Stories by Anna Kuchment

  • GET SOME SLEEP

    Christopher Lotz, an attorney from San Antonio, Texas, has his travel routine down to a science. Three days before a transatlantic flight, he begins going to bed and waking up earlier, nudging his body clock toward European time. Then, on the day of his flight, he eats his last meal at 2 p.m. (dinnertime in Europe) and heads to the airport for a late-evening departure. Once onboard the plane, he pops a dose of the prescription sleeping pill Ambien, dons eyeshades and earplugs and settles into his cramped coach seat. "Before you know it I'm asleep, and I wake up when they're doing the morning meal service," he says. Coming off the plane, he feels refreshed and ready to tackle client meetings--without needing a nap first.Jet lag has been the bane of business travelers since the birth of international flight. But while aviation technology has advanced well beyond Charles Lindbergh's monoplane, a cure for "circadian-rhythm stress" has remained as elusive as a fix for the common cold....
  • STYLE: FLOWERS FOR HIM

    Just as men were getting used to shirts with bright stripes, along comes a new fashion challenge: flowers. Taking a cue from their bolder counterparts in Europe, American shirt-makers are rolling out duds your lawn might envy. "It's a way for men to be a bit more expressive in what they wear," says Sid Mashburn, vice president of design at normally staid Lands' End, which has upped its floral-shirt count from one a few years ago to five this season.Designers admit the shirts may not suit everyone. They're for "a guy that's a bit more interested in fashion," says Michael Anderson, Banana Republic's vice president for men's design. If you dare to wear spring on your sleeve, match the shirts with a casual blazer--khaki or navy blue--and a pair of jeans. Avoid formal suits and never, never wear them with a tie. "You could go very wrong with that," says Anderson. And don't stand next to any floral arrangements.
  • FAMILY: 'DAD, LOOK AT IT LIKE THIS'

    Spring break is coming up--the perfect time to take your child to an art museum. But how do you get a videogame addict to appreciate Cezanne? Carol Weston, author of the new tween novel "Melanie in Manhattan" (Knopf. $15.95), in which the main character explores New York City cultural institutions, explains how to get them excited.Less is more. Don't attempt a full day of museumgoing. Instead, plan just one hour. "It's smart to leave before your kids start begging to leave," she says.Start at the gift shop. Before you hit the galleries, buy each child a postcard or two; then go on a reverse treasure hunt.Talk about it. Ask questions like: "If you could hang a painting on your wall, which would it be and why?"DIY (draw it yourself). Pack a pad of paper and colored pencils so your kids can sketch their favorites. The homemade postcards will help them remember the paintings for years to come.
  • FOOD: A TOUGH BALANCING ACT

    It's been a difficult few years for dieters. First Atkins had us loading up on steak and trading skim milk for half-and-half. Soon South Beach halted our fat free-for-all, but turned us off carrots and orange juice. Then the government weighed in with a chart-filled tome (at healthierus.gov), urging us to exercise 30 to 90 minutes a day, trade Whoppers for skinless chicken breasts and actually read food labels... dream on. To help you drown out advice you probably won't follow anyway, tip sheet interviewed nutrition experts and came up with the bare minimum: four simple rules that will start you down the path to eating healthier.HAVE A BIG BREAKFAST. Studies have shown that people who leave time for breakfast are less hungry during the day, making them better able to control their burger-and-fries impulses at lunch. It's also the easiest meal at which to work in some of the 3 ounces of whole grains (equivalent to 3 slices of bread) and 2 cups of fruit (equal to 2 apples plus a...
  • SKIN CARE: LIP BALM SMACKDOWN

    Dermatologists say Vaseline and Chapstick work just as well as designer lip balms, but TIP decided to see for ourselves and test drive top brands on our lips. The results? Higher price doesn't always equal better lip service.MURAD Soothing Lip Therapy. ...
  • TRAPPING THE SUPERBUGS

