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Oct 18

October 18, 2018


Why Do Retail Holiday Displays Go up so Early?

Just to be clear, I stand firmly in line with the people who start complaining around this time every year about “Christmas creep”: stores putting out Christmas displays before Halloween or earlier. Having said that, I’m not one to do much of the actual complaining myself; I don’t like it, but having worked in retail, I get it. That whole “Black Friday” thing? To most consumers, it’s just another word for “sale,” but it is deadly serious to retail folk,…

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Sep 28

September 28, 2018


7 Inspiring Quotes from Smart Women

I’m actually a little surprised at how many of the quotes I live by came from women. Insert gay joke here. Honestly, though, I’m really not sure being gay has anything to do with it. Maybe I read more? That seems a little, what? Sexist? What is the opposite of misogynist? Frankly, just about any reason I could ascribe to it–women are more caring, women think deeper, whatever–ends up sounding like I think there is something inherently better about women…

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Sep 17

September 17, 2018


Ho Ho Ho for the Holiday$

So this past weekend I found myself shopping in a major retail store (I won’t tell you the name, but it rhymes with Sprawl Mart…) and as soon as I walked in the door, I got hit with a massive display of Christmas decorations. My first thought when seeing that (well, actually my second thought: my first thought was “Why did I come here, again?”) was something along the lines of what you’re probably thinking right now: “Are you kidding…

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Aug 23

August 23, 2018


Falling through the Cracks of the American Dream

My life, I will admit, is a constant explosion of chaos (with a name like Maelstrom, I figure it’s genetic). There is always SOMEthing going on, which I’ve always felt was ever-so-slightly fantastic. My life is FULL: I don’t have a “bucket list” because I kinda want to do EVERYthing, and there’s no point marking it off a list because I’ll probably want to do it again. The way I’ve always looked at it, as long as I’m doing something…

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Aug 8

August 8, 2018


What if They Gave a Sale and Nobody Came?

There is one central problem with capitalism that people don’t seem to get–and I don’t mean on a philosophical level. As a rational, logical system for basing an economy on, capitalism has a fatal flaw: in order for it to work, people have to keep buying stuff. I bring this up because I was trying to think of some place to eat and realized how many of my favorite restaurants have closed in the last year. Café Rouge is gone,…

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Jul 16

July 16, 2018


In Defense of the Four-Letter Word

I have never considered myself a writer, per se, so I don’t know if this is normal, but whenever I remember to post here (a small miracle in itself), I sit down and just type like crazy until it feels like I have something that roughly resembles a point. Once I have a whole bunch of sentences on the screen, I have one of the hardest jobs, at least for me: going through and taking out all the swear words…

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Jul 2

July 2, 2018


To Tech or Not to Tech: Yeesh, What a Question

I’m not a technophobe. I know, I know, starting a post like that is just begging for people to come crawling out of the woodwork and point out how much I AM scared of technology, but I’m not. I mean, I have a healthy respect for it, as I feel too few of us do, but that’s not fear, it’s common sense. Every time we log on or plug in somewhere, we are giving the world access to our lives….

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May 31

May 31, 2018


Twitter, Tawdry, and Just Plain Wrong.

A couple weeks ago, someone I had never met told me over the phone that I sounded–and I quote–”young and sexy.” I had to laugh. While I appreciate the compliment, these days it takes a whole lot of energy just to keep from being old and saggy … the “young-and-sexy” train left the station a few years back. For the most part, I guess I’m OK with that. I wouldn’t say things get any better as you get older, but…

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May 3

May 3, 2018


Living on the Edge … of the Country …

I love, love, love San Francisco. I’ve lived a number of places all over the country before I ended up here, but this is home. It felt right just driving into town the first time. SanFran isn’t just a city, it’s an entire way of life. Having said that, it’s also not always the easiest place to live, for many reasons. Housing costs are out of this world: a couple months ago, a 1,000-square-foot home–with non-working plumbing and decomposing mattresses…

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Apr 23

April 23, 2018


Creating an Environment that Profits Everyone

Seems like every time I get an urge to write in this blog anymore, I am starting off with “I’m not a political guy, and this isn’t a political blog” … which would tend to make my readers (all seven of you) start to wonder if perhaps the opposite wasn’t closer to the truth. But the fact that certain issues have become political hot potatoes under the current regime doesn’t negate the fact that they are still important issues; frankly,…

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