Monday, November 18, 2013

Confessions of a bachelor

I love being single, mostly because I can get away with things no sane spouse could handle. Here are a few examples of my daily life that keep me laughing at myself:


I keep a water bottle handy to spray my clothes with a light mist, then throw them in the dryer to get the wrinkles out.


Thanks to Sharper Image, I just turn on my Ionic Breeze machine and it takes all the dust particles out of the air.


There is an art to stacking, shoving, piling and towering the trash.


Do not under estimate the power of gift cards.


Don't let the care instruction tags fool you - throw it all in together, even "Dry Clean Only"


A leaf blower works wonders, even inside.  Just make sure the Ionic Breeze is turned on.


Snow melts.


When I need to clean the toilet, I flush first and then pee really hard on the stains.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The best and worst of hotels

Okay, so I do enough hotel bashing on this blog, so I thought I would give kudos to a really nice hotel I stayed at recently.  The Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, GA. Of course, it helped because I had my own room and didn't have to share with a co-worker, but it truly was a great place. Amazingly comfortable beds, 24 hour room service, and if you sign up for their free rewards program you get complimentary wi-fi in the room along with a newspaper, morning beverage, and some other perks. Plus, it seems Atlanta is really working to improve the downtown area.  They recently put in a Ferris wheel in Olympic Park, not far from the Coke Museum and some other tourist attractions. I would definitely stay there again - in fact, I'm going back this June.
Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA
Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA
The other side of things: I've been in some hotels that I feared my life and my overall health. I stayed at a Knights Inn in Denver off Speer Blvd and it was perhaps the worst experience I've ever had.  I was trying to save a buck and booked it online without knowing what I was getting into.  Nasty bedding, dirty bathrooms, yellow lighting, and a sippy cup under my bed with rotten milk that made the entire room stink. I walked across the street to the hotel I wish I would have booked and spent most of my time there, since they had food and a bar. Here's a helpful links for the owners at Knights Inn - maybe it's time to clean up a bit, so I've done the legwork for you:

You're welcome.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Reasons kids don't succeed
Kumon: Seems like an odd name choice for a child education center.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What were they thinking: Misplaced ads

Poorly placed ads - what were they thinking?Check out a hilarious collection of very poorly placed billboards and advertisements. I hope people lost their jobs over these. As my former boss used to say, "Heads will role."

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Screaming goat - an easy substitute for annoying songs

I seriously couldn't stop laughing.  I'm not a big fan of Taylor Swift which makes this even better.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Atlanta discoveries: food, Ford, and furries

I just arrived back from a few days in Atlanta.  I was there for work, but I learned about more than I intended.


Thrive Restaurant: 101 Marietta Street | Atlanta, GA 30303
First of all, there are some incredible restaurants in Atlanta.  I kept just eating, and for both lunch and dinner. I decided maybe a good way to start dieting is to simply make the move from a six-course meal, down to two. I nearly killed myself at South City Kitchen (midtown location) with fried green tomatoes, she-crab soup, buttermilk fried chicken, and homemade banana pudding to top it all off. I ate enough to keep me going for 3 days, yet I continued to hit up other restaurants like Thrive and Stats which both are worth going back next time I'm in town.


Atlanta Auto Show
2013 Atlanta International Auto Show
Also, I was checking out the Georgia Convention Center space for my job and there was a car show going on while we were on our site visit.  I found myself drooling over some very cool cars, and believe it or not, even some Fords. But I have to say I'm not a big fan of the new Ford Explorer.


Okay, so this was the odd part of my trip. We're sitting in the Atlanta Gift Mart one day and this person with a full wolf-looking custom (including head, tail, paws, etc) runs by the window. One of our contacts immediately piped in, "Oh, the furry convention is in town!" I had never heard of this odd phenomena  - these people are fully committed, running down Hotlanta streets in full costumes, drinking at bars through straws so they don't have to remove their heads, and customizing pairs of pants so their tails can come out the back.  Yes, tails.  Someone please explain this to me - I still don't really understand.  My observation was it's simply a group of lonely 20-something nerds looking for some community to be part of something bigger than themselves.  And no, I don't have any pictures on this experience.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

As most of you know if you read my blog posts, I'm an improv actor. During a show, we end our improv games with a bell or whistle.  After a show one night, I still had my whistle on me and I joined some friends to go out afterward. 

At first, I was annoyed that I still had my whistle in my pocket so I figured I should put it to good use. I began blowing the whistle at my friends in public places (specifically the bar we chose that night). The girls spent too long in the bathroom and made us wait - whistle blow.  Someone spilled a little of their drink - party foul. The driver didn't completely stop for a stop sign - traffic infraction.  Yeah, I just kept blowing it all night long and then calling the penalty. Perhaps I should have been a referee.

Anyway, I know it sounds annoying, but it was.  Actually, everyone was laughing and it made for a fun night.