Settle down, Robin Hood. You have to pay the doctors.

Healthcare is NOT a right. It’s too expensive to be guaranteed. Medical professionals have extensive schooling and loans to pay back. They have malpractice insurance to pay for. And they self-select what specialties they’ll pursue and some specialties are more abundant than others. Litigators drive up insurance rates with malpractice lawsuits that hold medical professionals... Continue Reading →

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We can’t be “Again” what we never were

I don’t think anyone really disagrees with Make America Great. I was raised in the Cold War 80s and we were fed patriotism like fluoride-laced water. To a one, my GenX friends are all fiercely patriotic. We’ve dutifully served in the military, thanked soldiers for their service, and gotten teary-eyed at post-deployment reunions. We’ve given... Continue Reading →

Binge Without Shame

What normally follows a binge is regret. What did I say? What did I do? Did I offend anyone? Did I smoke cigarettes? Fuck up any important relationships? Two weeks ago, Charlie and I played golf on a Friday morning and had our neighbors over that afternoon. On Saturday I thought, “Did they all know... Continue Reading →

That River Phoenix Feeling

This was written some time ago but not posted. After Prince and the Beastie Boys' John Berry died, I was reminded of this post and thought to finally share it.  I’ll admit I didn’t know who it was when I saw the news about Scott Weyland. The name was familiar but I didn’t attach it... Continue Reading →

3 Xers Converging (in my head at least)

One of my favorite business buzzwords is Convergence. It describes the interaction of seemingly unrelated industries creating new opportunities, new markets, and new products. My favorite example is photo copiers. Copiers were traditionally leased by companies through agents that charged by usage. Introduce multi-function printers that are networked and require IT engagement and you have... Continue Reading →

Refusing to Self-Identify or Just Unaware?

Last summer I read an article that reported a survey conducted with millennials (those born between 1985 and 2000) asking them to choose which generational moniker they believed described them: The Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, or Millennials. The overwhelming majority claimed “The Greatest Generation.” I was dumbfounded. How had these morons escaped the... Continue Reading →

Star Wars on the Pole

I know I’m supposed to be excited about the new Star Wars and honestly, it was amazing. But there’s something annoying about the marketing that’s ruining it for me. It’s everywhere. The car commercial where it looks like Darth Vader leading storm troopers in a pass-and-review, the fast food commercial that looks like the pub... Continue Reading →

When your own work makes you proud

It's kind of like looking at your own kid and thinking how there's never been a prettier baby born on the planet than the one you built. It's like glancing around a really great party and realizing you're the best hostess ever because people always have a good time when they come over. Imagine listening to other people... Continue Reading →

Brian is Back

I've been trying to figure out what to do with the gap between the last two chapters of After December. Today I started "Letters from Spain," the collection of correspondence from Brian while in Spain. It's got emails he sent to Tony, his parents, Joel. It's got some notebook pages of stories he tried to... Continue Reading →

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