David Bouchier

David Bouchier’s weekly essays are full of unexpected observations and whimsical opinions. Listeners will relish his entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes exasperated commentaries on the routines that carry us through the year, the surreal rituals of politics, the unsettling experience of foreign travel, and the confusions and comedies of everyday suburban life.

I always enjoy watching other people at work, especially if they know what they are doing and I don't, which is often the case. There is something fascinating about the interior mechanism of a dishwasher or the mysterious web of wires inside an electrical fuse box. We depend on these devices, and we ought to understand them, but usually we have to call in a technician of some kind when things go wrong. Competent technicians are hard to find and expensive to hire.

How Am I Doing?

Mar 23, 2015

The plumber came to our house the other day to do a small repair, and almost as soon as he got back in his truck I received an e-mail from the company asking us to rate our satisfaction with his promptness, his work, and his attitude (but not, I noticed, the bill). The house was not knee deep in water, and what more can you ask of a plumber? I gave him an A.

Losing The Language

Mar 16, 2015

The English language is always in decline. People have been complaining about it for five hundred years, ever since the translators of the King James Bible finished creating their masterpiece, and Shakespeare put down his quill and went into retirement. But the decline has speeded up. We seem to be losing our grasp of English in several different ways.

No Time To Lose

Mar 9, 2015

Daylight Saving Time is an illusion, of course. We can't save daylight, any more than we can save time itself. Barring some massive disruption in the solar system, there will be exactly as much daylight as there ever was, and time will keep ticking along at its usual relentless pace. But this ritual of changing the hour always reminds me just how many clocks we have around the house, and how much time we waste re-setting them all twice a year, especially since clocks and watches became so complicated. It used to be easy.

It's almost too soon to mention the fact that National Procrastination Week began yesterday, but one day late is better than nothing.