, containing many of the ingredients listed above. Also, Jamie Foxx put in so much work with Ray Charles before he passed to nail that role. There are things left out and fabricated but it was still a winner and an inspiration.

2. The Jacksons: An American Dream.

My mom and I have watched this so much we have every line memorized. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and the gorgeous Angela Bassett played Joe and Kate almost to perfection. Jason Weaver as young Michael was a reach but he pulled it off. A young Terence Howard playing Jackie and Billy Dee Williams as Berry Gordy were definitely winners also. This was part of the blueprint for the New Edition story in my opinion. However you can't forget #1.

1. The Temptations

This has long been a debate at cookouts, family reunions and barbershops which is better: The Five Heartbeats or The Temptations. I give the edge to this movie for the authenticity. It's real and it really dug into the lives of all of the Temptations, especially Otis and David Ruffin. They possessed every successful element necessary for a biopic. There was even enough drama and tragedy for a great story. The movie is long, about 4 hours, but few I know care. It's that type of a show. It also did what the Jackson movie didn't do, went inside the intense quality control process that Motown had. Berry Gordy adopted this from his days with Ford Motors and, well, it appeared to work. He wanted them not only to be the best black group, but the best group period. They crossed over well despite drama and changing group members. Definitely the gold standard for biopics.

So now you the reader may still be consumed with New Edition mania as if Bobby Brown and Ralph just performed in your living room. But keep things in perspective and remember the movies that paved the way.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Now You See Here,...

OK I have seen some heinous and even irrational behavior this weekend. I knew tensions would be high with Trump's inauguration. It seems now people will protest simply to protest. And it's some of the same folks that voted him in.

But I believe the problem extends beyond our newly inaugurated POTUS. It goes to the overall wussification of America, how we are raising our youth.

The younger generations (the millenials and becomers) have been too entitled for too long. Many are dubbing them "snowflakes". Whatever you want to call them, it isn't promising. It starts when you give everyone a trophy or certificate in school for doing nothing, to no longer keeping score in certain sports. Sorry but everyone isn't a winner here.

Then they get to adulthood and have little to no work ethic and then want to complain, whine and protest when they don't get their way. This isn't all of them of course but many are turning out this way.

Many in the religious circle blame prayer for being taken out. I don't because you can pray anywhere in silence. I blame the system and the parents for allowing it to happen. There needs to be a flashback to some harder times. Many of these young people have no appreciation for history and their ancestors, lack the proper guidance and discipline, and are simply jaded.

So let's nip this in the bud and get down to the bottom of the issue. Stop telling these younger people that the world is all peaches and cream. It isn't, plain and simple. It's hard and often mean and unfair. The sooner they learn this, the better they will be as citizens.

I have said this before and here it is again. We don't want the world turning into the movie Idiocracy. It seems like we get closer and closer.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

There Is A Reason

My poetry is back after taking a long sabbatical! I may even do some slams again, and even some tales from a series I have called "Table Tales" . My writing and #imjustdrew stuff has plenty of range.

And here we go,...

There's a Reason

Many wonder why I write and have thoughts, unique and random
My words always form quite a tandem
I take all challenges by storm
Everything ends up taking proper form
There's a reason for all things good and bad
Someone will always be happy or sad
You can't please everyone so don't be mad
I love small towns and their character and class
Big cities have all of the fun but the locals have more sass
Act like they're not made of glass
There is a reason why I love to write
I know fewer ways to put my thoughts and feelings out right
Hope you guys missed my verses
If not, cool, remember I'm the one that has no curses
There is a time and place for everything, and bad words don't fit my style
I put these into a different file
So keep reading and watching on #imjustdrew
I love to impress and shock all of you
It's a rush and release for me
I have good reasons, better intentions and I love being free
Free in my words and speech
Not worrying about a bureaucratic leach
Time to depart for now
So maybe you all will look back and say "WOW"!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Timing Is Everything

Everything happens timely, on a certain set moment. Therefore, it doesn't pay to rush or to try and speed up a process.

It's called a process or growing for a reason. I don't know too many things worth having that manifested overnight.

It's like farming or gardening, this will take a while to do, and harvests at a set time. More people need to understand this.

