Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Only 100% Cheese

March 22, 2019

Saw this yesterday. I know I need to stop dunking on Moon Cheese but this “Only 100% Cheese” button got me a-gigglin’ hard. If you can figure out the difference between “only” and “100%”, let me know.

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ACTION ITEM: Do not taunt the Moon Cheese

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Alarming

March 20, 2019

Travel tip – unplug the clock in your room. You probably have an alarm on your phone plus the hotel will be thrilled to set a wake up call for you (I do this as a redundant system). These in-room clocks just make the room brighter while you’re trying to sleep plus the previous occupant almost certainly set the alarm for 4:00 am and the housekeeper didn’t reset it.

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ACTION ITEM: Unplug. Now.

Coffee as Social Lubricant and Occupier of Time

March 18, 2019

In more than one of the offices in which I worked I was offered coffee flavored with cardamom called qahwa (hoping I remember this name correctly; the flavors are complex and intense). It was a way for the host to extend a welcome courtesy upon arrival and provide a warm-up to meetings or planned activities. It took me awhile to become accustomed to framing time as an Arab might – schedules are not necessarily fixed and rigid, and business engagements are as much about strengthening relationships as they are about resolving matters at hand. BTW, my local contact Husam Atout gave me a substantial quantity of instant qahwa that I’m happy to share – just reach out to me (quantities are limited!)

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ACTION ITEM: I’ve encountered this critical importance placed on social relationships in places other than the Middle East – in Asia, for example. When you plan business meeting in places like these, be sure to factor in plenty of additional time for social pleasantries; you’ll not only be more successful but you’ll also have a better time.

Finger Food

March 15, 2019

My local hosts exposed me to dining experiences that were just this side of sublime: ample quantities of some of the finest food I’ve ever enjoyed. But I think my favorite was reclining on soft cushions while dipping into a shared platter of tender lamb and rice. I learned there’s a specific way to cup my fingers to contain the food and thumb it into my mouth.

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ACTION ITEM: Wash your hands

Bill Comes Home (captured in December in Sydney, Australia)

March 9, 2019

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Yes. Yes, he does.

ACTION ITEM: Come home.

Snow Bikes

March 5, 2019

I collect vintage Honda motorcycles and sometimes have to leave them outside, under cover. But this latest storm blew the covers off and topped the bikes in a fluffy blanket. Brrrrr!Snow Bike

ACTION ITEM: Stay warm

Spooning

July 20, 2018

SL\CE Editorial chief Paul Koblik hates when utensils are randomly abandoned around the space – this time he’d reached his limit and left this little lost spoon on an editor’s steno chair. That’ll learn him good.

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ACTION ITEM: Put your d@mn dishes in the sink

 

No, You’re A Null!

July 19, 2018

Stayed last week at the EAST Miami hotel, this is the view from the 38th floor mens room.unnamed.jpg

ACTION ITEM: Nice hotel

Spider, man

July 18, 2018

This is the horror that awaited me last week when I climbed into my GMC. Thing is, living in the country means every animal thinks they have squatters rights to everything. Every. Thing.

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ACTION ITEM: Check first.

Suggestion Boxed In

February 6, 2018

Oh. Well then. Never mind.

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ACTION ITEM: As Mr. Rogers would say, look for the helpers


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