From LA Daily News: Stranded Swedish family of seven heading back home, thanks to Carson sheriff’s deputies, reserves
I know I am extremely cynical and skeptical, but if I were writing this article, I would have asked a bunch of questions like:
The family spoke very limited English - isn’t English a compulsory subject in Sweden? Aside from that, if you are visiting a foreign country whose language you aren’t familiar with, wouldn’t it be a good idea to be prepared? Learn some English, buy a dictionary, write down some necessary phrases, etc?
This story reminded me a lot of the Virginia family who were stuck in SLC because they were using buddy passes and the lady stuck in SFO because she couldn’t afford to check in her bags. It’s great that the family made it home safe and sound, but it’s just a reminder that people need to be careful and plan ahead when they travel.
In polisci class, they talked about how globalization prevents war. You know, how supposedly countries with McDonalds don’t go to war with each other and all that jazz. Maybe it isn’t such a far-fetched theory… I mean, who doesn’t like junk food?
Like the North Koreans and their Choco Pies. And the Gazans and their KFC.
Here is my work-tracking-log. I wish I could say this log was my own brilliant creation, but actually, I was inspired by this Emergent Task Timer [David Seah]. I tried using the form but I didn’t like filling in bubbles, plus I wanted to mark six-minute intervals. Unfortunately, a full 8-hour day doesn’t fit on one page (unless I make the boxes smaller).
As to the tally method, I learned it a while ago. I have to say that I like it better than the sticks and diagonal tally marks that I used as a kid. With that method, sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish between 3 or 4 sticks. This method also allows me to notate when I worked on something (e.g., during the 2nd and 3rd 6-minute interval of 10 o’clock). I probably will never need to reference this, but it’s nice to have.
The daily tasks are listed from the bottom up. New tasks are added from the top down. Asterisks mark interruptions.
At the end of the day (or if I have a few minutes to spare in between tasks), I count the number of marks, multiply them by 6 and then write down the number of minutes per task (in blue). Super easy and much neater than trying to track down every single thing I do.
Copy-editing/proofing a 10 page document:
295 revisions total… I am really picky, aren’t I?