Archive for January, 2012

Mini Tournament of Cuteness

Mini Tournament of Cuteness

Yesterday as I was writing the blog entry for the Tournament of Awkwardness, I realized that I had a few Tournament of Cuteness entries leftover from last year. A few people sent in entries during the tournament, which I pledged to use for a future tournament. Now that I’ve changed plans, I still want to […]


The Tournament of Awkwardness

The Tournament of Awkwardness

I think that 99% of all people go through at least one extremely awkward phase in their life. For most of us, it’s a bell curve: You start off really cute as a little kid, you accelerate into full-on awkwardness in middle school, and then you grow into your body and your style in high […]


High School Jamey

High School Jamey

A few months ago, the alumni coordinators of my high school senior class came up with the idea of compiling life updates from a few Class of ’99ers every few months and sending them out to the whole class so we can see what everyone is up to. My turn in the rotation came up […]


Pet Peeve #39: “Everything Happens for a Reason”

Pet Peeve #39: "Everything Happens for a Reason"

Disclaimer: This entry is about beliefs and belief systems. If your beliefs are different than mine, I completely respect that and I’m not trying to convince you otherwise. Let’s just talk. I’ve heard the phrase “everything happens for a reason” thousands of times. From strangers on Match.com to friends and family, it’s a very common […]


My Greatest Fear #25: The Key Breaking Off in the Lock

My Greatest Fear #25: The Key Breaking Off in the Lock

I have never had a key break off in the lock, and yet the possibility of it happening crosses my mind at least once a week. I’m not even sure why I think this is a thing that can happen. I’m sure it happened once in a movie I saw in my formative years (ages […]


Best. Prank. Ever.

Best. Prank. Ever.

I love a good prank. By that I mean: An element of misdirection. An element of confusion. No hurt feelings or physical pain. No major inconvenience. Here’s an example of a good prank I pulled a few years ago. But read on, because here’s an example of a great prank pulled on me last week. […]


Contrivance #11: Friends with ‘Fros

Contrivance #11: Friends with 'Fros

Today I was watching the 49ers decide that they had no interest in going to the Super Bowl when I noticed a person in two different commercials who seemed familiar. Rather, he was a type of person, not the same exact person. The type of guy I saw in both commercials was a guy with […]


The Power of Surprises

The Power of Surprises

I believe that there are two types of people in the world: Those who like surprises, and those who don’t. Of course, there are some grey areas. I like very few surprises, but I’m delighted by a Slurpee or cookie showing up at my desk unannounced. And there are people who generally love surprises who […]


How Did You Originally Choose Your Favorite Sports Teams?

How Did You Originally Choose Your Favorite Sports Teams?

I always find it fascinating to learn how people choose the teams they root for. There’s a wide spectrum of answers, from lineage (you root for the team your dad roots for) to location (whether it’s where you’re from or where you were when you started caring about the sport) to pure coincidence (the underdog […]


Google Books to Continue Scanning the World’s Printed Material with Personal Journals, Diaries

Google Books to Continue Scanning the World's Printed Material with Personal Journals, Diaries

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Eight years after Google initiated its Google Books project for the purpose of making the world’s books searchable in a giant online “library,” the tech conglomerate announced today that it would be expanding its capacity to include private journals and diaries, including yours. Google Library Search, as it was originally called, […]


Should All Athletes Aspire to Be Tim Tebow?

Should All Athletes Aspire to Be Tim Tebow?

A few days ago I read a heartwarming article about the much-maligned Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow. Tebow was coming off a huge upset win over the Steelers despite a subpar season in which he completed fewer than 50% of his passes. The part that really got to me was this quote from Tebow: Here […]


Would You Let Your Child Attend Hogwarts?

Would You Let Your Child Attend Hogwarts?

The other day I watched a terrible movie called Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief. It’s essentially Harry Potter with Greek mythology. In Percy Jackson’s world, the equivalent of Hogwarts (don’t worry, I’ll get to Hogwarts in a minute) is something called Camp Halfblood, where teenagers spend all day clashing swords and shooting bows and […]


The Oddest Job I’ve Ever Had

The Oddest Job I've Ever Had

Yesterday you read about how Eric quit his career as a lawyer and opened his own food truck. We all have dreams like that. But we also have a history of random jobs, even careers–I read today that the new length for a career is 4 years. So it got me thinking about the oddest […]


The Seven Pillars of Success: Eric Silverstein

The Seven Pillars of Success: Eric Silverstein

I marvel at really successful people. Those who take their dreams and their happiness into their own hands and make a mark on the world. Last month, after spending quite a bit of time determining the common traits of truly successful people in some area of their lives, I featured John Donovan’s story about health. […]


Who Should Rachel Have Ended Up With: Ross or Joey?

Who Should Rachel Have Ended Up With: Ross or Joey?

If you like this entry, feel free to check out my Kickstarter campaign for a board game I invented called Viticulture. If enough people pledge, I might be able to be convinced that Ross and Rachel are right for each other. 🙂 During yesterday’s sanction on avid commentors, I got more comments off the blog about Ross […]


The Comments Challenge

The Comments Challenge

I’d like to throw the gauntlet to people who read this blog. (Wait, do I throw the gauntlet? Do I lay it down? Is it a glove I throw? Like one of those white lady gloves, but for Southern gentlemen?) Regardless of the nomenclature, I have a challenge for everyone who reads this blog on […]


My Greatest Fear #24: Dropping a Baby

My Greatest Fear #24: Dropping a Baby

Over Christmas break, I went to see my good friend Bryce, his wife Jody, and their adorable baby Claire. At least, I think their baby is named Claire. At my age, everyone has a baby, and their names all run together. Let’s go with Claire, but it could just as easily be Felicity, Emily, or […]


My Favorite Books of 2011

My Favorite Books of 2011

2011 was an interesting year for reading for me. My publishing company published its first two novels, The Samaritan and Dancing with Gravity, so I’ve learned a lot by being on the flip side of the publishing world. This fall I’ve spent quite a bit of time helping a few authors who didn’t quite get […]


My Favorite Movies of 2011

My Favorite Movies of 2011

Out of the 68 movies I watched for the first time in 2011, there were quite a few 4-star movies (out of 5), but very few 4.5s and 5s. I’ve listed those top movies below. Midnight in Paris: The whimsy of this movie delighted me from the first scene to the last, and the theme […]


My Favorite Songs of 2011

My Favorite Songs of 2011

After learning about some new ways to discover music in 2011, picking the 18 best was quite difficult. Here’s my best effort. Keep in mind that some of this music was released before 2011, but I attained it this year. I’ve also linked to YouTube for your sampling pleasure (if the song was available). Ten-Twenty-Ten (The […]


Best Blog Comments for December 2011

Best Blog Comments for December 2011

I almost forgot about this! The best songs, movies, and books of 2011 will have to wait until tomorrow. Conversation comes first on this blog, and these awesome comments are the heart of that conversation. The Best Blind Date story award goes to Brad for this winner on my entry about a blind date: I […]


Best of the Blog 2011

Best of the Blog 2011

This week I’ll be posting all of my best-of lists for 2011, starting with this blog and moving on to songs, movies, and books. Last year I posted an objective blog entry listing the top blog posts and most commented on blog posts of 2010. This year the blog grew by leaps and bounds, and […]