Category Archives: Economy

Jonesin’ for the Next Big Thing

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with this one wild and precious life of yours? —Mary Oliver My son and I  plan the rest of our lives every Wednesday over coffee at Panera. David is 52, I’m 74. … Continue reading

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Of Paradoxes

When you see a pretty girl, just remember, She’s a pain in the ass to somebody —D. Lang Gary’s not sleeping too good. Business at the big box store he manages has been meh (not hot, not not, just meh). Much of the store’s … Continue reading

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A Great Deception

Confront the brutal facts of your current reality, but never doubt that you will prevail —Admiral James Stockdale, Viet Nam POW for eight years Michael is fifty-four today. He is a cashier at Target and the guy he’s checking out wants to know what … Continue reading

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My Annual Populist Rant

Makes me no nevermind that Wal-Mart heirs occupy positions 6, 7, 8 and 9 on the Forbes’ 400 list of America’s richest people. God love ’em, they didn’t ask to be born on third base, and the record shows that they … Continue reading

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Inexpensive Quality Health Care: The Next New Thing?

I hadn’t thought of it in a while, but San Jose del Cabo, Mexico is not a bad place to get your face smashed in. I had had my nose, eye socket and cheek rearranged one morning down there while surfing. … Continue reading

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Mox Nixie (Pig Latin for what’s the difference?)

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Let me get this off my chest before I go vote. My neighborhood is one long line of Romney advocates, if the multiple signs on their lawns mean anything. I don’t get into it with them, because, what’s the use? … Continue reading

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Market Becalmed

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“As a wave increases in height, its mass increases exponentially, as does the energy released when it breaks.” –Jon Krakauer, in Mark Foo’s Last Ride Big wave surfers could be said to be certifiably insane. They purposely paddle into huge waves for … Continue reading

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On Where We Find Ourselves (I Think)

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1. For everything that happens in the universe one can readily find reason to praise providence, if one has within oneself these two qualities, the ability to see each particular event in the context of the whole, and a sense … Continue reading

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On the Unbearable Unfairness of Life

Yeah, “Greatest Generation” my foot! You guys had it easy because you started with no expectations. You didn’t take on debt because you were afraid to, convinced as you were that a post-war depression was in the offing. Instead, there was … Continue reading

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Clearing Up a Misconception (as if this were possible)

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He said, “Rod, you’re loaded up with gold, right?” I said, “You think gold is going to go up?” He said, “Heck yes, with all the money the government is printing now, inflation is going to soar, and gold along … Continue reading

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