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The Kickball Story

The Kickball Story

It’s been years since I’ve played a competitive team sport that “mattered” in any capacity. I played soccer for most of my life, along with intramural soccer, frisbee, and football in college. That’s where I discovered pickup sports, which I found to be a much better fit for my personality. But in my 20s, I […]


New Home Tour!

New Home Tour!

As I mentioned a few days ago, my girlfriend and moved into a new-to-us condo last week. We’re still settling in, but I’m loving the new place, so I thought I’d share a brief photo tour with you. We’ll start at the main entrance facing into the condo. I really like the open layout–the kitchen, […]


How Many Car Wash Businesses Are Sustainable?

How Many Car Wash Businesses Are Sustainable?

I fully admit that I’m not the target audience for a car wash business, but I’m started to be baffled by the sheer number of them. I drive a 2003 Toyota Camry that gets “washed” whenever it rains. Occasionally I’ll take a Swiffer pad and some Windex to wipe the dust off the dashboard. That […]


What’s the Best Freebie You’ve Ever Received at Work?

A friend asked this question at game night tonight, and there were some fun answers, so I thought I’d pose the question to you as well. I’ll try to think of mine job by job, post-high school: movie theater: Free popcorn! I love popcorn, and it was quite delicious at the theater I worked at […]


Have You Ever Had to Say Goodbye to a Pet?

Have You Ever Had to Say Goodbye to a Pet?

Just to be perfectly clear, my cats (Biddy and Walter) are fine. They’re not going anywhere. However, on the same day this week, multiple friends made the difficult decision to put their pets to sleep. They both wrote heartbreaking (and heartwarming) posts on Facebook honoring the lives of their dog and cat (respectively) and what […]


What’s Your Ideal Office Environment?

What's Your Ideal Office Environment?

A few nights ago, I had an interesting discussion with some friends about their office environments. Fortunately, most of us are happy with our offices, either because we work at home or we have our own offices. One of the stay-at-home friends had an odd situation involving a headset, but for the most part it […]


A Real Field of Dreams?

A Real Field of Dreams?

This is both slightly old news and news that could wait another 11 months. But I’m writing about it now! Recently, Major League Baseball announced that the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox would play a game in August 2020 at the exact same field where the movie Field of Dreams was filmed. […]


Are You “Nicely Matched”?

Malcolm Gladwell often poses interesting theories, data, and observations that make me think. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to talk about his new book, Talking to Strangers. In his chat–see the video below–he talks about how some people are “nicely matched” and others are “mismatched.” He’s referring to how we express our […]


Well, This Is Heartwarming

Well, This Is Heartwarming

Earlier this week, a story went viral┬áregarding a Florida elementary school student who wore an orange shirt to class with a piece of paper pinned to it with the University of Tennessee initials handwritten on it. He was mocked by some classmates, and his teacher posted the incident on social media. In a heartwarming twist, […]


Simon Sinek on Falling in Love

This is just a quick post, but I happened to watch a Simon Sinek video the other day that really resonated with me. It’s a talk about building trust at work, but he detours into some thoughts about what it’s like to fall and be in love (healthily). That’s where the video starts below. Here’s […]


Customer Service Phone Survey Requests: Best to Say Yes?

Today I had to call customer service regarding a service I subscribe to. At the beginning of the call, before I was connected to a representative, the recording asked, “Would you agree to take a brief survey after the call? If so, press 1.” I’ve heard this request dozens of times, and pretty much every […]


Have You Tried Any Subscription Boxes?

Have You Tried Any Subscription Boxes?

I recently received my first subscription box (as far as I can recall), a country-themed snack box from Universal Yums. For $15, every month they send you a box of 6 or 7 treats (sweet and salty) from a different country, allowing you to “travel” to that country by yourself or with a friend. Megan […]


Have You Ever Tried Yoga?

Have You Ever Tried Yoga?

