Archive for December 2015

2015 Wasn't ALL American Airlines. Some Surprising Service Stars From the Past Year

Instant Karma’s going to get you… …Gonna look you right in the face. John Lennon–1970 Yes, I know, I was a little harsh on American Airlines. And our difficulties were minimal compared to all the people sleeping in the airport the last few days after that nasty storm hit Chicago Monday night. It was fun... Read more »

An Open Letter to Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines

I’m looking to the sky to save me… …Looking for a sign of life. Foo Fighters-Learn to Fly   Dear Mr Parker: Greetings and Happy Holidays to you and your family. We are well, and just completed a wonderful warm weather vacation. Oh, there were some hitches along the way, and we thought you might... Read more »

Color Choice Made Easy. It's All Black or White.

That her face, at first just ghostly… …turned a whiter shade of pale. Procol Harum-1967 I am thrilled, absolutely ecstatic. Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore are in agreement. The Color of the Year for 2016 is…white! Although Benjamin Moore calls it “Simple White” and Sherwin-Williams likes the name “Alabaster “, whatever you choose to call it, the... Read more »
Advertisement:

If We Spend It, They Will Come

Get a good job with more pay and you’re O.K. Pink Floyd-1973 I haven’t been this excited about a hole in the ground since I was a kid on Farwell beach with a shovel and pail digging through the sand. Yes, we have broken ground (see below). Phase II has begun! Yesterday Barb met with... Read more »

The Force Was With Me in 1968; My Favorite Theater

Juliet says, Hey, it’s Romeo, you nearly gave me a heart attack Dire Straits-1980 After trading in some expiring airline miles for subscriptions, I am surrounded by dozens of magazines, packed with year end lists. Best TV Shows No One Is Watching, Best Recipes No One Is Making, Best Candidate No One Is Believing. I... Read more »

What I Learned on the "It Hurts Too Much To Eat" Diet

A man selling ice cream Singing Italian songs Chicago-1972 I have discovered the magic bullet. A GI issue has prevented me from eating solid food for the last ten days. They have turned my non-stop love affair with food into a miserable love-pain S&M relationship, my own 50 Shades of Gravy. I don’t recommend anyone... Read more »
Advertisement:

Ode to an Absent Bulldozer

Hangin’ around Nothin’ to do but frown The Carpenters–1971 ———————————- Three fourths of an acre A suburban retreat No hole in the ground Not a trace of concrete.   The weather’s not bad No rain in the air Trucks could be digging But the trucks are not there.   Contractors are missing Got more jobs... Read more »

Don't Believe the Hype! Diagnosing Cancer Not for the Birds.

It’s my work, he’d say… …and I do it for pay Bob Dylan Hurricane, 1975 For most pathologists, it is more than a job, it is a calling. We are trusted to examine tissue from patients that we will most likely never seen or ever talk to, and provide a diagnosis that will often change... Read more »

Building A House; It's Not a Sprint It's a Marathon

You know where it ends, yo it usually depends on where you start. “What it’s Like”, Everlast, 1998 “Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentleman, it’s a beautiful afternoon at Riverwoods Park. This is your racetrack announcer Phil Georgeff on the call as the horses come out for the final race, The Empty Nester Derby, a stakes... Read more »
Advertisement:

Home Building; It's Not A Sprint, It's A Marathon

You know where it ends, yo it usually depends on where you start. “What it’s Like”, Everlast, 1998 “Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentleman, it’s a beautiful afternoon at Riverwoods Park. This is your racetrack announcer Phil Georgeff on the call as the horses come out for the final race, The Empty Nester Derby, a stakes... Read more »