Archive for December, 2009

In a large residential or office building, it’s not uncommon for the building management to sign exclusive deals with vendors. For instance, there may only be one cable or satellite TV company that has the right to provide service to the apartments or offices inside a given building. Whether this is good or bad for […]


Whenever I try a new brand of wine, I pay attention to the type of cork they use. I’m certainly no wine expert, so my interest in the cork is purely a functional one. In particular, synthetic corks are a pain to get a corkscrew into, and can be nearly impossible to remove from the […]


The weather is getting colder, which means that everyday tasks — like going to the grocery store — will soon become a lot more challenging. Armed with vivid memories of trudging through the snow last year with shopping bags in tow, my wife and I decided to stock up on food before it gets really […]