Saturday, October 14, 2023

Corporate Sell-out Maneuver #1: A Book Promotion

It's been a long time since we've posted anything here, and we have a very good reason for that. The reason is none of anyone's business, but it is a very good one. 

If it was any of your concern, we could tell you the reason we've been gone so long and you would be like; "Oh wow! That is a very good reason. One of the best I've ever heard."

But alas...not your concern. 

So, what brings us back now? 

There is a very good reason for that as well. This time, it is your business. In fact, we will tell you the reason we are suddenly back here, blogging like crazy.

It's because the boss said we are supposed to promote his book.

Here is the book promotion.


It is odd that there is some other guy's name on the book. A ghost writer, maybe? Dunno.

We're supposed to mention that the book will be out soon and let you know how you can find out more. 

Apparently, you can find out more about the book and also sign up for updates here.

Now, this is a departure from our standard operating procedure because the book is real. We typically don't deal with real things, so everyone is in a bit of a panic around here. Some of us worry that this may lead to a loss of focus on the normal nonsense and represents a shift to ecommerce. 

Understand, the word "ecommerce" sends shivers down the spines of the Crock, Inc. staff because ecommerce means work. We are averse to work so we would prefer to keep this company focused on providing top-quality nonsense at a reasonable price.

The boss argues that his book fits that description. 

While the book may indeed be nonsense, it appears to be a real and tangible book that will require real and tangible money to purchase. No matter what this book costs when it hits the stores, if it's more than $0.00, it will be the biggest-ticket item we've ever promoted. 

You can see how this would make us nervous.

Anyway, fingers crossed that this will satisfy the boss man. Hopefully we can get back to nonsense now.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Inspirational Wisdom of Mr. Davies

As I've ascended the ladder of success, I've crossed paths with many wise folks who have provided advice, encouragement, and inspiration to me.  But perhaps the most inspiring inspiration and the wisest wisdom I received came from the late great Marcetius H. Davies III.  He was a contrary old cuss most of the time. Generally, when he talked he was angry and grumbling about something or just in a bitchy mood. But sometimes, every once in a while, if I listened, REALLY listened to what he was saying, there was a profound quality about it. In his lucid moments when he was focused on his message, he delivered life lessons in short bursts, many of which have stuck with me all these years.  I would like to share with you some of the wise wisdom that Marcetius bestowed upon me. Here are some that made the most impact:

For every dollar there's a shoe shine.

A man shaves when he feels like it.

No one ever sailed to Topeka.

If you bought it, you own it.

Don't throw your money.

It's okay to like turtles. They wear their homes.  It's not okay to like people who wear turtles home.

If you make a mistake, you should repeat it three times to make sure it's real.

Saving your loose change will get you murdered in Thailand.

If a friend comes to you in need, help him find a different friend.

The longer your doctor looks at you, the deader you're about to be.

The only person you should allow to tell you to shut up is your own lawyer.

If you want to get a job in this town you have to be at least as smart as a full grown cantaloupe.

You can't dig out of a hole.   You just can't.  It makes no sense.

You can't get gum drops out of headless cat. Unless you put gum drops in a ceramic candy jar shaped like a cat and the head is a lid.

Feelings aren't real things.  Quit your crying.

When a man wants a sandwich he wants a sandwich immediately.

Damn kids keep pissing in the bird bath!

Well, now that I typed these out I'm not sure if I remembered them correctly.  They may not be verbatim, but I think the messages are still there.  Surely you can learn something from these. I know I did.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Four Bad and Deadly Work Habits That Will Kill You Completely Dead

You are doing some things at work that are going to kill you completely dead.  If you are okay with that, you can stop reading this right now.

Since you are still reading, it means that you, like many Americans, do not want to be killed completely dead.  (You'd prefer somewhere between not-quite-dead and slightly injured, I guess). This is good, because that means you have NOT developed the first bad and deadly work habit on our list of bad and deadly work habits that will kill you completely dead, which is; stopping reading things.

