Yearly Archives: 2005

The Doctor Won’t See You Now

About twenty years ago, I had a dentist who always kept patients waiting. No matter when you arrived — even, it seemed, if you were the first appointment of the day — he would have a waiting room full of people. One day however, I walked in for my appointment and the place was deserted. Figuring there had either been a bomb scare or somebody had finally linked flossing to cancer, I asked the receptionist what had happened to all […] Click to read more…

 

When Time Is Not On Your Side

Back when we were fresh out of college, my friend Tom told me his theory about picking up women: The better looking you are, the more time you have to make a good impression on a stranger. If you’re average looking, Tom concluded, you have about two minutes. A little better than average, a little more time. A little worse than average, a little less time. In my case unfortunately, this worked out to negative time, which essentially meant that […] Click to read more…

 

Information And Promotion: Happy Together

Two years ago, at the conclusion of my son Jonathan’s last year of preschool, we inherited the school’s pet Box Turtle. We weren’t in the market for a turtle mind you, but the school had been told in no uncertain terms by the state of Massachusetts that the creature had to go. Apparently, and on what I can only imagine was one hell of a slow day on the floor of the Senate, the state had determined that turtles are […] Click to read more…

 

Don’t Kick The Habit

There’s a great sandwich shop a couple of miles from my office. Good food, reasonable prices, friendly service, easy parking. It’s a bit out of the way, but always worth the trip. I never go there anymore. Here’s what happened: One day about a month ago I went by, and as I got out of my car, I saw a big sign on the window: Closed For Renovations: We Will Re-Open On Monday. On Monday I made a special point […] Click to read more…

 

Steal This Newsletter

According to my friends at the Reference Desk of the Boston Public Library, the U.S. retail industry lost $10 Billion in 2004 as a direct result of shoplifting. That’s right, a staggering twenty-seven million dollars a day walks right out the door. Wouldn’t it be great if there were an easy way to put an end to all this? Well, with that in mind — and in an effort to put to bed rumors that I do nothing all summer […] Click to read more…