Archive for February, 2011

Pet Please #45: Things That Pay for Themselves

Pet Please #45: Things That Pay for Themselves

When I was growing up, a popular thing for kids to have during the summer was a season pass to Busch Gardens or Kings Dominion. Of course, I was afraid of roller coasters until the ripe old age of 17, so I never had one of those season passes. But other kids had them. Whenever […]


8 Ideas for Movie Theaters of the Future

8 Ideas for Movie Theaters of the Future

In the spirit of the Academy Awards, as well as an article in EW Magazine (not to be confused with Nickelodeon’s Eww Magazine), I have some ideas I’d like to suggest for movie theaters of the future. Some of these can be combined, while others won’t work with one another. Assigned seats. When you go […]


TGIF

TGIF

A coworker and I were talking last week about Fridays. She said that her favorite thing to do on a Friday after work was go out for happy hour. I was a little surprised, because I’m the exact opposite. On Friday after work, the last thing I want to do is go out. I want […]


Pet Peeve #4: Plastic Utensils

Pet Peeve #4: Plastic Utensils

I’m not hard to please. (Note: Anyone who says that, including me, is actually quite hard to please.) All I ask is for a decent set of metal utensils with every meal. Or porcelain chopsticks. Am I asking for too much? I don’t want plastic forks breaking in my mouth. As much as I love the spork […]


The Canoe Story

The Canoe Story

Many moons ago, back in the days when there were such things as “summer breaks,” I went canoeing with my friends Trevor and Chris on a tiny river in Virginia. When I say “tiny,” I mean tiny. It was but a stone’s throw from one side to the other (distance in backwoods Virginia is measured […]


My Greatest Fear #19: Broken Glass in Restaurants

My Greatest Fear #19: Broken Glass in Restaurants

There’s something you should know about ordering drinks with ice at restaurants (that includes you, Liz Lemon, drinker of white wine Sprite spritzers on ice): You might be drinking shards of ice. True story. You see, when you send a waiter to fetch you a glass of water (especially if you say it as I […]


Pet Please #45: The Perfect Ply

Pet Please #45: The Perfect Ply

Do you remember your first time? I sure do. It happened a few days after I moved into my first apartment. The mood was right, and I knew it was time. Mind you, I had experimented before. I mean, didn’t we all dabble a bit in college? And even moreso after I had a little […]


Pet Please #44: Women’s Retro Soccer Shorts

Pet Please #44: Women's Retro Soccer Shorts

The weather has been beautiful in St. Louis the past few days, and as a result, a multitude of joggers have found their way to Forest Park. As always, some female joggers catch my eye, and I’ve noticed a pattern: My eyes linger on women wearing retro soccer shorts. I’ve been trying to figure out […]


My Dear Watson

My Dear Watson

42 years ago, man walked on the moon. People watched, awestruck, one of our own tread softly over truly foreign soil for the first time. On Monday, for the first time ever, people watched something that doesn’t quite seem possible, and yet it is: A computer participated on Jeopardy. I have to say: When I […]


Pet Peeve #5: Shared Facebook Profile Photos

Pet Peeve #5: Shared Facebook Profile Photos

Disclaimer: There are readers of this blog that I know for sure have Facebook profile photos with more than one person in the photo. I’m not targeting any of you, but I fully expect you to defend yourselves in the comments. This is tongue in cheek, so I hope it doesn’t come across as too […]


Valentine’s Day: Twilight Special

Valentine's Day: Twilight Special

For having lived together for just over a month, my roommate and I have talked about Twilight surprisingly often. Even more surprising is that I’ve never read the Twilight books, nor do I plan to. But they make excellent conversation fodder. Jess (roommate) revealed to me that after making fun of Twilight for a while, […]


Pet Peeve #18: ROFL

Pet Peeve #18: ROFL

Has anyone ever texted or e-mailed the word “ROFL” to you? ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing Yeah. About that. First, if you’re going to include “on” in the acronym, “the” belongs too. That makes it ROTFL. Second, let’s be honest: You’re not rolling on the floor laughing. You’re probably not even laughing out […]


The 3 Best Things About Your Job

The 3 Best Things About Your Job

I don’t know anyone who thinks they have the perfect job. Sure, there are plenty of people who love their jobs (and plenty who loathe them), but everyone has something to complain about. I enjoy my job, but it has its frustrations. Sometimes those frustrations overwhelm me a bit. I think it’s okay to vent […]


Are You an Expert…on Anything?

Are You an Expert...on Anything?

I recently started a series on this blog where I post infographics of ideas that I’ve conceived but not pursued. Here’s another one: A few days after I created this, my friend Bryce sent me an e-mail about the value of being an expert. “Would you consider yourself an expert…on anything?” he asked. “Is it […]


Leadership Tactic #43: Yes; and…

Leadership Tactic #43: Yes; and...

A few weeks ago, my roommate (an actress) and I were discussing the merits of “yes; and…” “Yes; and…” is a technique used in improvisational comedy to keep the sketch moving forward. You’re constantly building off of what the previous person said, no matter how ridiculous it was. By leading with “yes,” you’re not only […]


The Green Bay Packers Are Not the NFL Champions

The Green Bay Packers Are Not the NFL Champions

You read that subject line and think, “No, you’re wrong. The Packers are the undisputed NFL champions.” It’s simply a fact, right? We don’t even question that the team that wins the Super Bowl is the champion. There’s no other team that says, “Oh, we’re better than them. We’re co-champion. If we played the Packers […]


Pet Pleases 41-43

Pet Pleases 41-43

41. When you find a homemade chocolate chip cookie that is more chocolate than cookie. 42. When you preorder a book on Kindle and forget you preordered it until you get the e-mail telling you that you have the book right next to you right now! 43. When the dentist compliments you on your “home […]


The Paradox of Invitations

The Paradox of Invitations

Lately I’ve been intrigued by the idea of website and web app invitations. You join a website and then gain some benefit (as does the site) by inviting a bunch of your friends. A lot of these invitation widgets access your e-mail, Facebook, or LinkedIn accounts. You click “permission to access gmail,” and all of […]


9 Essentials for a House Party

9 Essentials for a House Party

Here are 9 essential details I’ve learned about hosting a house party. And by a house party I mean that the primary function of the party is to drink with your friends and anyone else who shows up. Provide All the Alcohol: If you’re hosting parties every weekend, this rule should be disregarded. But if […]


Pet Peeve #17: Discontinued Toothpaste

Pet Peeve #17: Discontinued Toothpaste

Have you ever found the perfect product…and then it got discontinued? I went through most of my life using mint toothpaste, because that’s the only option that was out there (well, that and baking soda…but who wants baking soda in their mouth?). It was fine, but if you think about it, mint has a pretty […]