Hiding in Plain White

I read a news article recently in which Pope Francis lamented the fact that he can no longer walk around the streets of Rome unnoticed like he used to. Just the other night, a paparazzi snapped a photo of His Holiness leaving a record store. Well, duh. The guy is dressed from head to toe … Continue reading Hiding in Plain White

Craigslist is Rarely Worth the Hassle

In 2006, the moment I separated from my ex-wife and moved into my swanky bachelor pad, I bought a brand new TV. Seriously, like, that day. She got the TV in the divorce, which was fine with me. I've always had an affinity for the latest and greatest; if it's shiny and new, sign me … Continue reading Craigslist is Rarely Worth the Hassle

I’ve Got a Sinking Feeling

When I was a kid, I was scared to death of quicksand. I don't know whether to blame Gilligan's Island or The Incredible Hulk or one of the countless television shows and movies that portrayed people getting stuck in quicksand. All I know is, while a lot of people avoided swimming after watching Jaws, I … Continue reading I’ve Got a Sinking Feeling

Lukewarm Off the Press

The fall edition of our parenting magazine arrived this week. When that delivery truck pulls up outside and all the boxes are unloaded from the pallet, it's always a cause for celebration—physical proof of our collective hard work. Some people claim that print is dead, but my boss doesn't believe that. Neither do the businesses … Continue reading Lukewarm Off the Press

Orange, Naturally

We spend one-third of our lives at work. So it stands to reason that we should make our workspaces cozy and inviting, no? With that in mind, I decided to spruce up my own 12'x12' slice of heaven last week with what can best be described as an impulse purchase. That is, if you consider … Continue reading Orange, Naturally

Lamebrains, Lurkers & Monsters

I'm afraid I might be watching too much of The Walking Dead these days, because when I got to work this morning and two coworkers were complaining about being sick my first thought was, I hope this isn't the start of the zombie apocalypse. They're both sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and lethargic. So far there is no blood … Continue reading Lamebrains, Lurkers & Monsters

No Bright Colors in the Zombie Apocalypse

I was watching The Walking Dead last night and made an interesting observation. Not sure if I ever noticed it before, but for some reason there are no bright colors in the zombie apocalypse. Everybody is cloaked in gray. This lends an eerie ambiance to the show, but a one-dimensional wardrobe is not very realistic. I … Continue reading No Bright Colors in the Zombie Apocalypse

Sofa King Brilliant

I've been watching a lot of Shark Tank lately. In case you are unaware, this is a reality television show in which entrepreneurs pitch ideas to a group of well-known billionaire investors in the hopes of landing a business deal. It's entertaining as hell and highly addictive. Most of the proposals are silly (an alarm clock that awakens … Continue reading Sofa King Brilliant

TV is Like a Cookie

Last week, Tara accused me of being a music snob. "What do you mean, a music snob?!" I demanded, incensed by this allegation of music snobbery. I pass no judgment, whether you listen to Neil Young or Neil Diamond. Or even Neil Sedaka, for crying out loud (but you're way cooler if you listen to Neil … Continue reading TV is Like a Cookie