The Best Advice So Far - chance - silver car, green house and dice on the Monopoloy 'Chance' space

chance

I’ve used the word “kismet” quite a few times lately. It’s the only word that seemed to fit several series of events that have had my head spinning in the very best of ways. Let me tell you about one of them. If you read my last post, then you’re familiar with Joe — the hard-working overnight crew…


The Best Advice So Far - reverse - one yellow rubber ducky swimming the opposite direction in a line of black rubber ducks

reverse

We’ve all seen those bumper stickers: HOW’S MY DRIVING? 555-123-4567 Ever called the number to report that the driver is, in fact, currently driving respectfully and obeying all traffic laws? After all, the sticker doesn’t say, “Call if I’m driving unsafely or otherwise annoying you.” Yet isn’t…


The Best Advice So Far: no words - wide-eyed man with tape over mouth

no words

It was Wednesday, somewhere between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. I was in the middle of a shoulder workout. Joe, the sole employee on duty, was parts unknown; so I essentially had the entire gym to myself. I had just finished up a set of lateral raises and was placing the dumbbells back on the rack. That’s…


The Best Advice So Far: the good old days - old-fashioned soda jerk offering chocolate ice cream cone

the good old days

Ah, the good old days. The simpler ways of bygone eras have become an indelible part of our collective consciousness, stirring a sense of wistfulness at their passing, whether we actually lived through them or not. Neighbors leaned from open windows or across picket fences to chat, and thought…


The Best Advice So Far: the grumbles part 1 - many purple sad-face balls

the grumbles: part 2

Today’s post is a continuation of last week’s discussion on complaining. If you’re coming in late to the game, I highly recommend reading the previous post first, since it lays some groundwork about what constitutes complaining and what does not. However, I’ll sum up the gist of it. My friend Chad…


The Best Advice So Far: the grumbles part 1 - many blue sad-face balls

the grumbles: part 1

I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I found myself growling out loud this afternoon. We got another 14-or-so inches of snow yesterday, which in and of itself was quite spectacular. Not only did the blizzard cause whiteout conditions where I could not even see the trees at the back of my…


The Best Advice So Far: walls — 1950s subway riders crowded and ignoring one another

walls

Today, I saw a snail on the sidewalk in front of our house. And I thought, I too am like that snail. I build a defensive wall around myself, a "shell" if you will. But my shell isn't made out of a hard, protective substance. Mine is made out of tin foil and paper bags. ~Deep Thoughts by Jack…


after the vote - empty voter stations - The Best Advice So Far

after the vote

Let me start by making this clear: just as I have never told anyone how I’ve voted, I am not going to talk politics here. But I do have something I believe is vital to say to each of us today (including myself). ***** I played soccer for eight years in high school and college. I usually played…


riddles - The Best Advice So Far

riddles

I was driving recently with my cousin’s son, Seth. He’s 19, but having lived with a mentally and physically ill mother until her recent death, there are some areas in which Seth is still quite “young.” Until now, he’s never paid a bill and did not know how to write a check. It’s been a steep…


The Best Advice So Far - golden apples / Golden Rule

golden

I’ve gotten to know the clerks at a certain convenience store in my neighborhood over the course of many years of visits. As I entered recently and made my way to the back coolers to grab a protein shake on the run, the clerk was fiddling with his cell phone behind the counter and did not look up.…