Category Archives: Owning a Niche

2020 Vision

I own two pairs of glasses: one for distance, one for reading. The distance glasses are for driving and TV. The reading glasses are for when I’m reading something in print for an extended period (for shorter things, squinting seems to work just fine). Recently, though, I created a problem… I buy my glasses at Warby Parker, a company whose simple web site makes it easy to narrow the choices and that will send you sample frames to try, for free, […] Click to read more…

 

Georgia On My Mind

(Listen to this post, here.) I don’t mean to frighten you, but I’ve got $45 worth of fresh peaches in the back seat of my car. Is it because I love peaches? Not especially. I’m not even sure they’d make it onto my top three “All-Time Fruit” list. Rather, it’s because the “Georgia Peach Truck” arrived today at our nearby garden center and my wife, Linda, asked me to go over and pick some up. And, since the Georgia Peach Truck only sells peaches […] Click to read more…

 

All Niches Are Not Created Equal

(Listen to this post, here.) Statistically speaking, it’s due to arrive in my inbox any day now.  The “it” I am referring to is the more or less, once a year request that I receive from a parade of strangers who share my name.  The email usually goes something like this:  “Hi, my name is Michael Katz too and I see you own michaelkatz.com. Would you consider selling it?” I’ve owned that domain since 1999 and my answer to these […] Click to read more…

 

Food For Thought

(Listen to this post, here.) I’m no scientist, but when it comes to the relative temperature of various foods, I am happy to share the following facts: #1. Oatmeal is the hottest consumable substance on earth. If your castle walls are in the process of being scaled by hordes of blood-thirsty enemies, this is the (food)stuff to pour on them. #2. Nothing heats up faster in the microwave than quinoa. Five seconds on “high” and these once benign pellets will melt the roof of your mouth […] Click to read more…

 

Rocky Mountain Low

(Listen to this post, here.) Quick: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Colorado?  If you said, “mountains” or “sunshine” or “legal weed,” I’m going to give you full credit. For me, unfortunately, and up until just last week, the answer would have been, “unbelievably long lines at the Advantage car rental office.”  That’s because one year ago, when my wife Linda and I landed at Denver airport en route to dropping off our son Jonathan […] Click to read more…