Yearly Archives: 2002

Perfection Is Not The Goal

Last week my wife Linda and I moved our family to a house in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Among the short (hah!) list of things she gave me to do over the weekend was a request to hang a coat rack for the kids in the back hallway. Although I freely admit that I’m no home improvement expert, I didn’t expect a coat rack to pose any particular challenges. I got one end of the wooden rack successfully screwed into the wall, […] Click to read more…

 

Size Matters

During my 20’s, I spent a lot of time hanging around a karate school in Boston. One guy I remember well was another student, named Matt. A cheerful, bifocal-wearing, 40 year old college music teacher, Matt couldn’t have been more than 5′ 2″ tall. If someone invited you to pick out a student that you’d like to fight, you’d take one look at him and your decision would be made. I can tell you first hand that it would have […] Click to read more…

 

Tales Of Infidelity

I got a call earlier in the week from a very polite man who, after identifying himself as a Fidelity employee named Jim, asked if we could talk for a few minutes about my financial future. He had my account information in front of him, and wanted to review some important questions,such as. . . “Are you comfortable with the amount of money you have set aside for retirement?. . . Are you paying too much in taxes?” . . […] Click to read more…

 

Personalization Ain’t Personal

My first job out of college was working as a bank teller, at the Brookline Savings Bank in Brookline, Massachusetts (yes, as a matter of fact I do have a liberal arts degree). I trained under a guy named Steve, who had already been at the bank for a couple of years when I arrived. In addition to showing me how to cash savings bonds and count money, Steve also insisted on demonstrating his, “sure fire way to meet women […] Click to read more…

 

The Penguin And The Hare

My father runs six miles a day, six or seven days a week. As amazing as that is for an 81 year old man, what I find most impressive about my dad’s running regimen is that he’s been doing it now for nearly 30 years. In the rain, the snow, or the heat; whether getting up at 4:45 in the morning to run before work when he had a full time job, or “sleeping in” until 5:30 now that he’s […] Click to read more…