Stopping Reading Things
Listen! I understand that reading is boring.  I understand that we all would rather just have someone tell us about the important parts of any written piece.  When we look at an article, for example, we quickly scan headline to determine if we need to read it. Even if we do decide we need to read it, we probably will skim a few words in the first paragraph or two and call it good.  Turn the page. Keep scrolling.  Then, "Oh look!  Dunkin' Donuts has a new breakfast sandwich!", and we're in the car headed to Dunkin'.  Meanwhile, the rest of the article we didn't finish is trying to tell us about the outbreak of salmonella poisoning stemming from the new Dunkin Donuts breakfast sandwich.

Our diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps will serve as a nice reminder for us now that we know we could have avoided it all by simply not stopping reading things.  Sure, Salmonella probably won't kill you.  At least not to the point where you consider yourself completely dead. But it's not going to be a whole lot of fun.

What if the thing we stopped reading were a warning label?  If all we see is "CAUTION!", we might have a propensity to be slightly more careful for a few seconds, but we will not have any idea what to be careful of.  This is precisely why, every year in this country, over 45 million people slip on the wet floor, fall, and die from head injuries, despite the fact that the sign was right there telling them "CAUTION! WET FLOOR!".  With our busy lifestyles who has time to read those two extra words?  Well, the over 45 million people who completely died this year would probably make the time if given the chance to not slip and be killed completely dead.

Poor Posture
We have gone to great expense to provide those ergonomic office chairs so that you people will sit up straight with proper posture.  Why is this important?  Because slouching at your desk leads to death, 100% of the time.  Every single person who slouches at their desk will eventually die.  There is no arguing that.  Did you know that your spinal cord is vital to your success in your career?  Poor posture puts unnecessary and unnatural strain on this vital organ.  If your posture is poor enough, you will not be able to stand up to your boss.  Not only will you not be able to defend yourself from his ridiculous accusations and demands, you quite literally will not be able to physically stand up. Your spinal cord will shrivel up into something that resembles a crinkle-cut french fry, which immediately leads to a quick, although painless, death.

Chewing on Pens
Diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps are the least of the nasties you can pick up from this bad and deadly habit.  Don't believe me?  In a impartial double-blind covert surveillance mission study conducted by an outside contractor on our behalf painted a horrific picture of just what happens to pens left on desks unattended.  Video footage from the study showed a worker who left her pen on her desk when she went to the copier.  Within 3 seconds of the pen being left unattended, a coworker came by, picked up the pen, scribbled something on a piece of paper, stuck the pen in his nose and dug around a little, then returned the pen to the desk and went on about his business.

In another piece of footage, we witnessed a maintenance worker hose down an unattended pen with industrial-strength pesticide while attempting to mitigate an ant infestation.  Later, when the pen's owner returned, he picked up the pen and, without hesitation, put it directly in his mouth.  Towards the end of that video clip you can clearly see him get cancer.

While germs and contaminants are not pleasant, the study showed a far more disturbing and memorable reason to not chew on pens.  One morning, Justin Haverdasher had just filled his coffee cup and sat down at his desk to get his work day started.  As he did every morning, he picked up his pen and carelessly placed it between his teeth while reaching for the power button on his computer monitor.  Suddenly, without warning, the internal spring mechanism on his clicky-style pen failed. The little clicker piece on the end of the pen shot out of the plastic housing into Justin's mouth.  The velocity was so great that the projectile punctured his esophagus and and exited the back of his neck, becoming lodged in a cubicle divider nearly 50 feet away.  Justin died instantly and completely.

Talking in the Restroom
Freedom of speech is NOT an inalienable right in a restroom.  I'm just letting you know because some people apparently believe that the restroom is a good place to make small talk.  Those people are wrong, and here's why: talking requires one to open their mouth and exchange air through it. That's restroom air!  I don't think many people have ever died from bad smells, but I'm sure you can image what types microbes are present in that particular air.  There are tiny and very deadly molecules floating around in there, just waiting for an open mouth and flapping jaw to infiltrate and destroy.  If you are one that likes to talk in the restroom, perhaps you deserve your fate.  Logic and common sense suggest that one should hold their breath, walk in the bathroom, do their business, wash their hands, and get out of there before they suffocate.

