Trash day is tomorrow here in NYC — heck , we have it three days a week — so the garbage bags were lining the streets during my evening walk with Rory.
In my neighborhood most of the bags are Mint-X brand, advertised to be rodent-repellent…which got me thinking —
What do mice have against mint?
Is it poisonous to them? Does it make them sick? Will it irritate their creepy rodent skin?
Nope. They simply don’t like the smell.
Well, la te da. Sorry to offend the disease-carrying little critters.
Posted in Advertising, Animals, Commentary, Health, Humor, Life, New York City, Walking
Tagged advertising, animals, Bew York City, commentary, Dogs, garbage, Health, Humor, life, mice, mint, Mint-X, repellent, rodents, trash day, walking
Every time I shake someone’s hand, people comment on how soft my hands are.
If only one person said it, I would shrug it off. But it’s become a thing.
What makes it especially weird is that I hate hand lotion. Never use it. And I’m not doing anything to pamper them.
So what gives?
Well, I started paying attention of late, and have decided that the one substance that comes in contact with my hands several times a day may be the reason:
Dawn dishwashing liquid
I wash my hands so many times a day because I’m feeding the dog and medicating the dog and cleaning up after his various and sundry bodily functions.
It’s like a TV commercial from the 50’s.
But then again, they are that soft.
Posted in Advertising, Animals, Beauty, Humor, Life, Relationships
Tagged 50's, advertising, animals, beauty, bodily function, Dawn dishwashing liquid, dog food, Dogs, hand lotion, hand shake, hands, Humor, life, medication, pamper, Relationships, soft hands, tv commercial
My advice for today: never take time for granted.
As in, don’t assume your smartphone clock is always right. Like I did this morning.
I woke up and glanced at my phone — 6am.
I could turn off my usual 6:30 alarm (because I hate alarms) and check my email, Facebook, etc. before I woke up the dog, who I could hear snoring on his pillow.
A lazy, relaxing start to the day.
When the two of us ventured out into the living room some 45 minutes later, the DVR clock held a surprise —
It was 5:45, not 6:45 like my phone seemed to think.
A quick check of my phone’s clock settings revealed that the “automatic date and time” selection that links your phone to the network time was unchecked.
I don’t know how that happened. I certainly didn’t do it. But consider this post an opportunity for you to double check your smartphone settings…
And get all the sleep you deserve tonight.
Posted in Dogs, Humor, Life, Technology, time
Tagged alarm, alarm clock, automatic date and time, cell phone, Dogs, DVR, Humor, life, living room, network, settings, sleep, smartphone, snoring, technology, time, time warp
Happy National Puppy Day!
Only my friends from the South are gonna get this.
Posted in Dogs, Food, Holiday, Humor, Travel
Tagged Dogs, food, Holiday, Humor, hushpuppies, National Puppies day, South, tasty, Travel, yum
My dog Rory turned 16 last December, but he has the appetite of a puppy.
Translation: he’s become a picky little shit.
I’ve tried rewarding him with treats after he finishes his dinner. When that stopped working, I gave him the treats first. Then switched to different treats. Then changed his food. Then his bowl. Then started hand-feeding him.
I’m willing to do the work.
Last week I learned a trick from my vet. I don’t know why she has been holding out on me for so long, but it got him to eat like gangbusters.
Smear a little baby food on top of the dog food.
She recommended chicken flavor with broth. I applied said smear, and could barely get the dish on the floor before Rory was face-deep in his dinner.
I was a very happy Mama Dog.
You can be, too.
Posted in Animals, Dogs, Food, Humor, Life
Tagged animals, appetite, baby food, dinner, dog bowl, dog food, dog treats, Dogs, food, Humor, life, open wide, picky little shit
Business travel can suck…
but not when they send you somewhere breathtaking.
I arrived in Zurich this morning and hopped a train to nearby Lucerne, a beautiful city that has everything you probably associate with Switzerland.
Moutains. A gorgeous lake. A slice of history around every corner. And a slice, too. (There are a lot of pizzerias…not that I’m complaining ).
I spent the day walking around this compact little town. I quickly abandoned my map and decided to see what I would see.
I saw an amazing art installation at a local school.
And a proud pup or two. (This is Figo.)
I also noticed that, in this pedestrian city, no one jaywalks. They don’t smile at passersby, either. And the church bells peal on the hour, which was rather beautiful.
Tomorrow I have to work (what?) and there is talk of rain, but I hope to fit in some indoor sightseeing during my brief visit.
Posted in Business, Commentary, Humor, Life, Photography, Travel
Tagged Business, church, church bells, commentary, Dogs, Humor, jaywalking, lake, life, Lucerne, mountains, passersby, photography, rain, Switzerland, Travel, travelogue, weathet, Zurich
Back in my improv comedy days, we had a mantra:
There are no mistakes. Use everything you are given.
The members of the Pinellas County sheriff’s department in Largo, Florida subscribe to the same motto.
Their office recently garnered big media attention for a misprint in a logo in their department carpeting — “In God We Trust” had become “In DOG We Trust.”
And it took two months for anyone to notice.
With a ‘no mistakes’ attitude, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri just announced that the rug will be sold at auction with the proceeds benefiting a local animal rescue organization.
Appears the rug was right all along.
Posted in Business, Dogs, Humor, Life, News
Tagged animal rescue, Business, carpeting, Dogs, Humor, improv comedy, In Dog We Trust, In God We Trust, Largo Florida, life, logo, Man's best friend, mantra, media attention, misprint, motto, news, no mistakes, Pinellas County, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, sheriff's department, sold at auction, There are no mistakes
In my ‘other life,’ I write marketing copy.
Web, collateral, packaging — you name it.
As I was feeding my dog this morning, I received a reminder that any customer-facing text can surprise and delight…
Even something as simple as the freshness dating.
Posted in Advertising, Animals, Business, Dogs, Food, Humor, Writing
Tagged advertising, animals, Business, customers, dog food, dog treat, Dogs, expiration date, food, freshness dating, Humor, marketing, marketing copy, packaging, writing
When you travel for business, you pack a lot. You get it down to a science.
I can pack for most trips 10 minutes before I leave.
Personal trips are a completely different story.
I don’t know exactly what I am going to be doing every hour of the trip. There is no ‘uniform’ that I can put on for each activity. Plus, my vacations are usually a bit longer…and I have to pack for the dog, too.
And he likes to have a lot of choices.
Posted in Business, Christmas, Dogs, Holiday, Humor, Travel
Tagged baggage, Business, choices, Christmas, clothing, Dogs, holidays, Humor, luggage, packing, Travel, trips, uniforms