First, we eat ...
Ester's in Dorchester with an intrepid kitchen. If you lived here you'd be home now. In addition to dishing, owner Eleanor Arpino is a farmer: there's a garden on the roof. It yields reds and greens, browns and whites. Today is not exactly what we call farming weather. Yet we know the yield is picture worthy. Vegetables aside, there's beer and cocktails from polished help: server Melissa Scofield's station is cozy and we're at a high top on the day after Thanksgiving. How can we go out the day after the night before? Easy, it's Friday. Julie and I want to resume what remains of normal. She recommends prosecco. I'll say. Normal is on the way to better footing.Read about lunch
CORPORATE EDGE: Get organized with solutions that work
- Work or home, organized
- Clear out, clean out
- Donate, errands
- Simplify, systems
- Gone: stacks, cartons, bags, piles, dust. Gone. Wouldn't it be cool to transform the junk room into an asset? Turn a part-time office into a full-time conference room? Dump invoices from the last century? Make cartons disappear? Give your shredder a workout? Make room for new clothes? New books? Old components to Goodwill?
- We see things from a different perspective. Rearrange? Recycle? Ditch? Move? Small stuff, you say? If you'd like to calm a rising sea of paper or just get yourself and the office in order, we're here. By the hour or week at your place.
- Breaking: Goodwill on Comm Avenue in Allston near Boston University recycles computers. It's Dell's Reconnect program for residential equipment. It's easy, convenient and responsible. You drop off any brand of used gear at participating Goodwill stores. And it's free. The hardest part is rolling the two-wheeler. But I did it and you can too. Goodwill takes monitors, scanners, mice, printers, keyboards, laptop batteries, ink and toner cartridges, hard drives, speakers, cords and cables. Goodwill shares all
- by the day/week in your office
- logistics, errands
Filing, deadlines, tax time or just listening, we're business pros helping business pros at work. We help with priorities, work out logistics and come up with business plans that work.
CASE HISTORY: One of our fun gigs was a corporate makeover we did some years ago. We were titled project managers and nearly everyone, nearly, bought in. Departments were growing like mad and what had passed for organization when they were small needed a tune-up and they were smart enough to know it.
The president, a dynamo and the smartest man I know, had the corner office. It was lovely even as it overlooked a parking lot. There was just one thing: piles of paper on the floor. His desk, as it turns out, was immaculate. I mean, what can you say? To myself I said all the drawers and filing furniture must be full. We talked for a while and he told me he is a visual worker: he knows what to do next if he can see it. Clearly, a stack of to-do folders or even one folder was not going to work. I got up and walked around to where he sat behind the desk. I apologized and opened a drawer. It was empty. Then another and another. Each one had nothing in it, not even the center where people usually stash pens and keys. The desk was empty.
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