As with previous examples, sickness is not the most dangerous consequence of this bad and deadly habit.  Some people enjoy the privacy the restroom offers.  Talking to them in this setting may make them angry. Sure, they would have to be a truly psychotic monster to get angry enough to kill someone for talking to them in the restroom, but you never know when such a monster is lurking in the next stall.  Why risk it?  Don't talk in the restroom.

In conclusion, if you didn't stop reading this, you may have gained some insight into the dangers of these bad and deadly habits that will kill you completely dead.  Perhaps you have developed one or more of these habits yourself.  If what we've written here saves one life, we've done our job.  We'd even consider it a victory if we've stopped one person from talking in the restroom.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017: A Look at the Year to Come

Rather than the typical review of the year that was, We thought it would be a unique and original idea (which will now be copied by most everyone in the media) to look at the year to come.  Never mind where we've been, it's where we're going that counts.  If we walk looking backwards, we might run into a pole or a homeless person. Better to keep focussed on the road ahead.  Those are wise words of wisdom delivered wisely.  

So, looking ahead.  This coming year will be different from the outgoing year in one big way.  The new year will be known as 2017.  Goodbye to that old tired 2016 banner at the top of your calendar.  That was a dumb name for a year anyway. 2017 has a better ring to it.  Sure, the new year is a number, just like the old year.  But the cleverness of incrementing the name by just one digit really sets it apart. We love it already.  This means that in 2017 we can do just one more awesome thing.  Okay.  Maybe that's not what it means, but it's the thought that counts.

Here are some bold predictions for 2017:

- There will be at least 12 months in the year.  In fact, most calendars have already been printed with exactly twelve months.  Everyone has already agreed on names for these months, so we can't change them now. If additional months are needed, the extra calendar pages can be purchased at our company store or on our website.  
- We are not going to observe leap year in 2017.  We strongly believe that this will be a traditional 365-day year.  It's a tribute to three of the four years past.  The month known as February will still be the quirky little 28-day midget that we all hated last year.  Take note: this means that you don't get that bonus day to think about doing something spectacular but never get around to it.
-  Someone famous will die in 2017.  It will be reported that a famous person died unexpectedly, but here you see us predict this clearly in advance.  Don't be fooled.  It was planned all along.
-  The number one song of 2017 will be hated by everyone in the world before the end of the year.  We will know all the words and wish we could forget them.  We will cringe at every note.  If you have those days where you wake with a stupid song in your head that makes you want to pop out your own eyeballs with a flat head screwdriver, that's probably the song.
- There will be a natural disaster.  We're not saying where or when.  Everyone everywhere should just be prepared.  You know?  Bottled water in the bunker and such.
- Some kittens may be born.  Someone might post videos of their antics as they grow up throughout the year.  

That's probably enough.  2017 is coming.  Celebrate the future tonight my friends!  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

10 Tips to Make This Christmas Better Than Last

1. Wait until at least 11am to start drinking, unless you still have to run to
Wal-mart.  In that case, giddyup.

2. Avoid Wal-mart.

3. Get Grandma a gift so her disapproving stare doesn't haunt you all year again.

4. Do NOT, under any circumstances, use the words "dry" and "ham" in a conversation with your mother.

5. When someone gives you a gift, try responding with "thank you" instead of  "this better not be another stupid-ass tie".

6. The maximum amount of time you should spend with family is three hours.  Set your alarm.

7. Remember, every gift a child opens will need $80 worth of batteries, will need to be assembled, and will make incredibly loud and obnoxious noises. The best way to avoid this is to not invite children.

8. Wait one more year before you regift that tin of popcorn.  They'll forget.  Plus that stuff ages well.

9. Cursing is unavoidable, but try to keep it under you breath whenever possible.  Of course sometimes you will have to scream obscenities.  Everything in moderation.

10. Wear pants.