Compliments for 100 Dollars

I walk past a middle school at lunch every day. Most days we all just carry on with our own work (mine: dog walking, theirs: game playing), but today was different.

As I walked by the school yard, one of the kids kicked a ball over the fence and across the street. She asked if I would throw it back over, apologizing a lot as she did. It’s no real burden for me, so I retrieved it and threw it back over.

Another student asked if I could help retrieve a second ball, and then a third (there wasn’t a fourth). Again, not a problem, so I returned those balls as well. And then he said this:

“You’re so generous! Thank you! If I could pay you $100 I would, but I don’t have any money. Your dog is beautiful and healthy. Have a good day!”

Now, I can’t be sure of what drove him to have that little interaction with me. But I would like to imagine it’s a mixture of these things:

  1. Having a very high valuation of time.
  2. Having a very low valuation of a dollar.
  3. Having an innate sense for the existence of reciprocity.

Which then led him to decide that, knowing that he needed to pay for the use of my expensive time, a compliment to my dog was worth $100.

The Pepper Release

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WordPress 4.6 has been released and its name is “Pepper”. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out you can pop by WordPress.org to download a fresh copy or update directly from your dashboard. There are a lot of nice updates to it including a streamlined plugin and theme update process.

Get to updating, but remember to backup first.

Canine Infirmary


This poor dog has a growth on her ear that so far is a mystery to the vet. This week will be a long journey of gross ear maintenance leading up to, hopefully, good news.

But between now and then, she doesn’t seem to mind all the extra attention.

National Puppy Day 

IMG_0888Pepper plans to never grow up. She’s going to be a giant, baby dog, lap moose, “Help, I’m scared of things that go bump in the night”, snuggly little fur monster.

She sleeps 16 hours a day, snores incessantly, and kicks like a donkey.

She also is terrified of zombies, though, so in the event a zombie apocalypse comes I’ll at least have an early warning system. Also, I totally love her and her adorable little face. 🙂