Author Archives: Jay Furr

11 years and still walking

2018 marks my 11th year taking part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. In the past 11 years I’ve walked in 17 3-Day events, served as volunteer support crew 10 times, and raised a hair short of $50,000 thanks to … Continue reading

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20 years

  How time flies! We moved to Vermont twenty years go yesterday — we pulled up in the driveway of our rental house in Essex Junction on May 16, 1998. I started work at what was then IDX Systems Corporation … Continue reading

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Woo-hoo! Op-ed in the Washington Post

Guess who got their op-ed about ethics printed in today’s Washington Post? Woo-hoo! You can read the column here or see the print image of the column here. A few people have asked how it came to be — the … Continue reading

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Ethically Not Weighing Coal

Copyright: oleandra / 123RF Stock Photo I am a Vermont resident (been here 20 years as of May 16) and, as it happens, duly appointed Weigher of Coal for the town of Richmond, Vermont (population 4000 or so). Said job … Continue reading

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From the “Things I Will Never Understand” Department

Like most people, I’ve uploaded a few videos to YouTube over the years: mostly videos of the Burlington Concert Band performing at Battery Park, but a few other things as the occasion has arisen. Most of my videos have gotten … Continue reading

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Memphis Follies

I’ve been in Memphis, Tennessee for work most of the last couple of weeks. Two days out of three, I’ve stopped by a Starbucks at the corner of McLean and Union to grab a green tea latte and a chai … Continue reading

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Meticulous Accounting, Home Edition

So yesterday I picked my car up from our mechanic and paid a not inconsiderable amount of money for a new exhaust pipe/muffler assembly, plus labor. And this morning I sat down, as one does, to enter the transaction and … Continue reading

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Slices-o-Toast

I had lunch today at Cafe Eclectic, an unassuming little joint in Memphis, TN. I had chicken pot pie, but that’s not what made me want to post about the place. What did was this: Slices-o-Toast. I mean, man! With … Continue reading

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Proof that I’m insane

Carole and I live in the woods, in Vermont. We’ve got about three acres in the town of Richmond, up on top of a hill with a deep gully behind the house. Trees all around. We see all kinds of … Continue reading

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Mascot Parade

I have a bizarre fixation on “Champ“, the costumed mascot for our local short-season A minor league baseball team, the Vermont Lake Monsters. Despite the creature obviously just being an employee in a suit, I have a habit of projecting … Continue reading

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