From Books on My Desk at Work

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February 18, 2003

Today is the day to give somebody a check.

I made a big mistake, boys and girls. I accidentally erased yesterday's "Made Up Holidays" file (it was erroneously placed as February 15, I believe, if that's any help.) If any of you are whizzes about getting that sort of stuff back somehow, or anything like that, please let me know. If not, profuse apologies to my incredibly generous contributors. I'm sorry I suck.

And now, on to today's list...

Can you guess which line comes from which book?

Talent Group, Inc. Commercial Print Book

Emily Post on Etiquette, by Elizabeth L. Post

The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, by Neal Pollack

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande

From Books on My Desk at Work

"When starting a new job how do I know if I should use first names or address people by title and last name?"

"Kuwait, 1991. I emerge form the maelstrom unscathed."

"Deborah Hermelee-Height: 5'4", Weight: 115, Hair: Dark Brown, Eyes: Dark Brown, Size: 4, Bust: 34B, Waist: 28, Hips: 33, Shoe: 7.5"

"Bariatric surgeons-as obesity surgery specialists are called-faced widespread skepticism about the wisdom of forging ahead with such a radical operation when so many previous versions had failed, and there was sometimes fierce resistance to their even presenting their results at the top surgical conferences."

"If the dance or dinner or other entertainment is to be given at one address and the hostess lives at another, both addresses are always given, assuming that the hostess wishes replies to go to her home address."

"David Noland-Height: 6'1", Weight: 200, Hair: Brown, Eyes: Brown, Size: 44L, Shirt 17-34, Waist: 36, Inseam: 34, Shoe: 12"

"It was then I realized that things in Mexico were not as they seemed."

"Is there a non-offensive way to tell a co-worker that his body odor is offensive? Is it better to say nothing?"

"A recurring topic this year was tissue engineering, a line of research devoted to grasping precisely how organs develop and then using that knowledge to one day grow new organs from scratch that could replace injured or diseased ones."

"Erika Martinez-Height: 5'3", Weight: 115, Hair: Dark Brown, Eyes: Dark Brown, Size: 6, Bust: 32B, Hips: 35, Shoe: 6.5"

"10 p.m.: Make love to woman from Brazil, Montreal Villareal or Israel. It matters not where, as long as place ends in 'l.'"

"This may explain why many doctors take exception to talk of 'systems problems,' 'continuous quality improvement,' and 'process re-engineering.'"

"Connie Fairbanks-Height: 5'5", Weight: 150, Hair: Blonde, Eyes: Blue, Size: 8-10, Bust: 37C, Waist: 25, Hips: 38, Shoe: 8.5"

"$1 to $3 per party at an arena, for boxes and loges. No tip necessary in upper balconies and bleachers."

"'Oh! Paris!' I shouted. 'My Paris! Beautiful, magical city of lights!'"

"At the hospital, he was also given an ultrasound to check for blood clots in his legs."