    Nicholas Johnson nearly died from what he thought was a shoulder sprain. Last year the 13-year-old from Stafford, Texas, made an awkward tackle in football practice and a few days later ended up in the emergency room with a fever of 40.3 degrees. Doctors, who had initially given him pain medication and a sling, now added antibiotics and a diagnosis of walking pneumonia. But Johnson only grew worse. When his parents rushed him back to the ER three days later, respiratory failure had set in and doctors put him on a ventilator. "Our pediatrician told us he might not survive," his mother, Janet, recalls.Johnson did survive. But only after multiple surgeries, months of rehabilitation and permanent hearing loss in one ear. Doctors still don't know what touched off Johnson's illness--most likely, bacteria entered his bloodstream through a shoulder abrasion. But one thing is clear: what nearly killed the otherwise healthy teen was an increasingly common infection that standard antibiotics...
  • MONEY: JUST REWARDS

    Santa's not the only one with a naughty-and-nice list. Your boss, too, decides who gets a gift (a raise or promotion) and who gets a lump of coal (nada). Assuming you've worked hard all year, how else can you boost your chances of getting more than just a pat on the back? "If you really want a raise, ask strategically," says Robin Ryan, a Seattle-based career coach and author of "What to Do With the Rest of Your Life." First, compile a list of the new skills you've learned and the important contributions you've made to the company in the past year. Never ask based on personal reasons, like "I just bought a house." That strategy will actually hurt you, says Ryan. Don't set your goals too high--the typical raise this year will be in the 3 to 4 percent range, reports HR consulting firm Towers Perrin. And don't panic if the answer is no--half of all people who request a raise get turned down. Just ask your boss, "What can I do to earn a raise in this position next year?" And make sure...
  • TRAPPING THE SUPERBUGS

    Nicholas Johnson nearly died from what he thought was a shoulder sprain. Last year the 13-year-old from Stafford, Texas, made an awkward tackle in football practice and a few days later ended up in the emergency room with a fever of 104.6 degrees. Doctors, who had initially given him pain medication and a sling, now added antibiotics and a diagnosis of walking pneumonia. But Johnson only grew worse. When his parents rushed him back to the ER three days later, respiratory failure had set in and doctors put him on a ventilator. "Our pediatrician told us he might not survive," his mother, Janet, recalls.Johnson did survive. But only after multiple surgeries, months of rehabilitation and permanent hearing loss in one ear. Doctors still don't know what touched off Johnson's illness--most likely, bacteria entered his bloodstream through a shoulder abrasion. But one thing is clear: what nearly killed the otherwise healthy teen was an increasingly common infection that standard antibiotics...
  • DESIGN: THE OVEN OF YOUR DREAMS

    Jane Freiman is crazy about her new Viking wall oven. The other night she made crisp sirloin steaks worthy of a chophouse. "You can get the rack extra-close to the heating element," she says. Later this month the New York City-based journalist and kitchen designer will start turning out Thanksgiving pies for her friends. In her old oven, with its uneven heat, she could use just one strategically placed rack at a time. Now she'll use all three.Though busy Americans are cooking less than ever, fancy appliances are hot. To feed the demand, companies have churned out a variety of high-end ovens that seem to do everything but taste your food for you. The trend is toward ranges that look like they came from a restaurant kitchen: heavy-duty stoves with powerful burners and gleaming stainless-steel panels. But, beyond the facade, is there really a difference between an inexpensive 25-year-old range and a new $23,000 model that's been hand-assembled in France? To find out, TIP SHEET roasted...
  • 'CHILL BREEZES FROM THE PAST'

    Andrew Jack could hardly have picked a better time to come out with a book on Vladimir Putin. In the past two months, the Russian president has faced the worst string of terror attacks ever to hit Russian soil, from the coordinated bombings of two commercial aircraft to the Beslan school siege. He's responded with a stunning array of repressive measures aimed at tightening his already firm grip on power. Jack's book, "Inside Putin's Russia: Can There Be Reform Without Democracy?" (362 pages. Oxford) was written before the latest crackdowns. But it helps contextualize some of the new concerns about Putin's leadership and about whether Russia, once seemingly on the path to democracy, is lurching instead toward dictatorship. "Today, there are chill breezes returning from the past," writes Jack, Moscow bureau chief of the Financial Times.Instead of echoing these dire warnings about Russia's future, Jack puts the president's moves into perspective. "Russia under Putin remains far from...
  • DESIGN: QUALITY FOR THE MASSES

