Do as I Say, Not as I Do
Yesterday I received a special envelope, hand-delivered by Federal Express. Inside this special envelope was a survey from the National Institutes of Health. They wanted to assess my knowledge, attitudes and opinions about obesity, diet, exercise and lifestyle issues. Also enclosed within the special hand-delivered envelope was a check for $30 as a token of their appreciation.
The survey was a booklet of questions with large blocks in which I was to record my answers with either X's or check marks. As promised in each of the three separate cover letters, it took no more than fifteen minutes of my time. I inserted the completed survey in the postage-paid envelope, sealed it and put it into the outgoing mailbox.
I slipped the $30 check into the envelope of deposits I needed to take to the bank, locked up the office and left for the day. I went to the bank and put the various deposits into their assorted accounts, and cashed the $30 check from the National Institutes of Health; a token of their appreciation for my completion of a survey on obesity, diet, exercise and lifestyle issues.
After dinner, Darling Spouse and I went over to the mall to replace our dishwasher. (The thing was over twenty years old; it didn't owe us anything.) After completing that chore we strolled out into the mall, where I made a beeline for the Lindt store; where I spent the $30 -- from the National Institutes of Health survey on knowledge, attitudes and opinions about obesity, diet, exercise and lifestyle issues -- on chocolate.