Drew Rodgers

I live in Norway with my wife, Inger, and our cat T.J. Maxx and teach International Business Communications at Oslo University College School of Business.

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The passing of our cat

Published on Wednesday 29. February 2012

Our cat T.J. Maxx couldn’t keep down his food and so we had to put him down. We spent his last days with him, allowing him to sleep with us. He showed his consideration, in when having to throw up, he jumped onto the wood floor, threw up and then hopped back in bed so as to not soil the bedding. His last day he spent in my lap being coddled until the vet came to put him down. I carried him out to the vet’s car after he was put to sleep, thanked him for everything he had given to us and said goodbye. There is saying that “No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your clothing.” We carry T.J. Maxx with us in both places.

Taxes We Love to Pay

Published on Thursday 19. May 2011

“If you cheat the government, you cheat yourself” A line from a 1930’s film suggests the importance of paying taxes, and living in Norway, I pay a lot, but I don’t complain. Taxes help the government provide for the general welfare. No, this is not socialism. When I tell people here that complaining about paying taxes is a national pastime in the United States, they look puzzled. And when I tell them that some Americans even think that paying taxes is unconstitutional, they look shocked. ” What’s their idea of a society,” they ask. I facetiously say, “300 million people who happened to wind up at the same place at the same time,” and they say “oh,” and look fondly at their Norwegian passport.

DWT (Driving While Teenager)

Published on Tuesday 25. January 2011

Click on reason 9: Most cats never reach the legal driving age. Most kids do.

Lazy Teenagers

Published on Tuesday 25. January 2011

Click on reason 8: Even if my cat doesn’t do much housework, at least he doesn’t fail to meet my expectations. In terms of the cause of frustration, there’s a difference between a lazy teenager and a lazy cat. On the other hand, teeagers don’t shed.

No Education

Published on Tuesday 25. January 2011

Click on reason 4: Due to the ultimate wisdom of free and unregulated markets combined with Wall Street greed, these cats might be getting more education than your kids. College education savings plans tanked and college tuition is up around 30% in some states. Given that China is predicted to pass the United States as the world’s biggest economy sometime before 2030 and given that most new jobs will be in high tech, maybe cutting back on education is not a real good idea. How do we intend to compete internationally? As for cats and education, they have a degree in the philosophy of life without the expense attached to a college education.