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July 2009

Moms worry about their kids

Writes one mom:

But worrying is a reflex for mothers. I have committed many embarrassing acts in the name of worrying about my children - or as they would put it, disgracing them - and if I told these stories here, they’d never forgive me. Suffice it to say they included, in one instance, making a frantic 3 a.m. call to police when my son was late coming home, and a tearful late night call to campus security because my daughter didn’t answer her cellphone all day.

I’ll gladly share other people’s stories, though. A friend of mine once called her pediatrician’s emergency line thinking something was seriously wrong with her 6-week-old daughter. The baby’s chest was rising and falling in a way that didn’t look quite right to her, and she thought the baby was having a heart attack.

“What does her chest look like?,’’ asked the doctor who took the call.

“It’s going up and down,’’ my friend said.

“Your baby is breathing,’’ he said, sarcastically. “This is what breathing looks like.’’

Dads also worry.

Finance paper, anyone?

Malone’s Law No. 1: "Whenever a company builds a new corporate headquarters, short the stock."

This first one dates to the early Eighties when I was writing for newspapers.   It was provoked by the construction of Hewlett-Packard’s headquarters in Palo Alto.  What I noticed at the time, and which was confirmed over and over again in the years to come, was that whenever a company finally reaches the point that it needs a fancy new headquarters, it has usually lost track of the lean and mean style that made it a success in the first place.  And if that doesn’t do it, then the months company executives spend pouring over the design of the new facility, jockeying for the best offices and lobbying for an executive dining room, inevitably distracts them from the real job of making money.

"The cheapest places to live in the world. $500 a month"

From OpenTravel.com:

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