Category: Pricing & Money

A Hard Habit to Break

I’ve heard it said that clothing-wise, whatever you are wearing at 50, you will be wearing for the rest of your life. Apparently, this is when the fashion cement hardens for good. I don’t know if that observation is science-based, but I can tell you that my father, who turned 50 in 1971, was a living, breathing example. The 1970s was an era of extremely short shorts and my dad rocked those well into his late 80s. In my case, as a man whose fashion cement also hardened long ago, […] Click to read more…

Pricing Isn’t Just About Price

“Do you want to go to the zoo?” This seemed like a trick question, coming out of the blue, as it did. But, since it was my wife, Linda, doing the asking, I figured I had better play along. “Sure, I’ll go to the zoo.” As it turned out, the reason for Linda’s offer was that our local zoo was having a Father’s Day special: dads admitted free! So, the next day, off we went. It was a lot of fun. Giraffes, kangaroos, tortoises, a ton of little kids, and a beautiful day […] Click to read more…

Unearth-a Your Inertia

When it comes to life experiences, there is a near endless supply of things you have lived that your children will never know: They will never load film into a camera. They will never call the local movie theater to find out what’s playing and when. They will never put the milk back in the fridge despite the fact that I have told them a thousand times that I’m not made out of money over here and … Where was I? Further, they will never hear one song finish and, without […] Click to read more…

Almost Heaven

(Listen to this post, here.) “If you flattened it out, it would be as big as Texas.” That, according to my sister-in-law Eliza, is what her mother used to say about West Virginia. We were on vacation there last week visiting Eliza and husband Chris. After driving around for a few days, I think her mom may have had a point: Beautiful, lush, rolling hills wherever you looked. One night, a few days later (full disclosure: I had consumed several beers at this point), I started pondering the “flattening out” […] Click to read more…

Are You Making It Hard For Me To Hire You?

We moved into our house 10 years ago. At the time, I made one promise: “I’m never moving again. They’re carrying me out of here in a box.” “Why move?,” I thought. “The neighborhood is great, the schools are nearby, and the house has everything we want.” Besides, it was such an ordeal to move that I did the math and quickly determined that death was preferable to packing boxes, painting bedrooms and killing/trapping whatever appears to be living beneath the back deck. But, like deciding to have additional children, […] Click to read more…