Archive for September, 2010

The Best Map of the US #3

The Best Map of the US #3

Time for another map of the US. This one was submitted by Amanda: Amanda drew this map in kindergarten and saved it on her fridge for this day. There’s a lot going on here: This version of the US has about 10 states. That’s nice–it simplifies things. This is the first map to include Alaska, […]


Pet Peeve #14: Running from Danger in Movies

Pet Peeve #14: Running from Danger in Movies

The other day I saw a trailer for a new Clint Eastwood movie that begins with a tidal wave wiping out a coastal town. After the wave hits, the shoreline, a woman in the town starts to run away from it. And like every other person in the history of movies, she keeps looking back […]


The Best Bar in the World

The Best Bar in the World

The best bar in the world is in Kyoto, Japan. You cannot get directions to this bar. It can’t be found on the map. Someone who knows where it is must take you there. Once you enter this bar, you are a regular. You are home.  Everyone may not know your name, but if you […]


Pet Please #30: Sportsmanship

Pet Please #30: Sportsmanship

I was watching the Rams-Redskins game this weekend, and at one point a Rams player made a good run that was ended by a solid tackle. When the Rams player tried to get up, the guy who tackled him grabbed his hand and pulled him off the ground. In a small way, I think the […]


The Best Map of the US #2

The Best Map of the US #2

Time for another map of the US. This one was submitted by John after three beers: There’s an artistic simplicity here. It looks like John drew the outline of the map without lifting his pen off the paper, which is an achievement upon itself. Aside from the odd little peninsula up near Massachusetts, I’m more curious about […]


The Rules of Calling Shotgun

The Rules of Calling Shotgun

The whole concept of calling shotgun is ridiculous. If I ruled the world, I’d simply abolish it. Do people really care that much about getting the front seat? I mean, in the back seat you can just sit back there and relax and not have to do anything. Calling shotgun is just one of those […]


Why We Kiss

Why We Kiss

The other day I read a fascinating article on why humans kiss. Personally, I love to kiss. It’s such a fun, passionate gesture of connection. A good kisser can make a relationship just as a bad kisser can break it. Kissing’s a big deal in my book. But kissing doesn’t seem to have much of […]


The Best Map of the US #1

The Best Map of the US #1

A month ago, I asked readers to submit hand-drawn maps of the US…that they drew while intoxicated. Yeah, I haven’t heard from anyone about that. I did, however, receive the contribution below (drawn on Microsoft Paint by fellow blogger Lorena while sober). Look below the drawing for analysis and info about how you can contribute a […]


The “Go Back to School” Girl

The "Go Back to School" Girl

I’ve seen this girl on enough occasions that it’s time I talk about her. No, it’s not a girl I’m dating. It’s the “Go Back to School Girl”: You may recognize her from any number of websites with sponsored links. I see her the most on my morning NY Times e-mail. There, among a dozen […]


My Greatest Fear #14: Eyeball Papercuts

My Greatest Fear #14: Eyeball Papercuts

I love to drive with the windows down. I don’t use the AC often because a nice breeze is about 10x better. However, I only roll down the two windows in the back of my Camry and the passenger window. The reason? It’s not about the hair. I’m afraid that something will sail into my […]


Management Tactic #32: Vacate the Vacation Policy

Management Tactic #32: Vacate the Vacation Policy

One of the big perks about my job is that I get a lot of vacation days. If you can believe it, I have too many vacation days. I value days off for travel, family, friends, and writing, but I find myself struggling to use them all. Which seems crazy, right? Most of you probably […]


Planning for Spontaneity

Planning for Spontaneity

As noted on an earlier blog, I am the world’s least spontaneous person (although I’m working on it). However, for quite some time I’ve dreamed of taking a spontaneous four-day weekend abroad. Every week I look forward to my American Airlines Netsavers newsletter, which notifies me of very reduced fares for the upcoming weekend. More […]


Miss Alignment

Miss Alignment

An alert reader sent me the following question today, along with the awesome accompanying drawing below: “There’s got to be some term for the phenomenon when you see someone running with the pony tail, tight shorts, sports bra, and so on, and there is a tree in-between the trail and the road that is in just the wrong place […]


My Greatest Fear #13: Unseen Spiders

My Greatest Fear #13: Unseen Spiders

Okay, I know spiders are a pretty common fear, unlike the rest of my unfounded paranoias. So I was never going to write about it. But something happened to me the other day that made me realize that it wasn’t spiders in general that scare me–if I see a spider on the wall, I dispose […]


What Do You Want When You’re Sick?

What Do You Want When You're Sick?

I had a migraine today, the type of migraine that I saw coming a mile away and took a few pills, but they didn’t help. So I took off work an hour early and took a nap in the dark at home with my cat on my chest (he was trying to help). The experience […]


My Best Relationship Advice

My Best Relationship Advice

“What’s wrong?” I shudder at that question. I’ve been asked it many times by girlfriends over the years. It never leads to anything good. “What’s wrong? I can tell something’s wrong. Just tell me. You’re acting weird.” Okay, here’s the truth: Yes, something’s probably wrong. There’s a 15% chance that it has nothing to do […]


Beggars Can Be Choosers

Beggars Can Be Choosers

This blog could also be titled: “Why I don’t give money to beggars.” But I thought the other line was more clever. A long time ago I decided that the majority of beggars were much more likely to spend any money I gave them on booze, drugs, and cigarettes than what they actually claimed they […]


The Coolest Music Video of All Time

The Coolest Music Video of All Time

If you want to watch the coolest music video of all time completely unspoiled, please go here and watch it first (takes 4 minutes). But the following analysis shouldn’t conflict with your viewing experience. The first thing you’ll notice when you go to the video page is a box that reads, “Enter the address of […]


ENTJ…Wait, What?

ENTJ...Wait, What?

I recently asked my staff to take the Myers-Briggs personality indicator test. We’re going to have a session led by a trained counselor so we can understand each other better and work together as best as possible as a staff. I took the test 3 years ago when I started the job. At the time, […]


The Solution: The Alternative to Throwing a Punch

The Solution: The Alternative to Throwing a Punch

I was talking the other day to a high school teacher about fights. She said that she’s broken up some fights between boys, but never between two girls. If girls get to the point where they’re hitting each other, they’re not going to stop if you try to intervene. I’ve never gotten in a fight, […]