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Nametags at the Inauguration thanks to the Huffington Post and

This morning I received an email from my friend Eric who saw this article on the Huffington Post about their initiative with to hand out 500,000 nametags at the Inauguration. HOW COOL IS THIS!

As you may recall, in 2007 we got 19,000 people to wear a nametag for a day at… Continue

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 11:30am

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At 9:58am on January 31, 2008, Phoebe.Landon said…
hey man.
so we have this question- my dad and I.... could I come stay with you and kate for 5 days in April?

Nametags lives on at TSA by the way.
At 10:26am on January 31, 2008, Joseph Porcelli said…
Sound fun to me. Let me check with Kate.
At 9:16am on February 2, 2008, Laura K said…
Thanks Joseph!

I still have my name tag. I haven't worn it in a while. Like I mentioned when I blogged about it on the NFN site, it made me feel a little too assertive, since I smile at and make eye contact with people a lot already.

Wearing it did, however, make me think more about making a conscious effort to send out positive vibes whenever I can. I also try not to be annoyed at people who are annoyed at whatever situation we are collectively in. For example, there are times when the T is sitting between stations not moving and no one knows what is going on. There always seems to be someone near me rolling their eyes and heaving these huge "not again" sighs, as if that is going to help the situation. I find that all is does is make me more agitated than I might already be.

When that happens, I try to catch the person's eye and give a "Yeah, I hear ya" smile, which often relieves the tension a little. I think a lot of people just want to know that someone else gets what they're feeling. The funny thing is that usually I'm not frustrated by the delay (even when I'm late, I tend to be the first one at wherever I'm going); the thing that aggravates me is other people expressing their frustration in a way that simply won't help the situation and (I don't think) actually makes them feel any better for having done so. So I guess my "I hear ya" smile is actually a "don't complain if you're not going to offer a solution, dummy" smile! (Oh, was that my out-loud typing?!)

Keep up the good work, Joseph, and let me know what I can do to help!

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