Fearful and Aggrieved – the Keynote that Wasn’t

Everyone has a bad day at the office. Sometimes a project isn’t perfect, sometimes it’s dead wrong. Every so often things are imperfect and you feel like a failure even though others see only a misstep or maybe two. People are generally kind, so sometimes they will deny they even saw a misstep. I failed spectacularly in front of 500 people and I’m not sure they knew it, but I did. And that’s what matters to me. I was to give a keynote and I left out a chapter. The …

Restaurant Tickets and Hidden Messages

It’s been many years since I’ve worked in a restaurant, but the eight years I spent carrying plates and trays makes it impossible for me to tip mindlessly. I examine all charges on a restaurant ticket, not because I’m busy being frugal. Quite the opposite. Oftentimes a lunch tab will give a diner an interesting profile of the owner’s values – my most recent ticket was the nail in the coffin for me. We have a local breakfast and lunch place that I was never crazy about, but that Mr. …

My First Walk Alone

May 2019 can bite me. In the middle of the month, Mr. G found himself in New York City with abdominal pain, shortly thereafter he was in the emergency room with an IV for fluid and for pain relief. Kidney stones are the most painful thing most people will ever experience. Of course, shortly after he was discharged from the ER hallway (no beds available) and back in his hotel room, there was a second bout of them. Miraculously he was well enough to come home a day or two …

Bridge Car: Another Fair.com Car Waiting to Happen

College is settled. We know where Alexander will be going and, like most first-year students in American schools, bringing a car is highly discouraged. We had anticipated this when I bought his car a few years back, which is why his car is practical enough to be mine when he leaves. I turned in the BMW yesterday. I loved it, but hardtop convertibles are quite naturally slow. I would love something faster, but I am not ready to give up having a convertible. I need a car to take me …