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Ethical dilemma

Ethical dilemma

This question is purely hypothetical, of course. Say you’ve been dating someone for several months and are now comfortable enough in the relationship to share some of your secret fantasies.  For example, your desire to take accordion lessons and join a Klezmer band. And it turns out that said person finds an unused accordion in […]

Mike, the homeless billionaire

Mike, the homeless billionaire

I met Mike (not his real name) in front of the main branch of the Philadelphia Free Library, where he was sitting with his shopping cart full of other peoples’ trash. “Hey,” he said, as I walked by, weighed down by shopping bags, “I’m a very rich man.”  That was the first story Mike ever […]

Consumer whore: the bulk edition

Consumer whore: the bulk edition

My first trip to BJs: Superwoman: Look!  I found my favorite jeans. Becky: They sell jeans here? [ring!] Superwoman: Hello? Sassy J [on phone]: I’m in aisle four.  Where are you? Superwoman: We’re in produce. Becky: They don’t have sweet potatoes.  Only yams.  Can we put yams in the pie? Becky: Wow, I could use […]

Published author--again!

Published author–again!

I am happy to report that the Philadelphia City Paper printed my I Love You, I Hate You rant.    In fact, this week’s edition contains several similarly-themed entries. There was also a great piece* by Agnelina Sciolla about people who “increasingly regard their politics like religion–something that suggests a certain moral superiority and which […]

Beer and cheese

Beer and cheese

Have you heard?  Beer and cheese is the new wine and cheese.  You probably have heard, since I’m usually a latecomer to culinary trends. Anyway, next month I’m throwing a pre-holiday beer and cheese party, and I recruited my friend Clair–beer judge and brewer extraordinaire–to help with the pairings.  First requirement for such an undertaking?  […]

Boss-across-the-hall update:  outsourced!

Boss-across-the-hall update: outsourced!

Boss-across and I recently had a very disturbing conversation: Boss-across-the-hall: Tell me again about the secret table missing from our database diagram? Becky: What secret table? BATH: The one you told me about earlier. Becky: You didn’t find it yet? I said that so you’d get out of my office. I’m busy finishing up these […]