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Dear H.B. Reese, What the Hell Happened to Your Peanut Butter Cups?

May 8, 2017

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Has anyone else out there noticed that Reese’s Cups – formerly one of the most perfect foods ever to grace the planet – have gone somewhat downhill over the past few years? Specifically, I have my doubts on just how much “peanut” is in these things lately. Peanut butter, in its purest form, is just […]

Language Barriers and Customer Service

September 26, 2016

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Would you expect to be able to move to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, and be hired for any kind of job where you have to interact with customers on any level?  This is an enduring mystery to me.  Not to mention, kind of frightening to contemplate.  I can get by […]

No, We Are NOT All Getting Taller or Growing Bigger Feet

September 19, 2016

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Hey manufacturers: remember that there are plenty of us still around who haven’t grown much in the last several decades. Lila is a mere five feet tall with size 5 feet, a situation that has not changed since… oh, probably about age 13 or so. So when headlines trumpet that we are getting taller, or […]

All I Need to Know, I Learned From Comics: Baltimore Comic-Con This Weekend!

August 29, 2016

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This weekend, for anyone who can make it, is the Baltimore Comic-Con! Hubby and I were fortunate enough to attend the event a couple of years back.  It was apparently an enormous success and drew the largest crowds seen in… maybe the whole history of the event, at least up to that point.  The line, for […]

Commercial Food Production and Declining Food Values

July 25, 2016

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The latest:  in tomatoes, commercial breeders have selected varieties with a beautiful red skin to appeal to consumers.  Trouble is, the gene for that trait is linked to lower sugar production in the tomato, and thus, a lot less flavor.  You want great tomato flavor?  Buy the ugly varieties (I have noticed that the typically […]

Why Child Care May Never Be Well Compensated

November 9, 2015

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It’s because of the limited availability of parental dollars to pay for the service. Marketwatch published an interesting chart this week, showing how those who care for our nation’s children are compensated at a lower rate than bellhops, car cleaners, and even parking lot attendants. Why is this? Child-care workers are entrusted with our nation’s […]

Enough “Trigger Warnings” and “Safe Spaces.” Grow Up, or Step Aside.

June 8, 2015

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We are supposed to be ready for full adulthood upon graduation from high school. Instead, our best universities now act like nurseries for weak-minded, simpering crybabies. We are doomed. There is a dangerous – yes, dangerous – and growing tendency to insulate college students from the least bit of stress, controversy, mental discomfort, or any […]

How to Boost Clothing Sales: Block Cell Signals in the Fitting Rooms

June 1, 2015

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How much revenue is lost to the Selfish Selfie? The other day, I enjoyed a rare stroke of good fortune in the jeans department: my size, the elusive 6P, was in stock! Still, jeans are something you really need to try on before buying, so I grabbed a pair and headed to the fitting rooms. […]

Tesla’s Autopilot: Don’t Lie. It’s Not for the Alert, It’s for the Distracted.

March 23, 2015

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Nobody is going to watch like a hawk as their car does all the driving.   Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla would offer a self-driving electric car by this summer. According to him, a software update will allow drivers to cede control to the “autopilot” mode, at least on major highways. […]

Classic Car Buffs, Beware Cuba’s Time-Capsule Vehicles

January 26, 2015

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When diplomatic relations were restored between Havana and Washington, one of my first thoughts was that Havana would soon be a shopper’s paradise for fans of classic cars. Many of the same cars that were on the roads in 1959, when relations were severed, are still being driven today — an estimated 60,000 classic cars. […]

Before You Buy a Drone For Christmas… You May Need a Pilot’s License

December 1, 2014

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Once again, the ignorant and the reckless ruin everyone’s fun.   Last spring at my Dad’s old house, I looked out to see someone poking around suspiciously on the road in front of the house. I’m not shy; I went to investigate. It was a real estate photographer, hired by the neighbor to shoot aerial […]

Death to the Clamshell! I Long For The Simple Cardboard Box

November 14, 2014

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Hubby: “I’d like to find the guy who invented this crap and punch him in the face. If he was here I’d be like, ‘Oh, was this your idea? Come here so I can punch you in the face.'” Hubby is usually a pretty easy-going guy, and generally reserves such outbursts of violent fantasy for […]

Dear H.B. Reese, What the Hell Happened to Your Peanut Butter Cups?

November 7, 2014

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Has anyone else out there noticed that Reese’s Cups – formerly one of the most perfect foods ever to grace the planet – have gone somewhat downhill over the past couple of years? Specifically, I have my doubts on just how much “peanut” is in these things lately. Peanut butter, in its purest form, is […]

No, We Are NOT All Getting Taller or Growing Bigger Feet

September 1, 2014

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Hey manufacturers: remember that there are plenty of us still around who haven’t grown much in the last several decades. Lila is a mere five feet tall with size 5 feet, a situation that has not changed since… oh, probably about age 13 or so. So when headlines trumpet that we are getting taller, or […]

We are Nest-Soilers, and Now the Grand Canyon is Under Threat… From Us

August 11, 2014

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Once word gets out about some particularly beautiful or unusual place, the beauty or uniqueness is doomed as we crowd in and stampede it to death, or worse – try to slice it up into individually-owned bits. We admire a thing, then ruin it with our meddling or by our very mass. It never fails. […]

