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Denis Ponsot Virtual Watercolor Demonstration Date: October 23rd, 7PM
Virtual, through Zoom
This October the Art League features a virtual watercolor demonstration with renowned watercolor painter and teacher, Denis Ponsot. With our Clinton Martin location closed until further notice, we are offering Denis’ experience as an online demonstrator for this session. Denis is an accomplished, virtual watercolor instructor, currently offering virtual classes for The School of Visual Arts and The Art Guild of Port Washington.
Denis is one of our area’s premier watercolor painters. His work has received dozens of accolades, including “Best Watercolor” awards from Bayside Historical Society and Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, as well as a recent “Award of Excellence” from the Art League of Long Island.
Join your Art League friends in a special evening of fun, watching a master watercolorist at work.
Zoom sign in begins at 7:00; the demonstration begins at 7:30. The members will all receive the Zoom invitation in their email a day or so before October 23rd.
Demonstrations are open to the public and are free. Since we are now using Zoom, please email Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org She will email you an invitation to join the meeting a few days before hand.
Who we are
The Art League of Nassau County (ALNC) is a not-for-profit group of over 100 painters and sculptors organized in support of our activities in the fine arts. Since 1925, we have been painting and sculpting together, studying our craft, exhibiting our work and making friends along the way.
To join our organization please visit or website: artleagueofnc.org/membership/
Working part-time in a luggage store that sold health and beauty aids in the upper west side of Manhattan we had many well-heeled customers.
This woman, in her 70s, approached the register and slapped a jar of expensive cold cream on the counter and accused me of cheating her. She glared at me.
I asked, “How could I possibly be cheating you?”
As she opened the jar she pointed at the cream, “You removed 25% of the cream in all the jars but are charging me full price. “
“But madam, the jars are larger because if the cream freezes in the winter while on the truck, it will shatter the jar. The cream is sold by weight.”
“How dare you tell me that? Do you think I’m stupid? Nothing expands when it freezes. I doubt you graduated high school.”
“Ma’am. I have a BS in Business from a private school, this is my part-time job, I work for Proctor & Gamble in the health care division. “ I then showed her my business card.
She glared again and said, “We’ll see about that. My husband and I own thousands of shares of P&G stock.”
“And so do I through my employee stock purchase plan for 6 years.”
And with that, she left the store.
I recall we had another elderly lady who was a regular. She was the complete opposite of the first woman. She had been a costar on a 1950’s TV comedy and did some Broadway work. She had a perpetual smile, bright eyes, and an engaging personality.
She stopped me one day, and looked around the store, “How do you manage to get all of these items in the store? There are so many and from different companies? You carry them in from the subway or car?”
“No ma’am, they are brought in by tractor-trailer early in the morning or late at night.”
She had a puzzled look, “A tractor — you mean like they use on a farm to plow the fields?”
I tried to describe it to her but got nowhere, There wasn't any passing on the street and this was long before Google or smartphones. She smiled and said, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one.
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At the end of the interview, the hiring manager leaned back on his chair, folded his hands and grinned, “Tell me why I shouldn’t hire the guy I interviewed before you came in?”
I had to think for a moment. “Having never met or interviewed the guy, I can’t make an informed opinion.” And I thought the reason for the question was to see if I made snap decisions without any facts.
He shook his head, “Now that’s a cop out. Give me another reason.”
“Let me see his resume and give me a few minutes. Cover up his name.”
“I can’t do that, but I’ll show you his cover letter.”
He folded the paper so I couldn’t see who sent it, and moved it across the desk. I read the first sentence and said, “He makes careless mistakes. He misspelled the name of your company.”
The hiring manager’s eyes popped and said, “What?” He looked at it again, then said, “This meeting is over.”
And that was that. I never heard back and no one in HR would take my call. I don’t know if it was a fake letter he used as a test or a real one.
That was the strangest question I was ever asked.
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A young woman, perhaps in her early twenties by the sound of her voice, called me pretending to be from Microsoft. She had an American accent and was very pleasant. I acted like a befuddled Senior.
“Sir, what kind of computer do you have? We detected suspicious activity and we need to resolve this now to protect you and our servers.”
“Well young lady, the sticker says Tandy 286.”
“Ummm I’m not familiar with that brand. Where did you buy it?”
“Radio Shack about 10 years ago—- no make that 1978, and this is 2010, so that would be — now let me get my calculator— I had it here someplace…”
“That won’t be necessary sir. Your computer has been broken into by scammers and I need to access it now…”
At this point, I shouted for my wife, “Isabell- we’ve been robbed, somebody stole our computer and Microsoft is mad at us.”
I hammed it up pretending to calm my hysterical wife, who was actually out getting her nails done when the woman was talking loudly to get my attention. I was stuttering and mumbling when she said, “Sir, looks like we fixed it on our end. Sorry to bother you and upset your wife. Goodbye and please, please don’t worry anymore.”
As I was hanging up, I wept, “Oh no, oh no what am I going to do?”
My pet peeve is when you send an email with a list of questions that you need to be answered, and the respondent picks just one to answer and ignores the rest. And usually it the easiest one on the list. I end up sending multiple emails each, with one question spread throughout the day.
Then he complained that I sent him too many emails. I replied, “If I send you one email with several questions, will you answer them all? I never received a reply.
In 1968 my high school part time job was rebuilding Electrolux and Kirby vacuum cleaners.
We had a customer drop off an Electrolux for repair. He picked it up later that day. When he got home he called and screamed at the owner, whom I might add was the honest man I ever met. The customer tried to disassemble the cleaner to make sure we did the work. He was stymied by the Phillip Head screws and accused us of using some special screws so he couldn’t check our work.
The owner tried to explain the Phillips Head was a common screw used in machinery so the screw driver wouldn’t slip out of the slot and scratch the chrome like a blade screwdriver would. It also provided more torque.
The customer never heard of the tool and threatened to file a complaint against the store.
The owner said you can buy a Phillips Head in any hardware store for a dollar. The customer screamed again and slammed the phone down.
I laughed at the moron, but my boss was visibly upset that someone thought he was dishonest.
We never heard from or saw him again.
As long as you’re on the payroll, you are obligated to train the new people. If you aren’t willing to do this, and I understand why you wouldn’t, you should resign immediately.
I would also ask the supervisor why you’re being laid off if he/she values your skills enough to train your replacement, perhaps there is another position in the division or company where you could transfer.
This happened to me when I asked to be transferred to a different division that had another product line rather than be laid off. Another time, I asked to be transferred to a different city where the company had an office. I kept my salary tenure and benefits. It was easy for me since I was single and rented an apartment and the cost of living was lower at the new location, to boot.
It depends on your industry, experience, and demand for your services. Since you don’t give any details I can only offer general suggestions. You need to address these questions, beforehand.
What value do you bring to the job?
What is your experience?
What is your salary history?
What is the value of the job’s benefits package? That is part of your salary.
And a few points to consider:
Don’t negotiate salary until you receive a job offer.
Make sure the person interviewing you has the authority to make an offer.
Ask questions, don’t make demands.
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