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The great chain reaction of '04

The great chain reaction of ’04

I was feeling domestic and decided to make some couscous with sun-dried tomatoes–a decision that set into motion the great kitchen cupboard chain reaction of 2004. The cupboard is a delicately balanced ecosystem, and one must use caution when re-arranging its contents. Alas, I did not take the proper safety measures, and as a result, […]

Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive Therapy

Soulless office park got you down? Are silly internet quizzes ruining your self-esteem? Pants making your butt look big? Hey, maybe you need a shrink! Who out there couldn’t use some good, old-fashioned therapy? I’ve been thinking about shrinks because NPR’s All Things Considered recently profiled Albert Ellis, a psychologist who was very controversial back […]

Hoptown News

Hoptown News

Hoptown News! It’s a blog from the Hopkinsville/Clarkesville area of Kentucky, and its purpose is to “allow locals to degrade each other and talk about how crazy their town is.” There’s lots of local flavor, such as polls on whether or not the ex-fire chief should lose his retirement, pleas for the expansion of Charleys […]

Passover leftovers

Passover leftovers

The project team here in the soulless New Jersey office park is pretty diverse when it comes to religion. Our small group comprises an agnostic, a Hindu, a Jew, a few Christians, and a Muslim (Buddhists, please forward your resumés). Naturally, we’re always in the middle of someone’s holiday; the most recent was Passover, when […]

Boss-across-the-hall's boss's boss

Boss-across-the-hall’s boss’s boss

Yes, the big kahuna. A brilliant, scattered, Lebanese man with the attention span of a gnat. A celebrity executive who enjoys speaking at conventions and being quoted in the trade rags. Today he invited me to one of his presentations, so I met him at 6:45 AM, and we took a ride in his new […]

Boss-across-the-hall update

Boss-across-the-hall update

Bless his anal-retentive little heart. The guy actually has a bunch of take-out menus in his office–filed under M, of course. I dig his filing technique*. *Shameless attempt to make $0.80.