Why Your Small Business Should NOT Engage Bloggers

Today I had not one, but three, three emails from friends and relatives who were all asking the same questions. Which bloggers should I approach? How should I approach them? My answer to them in short form is, “You shouldn’t.” Bloggers are wonderful, small business owners are fabulous, but if you’re in the business of making sweet potato fries, my suggestion to you is that you make the best sweet potato fries you know how to make, and talk about it on your own site. In the first person. The …

The Yard Sale: Where Mr G (once again) Flirts With Death

In preparation for The Move (capitalized because it is now a part of our family) I am throwing out everything that’s not mine purging the house of unnecessary items. This means it’s Yard Sale time. I spent some time last night tagging piles of clothing, shoes and electronics, and then put up some signs around the neighborhood. I posted an ad on Craigslist, and set my alarm clock for 6.45am on a Saturday morning. At 7.30 this morning I started hauling things out onto the driveway, and at 8am I …

My New Lexus HS250h is Really Really Clean, but it is Recalled

If you were watching me on Whrrl today, (you do spend your days watching me don’t you?) you would have seen that I got my Lexus out of service at 11am. My car went in to service ten days ago when the backup camera failed. The dealership replaced the screen (which totally baffles me), and when that didn’t work they replaced the computer system (which seems like it would be the first thing to do, right?). When the new screen and the new computer system didn’t fix the issue they …

Nina Simone Does NOT Shake Hands With Children

In 1980 my father took us with him to a client meeting. It wasn’t unusual for him to have brief meetings with clients on a weekend, nor was it unpleasant. We were well behaved children, in public anyhow, and clients were typically dazzled by manners and would buy us things like candies or toys. The criminal clients would send us to the corner market to buy them a pack of menthol cigarettes, and tell us to spend the change on whatever we wanted. The cigarettes would cost a dollar, and …

Book Club Selection #1: The Saturday Wife

Well, our book club is official. We had three books to choose from and the majority of you picked The Saturday Wife. Special thanks to Ciaran for suggesting it. Amazon says this about The Saturday Wife: Like Emma Bovary, Delilah Goldgrab longs for a better life. A Queens yeshiva girl, Delilah is prayerfully remorseful after fornicating with young, opportunistic Yitzie Polinsky, and quickly marries mediocre rabbinical student Chaim Levi, who is unable to provide her with a house, much less the glossy upper-middle-class life she longs for. When Chaim accepts …