I almost feel like this is the same as asking, “Hey, have you ever tried swimming?” While I’m guessing the number of people who participate in yoga on a regular basis is pretty small, most people have probably experienced it once. But not me. I had the perception that yoga was mostly about stretching and […]


What’s the Most Considerate Wedding You’ve Attended?

What's the Most Considerate Wedding You've Attended?

My rough estimate is that I’ve attended around 20-25 weddings in my life (none of them my own). Many of them have been beautiful, memorable experiences. Some are by the book; others are carefully customized from start to finish by the couple. As a guest at these weddings, I’ve enjoyed almost all of them on […]


Do You Use Bamboo Toilet Paper?

Do You Use Bamboo Toilet Paper?

Among the information about me that you probably don’t want to know is that I go through a lot of toilet paper. Imagine a certain quantity of toilet paper. Now double it. That’s what I used this morning. So when Megan mentioned that there is now a sustainable alternative to wood-based toilet paper using bamboo […]


What Do You Look for in a House or Condo?

What Do You Look for in a House or Condo?

First, just to be clear: I’m very happy with my condo, as are my feline roommates, Biddy and Walter. But I’m probably not going to live here forever, especially since I bought the place around 15 years ago. Just for fun, I’ve been skimming through Zillow in my free time. And I’m realizing that I […]


Have You Ever Had a Plumbing Disaster?

Have You Ever Had a Plumbing Disaster?

For at least the last 5 years, probably longer, the shower in my second bathroom hasn’t worked. It’s such a small thing–the cartridge behind the handle came loose, making it impossible to make the water hot. So, technically the shower functioned, but most people don’t want to take cold showers. Why, you might ask, haven’t […]


Have You Ever Bought a Custom Suit?

Have You Ever Bought a Custom Suit?

My entire life, I’ve owned maybe 4 suits, and all of them were bought off the shelf. The size of the suit on me was the size of the off the shelf–nothing custom, no alterations. That’s been a perfectly fine way to live, especially since I rarely wear my current suit (I’ve had it for […]


What’s Your Favorite Pair of Pajama Pants?

What's Your Favorite Pair of Pajama Pants?

Back in 2013, I stopped wearing pants to work. Technically, what I meant is that I started working for myself from home, so pants became an option instead of a necessity. But what I found is that I like feeling at least a little professional in my attire as I hunch over my computer all […]


Have You Been Climbing Recently?

I think I mentioned recently that I’ve delved back into the world of indoor rock climbing after a largely failed attempt a few years ago. I have a few friends who are avid climbers, and when Megan (my now-girlfriend) entered the picture earlier this year with plenty of interest and experience in the sport, I […]


Does the Summer Heat Impact You Differently as an Adult?

Does the Summer Heat Impact You Differently as an Adult?

I’m starting to think that my body works differently now than when I was younger… Yesterday I mentioned that I went on a hike at Cliff Cave Park and saw some amazing birds. What I didn’t say is that–as great of a day as it was–it ended with a piercing migraine. Here’s what happened: We […]


Would You Work in an Office 30 Meters Underground?

Would You Work in an Office 30 Meters Underground?

Kansas City has a massive cave system under the metropolitan area that houses businesses, storage facilities, server farms, and even a climbing gym. I had absolutely no idea this type of place existed until a recent trip to KC with my girlfriend. I don’t actually know exactly how deep the caves are, but there are […]


3 Fun Videos I Liked on YouTube Recently

In case you missed these recent YouTube videos, here are a few that made me smile, laugh, and/or think recently: Kumail Nanjiani Can’t Make It to Conan A few days ago, actor Kumail Nanjiana was scheduled to appear on the late-night show Conan, but something came up on the set of Silicon Valley that prevented […]


What Did You Think About the Amazon Episode of Last Week Tonight?

The recent episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has been on my mind a lot over the last few days, so I’m going to share some thoughts, and I’m interested in hearing yours. The segment is about fulfillment centers, specifically those owned and operated by Amazon. Employees at these centers each have a […]