Simply the Best

Over the past 20 years, science has delivered a ton of interesting and useful inventions. Smartphones. 3-D printing. And don’t even get me started on the burning-bush-level miracle that is Lady Gaga Oreos. Overall, the point of innovation is to make life easier, better, more efficient. Sometimes, however, things move in the wrong direction. Take liquid “body wash.” Why this is considered an improvement over bar soap (which has been around for 5,000 years) is beyond me. Whenever I visit someone and this is the only option, I spend my […] Click to read more…

Lines in the Marketing Sand

Question: How do you know if your best friend is a vegan? Answer: He’s already told you. I don’t know why, but there’s something about participating in veganism that compels a person to share it with everyone (the same appears to be true for CrossFit). And, since you and I have gotten to be pretty close, I am sharing it with you now: I am a vegan. As of next week, it will be exactly one year. Please don’t write to commend me for my commitment to planet Earth or my love […] Click to read more…

Add Meat to Your Bones

I live in a fairly new neighborhood. Four years ago, when we moved in, there were just 10 houses. Today, all the construction is over and there are 60. If you’ve never “built” a house before (this was our first time), it definitely has its ups and downs. The good news? You get to choose everything: the countertops, the light fixtures, the tiles, the faucets, the flooring, etc. The bad news? You have to choose everything: the countertops, the light fixtures, the tiles, the faucets, the flooring, etc. Whoever said choice is […] Click to read more…

Shower the People … With Insights

You know me, I don’t like to brag. But… … last weekend I successfully replaced the water temperature regulator in our shower. Now, I understand. For you, this may not be a big deal. Maybe you’re the kind of person who rebuilds car engines, or renovates kitchens, or knows how many volts can fit inside an ohm (or whatever). I am capable of none of those things. So, when the hot and cold water in our shower decided recently to start switching places quickly and at random, our first thought […] Click to read more…

Don’t Do These 2 Things

I arrived at my office yesterday morning as always. But I kept on going, until I drove eight more miles, wandering aimlessly through my little town. Why? Because the odometer of my 2013 Ford Focus read 99991, and I wanted to see it when it reached 99999. I knew I’d forget to look if I didn’t make a deliberate effort, so I drove around until I reached this impressive milestone (see photo). I’m quite pleased that my car has fared so well with few needed repairs, despite enduring many New England […] Click to read more…