Author: mikefaison

Dealing With Jerks In The Work Place

louisville-class-b-office-space-300x199Greetings fellow ruffians, today I’ve decided to give my two cents on a subject that just about everyone has to deal with at one time or another, jerks at the job. Typically speaking, everyone immediately points the finger at the boss for being the towering turd, but such is not always the case. Below I will explain my take on the different kinds of jerks and how to deal with or at the very least navigate around the aforementioned A-holes.

1. The Tall Tale Teller

This person has seen it all, done it all, and can do it better than anyone in the whole company, but has yet to advance themselves since oh about 1979. This person is probably one of the easiest to deal with, simply listen to the barrage of bullshit they have to tell you and be on your merry way, nothing more, and nothing less. As rapper K Camp says “it ain’t nothin to cut that bitch off.”

2. The Negative Nate/Nancy

This one can really bring you down should you be weak minded enough to let them. They go around doing barely enough to keep their job and complaining about not getting anywhere at the workplace or in life. My suggestion is to kill them with kindness. Give them advice on how to make the daily grind a little better or maybe even challenge them to be the change that they wish to see.

3. The Backstabber

The O’Jays put it best “they smile in your face, all the time they wanna take your place” this can be the one of the most dangerous type to deal with, as they can and will try to do anything to build themselves up while putting you down. The best way I’ve found to get around this individual is to keep them just close enough to know what kind of poppycock they’re up to, while keeping them far enough away to block their bs at every angle they may come from. As the old saying goes “keep your friends close but your enemies closer”.

4. The Bosses Best

This is the person that for lack of a better term is a straight up suck ass. While the boss may entertain their fake ways, he or she will see their fake ness from a mile away, as will their coworkers. With that being said, they will generally lose on both fronts because neither party will truly trust them. As we all know if you have no trust, you have nothing. My advice is sit back and let the universe do the work.

5. The Chatty Cathy

We all have that one person who constantly gossips about who is doing what, and just generally stirring up trouble in the workplace but will never own up to saying any of it. In my experience, the best way to deal with this is to be indifferent when talking to them should you have to. Don’t give an opinion on anything they’re talking about, don’t tell them what you think about another person, and DEFINITELY don’t give your true feelings about your boss. Everything you say will be the topic of discussion to the next guy.

Why would I choose to take the time to write about this subject you ask? The answer is equal parts simple and terrible. I have been a victim of each and every one of these sorts of ass clowns listed above. It’s my hope that this article will help you in spotting and dealing with the jerk in YOUR workplace without you losing your job or your sanity. Be a ruffian, stay distinguished.office_space_gif_by_wheen_store-d4kus1k

Cheers

Turk

Alibi American Whiskey: Good to the Last Drop

IMG_1171Greetings my fellow ruffians, today I’ve decided to give a quick review on one of my favorite libations…WHISKEY! Alibi whiskey to be exact.

For my birthday I was given one of few gifts a man can give another and surely be spot on, a bottle of Alibi whiskey. This instantly became one of my favorite go to drinks. If you are in need of a good three finger beverage to accompany your pipe or cigar or to just tune out the daily grind, then you should consider seeking salvation in this spirit.

When I first cracked the bottle open, I do what I always do and gave it a good sniff. It seemed to me that initially you get a light citrus like aroma along with just the right amount of sweetness and then BAM, the whiskey punch that we all know and love. I always make it a point when trying a new whiskey to put it on the rocks to help open the flavor of the liquor. With that being said the makers of Alibi surely did not disappoint nor did they skimp when it comes to taste.

The taste seemed to be the reverse from the smell, I got the nice whiskey punch with the sweet citrus on the back end, and to me it had just the faintest taste of raisin which threw me for an unexpected (but oh so delightful) loop. I typically save my whiskey drinking for the evening but Alibi could easily be a refreshing daytime cookout beverage. Personally, I feel you can’t go wrong with three parts Alibi and one part cranberry for a great cocktail that is both easy and delightful to drink.

The makers of Alibi truly held to their slogan that “Alibi American Whiskey is a smooth 90 proof American whiskey that is easy to drink, any way you want to drink it.” I will caution you ladies and gents, IT IS RIDICULOUSLY EASY TO DRINK! So as always, partake responsibly and enjoy.

If this review has peaked your interest and you’d like to pick up a bottle, head on over to your local wine and spirit store and treat yourself to a bottle, it’s very reasonably priced at $23.99 per bottle. Cheers mates

Brand: Alibi American Whiskey

Web Address: www.Alibiwhiskey.com

ABV: 45%

Rating: 4.75 pints out of 5

“Irish Setter” by Red Wing Shoes

IMG_0257Ask any blue collar person that has to wear standard personal protective equipment ( safety glasses, ear plugs, steel toe boots ) and they will tell you that a good pair of boots is a necessity that is seldom found. Sure you can run to Wal-Mart and scoop yourself up a pair for $49.99 or even get really “fancy” and get yourself the timberland pro series, but let me tell you my friends, you’d be doing yourself a great injustice. Don’t waste your hard earned dollars, or compromise your comfort, on a product that won’t last more than six months (depending on how much abuse your boots).

With that being said, I recently purchased a pair of redwing boots from their “Irish setter” line and let me tell you, it was worth every single penny of the $149.99 plus tax. When you first slip on these boots they are warm, soft, inviting, and makes you say “ooohh!”. But in all seriousness, the folks over at redwing knew what they were doing. The boot offers excellent ankle support coming in both 6″ or 8″ heights and have a very short ( I’d say about two days ) break in period. This to me is extremely important because I believe we can all relate to having the “Frankenstein”walk for weeks in an effort to get accustomed to your new footwear.

Now let’s talk about my in store buying experience. Typically when you go to a shoe store, you’re faced with one of two annoying situations, 1. You get some lazy ass late teen early twenty-something kid whose attention you can barely wrangle long enough to get your size shoe, or 2. You’re faced with overly attentive, tries to sell you everything in the store person. Thank The Lord that was not the case when I went to the local redwing store. I was greeted, made aware of what deals they had going, and left to my own devices. The salesman asked what industry I was in and suggested a non slip sole being as I work in an oily ass machine shop ( my words not his ). Once I made a decision on what boot I wanted, the salesman asked me to step on to a machine that measures your foot and finds where you put the most pressure when you walk (kind of like those Dr. Scholls machines you see at Walmart but better). The minute I tried on what would soon be my new boot, I fell in love, but that love was soon one upped by the insoles that were suggested by the sales rep. His exact words were “try one boot without it and one boot with it”.  It was a night and day difference on an already ridiculously comfy boot. I had to refrain myself from screaming “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!”…but in the end the $209.00 and change I spent for the boots and insoles was well worth it, and did I mention you get free laces for the life of the boot in store as well as free mink oiling AND lifetime guarantee on the insole? Trust me ladies and gents, you cannot go wrong with Redwing.

So if you’re in the market for a new boot, head on over to www.redwingshoes.com, you can order online or use the site to find a store near you, my local store is located at 2333 South Federal Highway Fort Pierce, Florida 34982, Travis Lampman was my salesman. Cheers!

 

Boot rating: 4.9 pints

In store experience: 4.9 pints

Website: www.Redwingshoes.com