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Boss-across-the-hall-update:  on again, off again

Boss-across-the-hall-update: on again, off again

He cut our weekly Business Intelligence staff meeting short because he’s tired today. And why is he tired? Because it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Boss-across spent all day Saturday and Sunday stringing Christmas lights around fifteen pine trees in his front yard. As a final touch, he installed a sensor that will […]

ne pas demouler le fromage

ne pas demouler le fromage

This fancy French cheese came in the mail, and I don’t understand the directions. Specifically, this one important-sounding line: Ne pas démouler le fromage Do not demolish the cheese? Unfortunately, my French dictionary fell into the hands of Special K when he started dating a French woman. But luckily, there’s always the Internet. Babel Fish […]

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 […]