LE T TERS
The Fisker Karma [“Green Means
Go,” March] is the sexiest hybrid
I’ve ever seen. I have to ask: Does
the Fisker have a supercar growl like
a Ferrari, or is it whisper quiet like a
Prius? John Martin, via e-mail
Writer Josh Dean responds: The electronic
engine is quiet, but Fisker has built internal and
external speakers on the Karma that will emit a
sound…they just haven’t decided yet what it will be.
I’m fascinated by Stan Lee—his influence on
pop culture rivals even Steven Spielberg’s—so
I enjoyed his Defining Moment [“A Hero’s
Journey,” March]. How does Lee create his
superheroes? Are they based on traits he wished
he had, people he knows, or characters from his
dreams? Joe Stanton, Burlington, Vermont
Stan Lee responds: I don’t know anyone with
superpowers (except for me, of course!) and, alas, when I
wake up each morning, I can never remember what I
dreamed about. So I guess my superheroes are characters I
make up when I’m killing time, like waiting in doctors’
offices or answering questions from Best Life readers.
I was surprised to see you didn’t include
Guaranteed Savings Plan 529s in “Tuition Control”
[March]. My wife and I started a PA-GSP 529
when our son was 2; he’s now 8 years old, and the
account value is more than $35,000. Even though
the stock market is declining, GSPs increase in a
safe, secure way. Dan Tahaney, via e-mail
In our March issue, Duane Sorensen, owner of
Stumptown Coffee Roasters (stumptowncoffee
.com), shared his master brewing techniques.
Here’s what the barista drinks when he’s brewing
his own and when he’s on the road.
Editor’s note: Guaranteed Savings Plans grow at the
same rate as a particular school’s tuition, which means
they’ve been a much better investment than stocks in the
past year. But not all states offer them. And while there’s
no way of knowing for sure, we believe that in the next
18 years, stocks will rise faster than college tuition.
Best Medium-Roast Beans: Ethiopia Wondo
“It smells like hibiscus and tastes like raspberry, red currants,
and cherry, with a black-tea finish.”
Best Full-Roast Beans: New Seasons Blend
“It has a floral aroma and flavors of chocolate and allspice.”
Best Espresso Beans: Hair Bender Blend
“This is Stumptown’s most popular coffee, probably because
of its milk chocolate and caramel flavors.”
Best Ice-Coffee Beans: Guatemala Finca El Injerto
“Its maple-syrup-like sweetness makes it perfect on the rocks.”
Best Chain-Store Coffee: None
“In desperate times or on the road, I’ll drink Coca-Cola. I
can’t stomach the bad stuff.”
Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
and see results at BestLifeOnline.com/bestcoffee.
Letter of the Month
“Raising the Obama Generation” [March] reminded
me of an incident at our dinner table when my son
was 4. I’m black, my wife is white. After I told him to
finish his vegetables, my loving son replied: “I wish
I had a white father.” Race had never been an issue
for us before that moment.
After processing the shock,
I said, “You’d still have
to eat your vegetables.”
The “vegetables lesson”
reinforced that race is
secondary to the love
between a father and son.
Vegetables suck, and life
can be unfair, but honesty is
essential in any relationship.
Chako Benford, via e-mail
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or a stellar athlete
like Michael Phelps,
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punish him if you
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ARE YOU BEING A GOOD ENOUGH
FATHER? FIND OUT ON PAGE 62.
Have If you did get laid off, what
you ever would you do with your
secretly newfound free time?
CONSIDER A SECOND CAREER 30%
would get RELAX FOR A FEW WEEKS, THEN LOOK
laid off? FOR A NEW JOB—FAST 52%
THINK OF IT AS AN EARLY RETIREMENT
AND PURSUE A LIFELONG DREAM 8%
NO 68% START MY OWN BUSINESS 10%
A BAD ECONOMY DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T FOLLOW YOUR
DREAMS. TO LEARN HOW, TURN TO PAGE 79.
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