Friday, August 26, 2011

My Book Is Mentioned in Today's NEW YORK TIMES

One of the business books that I co-wrote is mentioned (favorably) in today's NEW YORK TIMES.

Of course, I can't tell WHICH version of KISS, BOW OR SHAKE HANDS the article is referring to. By the end of this year, there will have been six with that title. Different sub-titles, of course.

Why so many? That title sells. The lifeless titles picked by publishers (e.g., THE INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO DOING BUSINESS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION) didn't sell.

You go with what works.

Dear Parents

A note to parents: Starbucks is not a playground for your kids. There are people trying to work here. Don't bring your kids here, feed them caffeinated drinks, and park them at a table while you wander off.

Yes, I understand that you're tired of your hellspawn and need a break. I've only known your progeny for ten minutes, and I'm tried of them too. But this isn't the place.

Instead, take them to a McDonald's with a playground. Wherever there's a Starbucks, there is probably a McDonald's nearby. And the McDonald's playground has an iron cage around it. Which is what your munchkins belong in.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Why You Should Never Clean Your Bathtub

I cleaned my bathtub yesterday. Without all that grime, the tub was slick again. Today I slipped in the shower and twisted my bad knee. The lesson: never clean your bathtub. Or never shower. One or the other.

Friday, August 5, 2011

My Quantitative Easing

July was a particularly unprofitable month, so I'm engaging in my version of quantitative easing: I went over to my Dad's house and cadged dinner from him.