My favorites of 2019, so far

I have to admit it, folks, after posting every day since Dec. 30, the synapses in my brain responsible for coming up with ideas just aren’t firing.

I’m hoping to maybe have something on music tomorrow — since it’s Grammy Awards day — but until then, here are some of the posts I’ve enjoyed writing since the start of the year.

Check them out, and hopefully you’ll like reading them as much as I liked writing them.

“A bunch of my friends did the thing where they got their top nine photos on Instagram, so I figured I’d give it a try.

None are pictures of me — I don’t take selfies — and no shocker, the majority were travel photos, since that’s what I take most of my pictures of and my friends seem to like them.

Yet I noticed something as I took a look at them.”

So what was it? — “Life is full of surprises

“There was a young woman on the rowing machine at the gym wearing a T-shirt with ‘Good is the enemy of great’ on the back.

The full quote is from Jim Collins’ book ‘Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t,’ and is an exhortation to keep pushing, keep striving, to not settle for ‘good’ when ‘great’ is possible.

It’s also bunk.”

Stupid, illogical motivational sayings annoy me. — “If you can’t be great, be good

“For some reason, I read the directions on the back of the box my lens-cleaning wipes came in when I opened it.

The last line of the directions — before the warning that the wipes are flammable and should be kept away from fire or flame (what exactly am I cleaning my glasses with, anyway?) — grabbed my attention.

‘Do not flush.’”

One of the things I’ve come to realize about writing this blog is that I have a weird fascination about toilets and warnings about what to put in them. — “At least my glasses are clean

“If memory serves me right, being 10 was pretty cool.

My birthday was at the end of fourth grade, so I was mostly 10 in fifth grade. School was still more fun than not, and it was a couple years before the great sorting of adolescence, where kids drifted into the Cool and Not Cool tribes that persisted through most of high school. (I was definitely in the latter group.)”

Sure, 10 was cool, but I did think of something I would have told myself lo those many years ago. — “Advice to my 10-year-old self

“A friend hit me with a Twitter challenge to find a song my friends say describes me.

And, in a rare occurrence, I had no idea what to say.”

Yes, it happens. — “Music in the key of friends

“I got invited to take part in a 5K in June.

It’s a fundraiser for the school where my exercise class instructor works, but even though I like her a lot, I doubt I would have done it until she said the magic words.

‘You can walk.’”

By the way, she’s still trying to convince me to run it. — “Walking a 5K? I think I could do that

“To the loaner car with Pennsylvania license plates I got from the dealership …

What is your life like? I saw the name and address of a rental car company on the back of your key. Does the dealership call down to the rental car place to borrow you when they need a car for a customer?

Or did you used to be a rental car, but you’ve been phased out? Is that disappointing, a life of temporary hauls for otherwise-inconvenienced customers instead of adventures to and fro?”

Sometimes, I succumb to the whimsy. — “Loaner car, I hardly knew you

“Once upon a time, I thought I got up early because I hate having to roll out of bed and immediately start getting ready for work.

But after reading You Make Or Break Your Life Between 5–7 AM‘ by Benjamin Hardy on Thrive Global, I now understand I am 87.5 percent of the way to dominating the world!”

Sometimes, you complain about crappy motivational sayings. Sometimes, you write stuff to show how absurd it is. — “How to be the ‘early bird’ that gets the worm

“Quick, come up with five words to describe yourself.

Not easy, is it?

For an extra challenge, try to do it without it seeming like you’re bragging.”

A side effect of gaining more Twitter friends is answering more Twitter challenges, like these two. — “Six faves, five traits, one me

“Forgot my phone ugh’

I got that text message from my wife this morning …

… and at this point, you may already see where we’re going with this.”

My wife married an idiot. — “Great moments in husbanding

As a bonus, if you want to learn more about me.

(Thanks to Rosie Culture for the idea to do this.)

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