I have to admire those minimalists who have taken the pledge to cut their stuff to just the top 100 items they need in life. Wouldn't it be great if some of these people flew? For business travel, leaving some of that gear behind might remind you that your most valuable tools are already with you.
I was lucky enough to see George Carlin perform in person a few years back. And he didn’t disappoint. I laughed uncontrollably—my eyes were watering…I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe. And when I did, I could hear a pronounced wheeze. And that was 10 minutes into his act.
It has taken me all week to realize that George Carlin is dead. He was so cavalier about the subject (his final HBO special featured a long rant on his blithely crossing off the names of dead friends in his address book), that it’s hard to view the mere fact of his kicking the bucket as tragic; but the lack of his voice out there on the stage and in the world qualifies as a downer to say the least. I worked in comedy for many years, and though I never met George, he was the kind of guy you felt was speaking right to you anyway.