Kick Monday’s Ass: must stay fully clothed (Dec 6, 2021)

It’s time to Kick Monday’s Ass…

I saw this at the gym yesterday and it caught me off-guard:

Pic is of a freestanding digital scale at my local gym. It has a label on it that says “Must stay fully clothed.”

If you didn’t already know, there’s a school of thought that says to get the most accurate reading on a scale, you need to be au naturel.

Meaning butt-ass naked.

I get that… totally understand. Don’t even disagree.

But I am also super curious as to how that school of thought was not overridden by “don’t get naked in public lest you get charged with indecent exposure.”

For clarity: that scale is not in a private room, nor is it in a locker room where some amount of nudity might be expected.

It’s out on the main floor of the gym, right next to the water fountains.

What I love about this label (aside from imagining all the interesting stories that might have inspired its creation) is how it shows us what working with people is like, on a micro level.

I’m talking about both life and business here.

Often you’ll make a decision or create a policy with a set of rules/ideals/expectations in mind. Then once you’ve made your move, you encounter someone who does something you didn’t expect, which necessitates reacting and creating something new (like the above label).

This is why I rail against getting stuck in the “create the perfect plan” loop for your business.

There’s always going to be something (or someone) out there you didn’t account for in the plan…

So you might as well put the scale out there and see what happens.

Hopefully your version of “putting the scale out there” doesn’t involve public nudity.

Speaking of the unexpected…

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Section 42: Life, The Universe, and Everything…

Last week I celebrated my 38th birthday. It happened on a Wednesday so that meant squeezing the celebrations in between typical workweek stuff, but overall it was wonderful. Thank you to everyone who sent a note, a text, a gif or meme, or an email. I definitely felt the love!

Over the weekend I found a weird/interesting nighttime market in Houston and dragged the fam to it. I had fun watching my mom and stepdad react to all the costumed folks at the event – it was Krampus themed LOL. I’ll write about it soon, though I had so much fun walking around and talking to the vendors I forgot to take any pictures.

After the market, I took my brother and his girlfriend out to their very first dim sum experience! They’d never experienced this kind of dumpling-palooza, so I excitedly ordered all my faves for them to try. Sadly, I also forgot to take pictures at dinner, so no dumpling pics for you.

I’ll try to be better about pics (of things other than cats and scales) in the coming weeks.

On repeat this week…

I heard this one shortly before discovering the scale/label at the gym, so here you go… a high energy Stevie Wonder cover to get your week off to a rocking start.

Today, I bring you Higher Ground by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Rock on,

Keep on teachin’
Keep on preachin’
Keep on turnin’
‘Cause it won’t be too long
Oh no

Keep on lovin’
While believers
Keep on believin’
Just stop sleepin’
‘Cause it won’t be too long
Oh no
I’m so darn glad He let me try it again
‘Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin’ till I reach the highest ground



If you’re an aspiring freelancer who’s working up the courage to leave the day job… good news! I’m sharing all the things I WISH I’d known before making the leap so that hopefully your journey goes a little more smoothly than mine.

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