Monthly Archives: December 2012


Holiday Miracles. . .

This last weekend I put up my Christmas tree. Every year I think about how weird of a tradition it is to cut down a tree, drag it into the house, and then decorate it with all kinds of lights and sentimental ornaments. They make a mess, they’re expensive, and really, this tradition makes no sense in the context of the holiday. It’s a strange tradition; a holdover from years past with roots forgotten long ago, but I guess it’s so much fun that we stick with it. I do love the way the tree smells, and seeing the joy […]


“Taking cuts” is still not okay. . .

You know how sometimes you’re at the checkout counter at the store and there are two open cash registers but only one line. The thing to do in this situation is wait in that one line; it’s very obvious. This last weekend I was in this one line, and a guy walked past the line and up to the other register. Against my better judgment I pointed out that there was a line. He pointed out that there was no line at this register. I plainly said, “Yeah, there’s just one line for both registers.” Still, all very obvious, courteous […]


Trying to Get the Better Deal.

You know how your gym is always offering better deals to newcomers than they’re giving to people who have been going there for years. Have you ever called them on it and tried to get the new-person deal? It’s impossible. You’re better off leaving the gym and then going back as a new person, but of course they always have a rule where they won’t let you get away with that either. Cable companies, on the other hand, you can always strong-arm into giving you the newcomer deal. But it only works if you have two cable companies who can […]


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