This instant gratification that many possess goes on over to television and movies. I remember a time where you have to see everything live or you missed it period. No VCR, DVR, or YouTube to catch a replay. Now we have all of these resources and yet folks still want to see programs live. Certain shows, such as sports or important news are understandable. Most things can wait, like movies and shows on Netflix. Yet many feel they have to be the first to watch every episode, every minute.

This weekend forced many folks to put some things aside as the winter weather was horrendous in the South. But of course people were ready to leave ASAP.

Trust me, you're not missing much by floating activities, shows and even events. It's all about what's really important,  not what's trendy or popular. Perhaps we can one day return to this mentality.

Then we could definitely have more time and even money to spare.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Lord's Kitchen: Helping and Serving The Community Through Food

Some don't have much to call their own. Not much money, they rent or stay with someone instead of owning a home.  They don't go on vacation or have fancy luxuries. They can't even afford a decent meal due to limited resources.

The Lord's Kitchen was founded for reasons such as this: to ensure that anyone in need of a hot meal can at least get that.

This new volunteer service was founded in May of 2016 primarily through Connie Adams and Cathy Lipsey. Cathy and her sister Judy decided to do something charitable and prepare 17 meals for some people in need in the Cherokee/Western York County area. Present day, this service, once started out of these ladies homes and at Smyrna Baptist Church, has now moved to the cafeteria behind the old Hickory Grove High School in nearby Hickory Grove, 1025 Wilkerson Street. They now average 12 volunteers every Monday and Thursday, and delivered a record number of 188 meals one Thursday. They average well over 200 meals prepared and delivered per week.

The Lord's Kitchen cooks out of this cafeteria in Hickory Grove, delivers meals to people in need from Clover and on into Gaffney and in between. So far no request has been denied. They are simply trying to help those in need, and often a good hot meal makes a world of difference.

These folks do several fundraisers to raise money to buy the food. Their biggest fundraiser is their monthly dinner on the second Sunday of the month at Smyrna Baptist Church. It is a full buffet meal. $7 for take out or eat in. Other fundraisers, such as hot dog sales in Hickory Grove on Wednesdays have also helped. This Saturday, December 3rd, in Hickory Grove during the Christmas parade is a huge fundraiser. It will be in the cafeteria from 10am-5pm. Jewelry, jellies, country cooking and other goodies will be available to help raise money and awareness about the program.

The Lord's Kitchen is on Facebook, and they are always in need of volunteers and money, or whatever you can do to help. This can be letting them know anyone in the area in need of a meal. No questions are asked, except for an address and phone number.  See the FB page for further information or to become a part. They can be also reached at (803) 627-9910.  It will be very rewarding, for both parties involved!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Five Reasons Why Trump Is Now President-Elect

Now let me start by staying I'm very unbiased. I didn't vote nor support now President-elect Donald Trump in his campaign. Now, however, I will stand behind the good choices he will potentially make. Here's hoping.

Many people were shocked and upset early Wednesday when Hillary Clinton fell short of the presidency. I was shocked but not upset as I was not in favor of either one.

OK now I have broken down how Trump pulled off this dramatic win.

1. He won the key swing states he needed. If you get Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania, and carry your usual states in the Electoral College, you win the required 270 votes to nab the presidency. Although we nearly had another recount, Trump swept the swing states and was only in danger of losing Penn.

2. America seemed ready for a change. This election showed not only how much hated Hillary is, but also Obama. They looked at the flaws of both and wanted something different. Hillary's political resume is deep, Trump's is bare. People have been wanting a business mind in the Oval and now they have it.

3. There is an urban game called "playing the dozens" basically being able to talk shop and trash with your opponent and connect with the people. Trump may not be political, was rude during debates, and openly harrassed women. However, he has a connection with people, even those  he was thought to hate. Hillary seems to talk over people's heads, isn't trustworthy,and simply talks at folks and not too them. You have to connect to the people, and Trump managed to do that.

4. The country still isn't quite ready for a female president. We just had a black president. I believe eventually we will have a woman president. Hillary set the table for that female to come to the forefront.

5. Voter turnout was at an all time low. Due to the fact that both candidates were deemed unworthy, Gary Johnston and other minor candidates and write ins got votes that may have helped Hillary. Point blank, if you don't come together for the candidate you want, you may be disappointed.

OK there's my piece. No need to be disappointed if you don't like Trump. Just live and learn and remember things do work out. Continue to vote and become better students of history, especially government and past presidents.