Tonawanda News


January 24, 2014

ADAMCZYK: Off-balance is the new balance


Tonawanda News — They’ve taken resume-writing classes that teach how to spin a success story from failure, and they’re steeped in enough irony so that anything can sound like something else, what the old timers considered “silver linings.”

Except perhaps for a wedding day, no one expects anything to run perfectly. Home telephones have a former luxury feature, the speakerphone, so the phone owner can accomplish something while he or she is on hold. You’re expected to work, or at least devote brainpower, to the job even when not at work, which is why a few minutes dedicated to personal matters while on the job tends to be acceptable.

You make connections. You carry a copy of your resume in your pocket at all times.

Drop or get dropped today, pick up something new tomorrow, or maybe later today. You do not work for (insert company name here), you work for yourself and hire your skills out to (insert soon-to-be-taken-over company here), and you reside in a society that expects constant upgrades to your capabilities.

Furthermore, like in sports or the arts, someone’s always coming up younger faster cheaper, so you stay on your toes, with your mind and eyes open. Take a day off if you’re tired, then get back into the mix.

It can be a hectic, frantic, tightrope-walk of a way to get through life, but many these days find it attractive, or at least preferable, to what they saw their parents or grandparents do. While I arrive on the battlefield with a few advantages, like a paid-up college education, and some liabilities, like a gray beard and no understanding of why people think Will Ferrell funny, I can see the attraction in this sort of lifestyle.

Someone must be teaching self-confidence, or the workforce is obtaining it behind doors that were formerly closed to me. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and those armed with it seem to love prowling the terrain, regarded as dangerous.

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    August 1, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014