Archive for January, 2011

My Greatest Fear #18: The Sky Is Falling

My Greatest Fear #18: The Sky Is Falling

When I bought my Camry four years ago, I was delighted to find that it had a moonroof. “Perfect,” I thought. “Now I can drive through the country on summer nights with friends, admiring the star-filled sky through my moonroof.” That’s the dream, right? However, very rarely have I actually used the moonroof, much less […]


The Great Wedding Gift Debate Survey Results

The Great Wedding Gift Debate Survey Results

Apparently you all are awesome, because 108 people took my wedding gift survey. This means that for the first time in the history of mankind, we have conclusive data about when you should buy people wedding gifts (answer: pretty much always if you’re attending the wedding) and how you should determine how much to spend. […]


The Keys to My Heart Mad Libs

The Keys to My Heart Mad Libs

There are certain things a woman can do to wedge her way into my heart. Sometimes a woman doesn’t even know she’s doing it–like today, I read an interview with a famous young author, and just reading what she had to say (coupled with her cute headshot) made me want to make her breakfast. Or […]


How to Make $10,501 Off a Single iPad

How to Make $10,501 Off a Single iPad

I have to say, I’m smitten with BigDeal.com (and similar site QuiBids.com). I haven’t even placed a bid there yet, and yet I’m entranced by the homepage, the concept, the copy, everything. And I’m a little jealous I didn’t think of it. BigDeal is an auction site along the same lines of the controversial Swoopo.com. […]


Public Displays of Affection

Public Displays of Affection

The way people choose to express their affection for each other in public is fascinating to me. It’s completely different than physical affection in private, because with PDA, you’re walking a fine line between social norms and personal intimacy. I’ve seen all kinds of PDA. I’ve seen a woman in Paris pin her man against […]


Leadership Tactic #42: Whiteyboard

Leadership Tactic #42: Whiteyboard

For a while now, I’ve been trying to turn my bedroom wall into a whiteboard. My original motivation for doing this was to help map out short stories. My short-story writing process usually involves brainstorming on a piece of paper for a while before writing the story. While pencil and paper are good for this […]


Angel Baked Cookies…and a Cookie Contest

Angel Baked Cookies...and a Cookie Contest

There is a nonprofit in St. Louis called Angel Baked Cookies that you need to know about.┬áHere’s how it works: Angel Baked Cookies is a nonprofit business in North St. Louis that makes and sells delicious cookies. It is staffed by a team of teenagers (after school) paid hourly and trained in business skills like […]


Pet Please #40: No Salvation Army

Pet Please #40: No Salvation Army

Yesterday I was about to walk out of the grocery store when I felt myself tensing up. Here we go, I thought. Time to avoid eye contact with the Salvation Army guy. Then I walked outside, and the space outside of the store was empty. No red bucket. No bell. No guy. He’s done for […]


The Lost Dreams of Childhood

The Lost Dreams of Childhood

Today I read a fantastic article passed on to me by my friend Rachel. The article talks about much more than I can summarize here–I highly recommend you read it. Here’s one of the points that really stood out to me: Maybe you never really wanted to be a cardiac surgeon in the first place. […]


Leadership Tactic #41: The Infographic Pitch

Leadership Tactic #41: The Infographic Pitch

About a month ago, I read an entry on the 37Signals blog about the very first version of Meetup.com, a website that helps people connect with groups of other people in their area with similar interests. Here’s how the site was originally conceived: That’s it. So simple, right? It may not be a 100% accurate […]


Pet Peeve #16: Text Conversations

Pet Peeve #16: Text Conversations

I got my first cell phone when I was studying abroad in Japan. At the time, if you called someone, you got billed by the number of minutes you used, but they got a free call. So if you ever needed to tell someone something really quick, like, “Meet me in 10 minutes at Starbucks,” […]


The Giver: A Play Review

The Giver: A Play Review

When I was younger, I loved Lois Lowry’s book The Giver. It was actually read to me–and the rest of my class–by my 6th grade English teacher, and then I read it again on my own (words take a different shape when you see them on the page with your own eyes). And then I […]


Leadership Tactic #40: I Am Responsible

Leadership Tactic #40: I Am Responsible

I read an article the other day on how to apologize to someone. The best part was that it’s not a true apology there’s a “but” in there. “I’m sorry I’m late, but traffic was terrible.” Nope. That’s an excuse. For an apology, you remove the second clause. No but. When I was a teenager, […]


Is It Cheating If Your Mind Wanders?

Is It Cheating If Your Mind Wanders?

I recently had a discussion with a few friends about the places your mind is allowed to go during sexual acts with a significant other. Is it cheating–or wrong in some way–for you to think about someone else? Before you jump to your answer, I ask you this: Have you ever thought about someone else […]


My Second Birthday

My Second Birthday

Every year, January 9 rolls around and I celebrate my first birthday. Three days later on January 12, I have a special second birthday. As you may know if you’ve read this blog for a while or ever checked out my About page, I’m adopted. I had the good fortune of sharing my adoption experience […]


Leadership Tactic #39: Broadcast Altruism

Leadership Tactic #39: Broadcast Altruism

I used to think that the best way to be a good person was to do good things and not take credit for them. Take ego out of the equation and anonymously help other people, improve the world, do your siblings’ chores, etc. But I’m officially changing my stance on that philosophy. I say if […]


8 More Things Every Man Should Know

8 More Things Every Man Should Know

This is an addendum to my previous post, 8 Things Every Man Should Know. 9. Never wear socks with sandals. Even in the winter. Especially not in the winter. 10. Leave a flashlight in the same place in your home. If the power ever goes out, you can use your distal memory to find it. […]


My Greatest Fear #17: Getting Attacked in the Shower

My Greatest Fear #17: Getting Attacked in the Shower

I don’t think there’s any place where you feel more vulnerable than the shower. You’re naked. It’s slippery. You can’t hear or see what’s going on in the rest of your house. You’re confined to a very small space with one exit. Your only defensive weapon on hand is your loofah. When people break into […]


Is It Fair to Share Others’ Secrets with Your Spouse?

Is It Fair to Share Others' Secrets with Your Spouse?

I was talking with two good married friends the other day, both of whom I consider extremely moral, considerate people. They were talking about something that had been said in confidence to the husband (we’ll call him Bert), and he had shared it in confidence to his wife (we’ll call her Lisa). This type of […]


Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Today I want to talk about a movie that you probably haven’t heard of, a documentary called Exit Through the Gift Shop. A movie that you need to see. The movie consists of a decent amount of footage from a French guy named Tierry who decides to document the secret subculture of street artists (think […]


Things I Learned on the Drive

Things I Learned on the Drive

I recently drove back home to Virginia for Christmas. Why drive 13 hours instead of fly? One, Biddy is too big to take on the plane. Two, I can’t fly directly to Richmond, so counting the drive to the airport, security, two flights, the layover, and the drive home, it adds up to about 8 […]


What Happened Here?

What Happened Here?

I came back from a New Year’s party to find this in my parking lot (I waited until daylight to take the photo): I’m somewhat amused, but mostly horrified and curious about this. First, whatever happened, I hope no one got hurt. Second, what happened?! My best guess is that this person hit something on […]