When you check in to a Doubletree hotel they give you a warm chocolate chip cookie. No matter how healthy of an eating day I have had, I cannot resist a warm chocolate chip cookie. Even though the chain is pushing their “Make it Right” message to ensure 100% satisfaction, the cookie is their branding. It’s on the airport shuttle. It’s in the header of their emails. It really represents the brand and connects the hotel to thoughts of warmth and comfort and home. Not a bad thing for a hotel chain to represent.
As the sky began to lighten this morning—nearly 30 minutes before sunrise—I could see a thin layer of fog blanketing the treetops. Gradually the fog dissipated as the sky got lighter and lighter. It was as if the light burned off the fog instead of the coming heat of the day.
Yesterday I came home and found a new phone book on my stoop. Yes, a printed phone book. On the cover there is a small notice that says opt out, along with a web address. This lets me use the exact thing that made this phone book obsolete to make sure I never receive a printed copy again.
One of the frustrating things about the internet are the medical self-diagnosis tools. They seem to point you in the direction of a rare tropical disease or an incurable form of cancer. I looked up some simple symptoms recently and discovered that the cause was likely dry winter indoor air and dehydration.
Dictionaries have recently accepted figuratively as a definition for literally. We are fighting back with a social media campaign where we will encourage people to use figuratively when they mean literally.
There are lots of bad things happening in the world, and even in this country. Some people say this is what we deserve. Often bad karma is balanced off against good karma, and I seem to have a lot of that right now. Things are going pretty well for me.
This morning 3 deer ran across the road in front of me, while I was running. I realized that these deer crossing the road through this subdivision really was an intersection between the natural world and the human, or built, world. They were running faster than me, too.
I recently used the expression “come in over the transom” to describe the random arrival of blog post submissions. I was talking to someone who had no idea what a transom was. It is a flip in section above a door to let air in without opening the door. My college dorm had transoms. And apparently my voice carried in just a certain way so that when I talked in the hallway it came over the transom.
We all experience frustration in various parts of our lives, but how we deal with it is what makes a difference. Usually we just accept it and move on, whether it’s personal or professional. But sometimes it just reaches its limits and you have to walk away permanently.
I read that in certain cities it is the niche restaurants and boutiques that are thriving. In my area local is way more interesting than a chain. I am concerned that in the location where a grilled cheese restaurant closed, there is a poké restaurant opening.