Tag Archives: Health

What is it good for?

Twitter_Bird.svgTwitter, that is.

I have lots of friends that just don’t get it and aren’t on it. And I get that. Twitter often causes more harm than good.

But when it comes to customer service, I stand behind the blue bird.

I have had far more success getting results with a single tweet than with hours on hold or emails that go seemingly into the void.

Cable company gripes? Send a tweet. The response is almost instantaneous.

Pizza delivery subpar? Tweet your dissatisfaction. The corporate account will respond, and you might even get a coupon.

And when something good happens, mention that, too.

When I had a high fever from an ear infection on Labor Day, I was relieved to discover the CVS Minute Clinic was open in my neighborhood, so after my visit, I tweeted a thank you.

Minute Clinic responded, asking how I was feeling — nice! — then sent me a direct message, requesting the address of the clinic I visited and my full name and email address.

I received a $20 gift certificate via email a couple of days later, and I would imagine my local Minute Clinic got some props, too.

Tweets matter!

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Don’t drop the ball

As we enjoy the extended Labor Day weekend, this speech attributed to Coca Cola CEO Bryan G. Dyson bears repeating:

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit, and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls –- Family, Health, Friends and Spirit -– are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.

Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest.

Value has a value only if its value is valued.”

Have a great holiday, everyone!

 

I’ll just squint

eye-twitch-penguins-of-madagascar-21689887-595-336My eye lid is twitching.

I can remember when I thought an eye lid twitch was the symptom of a serious illness. It probably is if your eye lid twitches constantly, but a few random twitches are just annoying.

I hope.

The great Google machines says eye lid twitches can be caused by stress, eye strain, tiredness, caffeine, alcohol, dry eyes, nutritional imbalances and allergies.

Geez…I probably have six of the eight. I’m surprised my eye lid doesn’t twitch all the time!

(I’ll leave it up to you to guess the two I don’t have.)

An arm and a leg

I just spent three days at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, my 10th consecutive year among the sport’s best and brightest at the US Open.

Although I’m tired from the trip, I returned home with all my limbs intact. 

Unfortunately, many of the top players in the men’s draw can’t say the same thing. 

In all my years faithfully watching professional tennis,  I have never seen so many walkovers and retirements. And the fact that they predominate in the men’s tour makes me question the best-of-five format.

The ladies play best-of-three in all tournaments,  whereas the men play best-of-five in all majors and many masters classics. The sport continues to become more physically demanding, and over the course of the year, these long matches can really takes their toll.

I love watching tennis; I hate watching men in tears as they are forced to withdraw due to injury.

The USTA pays men and women equally as they should — why not require them to play the same amount of tennis?

Who knows…it might lengthen some tennis careers and will definitely make the current tournaments more competitive. 

Just one fan’s point of view…

In a pickle

What a difference a joke can make.

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I was at my primary physician’s office early this morning, waiting to take my yearly physical. As I looked at the exam table,  I could hear the words of Jerry Seinfeld bounce around my brain:

“They have that butcher paper pulled out over the table. Sometimes I bring a pickle and put it next to me on the table,  in case the doctor wants to fold the whole thing up for a to-go order.”

Now, that’s a classic story.

Numbers game

I’m wearing a wearable for the first time today.

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I received my FitBit Charge earlier this week at a work event in Denver. I don’t know that I would have bought one, but I am excited to have the opportunity to try one out for free.

I was curious to see how many steps a New Yorker like myself — who walks everywhere on a normal day — would put in without going for an extra walk or run.

Today I was working at my office, which requires a walk back-and-forth to the subway, and a lot of desk work.

Looks like I should hit around 7,500 steps by bedtime.  Not too shabby.

Let’s see what a weekend of running errands and goofing off in the neighborhood nets me. I think I can crush that 10,000 step goal.

 

 

Wash your hands

I see these little hand sanitizer clip ons all over the place.  Today it was the subway.

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While I  personally think hand sanitizer is ruining the planet,  I am entertained by the fact it has earned a place on the outside of people’s bags.

Why not makeup?  Or the lip balm that some folks are so addicted to?  Or even better,  candy or gum?

Purcell beat ’em to it. And we all have to look at it.

Gum would be better.