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“I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America.”

For 10 years, Lauren Hough was a cable tech in the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. She writes about her experiences in a brilliant essay that’s funny, exasperating, frustrating, infuriating and occasionally sad. “A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney.” www.huffingtonpost.com

“Bathtubs Over Broadway” is a new documentary about midcentury industrial musicals, and it looks weird and wonderful.

These were Broadway-style musical plays put on at tradeshows and conferences, featuring production numbers praising tractors and bathroom fixtures and such, for an audience of salespeople charged with selling those kinds of things.

I have a friend who wrote and produced one of these shows, and I was peripherally involved. It was a blast.

An ad-man turned teacher recommends Starbucks VIA instant coffee

Ben Rothfeld on Cool Tools: “Since I switched careers from advertising to teaching, I only miss two things (besides the money): being able to go to the bathroom whenever I want and the coffee.” It’s not great coffee, or even good coffee, but it’s good enough and predictable in a pinch, he says.

A comrade-in-business-travel told me recently that she carries VIA in her luggage for similar reasons.

When I’m out of the house, I just drink whatever’s available. You can make just about anything drinkable by adding non-dairy creamer and Splenda.

And I know the coffee snobs will hate me for saying this, but Starbucks Pikes Place and Veranda coffees are actually very good. I drink good coffee black, no sugar, and that’s how I drink those Starbucks blends. Just don’t order “coffee black,” there without specifying a blend; that stuff is awful.