Solo Rules Are Different Rules

I’ve been learning how to play golf. I have yet to set foot on an actual course, but at this point I’ve had about five lessons with Dave and have been to the driving range on my own about as many times. Given how many friends play, not to mention the inevitable and ever-setting sun of my basketball playing days, golf seems like a reasonable next step. So far, I’m liking it. Although, as I have quickly learned, golf is like no sport I have ever been involved in. The stance […] Click to read more…

At Home On the Range

My wife, Linda, and I were on vacation last week out west: Denver to visit our son; Portland to visit our daughter. Along the way, we spent a few days with Linda’s college friend Edie and her husband Gary. Edie and Gary live in a small mountain town about three hours west of Denver. It’s a beautiful spot and we have stayed with them several times over the years. Their hospitality and the location never fail to make for a great visit. They are not normal people. Gary is a talented […] Click to read more…

3 Ways You Are Better Than A.I.

I’ve been reading a book called, “The Armchair Economist,” by Steven E. Landsburg. It kind of reads like a slightly more academic prequel to Freakonomics, having been published a decade earlier in 1993, but still using economic principles to explain different things about the world, many of them counterintuitive. Things like… Why celebrity endorsements increase sales, even when the endorsements convey no information about the product. (p. 14) Why a world where paper is recycled results in a world with fewer trees. (p. 98) Why believing that Amazon’s (or any large […] Click to read more…

Freeze Frame

There was absolutely nothing wrong with the freezer in our basement. It did everything we asked of it, which was to just sit there quietly and keep things frozen. But, it was a top-loaded box and after five years reaching down into it whenever we needed something, my wife Linda and I decided to replace it with an upright freezer – something with shelves and a door in front. The day after it arrived, I listed the old freezer on Craigslist for $65, about half of what it goes for new. The response? […] Click to read more…

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…