So Much Partner, Talk!

partners_backgroundI’ve been working on lots of projects lately. Which means I’ve had lots of partners. And I got to thinking about it. Then I got to writing about it. And then I got to publishing the writings about it. And now I’m sharing it with you.

3 Characteristics of a Good Partnership – Ms. In the Biz

And now I’m gonna go keep working on things. Perchance and perhaps you should do the same.


Facebook poke relationship turns substantial

It began as just a pointless, confusing, digital “poke” on the online networking site, Facebook. That simple act transformed the lives of Mr. Joey Pewter and Mrs. Hailey Clear-Pewter.

The two first met when Facebook suggested they had a few friends in common and should consider befriending each other. As Mr. Pewter recalls, “I had no idea who this Hailey Clear was, but I figured why not add a new friend?” And so he made that fateful click that would begin a new era for him. As Mrs. Clear-Pewter recalls, “I saw we had friends in common so I figured why not accept the friendship? Obviously, I’m so glad I finally did.”

The digital courtship did not begin immediately. Mr. Pewter took a bold move by deciding to “poke” her one day. He explains, “I wanted to see if she would poke me back. You can learn a lot about a person based on their Facebook poke etiquette.”

Mrs. Clear-Pewter recalls the day when she saw the first poke. She says it told her a lot about what type of person he was and the possibilities of their relationship. “I hesitated to poke back, just because of what it might say about me. I didn’t want him to get the wrong impression and thing I would just respond to a simple poke after just meeting someone.” She smiles, adding, “But I guess it was just meant to be.”

After the initial poke exchange, they pokes became more frequent. The two found themselves poking each other three to four times a day. Finally, Mr. Pewter couldn’t stand the tension anymore and asked her out through a Facebook message.

Mrs. Clear-Pewter said she wasn’t surprised. She expected this to happen. It was the next logical step after their intense poking.

On that first date, Mr. Pewter proposed. Mrs. Clear-Pewter again wasn’t surprised, claiming, “When you’re that serious about somebody on Facebook, you know it has to be something special. I knew the moment I saw him and he jokingly poked my arm, he was the one for me.”

Three weeks later, and three months after the initial Facebook poke, the two were married. They, of course, immediately changed their Facebook status and Tweeted about the ceremony on their way to the reception.

“The digital age is speeding up everything. We just found out Hailey’s pregnant, and we’re only expecting about three months of pregnancy before that baby’s out,” Mr. Pewter says.

They, of course, already have a Facebook account set up for their unborn child.

Middle school grammar teacher verbally attacks student after reading a series of poorly constructed text messages

Mrs. Wayward Pennington, a fifth grade language arts teacher at Sycamore Middle School in Goshen, is a stickler for excellent punctuation and grammar and expects the utmost from her students. She has a reputation around the community for being extremely strict when it comes to learning and practicing proper English. Students in her class know that if they do not speak or write with proper English or punctuation, they are very likely going to be reprimanded in front of the entire class and possibly the school.

Mrs. Pennington set a new precedent for herself, however, when she confiscated fifth-grader Tracey Art’s cellular phone and began a barrage of verbal attacks upon the girl. Tracey was caught sending a text message during class, an offense that Mrs. Pennington often overlooks. Unfortunately for Tracey, however, she had been writing in offhand, sloppy text format, and Mrs. Pennington was appalled.

“She had absolutely no capitalization or proper punctuation. She had put ellipses in inappropriate places and included short hand abbreviations that made her communication ineffective and hard to understand to the general population. Additionally, she left out almost all of her vowels, making the words seem little more than jibberish. I couldn’t believe my eyes,” explains Mrs. Pennington. She adds, “Technology is no excuse for laziness. From now on, I will be monitoring all forms of communication that my students attempt, whether it be a text message, an instant message, a message in a bottle, a physical message or a psychic message. Whatever it is, it had better have proper formatting.”

Tracey, the student who was the first of what will likely be a slew of students reprimanded for her communication style, remains almost speechless. Though she looks around with sad eyes, she has an overwhelming fear of communicating with the outside world because of her traumatic experience. She simply stated, “I am sorry for what I have done. Or is it that which I have done? Or the thing that I have done? Or is it appropriate and casual enough to create contractions here? I don’t know! I just don’t know!”

Hopefully, Mrs. Pennington and Tracey can find a middle ground.