As a professional communicator, I sometimes find it difficult to talk about myself. Writing this copy is one of those times. I’m used to communicating the value of my employers or clients and advising them on improving their communications. Promoting their brands, products or services is second nature to me. The problem with talking about your self is that too much enthusiasm can be interpreted as self promotion.
I suppose having one’s own website is a form of conceit in its own right but I bought the URL because I figured I ought to own my name. I quickly found out that there are many Dan Griggs’s out there and Daniels too. To them, I have to say I’m sorry that URL’s are by their nature unfair, only one person can have it and for better or worse, it’s me. I’ve seen many of you on Facebook and elsewhere and I wish you well.
For years I couldn’t decide what aspects of myself I wanted to share online with the world. No website can tell a person’s complete story and if it was told solely by them it should probably be viewed with suspicion anyway. I’m not trying to sell anything here just to share a few things and have some fun. I’ve included an art gallery because I used to do a lot of artwork and still use some of those skills from time to time in my professional work.
You Call That Funny?
I think that humor has the ability to disarm and enlighten. It
can take the edge off of a sometimes hostile world and that's important
to me. From time to time I'll feature topics or perspectives and present
them in a way that I find amusing such as the "help" page which
was done for laughs. Sadly, it's all too common in our culture for people
to go out of their way to look for offense which I think has probably
damaged our ability to laugh at ourselves and we need the restorative
power of humor now more than ever. Or to put it another way, lighten up!
The Joke of the Day
Or the week or the month, depending on when I have time to update it.
A man dies and when he meets St. Peter at the gate he’s told, “We have a new policy now and we let everyone try out both heaven and hell before deciding which one they prefer. You’ll get one day in each and then you can pick where you want to go.”
The man figured he’d get the worst out of the way first so he decided to try hell first. His day there started by being welcomed into a very luxurious country club setting where he was waited on hand and foot by staff and then shown a golf course where he played the best game he’d ever played. Afterwards he relaxed with drinks and a fine meal at the club and then was given a private suite where he slept.
The next day he went to heaven where he found a peaceful setting of gardens and well decorated buildings that were quite comfortable. There were angels there and everyone was nice. He felt welcome and at peace but the country club setting he experienced the day before seemed more his style.
After the second day was over, St. Peter came to ask him where he’d like to spend eternity, he felt bad but he had to go with what he felt most comfortable with and that was hell. St. Peter asked, “Are you sure?” “Yes.” The man answered.
The man was suddenly in a very dingy place that reeked, was humid and hot and was the worst looking place he’d ever seen. Satan came out and began yelling at him and he could hear the screams of others being tormented near by.
“Where am I?” the man asked. “You’re in hell,” the devil answered. The man said, “But this is nothing like the place you showed me before.” “That’s because two days ago we were in election mode. Now you’ve voted.”
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