#237 – The Measure of Happiness

A few weeks ago, I heard a radio segment on gauging happiness in a relationship. The host had devised a question to elicit his wife’s overall level of satisfaction in their relationship. Although I felt pretty confident in the solidity of my marriage, I liked the idea of certainty. Late yesterday afternoon, I finally summoned the nerve to ask Sophia.

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#239 – Tidiness Isn’t Always Next to Godliness

Phil Donohue, esteemed partner at my old law firm Schwartz Meisner, called today. He thought I’d get a kick out of the near malpractice committed by one overworked associate. Apparently, the kid had let his mail pile up, untouched, for two weeks. After discovering this neglect, Phil imparted the cautionary tale of Luke Flowers’ professional demise, intending it as a warning to the young attorney.

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#241 – Putting on the Ritz

Yesterday, I treated my wife to an overnight stay in Atlanta for her birthday. Hotels don’t normally impress me, but I have to admit the Four Seasons blew me away. Seeing it in person, I better appreciated Sophia’s expressed desire to book a room there someday. It has to be the most impressive hotel in Atlanta, even nicer overall than the Ritz-Carlton … where we stayed.

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#243 – Try to Eat the Gingerbread Man … I Dare You!

My mentee’s third-grade class was told to write a letter from the Gingerbread Man to all his pursuers in the classic fairy tale, telling them why they shouldn’t eat him. I took a gander at Ernie’s work product today, at the conclusion of our weekly session. Unsurprisingly, he’d opted for violence, threatening death and destruction of biblical proportions to all those involved. His message may’ve seemed excessive, but if I’d been the old man or lady chasing the oven-baked lad, I would’ve turned tail and fled the moment I read it.

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#244 – As Shouldn’t be Seen on TV

There’ve been some idiotic products sold on television over the years. And at least one of them compounds its absurdity with an equal dose of danger. I’m referring to the “Plug Mug,” of course. Though I’ve never seen its commercial, I’ve been told the seller advertises it as a security device. The ceramic coffee cup contains a pluggable hole in its lower side which, when uncorked, prevents one’s co-workers from “accidentally” using it. On the downside, however, the removal of the plug poses a substantial hazard to persons and property should a pourer fail to recognize its absence.

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