Goodbye, Coldwater Creek

May 12, 2014

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Coldwater Creek used to be a favorite. Then it wasn’t. Now it’s bankrupt. Alas, Coldwater Creek was, for a time, one of the few retailers that Lila could depend on for consistent petite sizing… but that all changed, and now they are in the final throes of bankruptcy. Well, it couldn’t last. Over the past […]

To Thank Our War Vets, Lila Will Be Boycotting Macy’s For a While

April 7, 2014

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Bad stereotypes: “I’m not hiring you for this job because you are black, and I know you will spend all your time shuckin’ and jivin’ instead of working.” “I’m not hiring you for this job because you are a woman and I know you will just get pregnant and quit right after we get you […]

The Building Code: Robbing Us of Imagination, Fun, and Personal Responsibility

March 7, 2014

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Building codes should be about buildings, not about people. As you have read here previously, Lila and Hubby are in the process of building a house.  This process is much more fluid than I thought it would be:  the Code has changed recently, requiring our builder to re-work some of our architect’s plans, but always […]

How Businesses Lose Customers

March 3, 2014

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It’s the customer service, stupid. Businesses of all stripes would do well to remember that customers are people, that they have actual feelings, and the customer’s feeling of being neglected, ignored, or scorned is pretty tough for the businessman to recover from. Decades ago when I owned my very first car – a sporty little […]

Health-Care System Reform: What Doctors Would Change

January 3, 2014

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Last month, MedPage Today started running a series of interviews in which they ask leading doctors and clinicians ten questions about medical practice, our health-care system, and their experiences and opinions.  Two of those ten provide some exceptional insights into what’s wrong with our health-care system: 1)  What’s the biggest barrier to your practicing medicine […]

Lawsuit Over Backup-Camera Mandate: No Substitute for Paying Attention

September 27, 2013

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I do not accept the premise that “I backed my car over my kid, so now the government needs to mandate backup cameras on all new vehicles to make sure this never happens again.”  I am sorry for those families’ pain, but making sweeping laws that increase costs for everyone, based on the tragic accidents […]

All I Need to Know, I Learned From Comics

September 9, 2013

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This past Saturday, Hubby and I attended the Baltimore Comic-Con.  It was apparently an enormous success and drew the largest crowds seen in… maybe the whole 14-year history of the event.  The line, for those of us who already had tickets, wrapped entirely around the outside of the building and it took nearly half an […]

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s Controversial Portrait

August 26, 2013

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Powerful men are not portrayed as sexy beefcake.  Why should a powerful woman (or any woman who wants to be powerful) allow herself to be photographically portrayed as “sexy”… or maybe that question should be, “Why not?” At CNN.com, Peggy Drexler and Pepper Schwartz have written ambivalent but diverging opinion pieces on Yahoo CEO Marissa […]

Dr. Eric Topol’s Vision: Your Phone as a Portable, Individual, Digital Medical Device

August 13, 2013

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Sometimes, the best innovators, the ones who make the biggest leaps in progress, are not those who make an original invention, but rather, those who fully grasp what can be done with that invention in their own fields of expertise.  Cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol is one such innovator, with sweeping and yet completely achievable ideas […]

A Woman as “Doctor Who”: Why Not?

August 12, 2013

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Lila is not a Doctor Who fan, having never watched a full episode of the science fiction show, but Diana Reese’s article in the Washington Post caught my attention:  “The Tardis: No Girls Allowed as the Doctor.”   Apparently, in the long history of the show (it began in 1966), there have been eleven male actors […]

Retailers: Enough With the Pink!

August 1, 2013

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… and guess what?  Non-average-sized people want more choices, too. It was time.  Some of Lila’s favorite shirts have reached that point of decline where, well, you really don’t want to go out in public looking like that.  This is what happens to favorites:  they wear out.  Having dutifully retired a handful of these favorites […]

Are Americans Too Stupid for Diesel Cars?

July 23, 2013

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Lila is the happy owner of a Volkswagen diesel car.  Last year, I received a letter from Volkswagen; it was basically a reminder to only put diesel fuel in the vehicle (duh!) and included some helpful neon-yellow warning stickers to plaster around near your fuel cap.  I was vaguely miffed at the insinuation that I […]

DC Council Kills the Goose

July 12, 2013

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Or, How the DC Council is Shooting its Poorest Residents in the Foot.  Hey, what do they care?  It’s not their foot. If you have not heard the story of The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs, here is the Cliffs Notes version:  Once upon a time, there was a dumbass who owned a wonderful […]

Paul Tudor Jones’ Comment: Moms Don’t Have the Focus for Macro Trading Career

May 24, 2013

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Outrageous!  But Is He Right? Here we go again.  At a symposium on large-scale trading and investment  at the University of Virginia last month,  the question came:  why was the panel composed solely of rich, white, middle-aged men?  Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones answered that in his experience, emotional distractions – such as divorce – would […]

Google Street View: Sometimes the Joke is on the Viewer

April 23, 2013

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“Google Street View Shows Two Horny Lovers Going At It in Dressing Room,” blares the headline.  The article is accompanied by a screen capture of the alleged act in question. My goodness, we are so naive.  It’s a gimmick, people!  It’s meant to draw attention to the store, and obviously, it’s working.  The suggestive feet […]

How is “Workplace Bullying” Different From Harassment?

March 21, 2013

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It isn’t, really. There is a new push on to combat workplace bullying, and I am all for it.  “Unless it’s discrimination, bullying is almost always legal,” reports Chris May for CBS. But, wait a minute.  Why is it not OK to bully someone over race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and other “protected categories”… but […]