Archive for November, 2011

Some Commercials Still Work

Some commercials still work. Kinda. When I say they “work,” I mean that I don’t fast forward by them. I mean that I actually watch some commercials. Because they’re entertaining. Because they move me. Because they make me feel something–pride, joy, nostalgia. Something. Do they make me want to buy products? Hardly ever. Although I […]


First-World Dude Problem #1: Handshake vs. Hug

First-World Dude Problem #1: Handshake vs. Hug

This isn’t a debate about the best type of greeting for dudes. This is about the unfortunate situation that unravels when you greet someone with a handshake but they want a hug, or vice versa. At first glance, this is a fairly innocuous situation. But when you dissect it well beyond reasoning, you have a […]


Leadership Tactic #67: Thanksgiving

Leadership Tactic #67: Thanksgiving

I know, I already did a Thanksgiving entry, but something unexpected happened that is worth sharing. It was the day before Thanksgiving, and the office was quiet. It was around 2:00, and I was looking for something to fill my time before my intended departure of 4:30. A blog entry came to mind that I […]


Confession #17: The Clothing Spreadsheet

Confession #17: The Clothing Spreadsheet

There are some ugly rumors floating around in the comments section regarding an alleged “spreadsheet” I used to maintain to keep track of my “outfits.” I’m here to confirm those rumors. When I was in high school, I ran into a daily decision of epic proportions: What to wear. Perhaps you had the same decision […]


11 Blog Entries for Which I’m Thankful (Not Mine)

11 Blog Entries for Which I'm Thankful (Not Mine)

I’m thankful for the stories that my publishing company’s newest author is quietly spinning on his blog. I’m thankful for hilarious drawings in Microsoft Paint. I’m thankful for heartfelt drawings in Microsoft Paint. I’m thankful for learning from the greats. I’m thankful for stories of terrible dates. I’m thankful for when people choose to do […]


Do You Check the Weather?

Do You Check the Weather?

The other day I was reading a report about what people do online. It’s a pretty cool infographic if you have the chance to check it out. A lot of the results are to be expected. But one statistic caught my eye: 81% of people check the weather online. The “online” part of that statement […]


The VIP Experience: Young Adult vs. Wasabi

The VIP Experience: Young Adult vs. Wasabi

I’ve been thinking a lot about VIP treatment lately. Mostly as a way to get people to RSVP quickly, I told my Festivus guests this year that the first 20 to reply to the Evite would have access to the VIP room, which includes “exclusive access to the VIP lounge, bottle service, a commemorative Festivus […]


My Greatest Fear #23: Losing My Dry Cleaning Ticket

My Greatest Fear #23: Losing My Dry Cleaning Ticket

I took some pants to the dry cleaners last Wednesday, and I was given a pink pickup ticket for Friday evening. I’m sure you’ve done this before. If you’re like me, you guard that ticket with your life. I’ve played through the scenario in which I show up to pick up my dry cleaning without […]


Relationships Should Have an “Undo” Button

Relationships Should Have an "Undo" Button

The two greatest innovations of the last 20 years are almost identical: The “undo” button in Microsoft Word and the 6-second rewind button on the TiVo remote control. Why have modern relationships not caught up with modern technology? I’m writing this post now because I’m not dating anyone, and thus I can safely discuss oops […]


Leadership Tactic #66: The Customer Isn’t Always Right

Leadership Tactic #66: The Customer Isn't Always Right

If you’ve ever waited tables, you know that the customer isn’t always right. If you’ve ever refereed a soccer game, you know that the customer isn’t always right. If you’ve ever had any job anywhere, you know that the customer isn’t always right. So why do we say that the customer is always right? I’d […]


The Weirdest Thing I Did as a Kid

The Weirdest Thing I Did as a Kid

I did a LOT of weird things as a kid. I was overly fascinated with smells emitted by my body (still am), I took baths until I was WAY too old to be taking baths (I simply couldn’t fathom that a sprinkle of water could be better than sitting in a pool of water), and […]


Why You Should Go to a Therapist at Least Once Before You Turn 30

Why You Should Go to a Therapist at Least Once Before You Turn 30

I’ve thought about this entry for a while now, and partially thanks to a good conversation I had the other day with a friend, I think it’s ready. Below are a few reasons why I think it’s a good idea for everyone to go see a therapist at least once before turning 30. You can […]


Happy Birthday, Dad

Happy Birthday, Dad

November 13th is my dad’s birthday, so today’s blog post is about him. There are a lot of cool things about my dad, but I want to focus on a specific aspect of our relationship: sports. When it came to sports, my dad was pretty much invincible when I was growing up. I’m guessing this […]


Pet Please #60: Unexpected Free Things

Pet Please #60: Unexpected Free Things

Today I ran over to The Cup for some cupcakes after work. I was worried about parking as I pulled into Maryland Plaza, but then pleasantly surprised to find a yellow-zone parking spot right in front of the building. I figured I’d jump inside, order some cupcakes, and be back within a few minutes. But […]


My 7 Most Quirky Eating Habits

My 7 Most Quirky Eating Habits

People often come up to me and ask, “What are your 7 most quirky eating habits?” I usually respond, “That’s an odd, random question. But sure, here they are:” I’m the slowest eater ever. Seriously. Sometimes it takes me so long to eat my breakfast at work that by the time I finish, it’s lunchtime. […]


The Great Mullet of 2011

The Great Mullet of 2011

Confession: I had a rat tail when I was a kid. The year was 1988. I was in second grade central Virginia; needless to say, I wasn’t the only kid with a rat tail. But there was something special about having that stringy patch of hair snaking down my back. I think it was about […]


Would You Sneak a Peek?

Would You Sneak a Peek?

I was reading about some new variations on daily deal sites today in this month’s Trendwatching. There were a few neat ideas making the rounds: Savored: Pay $10 for a reservation at a nice restaurant through the site, and then get 30% off your meal at that restaurant. No coupons or printouts–you register your credit […]


Leadership Tactic #65: Awesomeness

Leadership Tactic #65: Awesomeness

A quote from over on the Signal vs. Noise blog caught me the other day and has stuck with me ever since: Who is the star of your product? Do you want people to think your product is awesome, or would you rather they felt awesome about themselves because they used your product? This really […]


You, 50 Years Later

You, 50 Years Later

Wired Magazine has a fascinating little snippet of an article in the November issue that discusses the emotional impact of facial aging software: “Most people view themselves as complete strangers, which makes them reluctant to put away money for a later date. But Bailenson and his team discovered that if people view a virtual version […]


7 Burning Questions About the Show “Community” for the Benefit of People Who Don’t Watch “Community”

7 Burning Questions About the Show "Community" for the Benefit of People Who Don't Watch "Community"

I asked my friend–and fellow lover of the NBC Thursday-night comedy “Community”–to answer a few completely unbiased questions about the show. Below is the Q&A. On a scale from 9 to 10, how awesome is the NBC show Community? 11, obviously If you could give birth to a baby tomorrow, which character on Community would […]


Contrivance #9: Walking Away in the Middle of the Conversation

Contrivance #9: Walking Away in the Middle of the Conversation

Trev sent this contrivance to me a while ago, and I’m going to reprint it verbatim since he said it so well (with paragraph breaks for added drama): In TV and movies, scenes always end with one person walking out of the room or just not saying somethng important. This NEVER happens in real life. […]