    Long before Ikea and Pottery Barn became household names, there was Conran's. The British import, first opened in 1964 and known as Habitat outside the United States, was one of the original bastions of well-designed yet affordable furnishings. Its founder, Terence Conran, parlayed his success with the chain into international renown--and a knighthood--as a furniture maker, restaurateur and retailer. After selling off his Habitat empire 12 years ago and reinventing Conran's as a more upscale brand, he remains a champion of bringing good design to the "high street," or masses.That's the idea behind his new book, "Designers on Design" (Conran Octopus. $39.95), coauthored with journalist Max Fraser. It opens with a concise history of the field from the industrial revolution (which "enabled humans to... shape their environment on an unprecedented scale") through the latest Nokia mobile phone. It features spreads on 110 contemporary designers like Marc Newson and Philippe Starck, shown...
  • FOOD: LET THEM EAT DUCK

    For those who think everything tastes like chicken, there's now a duck that tastes like steak. The Challans, a 400-year-old breed once served to French kings, is making its American debut this fall. Made famous by Paris's La Tour d'Argent restaurant, the duck is known for its robust flavor and exceptionally lean but tender flesh. "It's an animal that goes 'moo' but has wings," says J. Bryce Whittlesey, executive chef at Wheatleigh in Lenox, Mass., who worked with duck grower Robert Rosenthal of New York's Stone Church Farm to re-create the breed in the United States. New York City's Picholine (212-724-8585) and Wheatleigh (wheatleigh.com) have both added the Challans to their menus, and Whole Foods may sell it later this year. Until then, diners can order the three-pound ducks fresh or dry-aged online ($21.95 plus shipping; stonechurchfarm.com). Whittlesey recommends roasting the bird whole, stuffed with apple or quince, and serving it with turnips sauteed in butter and white...
  • STYLE: A WALK ON THE MOON

    Sick of Uggs? Last year the Aussie sheepskin boots stoked a craze after showing up beneath the coats of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and other celebrities. Now it's time to move on. "If you did Ugg boots last season and you need something to do this season, it's going to be moon boots," says Stacey Pecor, president of Olive and Bettes, a chain of fashion boutiques in New York City. Yes, the enormous astronaut-style shoes you complained about as a kid have come into vogue. (Hint: this time, don't wear them with snow pants and clip-on mittens.)Design houses like Marc by Marc Jacobs ($180; nordstrom.com) and Emilio Pucci ($160; saksfifthavenue.com), have already rolled out their loudly patterned versions for fall. Olive and Bettes ($145; oliveandbettes .com) will carry a variety of colorful quilted ones beginning Oct. 15. All three brands are fully lined, with practical rubber soles that stand up to winter slush. Pecor suggests wearing the boots with rolled-up jeans or a mini-skirt. If...
  • STALIN LITE HAS ITS LIMITS

    In Russia's worst outburst of terrorism since Soviet times, at least 425 people are dead, blown up at a Moscow subway station, killed on two bombed passenger jets and, most horrifically, massacred in Beslan's School No. 1 on the first day of classes. Russians are dazed and angry: How could this happen? Whose fault was it? What will be done to prevent the next atrocity? "If someone doesn't take responsibility," says Vladimir Solovyov, a popular Moscow radio and television host who initiated a large antiterror rally in Red Square last week, "I don't see much of a future for the country, for this government... We'll have paralysis."Westerners tend to view Vladimir Putin, the tight-lipped former KGB colonel, as Stalin Lite. And up to a point, the characterization is valid. Putin has muzzled the press, sidelined rivals or thrown them into prison and clamped down on Parliament, regional leaders and the judiciary. Yet the discipline Putin has imposed, based on intimidation and secrecy, has...
  • OUT OF OPTIONS

    In one of the worst spates of terrorism Russia has ever seen, 425 people are dead--blown up at a Moscow subway station, killed on two passenger jets blown out of the sky and, most horrifically, massacred in Beslan's School No. 1 on the first day of classes. Russians are dazed and angry: How could this happen? Who will be held responsible? What will be done to prevent the next atrocity? And they want answers. "If someone doesn't take responsibility," says Vladimir Solovyov, a popular Moscow radio and television host who initiated a large antiterror rally in Red Square last week, "I don't see much of a future for the country, for this government. We'll have paralysis."It is fashionable in the West to portray Vladimir Putin, the cautious, taciturn former KGB colonel, as Stalin Lite. And it's a valid characterization, up to a point. Putin has stripped freedoms from the press, side-lined rivals or thrown them in prison and forged a rigid administrative structure that commands obedience...
  • Back In The Ussr...

