Gozamos July 31, 2010
You’ve packed your bags, confirmed your hotel, and printed your boarding pass. You’re ready to go on a well-deserved vacation, right? Wrong, Happy Traveler. Before you bid bon voyage, don’t forget to run through Gozamos’ handy dandy pre-trip checklist.
- Prepay Bills– Make sure you pay off Verizon, ComEd, and whoever else wants a piece of your paycheck. The last thing you want when you get back is a stack of late fees and a voice mail box full of collectors calling.
- Timing is Everything– Buy an inexpensive timer and set the TV, lights, or radio to turn on intermittently while your gone.
- Clean Sweep– Chances are you’ll be exhausted on your way home. After plane delays, returning rental cars, and all the headaches of return traveling, the most energy I can summon up is to dump the dirty clothes into the hamper and flop into bed. Do your future self a favor and give your house a clean sweep before you leave: take out the trash, make the bed, do the dishes, toss the leftovers in the fridge, and run the garbage disposal. Read more
Gozamos July 8, 2010
This is a safe place, admit it: you tuned into the live feed of Lindsay Lohan’s trial to get a little joy from it. That’s why I watched.
The Germans have a word for it, schadenfreude. Simply put, it means deriving pleasure from the misfortune of others. America’s Funniest Home Videos has made an empire on the theory. Falling off a trampoline and breaking your own leg isn’t funny. Watching a stranger bounce too high and go head-over-keister on a trampoline is downright hilarious. For me, there is no schadenfreude more potent, more deliciously, shamefully satisfying than watching a privileged little princess get knocked down. Read more
Gozamos July 3, 2010
Independence Day without fireworks is like Thanksgiving without turkey, Halloween without jack-o-laterns, or Valentines Day without the disappointment. Booming fireworks displays are the essential part of celebrating our nation’s birth and our victory over those devious, tax-loving Englishmen so grab some lawn chairs and cozy up to a fellow patriot under the rockets’ red glare.