I watched The Apprentice tonight and have a few comments to make.
A) The women do not appear to like each other and seem to be more interested in beating each other up than winning.
B) The men just have a good time and it comes out, it is just easy to see that they are having fun and that translates into good things.
As a salesman I have made a conscious effort to try and avoid negativity, it just eats up your insides and destroys you. Really. It is hokey, but in my experience walking around with a smile works wonders.
I smile all the time at people. Apparently I have one of those smiles that makes you check your wallet, look at your teeth, etc. In other words, it can make you do a little double-take. I love that mischievous look and I work it because it is fun. In negotiations it makes people second guess themselves and wonder what I have up my sleeve. The best is using during a poker game.
The second question I have is why do people feel it necessary to try and describe other by race/religion/nationality when it doesn’t add anything to the story. In tonight’s case one of the women described two people as those “old Jewish women.”
I failed to see why that was necessary. Unless they edited it out, there is no way that she could have known what their religious background was, and even if she did it didn’t add to the story. All it did was raise red flags about her.
For the purpose of her story it made perfect sense to describe these two people as being “older women.” They were and since there were many different people that she could have been talking about it was sensible to describe gender and age.
Had they been Black, Asian or Latino I would have had the same problem with a description that exceeded gender and age, it just was unnecessary.
It may be 2004, but the US still has racial issues. There are deep wounds that will take time to heal.