Monthly Archives: May 2008

Put Your Newsletter On “Shuffle”

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. Last week, in no uncertain terms, my 12-year-old daughter, Emily, told me that I was cut off. Done. Finished… …No longer would I be permitted to borrow her iPod when I went to the gym. First of all, according to Emily, I was “getting it all sweaty.” Second, and much less disgustingly, I was “running down the battery life,” a phenomenon which was apparently wreaking havoc on her finely tuned […] Click to read more…

 

Radio Nowhere

I’ve been listening to 92.9 WBOS radio here in Boston for probably 20 years. It’s got a nice mix of music I like and a staff of low key, likable DJs. Recently, however, I noticed that that DJs aren’t around much anymore.  There’s music; there’s advertisements; there’s prerecorded celebrity promos… but no DJs.  I did some checking, and sure enough, they got rid of most of them (see article here)! Apparently, they concluded that since listeners tend to shift stations […] Click to read more…

 

Are You Having Fun Yet?, Part II

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post… Today is the Friday before the three day Memorial Day weekend.  All morning, as I made my way from the school bus stop, to the gym, to the coffee shop, and finally to my office, I noticed that everybody’s sighing and saying how happy they are to have “made it to the long weekend.”  I finally realized that I don’t have any of that extra-day-off-anticipation anymore. I like that.  It means that by doing […] Click to read more…

 

Are You Having Fun Yet?

I think you’d agree that one of the reasons for starting your own business is “more fun.” More interesting work; more control over who your clients are; more freedom to think, dress, say, DO whatever you want to do every day.    A pretty good recipe for fun. But here’s the thing… you have to take advantage of the freedom to get the fun. In other words, just because you technically have the freedom to take your dog for a walk […] Click to read more…

 

Float Like A Butterfly

This spring, for the first time in 10 years, I don’t have a son playing baseball. Instead, both my 15-year-old, Evan and my 9-year-old, Jonathan have opted to play lacrosse. Evan, because he wanted to play goalie on the freshman team. Jonathan, because he found out that in lacrosse you wear a helmet, carry a weapon, and are permitted to hit other people as often as you like (a trifecta that he looks for in any social situation). They’re loving […] Click to read more…