Archive for December, 2009

What's Coming Up

I’m not going to write a “real” post tonight due to time constraints, but I’m going to be posting over the next few days, so I wanted to let you know what’s coming up. It’s my tradition to do some lists for the end of the year, and this year is no different: 2009 Playlist […]


If I Could Pimp My Ride…

If I could pimp my ride, I’d retrofit it to be the ultimate long-distance vehicle. Prior to last year, I was horrible at long-distance driving. I’d get stiff, bored, and tired after about 2 hours in my Camry. But last year I had a long-distance relationship that resulted in several 8-hour trips to West Virginia. […]


Management Tactic #21: Random Promotions

I was reading through the New York Times “Year in Ideas” online the other day, and I stumbled across a fascinating article about the most effective way to promote employees within a large company. The article references something called the “Peter Principle,” named after Canadian psychologist Lawrence J. Peter (or is it Peter J. Lawrence? […]


Fragmentation Theory of Dating

In a recent discussion with a friend about my blog entry on why I’m intentionally single, my friend (who is a few years older than me) brought up a theory on dating and women that he ascribed to “back in the day.” I’m going to quote his description of the “fragmentation theory” below, and then […]


Santa Claus

I’m going to tell you something that I don’t tell many people. I believed in Santa Claus until I was 14 years old. Yes. It is true. For the most part. In truth, I had figured it out years before (really). But I really, really wanted to believe in Santa Claus. As I referenced in […]


The Spirit of Christmas

Note: You can apply this to any holiday. I just happen to celebrate Christmas. When I was a kid, Christmas was all about (a) the anticipation and (b) the presents. I’m not going to say that presents could make or break Christmas, but they were really important. When I got older, traditions mattered more and […]


Three Embarrassments

Lately I seem to be accumulating embarrassments, so I thought I’d share three good ones with you. I’ll be driving about 13 hours east tomorrow, so I’m hoping someone else can drive the responses on the comments board. Can someone please adapt my humor, wit, and charm? Thanks! The Vacuum. I’m leaving town, so I […]


Mars vs. Venus: When Worlds Collide

Mars vs. Venus: When Worlds Collide

More than ever before, in 2009 I’ve been contemplating ways to bridge the gap between the digital world and the real world. For example, consider the rise of e-books. I’m a Kindle and an iPhone owner–I enjoy carrying around hundreds of books in the palm of my hand. But you can’t smell the fresh pages […]


The Top 10 Festivus Grievances of 2009

The day has come. My good friend Bryce, one of the funniest people I know, has ranked the top 10 Festivus grievances of 2009. Agree? Disagree? That’s what the comments section is for. (A little hubris: #1 and #5 are mine.) 10. The white crusties milk bottles leave in the fridge. 9. People who just […]


The Musician

The Musician

Today’s entry is a special guest post from fellow blogger Harley May. Harley, a mother of three and a wife of one, contributed this delightful entry. I’ve had the pleasure of reading one of Harley’s short stories, and I can assure you that we’re looking at an extremely talented writer of nonfiction and fiction alike. […]


The Top Festivus Grievances of 2009: 11-20

Brought to us by the lovely Neeraja are Festivus grievances 11-20. The Top 10 will be posted on Thursday evening. 21-30 are here. 20. People who think Facebook is different than Myspace. You’ve been fooled! 19. People who walk around with ibuds in their ears all the time. I’m sure “your soundtrack” is great, but […]


Confession #8

I am intentionally single. For those of you who have been reading my confessions, this revelation may come as no surprise. But I want to talk about it today in the context of the movie Up in the Air (for which there will be no spoilers). The movie is about many things, but one major […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2009: 21-30

I realized this weekend that Seinfeld has been off the air for a full decade, so I should stop assuming that everyone knows what Festivus is. Hop on over to Wikipedia if you want the full explanation, but the basics are that it’s a holiday celebration created by one of the characters on Seinfeld that […]


My First (and Only) Music Video

I posted a few weeks ago about a music video that the interns at my work filmed with all of us. They based the video nearly shot for shot off an exaggerated video of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s song September. Check out that video here so you can truly appreciate how precise the interns were […]


What Men Want…Rather, What I Want

Update (12/15): Lauren over at My Life, Incomplete, has posted her response to this entry for our Mars vs. Venus series. It’s good… I stumbled across a survey online today about what men want in a women. Obviously I don’t represent all men–these are just my answers. I figured since I’ve been writing a lot […]


Pet Please #13: Finding Your Chapstick

I’m gearing up for my annual Festivus party, at which many a grievance will be raised, so I thought it might be a good time to balance the negativity with a positive pet please. I carry exactly four things in my pockets all day: phone and chapstick in my left pocket, wallet and keys in […]


Mars vs. Venus: What Does Tiger Woods Owe the Public?

Mars vs. Venus is a new, hopefully ongoing series between me and fellow blogger Lauren over at My Life, Incomplete. We’ll be discussing various topics for which the variation between the male and female perspective might create a better understanding of how our two genders think. Also noteworthy is that Jamey offers the perspective of […]


The Most Creative Ornament of 2009

The Most Creative Ornament of 2009

Around this time last year, a friend of mine hosted a Christmas tree ornament party. Every person/couple who attends the party has to bring a homemade ornament to the party. The hosts select their favorites within several different categories and put those ornaments on the tree; the rest are auctioned off to the attendees, with […]


The Power of an Irrelevant Option

The Power of an Irrelevant Option

What if you could have significantly more control of the choices other people make? Think about your life, your work, your business, your relationships. People make choices all the time that affect you, and for the most part, you have absolutely no control over those choices. However, you often have the power to control the […]


Confession #7

I lived with a girlfriend for about a year and a half. For the most part, it was very, very easy. I’m not quite sure what types of quibbles other couples have when they live with one another, but C and I simply didn’t have them. We lived together really well. Having two bathrooms certainly […]


Better E-Mail Subscriptions!

WordPress just added their own e-mail subscription widget, so I removed the old one and replaced it with their widget (for fellow WordPressers, “blog subscription” is the widget name). For those of you who prefer to read this blog by e-mail, click the link on the right that says “Sign me up!” You should get […]


Is Handwriting Better Than Type?

Is Handwriting Better Than Type?

Confession #6

Confession #6

I don’t eat at parties. Nor receptions, nor happy hours, nor cocktails, nor house parties. I don’t eat at them. This may not seem like that big of a confession, but let me let you in on the weirdness: Tonight a few coworkers hosted a surprise party for an intern who is leaving. I made […]