Max Out of Pocket

Max’s Back Pocket Vol. XVII

For the first time since launching this little project, I took a few weeks off from writing. It wasn’t planned, but it was a nice break. I even took back-to-back Fridays off work. Experimenting with a 32-hour workweek? Maybe. We have been busy hiking, swimming, exercising, and yes, even golfing. We also squeezed in a little trip to Cape Cod. But it’s time to get back to work here at Max Out of Pocket. I...

Max Considers a 32-Hour Workweek

The next time you are slogging through months of 60-hour workweeks wondering where large sections of your life went while at the same time periodically snapping at your friends and family for absolutely no reason, think back to this post and try to explore your options. Life is too short. But I get it. I’m not going to sell any books hyping a 32-hour workweek. It’s just not as sexy as the four-hour workweek. But...

Max’s Back Pocket Vol. XVI

Summer kicked in a few days early here in New England. The heat made week five of biking to the hospital a little more challenging, but I still made it all five days. It will be another hot day today so we will have our morning coffee and find a river or lake to swim in this afternoon. Here is a waterfall we found last weekend. Week one of my state’s softer “safer at home...

Paid Time Off, My Favorite Benefit

My Dad worked on the assembly line for General Motors in Michigan when I was growing up. Every summer, GM would bring the assembly line to a crashing halt for a week or two so they could complete the annual model changeover. This is still known as the “summer shutdown“. They would basically re-tool the assembly line for the next model year and pay the line workers to stay home. I will always remember coming...

Max’s Back Pocket Vol. XV

June 15th is officially the last day of my state’s stay at home order. We were already peeling back several layers of the initial order, but now we are officially moving into a laxer “safer at home advisory“. This change means many more sections of my local economy can reopen and the cap on scheduled gatherings of 10 or less will be removed. It may eventually mean weekly editions of Max’s Back Pocket will also...