    Is Russian President Vladimir Putin using a recent string of devastating terrorist attacks as an excuse for tightening his grip on power? This week, Putin proposed placing strict controls over the election of governors and parliamentary deputies. If the proposals go through, as expected, governors who are now popularly elected would instead be nominated by the Kremlin and approved by local legislatures. And grassroots candidates to Russia's lower house of Parliament, who now provide most of the few dissenting voices in government, would be ineligible to run. "Under current conditions, the system of executive power in the country should not just be adapted to operating in crisis situations, but should be radically restructured in order to strengthen the unity of the country and prevent further crises," said Putin. "Those who inspire, organize and carry out terrorist acts seek to bring about a disintegration of the country, to break up the state, to ruin Russia."The sweeping changes...
  • A Bloody End

    Even as flames burst through the windows of Beslan's School No. 1 and rescue workers carried out corpse after corpse with missing limbs, Russian state television was putting a positive spin on things. "Practically the whole school is under the control of special forces," an NTV announcer repeated every 10 minutes this afternoon. "The vast majority of child hostages are alive." A few hundred yards away, volunteers loaded half-naked and bloodied kids, once dressed in their finest for the Sept. 1 start of school, into rickety private cars and ambulances for the drive to the hospital. "If the Russians hadn't started shooting, we all would have died there of hunger," said Alla Gadieva, 24.So ended one of the most savage and puzzling acts of terror in recent memory. Last Wednesday morning, a band of some 20 fighters seized students, parents and teachers outside a North Ossetian school near Russia's breakaway republic of Chechnya. They demanded Russia withdraw its troops and declare an end...
  • 'We Need To Start A Dialogue'

    In the last eight days, five terror attacks have swept across Russia: a bombing at a bus stop, simultaneous explosions that brought down two commercial planes, last night's subway bombing that killed 10 people and today's siege of a school in the province of North Ossetia, on the border with Georgia in the south. Between 100 and 300 people are being held hostage, half of them children who arrived this morning with their parents for the first day of school. At least 15 armed attackers rushed the building around 9 a.m. Moscow time and have reportedly demanded that Russia withdraw all of its forces from the breakaway southern republic of Chechnya, where Russia has been fighting a bloody, decadelong war. NEWSWEEK's Anna Kuchment spoke with Vladimir Rhyzhkov, a liberal member of the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament about the wave of attacks and how they will affect the Kremlin's policy in the Caucasus. Excerpts (translated from Russian):NEWSWEEK: Horrifying as the events of the...
  • The Verdict: Terror

    After days of obfuscation, Russian investigators finally acknowledged Friday that terrorism probably downed one of two planes on Tuesday night, killing 90 passengers and crew. The jets, which left Moscow's Domodedovo airport 40 minutes apart and fell from the sky within three minutes of each other, were traveling to the southern towns of Sochi, a Black Sea resort, and Volgograd. After hinting for days that the tragedy was caused by everything from a thunderstorm to "a breach of civil aviation aircraft operation regulations," the FSB, Russia's top intelligence agency, said that traces of the explosive hexogen had been found at one of the crash sites and that authorities were gathering information on a Chechen woman who had boarded the Siberian Airlines flight. Russian press reports said investigators were also looking for relatives of a second Chechen woman who boarded the second flight.On Thursday, a group calling itself the Islambouli Brigade claimed responsibility for the attacks,...
  • IS EARLY STILL BETTER?

    Odi Kanter admits that applying Early Decision to Duke University was a strategic choice. Duke "was sort of a reach for me," says Kanter, who graduated in June 2004 from the private Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass. After consulting with her college adviser and with students who'd recently gone through the admissions process, she learned that "there is a slight advantage to applying early--the school knows it's your first choice, that it's where you want to go." Her thinking eventually paid off: Kanter found out just before winter break that she'd be heading south to Duke in the fall. She was thrilled to have sewn up her top-choice school, and relieved that she wouldn't have to write any more applications. "It takes a lot out of you," she says.Although applying early worked for Kanter, it's certainly not the right choice for every student. And that's why many educators around the country have declared war on Early Decision policies. Under Early Decision,...
  • PRIMPED TO SELL

