A Tale of Two Christmas Ads

I'm guessing many of you have heard about and perhaps seen, the latest Peloton ad in which a husband surprises his wife with a Peloton bike for Christmas. The ad, all of thirty seconds long, may be the most expensive ad ever produced, far exceeding the cost of Super Bowl commercials. Last year, a Super … Continue reading A Tale of Two Christmas Ads

Mattress Madness

Today's Wall Street Journal had a story by Stephanie Yang that looked at the world of online mattress sales, and how people try to scam the system. Many online mattress firms offer "free" trial periods during which customers can try out a mattress. The customer typically pays for the mattress upfront and gets a full … Continue reading Mattress Madness

When Virtual Becomes Real

I've been blogging for nearly five years, and doing so has given me the chance to reconnect with old friends, communicate more frequently with relatives, and to develop some virtual connections. The first time I realized the power of those virtual connections was when I wrote a story about my son Patrick, and an award … Continue reading When Virtual Becomes Real

Working in a Red Light District May Boost Your Productivity

Maybe it's because I don't work in a traditional office environment, but I don't think I could put Dan Pink's latest idea into action. In this week's Pinkcast, Dan shares a low-tech way of preventing co-workers from interrupting you while you are busy. Here's the video: First, I can't imagine an office filled with all … Continue reading Working in a Red Light District May Boost Your Productivity

Music Monday: A Little Bit of Harmonica

The harmonica offers a unique sound, and its playing is often one of the more memorable parts of a song. The one song that always comes to mind when I think of the harmonica is Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen. It's one of the best openings I know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5kXnq5IjdU   The following background information comes … Continue reading Music Monday: A Little Bit of Harmonica

Who Trained Whom?

For the past few months, when we've come back home from having been out for a while, our dog Nellie jumps up off the couch and runs right to the cabinet where her snacks are kept. She sits there, tail wagging, barely able to control herself, with her eyes shifting back and forth between us … Continue reading Who Trained Whom?

Hmmm… I’m Not So Sure About This One

It's Saturday, which means there's a decent chance I'll be sharing one of Dan Ariely's responses to an email he received from a Wall Street Journal reader. And today is one of those lucky Saturdays. Here was the question: Dear Dan, When I host friends for dinner, can I ask them to help with cleaning … Continue reading Hmmm… I’m Not So Sure About This One

‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

I don't know if it's the sentimental nature of the holiday season, but I've had tears streaming down my face three times this week. I've written many times about how much I like TV commercials, particularly at this time of the year. Many companies are starting to release their holiday ads, and many of you … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

It Only Took Me 50 Years to Realize There Was a Pattern, Every Year

Thanksgiving is a day full of tradition, from giving thanks, to visiting relatives, to the food that is served, to watching one or more NFL games. Today was no exception. We had a wonderful today with my wife's family, filled with lots of food, fun, and football. But when I got home and started thinking … Continue reading It Only Took Me 50 Years to Realize There Was a Pattern, Every Year

Brain Teaser Tuesday: Where Is the Missing Dollar?

This is another brain teaser problem I came across when I was probably around 12 years old. I'll admit it stumped me back then, even after I knew the answer, and it still does so today. Here's the riddle: Three guests check into a hotel room. The manager says the bill is $30, so each … Continue reading Brain Teaser Tuesday: Where Is the Missing Dollar?