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Take The Stress Test, Then Sip And Chill

Take the stress test, then sip and chill

Lyrical tea pot from Imperial Tea Court, San Francisco. This authentic Yixing teapot makes tea taste better.

If you’ve wondered what ever happened to LTR, in a word: Moving. As in going from a leafy, bucolic suburb near NYC to LTR’s “hometown” of San Francisco.

Alas, while what is quaintly known as “household goods”  is lurching its way across the country  (read snowstorms, truck breakdowns “somewhere in the midwest”), LTR is appreciating the pure beauty of a white porcelain Limoges teapot and realizing that Yixing clay tea pots from China really do make a difference.  After buying a  poor imitation of a Yixing as a local Chinese housewares store in San Francisco that looked like the trusty Yixing pot, the proof as they say, was in the cup. No contest! Tea in the imitation yixing tasted bland and weak, while LTR remembered the depth of flavor in the orig. Lesson #1 learned over and over again: Whether it’s a tea pot, a handbag, or a pair of shoes, buy original.

But back to stress:

If you’ve ever done the cross-country hop – or just across town — you’ve probably heard about the Holmes Rahe scale that  scores “life experiences.” .See where you fit in:

The Holmes-Rahe Scale


Life Events Life Crisis Units
Death of spouse 100
Divorce 73
Martial separation 65
Jail term 63
Death of close family member 63
Personal injury or illness 53
Marriage 50
Fired at work 47
Marital reconciliation 45
Retirement 45
Change in health of a family member 44
Pregnancy 40
Sex Difficulties 39
Gain of new family member 39
Business readjustment 39
Change in financial state 38
Death of close friend 37
Change to different line of work 36
Change in number of arguments with spouse 35
Mortgage over $100,000 31
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan 30
Change in responsibilities at work 29
Life Events Life Crisis Units
Son or daughter leaving home 29
Trouble with in-laws 29
Outstanding personal achievement 28
Wife begins or stops work 26
Begin or end school 26
Change in living conditions 25
Revision in personal habits 24
Trouble with boss 23
Change in work hours or conditions 20
Change in residence 20
Change in schools 20
Change in recreation 19
Change in church activities 19
Change in social activities 18
Mortgage or loan less than $30,000 17
Change in sleeping habits 16
Change in number of family get-togethers 15
Change in eating habits 15
Vacation 13
Christmas alone 12
Minor violations of the law 11
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