    Racing to unload your home before the real-estate market tanks? Here's how to prep for that all-important first impression: the open house.De-clutter. Pack up your winter clothes, that extra sofa, your prized collection of ceramic roosters. "Start really moving out," says Lisa LaPorta, cohost of HGTV's "Designed to Sell." "Know that the house you're selling is not the house you live in anymore."Neutralize your space. Hide all your personal items, including wedding photos and refrigerator magnets. "You want buyers to envision themselves living there," says Pam Liebman, CEO of the Corcoran Group, a New York City-based real-estate firm.Fix it up. Repair leaks, water damage and loose or cracked tiles. Make sure your windows are washed and your curtains pushed way back for maximum light. Mow your lawn, and weed your garden.De-stinkify. Liebman advises setting out scented candles, potpourri or fresh flowers--"they don't say 'bake cookies' for nothing."Beat it. Owners should make...
  • HYGIENE: DON'T SWEAT IT

    Technically, just 3 percent of the population suffers from excessive sweating. But who wants to sweat at all? Certain Dri ($5.71 at drugstore.com) contains a higher concentration of the active ingredient found in most over-the-counter antiperspirants. Applied at night, it keeps you drier but not necessarily less stinky--so add a deodorant. Drysol, a prescription antiperspirant with a still higher concentration of aluminum compound, works better but can irritate your skin. This summer, the FDA is expected to approve the use of Botox injections ($500 to $1,500) to knock out the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. Check sweathelp.org for more advice on keeping you powder dry.
  • GADGETS: A PORTABLE CLASSROOM

    School's out, and you're wondering how to keep your kids' brains from turning to mush. For help, Tip Sheet called on child-development expert Stevanne Auerbach, a.k.a. Dr. Toy, who last week released her annual list of best vacation products. From among her 100-plus winners, we picked the best electronic toys and videos to keep your child entertained--and stimulated--through the lazy summer months. (All are available for purchase through links at drtoy.com.)EasyPC by Comfy ($99). Age range: 1 to 5. Before they start dreaming of rock bands, have them master that other type of keyboard. The EasyPC plugs into your computer and comes with fun, educational games.Story Reader by Publications International ($24.99). Age range: 3 to 8. It'll read to your child when you can't. Amazingly, the narrator always knows what page you're on.Leapster Multimedia Learning System by LeapFrog ($79.99). Age range: 4 to 8. This portable device with a full-color screen and PDA-like wand plays games and...
  • TECHNOLOGY: BOBBING FOR PICS

    Intimidated by all those sleek, pricey digital cameras? Lomo's new underwater Frogeye is low tech, low stress, and high fun. Lomo, the cult brand that originated in St. Petersburg, Russia, and is now based in Vienna, makes simple, lightweight cameras popular for the woozy, color-saturated images they produce. The Frogeye ($75;lomography.com) is sturdy for a Lomo and features an automatic flash and film advance (most Lomos are manual). Its flash is strong and works underwater as far away as 15 feet from your target. Take it snorkeling (down to a depth of 12 feet), poolside, out in the rain or into the shower. Just don't expect crystal-clear, professional images--Lomos are for spontaneous, artsy shots, not for chronicling weddings. Need inspiration? The enclosed manual is filled with aquatic images taken by members of the so-called Lomographic Society--thousands of Lomo fans worldwide. For more photos, check lomography.com.Besides the flip-book, the Frogeye comes chock-full of extras,...
  • Design: Wallpaper Gets Down

    Knitting needles, brooches and swing skirts aren't the only vintage accessories making a comeback. At last week's International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York--an annual showcase of high-end design for the home--a crop of start-up companies showed off a fresh take on something long associated with Grandma's house: wallpaper. Instead of yellow daisies and toile, there were sequins, fringe and trippy Mylar. "Wallpaper is getting a new lease on life," says Arlene Hirst, a senior editor at Metropolitan Home.The return of attention-grabbing graphics for walls is only the latest sign that minimalism is dead. Austere, Zen-like spaces, so popular in the 1990s, are giving way to bright colors and witty designs. The ICFF show was brimming with examples, like LED lamps that looked like stacks of yellow, orange and blue children's blocks (glide-inc.com); furniture made from loose change (johnnyswing.com), and chandeliers decorated with gilded leaves and flowers (artecnicainc.com).Plain...
  • Online: Ranting For Profit

