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Tuesday · April 13 2004

The Two Things Game

A few years ago, I was chatting with a stranger in a bar. When I told him I was an economist, he said, “Ah. So… what are the Two Things about economics?”

“Huh?” I cleverly replied.

“You know, the Two Things. For every subject, there are really only two things you really need to know. Everything else is the application of those two things, or just not important.”

“Oh,” I said. “Okay, here are the Two Things about economics. One: Incentives matter. Two: There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

My offerings…

Being a Chicago Cubs fan:
1. Anticipate spring.
2. Wait til next year.

Golf:
1. Keep your head down.
2. Bring plenty of extra balls.

Bowling:
1. Choose the heaviest ball you can.
2. Aim at the head pin.

Skiing:
1. Keep your weight forward.
2. Wear sunscreen.

Getting your car fixed by a mechanic:
1. Labor costs $75 an hour.
2. Parts cost extra.

What you had to say:
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Consulting (of any kind):
1. Listen to your client. Hard.
2. They are a client, not a customer.

Improvisational Theater
1. Listen to your scene partners. Hard.
2. Take care of yourself first, then your teamates.

April 13 2004

Renting from someone.
1. Get all promises in writing
2. whether or not it gets done, you'll probably get your rent raised anyways!

(can you tell i'm bitter :) we have old carpet and old paint and somehow we're paying 25 dollars more a month for what? oh yeah the economy that's changed oh so much over the last 3 months....

April 13 2004

Women:
1. Listen to your woman. Hard. Then filter out the unimportant stuff.
2. The best answer is typically not really an answer at all.

Life:
1. Listen. Hard.
2. When there are two Jasons, use your last name (I should have in the previous post).

April 13 2004

Writing:
1. Delete half of your first draft.
2. Rewrite the rest.

Life:
1. It's not fair.
2. Pay off the monthly balance on your credit cards.

Neighbors
1. They have more sex and less money than you think.
2. They think the same thing about you.

© 2004 Jason Keglovitz