Archive for June, 2012

Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever

My family reunions are somewhat unique in that they are the combination of not just my mother’s side of the family, but also a whole other clan of people that we’re not related to at all. The reason for this is rather remarkable and beautiful, so I thought I’d share it with you as I […]


The Rules of Scrapple

The Rules of Scrapple

1. The first rule of scrapple is: You do not talk about the contents of scrapple. 2. The second rule of scrapple is: You do not talk about the contents of scrapple. 3. Scrapple come in a brick about the size of…well, a brick. You cut the brick into about 12 slices–not too thick, not […]


The One Time I’m an Extrovert

I always cringe a little when someone says, “Sometimes I’m an extrovert, but other times I’m an introvert.” Introversion and extroversion are personality characteristics that are constant–they don’t change based on the situation. That’s like saying that sometimes you’re a man and sometimes you’re a woman. Just because you might act like a woman (or […]


Ladder Golf

What do you do when you go to the beach? One of the things my family does is play a game called ladder golf. I personally think it’s one of the best beach games because it involves a number of people, it requires very little physical activity or skill, and the games move quickly. Have […]


The World’s Best Ribs

I’m at the beach for a family reunion right now (a bi-annual tradition). As part of that tradition, my Uncle Mike makes The world’s best ribs for the whole family. The secret is a combination of removing the membrane so the ribs fall off the bone, adding the homemade sauce, the pre-baking to get the […]


The Celebrity Apprentice

The Celebrity Apprentice

I had a brush with celebrity yesterday. It was a little weird. I can’t name the celebrity, but for the effectiveness of this blog entry, I will say that this person truly is a major celebrity. I got a text from my boss yesterday saying that I needed to drop everything and mail something to […]


Leadership Tactic #75: How to Scrap Your Dream Job

Leadership Tactic #75: How to Scrap Your Dream Job

What did you want to be when you grew up? Here’s my dream job evolution, starting from when I was a boy: inventor, writer, architect, biochemical engineer, entrepreneur, restaurant owner, and then…well, it’s more in flux now. This isn’t about me, anyway. It’s about you and your dream job. Think about your dreams as a […]


The Forgotten

The Forgotten

Today I was in the area of a Lion’s Choice (it’s essentially Arby’s, St. Louis style) for lunch, so I offered to pick up food for a coworker. However, I got so excited when I saw they had root beer floats on the menu (they’re my kryptonite, if kryptonite is delicious and drinkable) that I […]


The Mad Man of 2012

The Mad Man of 2012

I tried to create a video blog this past weekend, but the two ideas I tried didn’t work out so well. The first involved me doing as many pullups in a row as possible. This was a terrible, terrible idea. Not only did it make for a really boring video, but I’m pretty sure I […]


Seven Pillars of Success: My Dad

Seven Pillars of Success: My Dad

This year I started a series on the blog about individuals who are really successful in one specific area of their lives. I believe that everyone has at least one component of their life that they’re really, really good at. A month ago I wrote one such entry for my mom on Mother’s Day. Today, […]


The Protagonist Name Conundrum

The Protagonist Name Conundrum

My novel, which is currently in the second round of beta reading, is titled WRINKLE. That’s right–when you refer to your own novel, it’s standard to use all caps. It’s like I’m shouting the title at you every time. A conundrum I always face when writing fiction is what to name my protagonist. I don’t […]


I Have Some Regrets

I Have Some Regrets

I’m sure you’ve heard people–perhaps including yourself–say, “I have no regrets.” Usually it’s proceeded by a big “but.” “I shouldn’t have dated her, but I have no regrets.” “I didn’t have the money to take that trip, but I have no regrets.” “I wish I had gone to a different college, but I have no regrets.” What’s […]


The Top 5 Strategy Board Games Ever

The Top 5 Strategy Board Games Ever

You can see the most recent update to this entry here. You can see the latest update to this entry here. This entry is going to get a little geeky, so grab your loincloths and hang on for the ride. Ever since I was a little kid, I not only loved playing board games, but […]


The Future of the Phone

The Future of the Phone

Over 4 years ago on this blog, I wrote the following about receiving a phone call when you’re already on the phone: Nine times out of ten, all I want to say to that person is, “I’m on the phone—I’ll call you back in a few minutest.” So why is there not a button on […]


Online Dating Bingo

Online Dating Bingo

Because I’ve been off the online dating circuit for a while now, I thought it would be a good time to post about some of those experiences. What better way to do so than play online bingo! If you’ve participated in online dating, you know what every first date is different, and you’re never quite […]


Real World: Mars

Real World: Mars

A few days ago, one of the topics on the blog was trashy reality TV. By coincidence, on the day before that, it was announced that a company is planning the first manned mission to Mars…using the platform of reality TV. Let’s just say this merits a blog entry of it’s own. You can read […]


Notarize This

Notarize This

I had an interesting customer service experience today. I needed to get something notarized for work. I don’t know much about notarizing things, but from what I can tell, a notary public watches people sign documents to verify that the real person matches the signature. I was told that I could go to any bank […]


Can You Be Judgmental About Judging?

Can You Be Judgmental About Judging?

I haven’t been a paying member of Match.com since January, but I’ve left my profile up because it links to my blog (always trying to find ways to get new readers in on the conversation). Pretty much every day Match will send me an e-mail saying something like, “She’s interested in you, and you have […]


The 5-Year Anniversary: The Georgia Peach

The 5-Year Anniversary: The Georgia Peach

Today marks the 5-year anniversary of this blog. That’s right, I started writing way back on June 5, 2007. I didn’t think I’d write much, but within a few weeks I was writing 5 times a week. That means I’ve written about 1,300 blog entries over the last 5 years. I used LiveJournal back then. […]


Movie Contrivance #15: Sword Fighting

Movie Contrivance #15: Sword Fighting

I have two major qualms about sword fights in movies. The first comes to you thanks to a delightful little film called Snow White and the Huntsman. My two-word review of this movie is: “Good try.” It’s the type of movie that has some solid aspects on the surface, but in the long run it […]