    If you've been racking up hours blogging in your basement, you might as well get paid for it. As Web logs (personal online journals) proliferate, so do the opportunities to make extra cash. Henry Copeland, founder of blogads.com, suggests writers zero in on a single subject they're passionate about. "Get a niche and just dig in," he says. Copeland sells ads for blogs with as few as 10,000 page views per month (like scifan.com) and as many as 4 million (like instapundit.com); his clients can earn anywhere from $50 to $6,000 per month after Blogads takes its 20 percent cut. A similar service is Google's AdSense (google.com/ adsense).Other money-making strategies include working for a company like Gawker Media (see nickdenton.org), which hires writers to develop blogs. Some writers sell merchandise off their sites, but the luckiest ones sell themselves. Several bloggers--like Julie Powell, who chronicled her effort to cook every recipe in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French...
  • Esprit Redux

    If you want insight into the business strategy of the reinvented Esprit brand, just pick up a copy of "Trading Up," a popular business book last year about the buying patterns of affluent American consumers. "I spent the time to read all 560 pages in English, and I tell you I was sweating like this," says Heinz Krogner, the clothing company's German CEO, mopping his brow. The book (336 pages, actually) describes companies like Coach and Williams-Sonoma that have raked in profits by targeting not only middle-income consumers willing to pay a premium for quality, but luxury shoppers who don't mind trading down for a good value. Sort of like Krogner. He doesn't wear Esprit head to toe because, as he says, "I have too much money for that." Instead, he pairs his handmade $1,400 Brioni blazer with a pair of $75 Esprit denim pants.Krogner's concept of the sophisticated shopper is at the core of his plan to reintroduce Esprit to the United States after a long absence. Back in the 1980s the...
  • The More Social Sex

    Western culture is filled with examples of heroic male friendships. Lewis and Clark opened up the American West. James Watson and Francis Crick unveiled the DNA double helix, the secret of life. Crime-fighting duos from the Lone Ranger and Tonto to Batman and Robin have kept bad guys at bay. And what have women's friendships fostered? Cut to Carrie and her "Sex and the City" pals sipping cosmos and dishing about their boyfriends, Dolly Parton and the Steel Magnolias bawling at the local beauty salon and Rebecca Wells's Ya-Ya Sisterhood with their motto: "Smoke, drink, never think." Wherever you look, female friendships are portrayed as frivolous--significant only to the sappy parties involved.But "girl talk," it turns out, isn't quite so trivial after all. Scientists are finding new evidence that women's friendships have played a crucial role in human evolution. Just as our ancestors shared child-care duties while men were out hunting, contemporary females come together during times...
  • Food: Start The Frothers

    Even coffeemaking has turned into a competitive sport. This week America's Specialty Coffee Association names a new U.S. barista champion. tip sheet asked last year's winner, Heather Perry, 21, how to make the perfect cup of espresso at home.Invest in a good machine. "Price is a pretty good determinant of quality," says Perry. Expect to spend at least $200, and look for one with nine-bar pressure.Grind your own beans. Never use pods. "Coffee loses about half its flavor within seven minutes of being ground," she says. Pick a grinder with burrs, not blades--blades can overheat the beans and rob them of natural oils.Avoid bins. Buy your coffee in vacuum-sealed packages, not open barrels. And never store beans in your freezer. A cool, dry place is best--unless you want them to smell like leftover lasagne.
  • TIME TRAVELERS

    Two years ago Bill Wohler and his wife, Lynn Brinton, left their jobs for a dream vacation. Brinton, who was working long hours as a public-relations executive, took a six-month sabbatical and Wohler, a software engineer, quit. "I thought to myself, this job isn't so great," he says. "And how many opportunities do you have to travel together?" Childless and in their early 40s, the Menlo Park, California, couple bought a bright red Jeep and headed for the hills. During the next two months they camped their way from Montana to Connecticut and back, stopping to hike, swim, tour art museums, gab with locals and reconnect with far-flung relatives.When they returned, Wohler still wasn't ready to go back to work. "I had more money saved up," he says. "So I ended up spending two months in Hawaii." Finally, one year after leaving his old job, Wohler began looking for a new one--and found it relatively quickly, despite the hole in his resume. "The person that hired me thought the trip was...