Let me tell you a dirty secret. Actually, it’s a clean secret: I get my best column ideas in the shower, but by the time I get out, they’re gone, which means you only see the second- and third-best ideas.
Here’s how it works. The hot water is spraying on me. I’m washing my ears, my hair — or what’s left of it — and various unmentionable body parts, when suddenly a brilliant idea flashes across my consciousness like Halley’s Comet.