Tag Archive | opinion

Big-city sprawl is stealing small-town charm

I like living in a small town. There are so many quirks that you don’t get to enjoy anywhere else. Like the one time I went to a community theater to see a play. As everyone was settling into their seats, a man in a bathrobe walked in. I saw him and assumed he was […]

Rallying for all the wrong reasons

My next-door neighbor, Paul, was all grins the other day when we met for drinks after work. “What are you so happy about?” I asked, my head sagging over my gin and tonic. “Well,” Paul said, wearing a huge smile, “I’m not sure if you follow the financial news, but there was a major relief […]

Sick days and substitute teachers 

Substitute-teacher days were always weird. You knew something was off as soon as you walked into class. You could feel it churning in your gut – along with the undercooked corndog you’d eaten for lunch. Some random adult would be standing at the head of the classroom, looking lost and out of place, as if […]

Welcome to the Period of Post-Quality, where the details don’t matter

A lot has changed since the 2008 financial crisis. Some of the aftershocks are more obvious. There are fewer jobs. Fewer opportunities. Wealth and abundance flow into Wall Street, while capital and resources are siphoned from Main Street. Yet some of the effects are more abstract — harder to define. People sense there’s something off, […]

Being curt doesn’t make you businesslike

I’m noticing a trend lately where people respond to e-mails with an abrupt, terse tone. No greeting. No “please” and “thank you.” Just a curt, one-sentence response, with a sprinkling of condescension. I imagine they’re trying to sound confident and authoritative. After all, real professionals don’t waste time with pleasantries or kindness. Real professionals are […]

The kind that produce gas

I like to conclude a romantic evening with a beautiful woman by reaching across the table, taking her hand, and extolling the many virtues of beneficial gut bacteria. It’s not often I get a second date. Actually, I’m not even a big proponent of probiotics. Not anymore. I took them regularly for a few years, […]

TV Guide listings for my five favorite shows

Sometimes TV Guide listings can be a little *too* detailed.

Cheating vehicular miscreants who sponge off your stops

“Stop deceivers” are among the sneakiest of miscreants you’ll encounter on the road. They surreptitiously run stop signs by driving alongside another vehicle.

Reclaiming my right to recess

Why does recess have to go away when you grow up? All they give you in adulthood is a measly lunch hour … and maybe a cigarette break, if you’re lucky.

Say anything

“I probably shouldn’t say anything.” — People who say everything.