Monthly Archives: June 2009

Living Life in Excess

I don’t know what those idiots at the Valiram Group are trying to do. Their A5 size postcard says: TUMI LEGACY CELEBRATION TUMI celebrates 30 years of innovative design, superior craftsmanship and world-class service. Present mailer to enjoy 20% off … Continue reading

Posted in Unforgiven | Comments Off on Living Life in Excess

Leave Them Alone!

Would you like it if someone breaks into your home in the middle of the night, drag you out of bed, press your mouth open and show the whole world your teeth? Presenters of TV programs on animals do that … Continue reading

Posted in Unforgiven | Comments Off on Leave Them Alone!

My Expanding Shit List

Emailed an acquaintance – let’s call him DT – in February, wanting to find out if I should see a chiropractor or an osteopath, given my condition. No response. In April when I went to his office to see someone, … Continue reading

Posted in Unforgiven | Comments Off on My Expanding Shit List

Lessons from a Slipped Disc

A pain in the neck can easily become a pain in the butt. In February, MRI scans revealed that I had a herniated or slipped disc in the cervical vertebrae (neck). The pain drove me to the Net, where I … Continue reading

Posted in The Good, the Bad & the Ugly | Comments Off on Lessons from a Slipped Disc

Computers in Movies

Sometimes I wonder if anyone in Hollywood actually uses a computer. 30 years in to the PC revolution and computers in movies still do all kinds of ridiculous things that make us laugh. Some examples: Computers boot up instantaneously – … Continue reading

Posted in Toy Story | Comments Off on Computers in Movies

My Thingie’s Moving Forward? Too Much Information!

When you ask someone how he or she is, the inevitable reply nowadays would be “I’m good.” How I hate that answer. It’s not even correct English. But times – and expressions – have changed. Perhaps fueled by IM, SMS … Continue reading

Posted in The Reader | Comments Off on My Thingie’s Moving Forward? Too Much Information!

Culture Shocks & Aftershocks

Some years back, when I was a contributing editor of World Executive’s Digest, I wrote a piece on the cross-cultural minefields of Asia. Soon after that, I was asked to do a regular column on the same subject for Caliber … Continue reading

Posted in The Reader | Comments Off on Culture Shocks & Aftershocks

Bibliophilia

I agree that good novels are escapist, in the most positive sense of the word: short-term vacations that lift us out of our daily routine and allow us to experience some control over things we otherwise can’t control in real … Continue reading

Posted in The Reader | Comments Off on Bibliophilia

His Needs, Her Needs

Willard F Harley helps couples understand why their best intentions are not enough to prevent marital incompatibility. Ignorance often contributes to a couple’s failure to care for each other. Men tend to try to meet needs that they value and … Continue reading

Posted in The Reader | Comments Off on His Needs, Her Needs

Another Crappy Book

The Other by David Guterson is another crappy book. It is hard to imagine this is the same guy who wrote Snow Falling on Cedars, his spare, evocative 1994 debut. The Other is about the friendship between Neil and John, … Continue reading

Posted in The Reader | Comments Off on Another Crappy Book