My office just moved from an college campus in the city to downtown Boston, among the office high rises. I like the location in that there are many services and restaurants right outside our door. But I am not accustomed to being around office workers. It feels a bit odd. I am a fish out of water.
Have you ever used Square? It’s that little device that attaches to smartphones that retailers use to accept credit card payments on the fly. Well, Square has just decided to reject sales of guns and ammo using its device. Specifically, they amended its terms of service for retailers last week to ban sales of “firearms, firearm parts or hardware, and ammunition; or… weapons and other devices designed to cause physical injury. I couldn’t be more pleased. See, America? It’s not just about who makes the most money before they die. It can be about having life-loving values, too. Bravo, Square! I hope more companies follow suit.
I’ve never been married, but I sure could use:
- Nice set of dishes
- 1,000-count bedsheets
- A fancy Cuisinart
- Cash infusion
I am thinking of scheduling a shower and signing up on gift registry so I can get the stuff everyone else gets just because they decided to get married.
1. I come up with Get Rich Quick schemes all the time but almost never execute them.
2. I hate chewing gum and anything mint- or licorice-flavored.
3. One day I would like to live in Colorado, Paris or Los Angeles.
4. I often judge a Chinese restaurant by its hot & sour soup.
5. I grew up with 3 monkeys as pets.
6. I am determined to break into the screenwriting biz.
7. I gave up eating red meat at age 32 as a New Year’s resolution. Then I started eating grass-fed meat in 2009.
8. I used to be obsessively neat. Not so much anymore.
9. I taught myself how to play a drum set when I was a kid.
10. I often become extremely calm in the face of danger.
11. I once held a ‘Last Meal’ dinner party in which guests brought one of the items they would most like to eat at their last meal.
12. I love Lhasa apsos.
13. I was writing a book on UFOs at one time.
14. I have met lots of famous people through my newspaper writing jobs.
15. I am into paranormal phenomena of all kinds.
16. I love condiments.
17. I love Japan but don’t want to go back since the radiation problems occurred.
18. I took violin lessons recently.
19. I wrote a book-length manuscript many years ago which never got published.
20. One of my favorite things in the world is getting out a mitt and a baseball and having a game of catch.
21. I can read Hebrew but I can’t tell you what it means.
22. I feel like I am in my 20s.
23. I spent many years working (unpaid) on the issue of sexual violence. Still think it’s the most important cause in the world.
24. I love parties, giving them or going to them.
25. Putting personal things like this online makes me a little nervous.
I went to a talk last night by a big engineer with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, who schooled the audience in how Boston gets its drinking water. Turns out that unlike many other communities, our water is free of all that gross pharmaceuticals pollution. And our water comes from the Quabbin Reservoir, which is a large, freshwater source (see photo). And he told us about how sewage gets cleaned up. I asked him if I need a Brita-type filter for my tap water at home. He said nope. He doesn’t even use one. All in all, I felt pretty good.