Curious Phrase – Three Sheets to the Wind

Meaning: Very drunk or intoxicated

Example: The groom made it to the alter, but he was three sheets to the wind.

Origin: The phrase comes from 18th-19th century English Naval terminology. The original phrase was “three Sheets in the wind” and referred to the erratic behavior of a ship that has lost control of all of its sails.

In nautical terminology sheets are the ropes that adjust the position of the sails relative to the wind.

The speed and direction of a sailing ship is controlled by the number of sails raised on each mast, the angle of the sails to the wind (trim of the sails), and the position of the rudder. If the sheets used to control the sails are to break or are have been released, the sheet is said to be “in the wind”.

One can imagine a sail thrashing wildly in a strong wind with its sheet (the control ropes) blowing about. It would be very difficult to regain control of such a sail.

Prior to the 1810’s it was common for ships to have three masts, (fore, main, and mizzen). If the sheets on all three masts are “in the wind”, the ship loses all steering control.

The ship’s lack of control is likened to that of a stumbling drunk

Software Tip – Word (file drop)

Software Tip - File in fileWord – Dropping one file into another opened file

Back by Popular Demand (and on request by Linda Jeffers)


Often, I want to take one Word document and drop it into another Word document without cutting and pasting. The reason I usually want do this is because the document I’m dropping has a text box and/or other formatting. In this instance, a cut a paste function doesn’t recognize all that formatting.

There’s a very simple way to insert a file:

1) Click where you want to insert the other file on your working document.

2) On the Insert menu, click File.

3) In the File name box, enter the name of the file you want to insert.

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Quote of the Month – Jan ’08

About Competition:


CompetitionPay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing. When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

– Bob Parsons, CEO of

New Years Resolution: Get Organized and De-Clutter in 2008


Relax, take it easy. If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, it’s probably time to get organized.

Every paper needs a home; why not give them all a place to go. Maybe the paper is trash, a bill to pay, an upcoming bid or project, or simply belongs in a file cabinet (do you have one?). Wouldn’t you feel good knowing your papers had a place to go?

Whether it’s your computer filing system, your physical desktop or a room that needs an overhaul, The Work Organizer can give you the jump-start you need for the new year.

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Office Supply of the Month – Expanding File Folder

This 12 pocket expanding hanging file folder is a great product for collecting tax information, receipts or for any annual project that you’d like to hang in a file cabinet away from eye’s view. This particular file has an expandable bottom making it easy to access.

Also comes in 7 pocket size – great for special projects or for storing computer manuals etc.

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Tech Talk – External Hard Drive

External Hard DriveMultimedia files – especially uncompressed video files – can take up a lot of hard drive space on a computer, and many users quickly exceed the space on their internal hard drive. An external drive is an easy way to increase hard-drive space without installing a new internal hard drive. An external drive can also be used as a backup drive in case your computer’s drive becomes corrupted or unstable. Reviewers uniformly recommend that users back up their computers – or at least their most important files – at least once a week. Backing up data to multiple CDs or DVDs can be cumbersome, often requiring several discs, but an external hard drive can hold much more data. Click here for more information on choosing a back-up system


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