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Tuesday
Sep132005

Hi.

I had a question in last Sunday’s Ask the Ethicist in the New York Times. See if you can guess which one!

I feel stupid. I blame jet lag, although it’s been almost a week. I don’t know how people do it, the hopping over time zones. Here is Scott the day after we got back, as he attempted to construct a sandwich: “I’ve been standing here waiting for my bread to cook. But it’s just sitting here, being bread.” That made sense to me, when I first heard it.

Reader Comments (40)

I read it over the weekend - and when I first read it - I missed the physical part of therapist... and then I thought it really UNETHICAL... I too also loved the comment about the manicurist...

Now you are really famous!
September 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterjill
Why would someone with a legitimate blog bother to spam other blogs with the exact same comment? I assume I'm not the only one who commented on this entry who also got a "Good post. Just passing through, I'm liking the blog by the way." from HumanityCritic? It seems kind of insincere. Am I wrong in thinking that?

As for food preparing itself and so forth, you never know what raw chicken might get up to when left alone. A lot more, I dare say, than bread would. After all, chicken is funny, whereas bread is not. (Otherwise, there would rubber bread sold in novelty stores.)
September 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterCraige
"But more disturbing: who wants a financial adviser referred by a physical therapist? What if he contradicts the stock tips you get from your manicurist?"

bwah - what a great answer!! LOL
September 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commentero.girl
I THOUGHT that sounded familiar.
September 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia Jones
That sounds like my level of intellect currently with the 8 months of preg behind me. Be the bread.
September 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commentershannon
Craige, I got that same comment, too. Maybe his insincerity is the point. Or--OH!--maybe he's Alice's physical therapist!!
September 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMir
I'm such a geek that when I read it, I KNEW it had to be you! ;-) Glad you're back.
September 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAnita
Recently while travel-tired I said: "There are plenty of doorbells and doors, to ring and knock on."

I don't even know what I was talking about, but I knew I'd said something pretty brilliant.
September 15, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMarigoldie
That is just hilarious!
September 15, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterRunning2Ks
I'm a little worried - how does Randy Cohen even KNOW your manicurist?
September 16, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterlaura
Ambien. This is how to conquer jet lag. Take Ambien. You can hop across time zones with impunity and lose not even one single day to jet lag.
September 16, 2005 | Unregistered Commentervictoria
I know just how you feel. I have to travel extensively for work and function normally after my flight. It’s such a nightmare sometimes. I feel like no one puts two and two together to realize that people do get Jet lag and you just need some recovery time. So, constructively, I am taking my children down to the Worlds Fair for Kids next spring break and I am going to relax and have fun. No demands no worries, just play time with my children. And I definitely will give myself a recovery day before heading off to work again!
September 16, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa Marie
You had to ask if it was unethical?

I'm still creeped out from when you first wrote about it.
September 16, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterTorrie
Your story reminds me of when we were interviewing therapists for one of my children. The therapist talked to my husband and me about our lives, and after about a half hour said to my husband, "It sounds like (name of child)'s the least of your problems. Would you be interested in talking to someone? My husband's got a practice in Greenwich Village. Would you like his card?"

We promptly committed my husband and chose someone else to work with our kid.
September 20, 2005 | Unregistered Commenteredsbrooklyn
Jetlag?? I call it being a mother!
September 20, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterskape7

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