Dealing with a midweek holiday

Oh, the headaches of the Gregorian 365-day calendar. It makes sense to us because we’ve grown up with it, but it can be a pain for party planners when certain holidays fall on inopportune days of the week. On the imminent horizon is Halloween, which this year falls on a Thursday. Then there are other examples like New Year’s Eve this year (Tuesday, December 31). I’m sure you can cite several more. Because the traditional work cycle is oriented around Monday to Friday with Saturday and Sunday as time for relaxation, hosting events midweek can be particularly arduous for attendance figures. For Halloween this year, moving the party to Friday, November 1, would make it lose some of its luster, so let’s not consider that. Plus, some would argue that because weekends are designated for recreation and family, midweek events actually garner a better turnout. Regardless, there still are a …

Larry MogelonskyDealing with a midweek holiday

Ready for the shared economy?

In the latter half of July, renowned columnist and author Thomas Friedman wrote an article about Airbnb, employing the phrase “shared economy” to denote the communal nature and peer-to-peer transactional allowances these types of websites provide. Although he left it fairly open-ended, it was clear that Friedman believes this to be a viable, flourishing area of our 21st century economic habits alongside other Internet-based hubs like Craigslist, Kijiji, Couchsurfing, SERVAS, Easynest or dozens more. Whatever merits Airbnb may have, I believed then as I do now that Mr. Friedman is wrong in hailing this “shared economy” as a hospitality usurper. But rather than conjure a hasty rebuttal, I waited, watching events play out to see how these peer-to-peer sites would grow over the following months. I like the term “shared economy.” It’s catchy, and it can spawn infinitesimal debates on its financial adhockery implications. I’m not writing this to discuss …

Larry MogelonskyReady for the shared economy?