Good morning Everyone!
It’s good to be back! For any of those kind enough to notice that I haven’t posted for about five days, we are back from a family trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. Since I worked the whole time (ain’t modern communications grand?) I can’t really call it a family vacation, but we still had fun and Kayla and Mark got some well deserved “Daddy-daughter” time. I even learned something about myself – I may be overly concerned with being considerate to others.
I have a program on my work computer called WordRake. It highlights words and phrases it thinks can be deleted from whatever draft I turn it loose on. It is a great tool for my work in legal writing and entertaining, too.
I am particularly amused when the parts of my work briefs that WordRake lights up like New York on a dark winter’s night are quotes from appellate cases. (Hey, we all get our kicks somewhere!) I also enjoy arguing with it about its editing selections.
Our relationship reminds of the first trip I ever used a GPS – it was in a rental car on a trip to Boston. My mom (who grew up there) was visiting as well. She loved to ride with me and to program the GPS so she could tell me that it was wrong and direct me to go a different way, thereby giving the GPS a heart attack. At one trip, it got so frustrated it stopped giving directions and simply churned through “recalculating” for about five minutes!
Last night, I was using WordRake on a work draft, and I caught myself agreeing to some edits that I wouldn’t have done on my own because I didn’t want to hurt its feelings by ignoring it too much.
That’s probably taking consideration a little too seriously, don’t you think?
Have a great day!