Archive for November, 2009

Christmas: The Solution

As you might be able to tell from reading my blog entry Thankful for Thanksgiving (or the ensuing comments), I’m disillusioned with Christmas–or, as the PC Police would have me say, “the holiday season.” I realized more than ever this year that I don’t want more things. I moved out of my condo to temporary […]


What I'd Do If 2012 Were Real

There’s not a single part of me that believes that the world will end in late 2012. But as I watched the movie the other day, in which a few scientists and government officials know about the impending doom but don’t tell the general public, I started to wonder: What would I do if I […]


Thankful for Thanksgiving

You know what? I’m thankful that there’s a day set aside simply for people to be thankful. Think about that. It’s pretty remarkable. The best part is that it’s a day to be thankful for what you already have. Friends, family, food, football. The basics. Nobody’s life is perfect, but if we’re willing to take […]


Which List Length of Favorites Are You Most Likely to Read?

Okay, this is the last survey in this chain. I’m curious about the optimal list length for favorites and recommendations. Like, favorite restaurants or recommended things to do. Thanks for your insight!


Kickstart THIS

I was going to write about something completely different today, but then JoshVision posted this blog entry announcing the launch of his book on Kickstarter, and I can’t stop thinking about anything else. My mind is blown. I’m having braingasms. Kickstarter is a site where you can post a project–usually one in progress–and seek funding […]


Management Tactic #27: Earth, Wind, and Fire

In Japan, every morning millions of workers do something called rajio taiso before they start working. Rajio taiso is basically a series of stretches and movements to get your blood flowing and your muscles–including your mind–limber. It’s also 15 minutes of togetherness for hundreds of employees doing what is essentially a series of funny movements […]


The Vampire Talk

With the vampire movie New Moon coming out, this is a good time to sit down with your significant other and ask the question you need to ask before it’s too late: If one of you turns into a vampire at some point, what sacrifices (moral, ethical, corporal) will the other make to sustain the […]


Confession #5

I know that I could have a gambling problem. The only reason I don’t have a big problem is that I’m aware of the danger of this aspect of my personality. My senior year of college, a few friends and I went to the casinos a few times (casinos are allowed in St. Louis if […]


Confession #4

Don’t ever pull me up on stage. I’m guessing that it’s not really a “confession” that I don’t like public speaking. That’s pretty common. I’m pretty extreme in those regards…I even get nervous before walking in front of the congregation at church to receive Communion (a time when literally no one is paying attention to […]


Which List Length of Funny Things Are You Mostly Likely to Read?

Think about this question in the context of “Top” lists, like Letterman’s Top 10 or the types of lists I post about Halloween, etc.


Confession #3

I have been the recipient of a successful atomic wedgie. It was my sophomore year in high school. I was a starter on my school’s soccer team back then, and we had just finished one of our many away games.  The night had been almost perfect for me—the crisp night air, the perfectly manicured grass, […]


Which Entries Did You Like This Week?

Please shape the future of this blog by indicating all entries that you liked this week. Thanks!


The Most Interesting Thing I've Ever Read About Health Care

I’m not going to get into the health care debate. In fact, I’m not even going to write much today (with all the comments I get on the Confessions posts, I should write them every day! But I don’t have that many confessions. Or do I…) However, I read something the other day in Inc […]


Confession #2

I believe that there are two types of people in the world: Those that like surprises, and those that don’t. I don’t like surprises at all. This is not to say that I throw a hissy fit whenever someone surprises me. For example, a coworker surprises me with a Slurpee from time to time. I […]


What's the Best Length for You?

You may notice that I post a lot of lists on this blog. I do that because lists are easy to read and easy to skim. They’re idea for the blog format. One other interesting quality about lists is that you know what you’re getting into when you read a subject line. Maybe you read […]


Management Tactic #19: Always Accept the Cake

Have you ever been at a birthday party at work and one person makes a fuss about not eating the cake? I’ve seen this several times in my illustrious career. Someone goes out of their way to make or buy a cake for a birthday, everyone’s really happy about it, and yet one person “isn’t in […]


Which Entries Did You Like This Week?


Confession #1

This entry is the first in what I hope to be a regular series that delves deeper into myself. I’m going to be publicly introspective to see if that helps me improve the man I am and the man I hope to be. I really don’t like going out of my way for people. Friends, […]


The Best Food in St. Louis

Having lived in St. Louis for over 10 years, I’ve developed intimate relationships with specific restaurants and food selections. Thus I present to you my Best of St. Louis list. Bookmark this page if you ever decide to visit St. Louis, and comment below if you disagree or have something to add. I’ve listed these […]


Tell Me the Name of the Song and Win a Prize


How I Saved the Environment Today

I saved the environment a few times a couple years ago by carpooling to work. I also save the environment on a regular basis by turning off lights when I leave the room, letting the yellow mellow, buying organic meat when I can, using canvas grocery bags, and recycling. Today I took it all to […]


The Safest City in America According to My 14-Year-Old Self

Recently I posted an entry about several blog topics I’d had on my to-do list for a while but never got around to writing. At the end of that entry, I included a poll so you, trusty readers, could tell me which of those topics were interesting to you and which were not. This is […]