Monthly Archives: August 2016

Visual Spacial

Those who say men are better at visual-spacial tasks have never seen women compete in rhythmic gymnastics. The way these ladies handle the apparatus — hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon — proves to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are just as capable as men, and are equals. This requires just as much proprioceptive capability as aiming a ball at a a goal.

That being said, the United States did not have a contestant in the rhythmic gymnastics competition in Rio Olympics this year, and that’s regrettable. However, girls who have the training and skills in these apparatuses have a handful of venues in the U.S. to use these skills: marching band feature twirlers; alt-music stage performers; Burning Man (and regional burns); fire spinning; side shows; travelling circuses; etcetera.

So don’t tell me women can’t navigate through space as well as men. That’s just incorrect.

Out, Off, Down

The good news is that I survived a layoff event.

The bad news is that I work for a company where laying off 7% of the workforce across the board was the winning option.

I mean, I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s one of the inevitabilities of corporate life. But it’s been a long, long time since the last layoff event at my company, and any time I see two managers asking a coworker to have a quick word in private, I get the sick sense that I may be next. After having been laid off twice (from my last employer) and after having been fired for various reasons throughout my life, it’s a safe bet that I get a little nervous around that sort of cubicle dialogue.

All this begs me to consider what’s next in my life.