Category: Pricing & Money

Three Wrong Things

My wife, Linda, has two brothers and a sister. One in Vermont, one in Pennsylvania, one (like us) in Massachusetts. We are near enough to one another to get together for a weekend, but too far away for unplanned visits, a chance arrangement that has served us well over the years. But we do have fun together. So, now that all children are grown and out of the house, the eight of us – each sibling and their respective partner – try to meet every year someplace more or less in […] Click to read more…

Should You Speak For Free?

My friend Steve is the lead singer in a terrific local cover band. They play at nearly every big event here and in surrounding towns, not to mention showing up regularly at nearby craft breweries, fundraisers, and the occasional high-end birthday party. I see him most Tuesday nights at our town’s dive bar, a regular occurrence for five or six of us that’s punctuated with beer and idiotic conversation. Sometimes, if he has an upcoming gig (it’s fun to say “gig”), Steve will share the set list with me. That’s when […] Click to read more…

What I Learned at the Ballpark

My wife, Linda, and I attended a baseball game the other night. Despite living here in the Boston area, however, we did not go to see the Red Sox. Rather, we drove west to nearby Worcester, Massachusetts to watch the Red Sox minor league team: the WooSox. The truth is, I’m not much of a baseball fan. I enjoy watching for a little while, but as with pregnancy, I find that the whole thing is about three innings too long. Even so, I was excited to see the WooSox because they are […] Click to read more…

A Hard Habit to Break

(Listen to this post, here.) 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 […] Click to read more…

Pricing Isn’t Just About Price

(Listen to this post, here.) “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 […] Click to read more…