Rotten Apple

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Jo Anne sat at a table beneath this iconic poster of the late visionary iconoclast, Steve Jobs, for nearly an hour last week, arguing with a series of Apple customer service reps over warranty coverage of a failed $20 iPhone power cable. Five people: the gal at the Apple franchise dealer and her closeted manager, then two agents at the Apple call center and, finally, their supervisor.

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This Paradise is the Bomb

Wellfleet’s ocean beaches are part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. 
Wellfleet’s ocean beaches are part of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

 Military projectile found on Cape Cod beach

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Privacy, Pornography, Paradox

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"The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake, the wind may blow through it, the storm may enter, the rain may enter -- but the King of England cannot enter."

William Pitt, Earl of Chatham
British Prime Minister, 1763

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When in Command

The late General Norman Schwarzkopf commanded forces during the first Gulf War, and after his retirement from active service I had hired him as a motivational speaker for a corporate recognition event.

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The Fat Guy in the Fat Boat

“One thing about being at sea is that you don’t really get to stop. Until you arrive in port, you’re stuck, and conditions can always worsen, the boat can always break in new ways, whether you’re prepared or not. Even in port, you can slip anchor, blow against other anchored boats in crosswinds and currents, or run aground. A boat simply does not allow for genuine rest. Its essential nature is peril, held in check only through enormous effort and expense.”

A Mile Down; The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea
David Vann, 2005

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Food Fight

Food fight 

Homo sapiens is the only animal that cooks. Cooking a meal is almost a sacred symbol of our humanity.

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On Time

On Time 

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity."

Albert Einstein

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T-Shirt to T-Rex

A couple of things got me thinking about T-shirts.

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The Miracle-Of-The-Month Club

When you live in places that everybody calls Paradise -- Cape Cod and Vieques in my case -- the subject of miracles is seldom far from your thoughts.

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Starstuff

“The Starry Night” was painted by Vincent Van Gogh in June 1889.
“The Starry Night” was painted by Vincent Van Gogh in June 1889.

At the height of his popularity, Astronomer Carl Sagan was a guest presenter at an IBM sales recognition event in Bermuda, where I was writing speeches and continuity for the corporation’s executives.

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