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The World Is Full Of Cut And Pasters!

Updated on August 5, 2009


The more I live the more I realize that I’m not the only lazy person in the world. I used to think that my little bit of procrastination here and a weekend spent on the couch there was something to be embarrassed about. Not that I wanted to change it but I knew from being a Jew that I should feel guilty about it. As the office gang came in on Monday mornings talking about their weekend kayaking, I had little to add to the conversation. Sure sometimes I might try to make something up but always in the back of my mind was the image of my fat ass on the sofa with my hand continually stuffed into a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints cookies. But recently the tide has turned. That’s right I’ve discovered that while there are some who are living the tri-athlete life a lot of people are doing very little and when pressed they tend to do what they do with documents, they cut and paste from different things that they’ve done in their life to create the document that is their life. The world is full of cut and pasters! – Don’t Get Me Started!

When I was doing theatre there was a guy who whenever you met up with him would begin telling you his current resume. We called him “the walking resume guy.” Now, this was in the days before downloading but since I’m bringing this whole blog into this century, for those of you riding the technological wave with me, today he would now be known as “resume download guy.” And because no matter how advanced things get there are certain things you shouldn’t do, there was also another guy who auditioned for me once that had a role on his resume on a show that I just happened to have been the assistant choreographer on. It was across the country from where the show was so I’m sure he thought he was safe in putting that he had the lead when in fact he was never in the show but was in a parade version of the show and was in the ensemble. I saw an old black and white movie once where two women who obviously don’t like one another meet on the street. From under their veiled hats they look at one another and speak,

Woman 1: My, my, what a small world

Woman 2: Positively stuffy!

The world is small and the world of theatre is even smaller so it’s best not to lie or paste something into your resume that you’re cutting from someone else’s.

As society has become more advanced so has the technology and I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. I don’t know that the person who copies someone else’s document and forwards it knows that all you have to do is right click on it, go to properties and you can see (in most cases) who really authored the document. When I was in high school a friend of mine had typing class but he never did his homework. We would go around looking for typing papers that we could trim the top off of so that he could type his name on it. (To this day he doesn’t know how to type and he blames me.)

Although it sounds like an old cliché it’s true. In most cases when you take a shortcut approach to life you either run the boat aground, get even more lost than you were to begin with or end up missing something. I was awful at math in school so I would get the answers from friends and then just fill them in. The paper always came back with the same note on it, “Show your work.” I thought it didn’t matter how I got the right answer as long as I got the right answer. I was wrong. As I get older (and maybe a little wiser) I discovered that I’m proud that I’m not a cut and paster (someone who always takes the easy way out or begs, borrows and steals from other people to get ahead). Nope, I’m proud of the lines on my face and the gray hair because really it’s just showing my work, right? The world is full of cut and pasters! – Don’t Get Me Started!

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      Raye 8 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Having spent about two hours last night sending out DMCA notices, I can't agree with you more!