Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are. March 5, 2007
Three new rules to live by:
1. If I have to ‘get used’ to the taste of something, I don’t want to eat or drink it. This is different from an aquired taste, like wine or even beer. I mean things like diet soda or sugar-free gum. I don’t want to get used to it. I want the real thing. I would rather drink half of a real Dr. Pepper than forty diet ones. That aftertaste is just not worth it. It does NOT taste more like regular Dr. Pepper.
2. If I don’t know you well enough to know that your birthday is coming up, I don’t know you well enough to give you a gift. I don’t always give gifts to close friends whose birthdays I do know are coming, so why would I donate $30 to a big gift for you when I had no idea you were turning 30 this week? No.
3. Gifts require thank you notes. Real ones with paper and a stamp. E-cards and blog entries DO NOT COUNT. (This is not so much a rule for me to live by, as I rule at the thank you note, but a reminder for the general public. Particularly the general public whose baby shower I attended last weekend.)