Monthly Archives: June 2001

You Can’t Shine A Sneaker

Earlier this week, after five consecutive days without any Internet access, my service was finally restored. Until that happened, I didn’t realize just how intertwined the daily running of my business is with the Internet, and I don’t mind telling you that when they finally got it working again on Tuesday, I felt like a fish (penguin?) dropped back into a bucket of water. And what a nightmare it was finding my way back. Even after proving to my Internet […] Click to read more…

 

A Marxist Approach To Growing Your Business

When I was a kid, I loved watching the old Marx Brothers movies. One in particular, Go West (1940), has a train scene which is now a classic. Running out of coal and faced with a deadline, the brothers decide to start chopping up the train itself to use for fuel. When they finally limp into their destination, laughing and cheering, there’s not much left to the train except the wheels and engine. Not exactly what you would call a […] Click to read more…

 

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

A funny thing happened to me a few weeks ago as I was standing in line at the bagel store near my office. As I approached the front, the woman behind the counter (Jennifer) smiled and said, “Toasted sesame with raspberry jam and a small black coffee to go?” Startled, I replied, “Perfect!” The fact is, not only was I surprised, I was impressed that she remembered my daily order. After four months as a customer, I had finally become, […] Click to read more…