Forget the Sunday Scaries, I’ve Got the Semester Scaries

Earlier this week Good Morning America did a feature story on something I had never heard of, the "Sunday Scaries". As the story notes, the Sunday Scaries, Sunday Night Blues, or Sunday Depression are all terms used to describe the anticipatory anxiety, the feeling of dread, for the week ahead. It's a phenomenon that has … Continue reading Forget the Sunday Scaries, I’ve Got the Semester Scaries

Beer and Clowns Don’t Mix Well

It's an odd story, but as a proud member of a group that is often ridiculed for no apparent reason, one that I can relate to. Not all the details are in, but apparently a clown is responsible for a huge brawl that broke out on a cruise ship. Here's an excerpt from today's New … Continue reading Beer and Clowns Don’t Mix Well

The Spotlight Effect (also known as “no one is paying attention to you”)

I still remember it from 40 years ago. A bunch of guys in our dorm had t-shirts made that said in big letters "Disco Sucks", and we all decided to wear them around campus the same day. I can recall before even going into my first classroom that day and my face was already bright … Continue reading The Spotlight Effect (also known as “no one is paying attention to you”)

The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

I haven't given them much thought in the past 20 years or so, but after reading a recent article in the Wall Street Journal the memories came flooding back. I'm referring to the multiple clotheslines we had set up in our backyard where I grew up. There are so many details I remember: The wicker … Continue reading The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

I Can’t Even…

Long-time readers of my blog (i.e., my wife and children) will likely recognize where this photo comes from. For the rest of you, this photo was featured in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, in its most recent story about men's fashion. This post marks the fifth one I've written about the crazy men's fashion stories that … Continue reading I Can’t Even…

Proof Once Again That I’m Not a Trendsetter

I stopped drinking alcohol about eight years ago, basically for health reasons. I will admit I missed the taste of beer, so I would occasionally have a non-alcoholic beer, like O'Douls. (I should also point out that I eat fake hamburgers and drink decaf coffee - I know, what a crazy life I lead). I … Continue reading Proof Once Again That I’m Not a Trendsetter

I Think I Might Be Part Finn

The Wall Street Journal's A-HED story today was titled, "Small Talk Is Tough for Finns. So They’re Taking Lessons. ‘I Love Your Shirt.’" As soon as I saw the headline, my first thought was that the Finns sounds like my kind of people. The story notes that in Norway's cafes, restaurants, buses, trains, and saunas, … Continue reading I Think I Might Be Part Finn

Seriously? Parents Come to Their Kids’ School Dressed Like This?

A Houston school is clamping down on inappropriate dress, not by students, but their parents. A letter from the principal at James Madison High School to parents and guests on the school’s website forbids them from being at the school in such attire as shower caps, hair rollers, pajamas, sagging pants, leggings that show the … Continue reading Seriously? Parents Come to Their Kids’ School Dressed Like This?

I Knew It! “Fashion” Is Fake!

I've often wondered why one t-shirt sells for $3 and another one sells for $30, even though I see no difference. Or why one pair of Levi jeans is $49 but a pair of Off White jeans is $450. I see no difference between such fashion wear, and always thought that the prices were purely … Continue reading I Knew It! “Fashion” Is Fake!

Have I Been Using the Wrong Smartphone?

Slickdeals just released the results of a survey it took that highlighted the difference between iPhone and Android users. The survey, which included 1,000 Android users and 1,000 iPhone users, looked at the differences between the two groups in terms of their spending habits, lifestyle choices, and social behaviors. The results suggest the following: iPhone owners generally make … Continue reading Have I Been Using the Wrong Smartphone?