Category: Growing Your Business

Lessons From a Toaster

When it comes to household appliances, I am not usually prone to blanket generalizations. But, in this case, I am going to make an exception: My toaster is way smarter than my coffeemaker. You may find this surprising, since coffeemakers, with all their bells and whistles, are the alpha males of the small appliance community: sleek, powerful, sexy. Toasters, on the other hand, have been around forever – I guarantee you that Harry Truman owned one. And they have barely changed in decades: a couple of vertical holders for the bread […] Click to read more…

The Cold Truth

For twenty years, we had a second refrigerator in the basement. It was a piece of junk – dented on one side with a broken shelf and a small freezer. But it was a handy place to keep leftovers and extra supplies. Eventually, though, I realized something very important: the fridge part was almost always near-empty; the freezer part was jammed tight and never quite big enough. And so, when we moved to a new house, we didn’t take that energy-sucking dinosaur with us.  Instead, we bought a small, standalone freezer: […] Click to read more…

Big Things, Small Packages

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to get creepy. It’s just a fact: I go upstairs to pee. I work in an office building that houses five or six small companies (not to brag, but mine is the smallest). There are two bathrooms – one on the first floor where my office is, and one upstairs. Ever since the pandemic hit, I go upstairs. The problem, you see, is that the ground floor bathroom is used a lot. Not just by my fellow tenants, but by their clients (we have a chiropractor […] Click to read more…

Rhythm Method

For the past two months, I have been trying to learn how to play the guitar. It’s always struck me as a fun activity and, since I am pretty good at typing, it seems like a logical next step. But the odds are not in my favor – this is the third time in about seven years that I have tried to make a go of it. The first two (failed) attempts involved live, in-person teachers. In both instances, I lasted about six months. This time, though, I have made two […] Click to read more…

The Bird Illusion

Once again, the birds have tricked me. We have been living in this house for three years, and this is the third consecutive September in which they have faked me out in precisely the same way. Here’s how it goes… All summer long, I fill the birdfeeder in our back yard. Our arrangement is simple, if unspoken: They eat for free and I get to look at them all I want. It’s like being a rock star with a much younger wife. Other than that, we live our separate lives and more […] Click to read more…