Monthly Archives: June 2011

Social Media Explained

This one was sent to me by my friend Susan, who is certainly a magnet of the absurd and a great observer of her environment. She saw this in a bathroom on 5th Avenue and 23rd street. If you are familiar with social media, you will find this as hysterical as I did. If you are not, this is a pretty description of what each of these things are about.

I simply love that someone took the time to do this and hang it where it would be read.


Filed under humor, signage, social media

Stuck Forever?

Today on my walk, instead of garbage, I came across this sign on a freshly paved driveway. You really have to love my neighbors. Instead of being mean or stern they opted for the humorous tone to make sure no one walked on their driveway.

I don’t know about you but I would certainly not risk being stuck there FOREVER! A couple of hours maybe, but forever?! I thought it would be funny to get Mel in the background on the driveway but again, forever just did not seem doable.



Filed under absurdities, signage

Time to Cry Tuesday – Help Find Lauren Spierer – Missing from Indiana University

UPDATE 6.9.11

There is now a $145,000 reward

This is every parents’ unthinkable nightmare. It is with deep sadness that I am posting this information about an Indiana University student who is missing. I urge everyone who sees this to help spread the word. Here are links you can share. Please post and RT as often as you can.

June 9 UPDATE: This page has been added as the official family page in reaction to false information and irrelevant comments on other pages. They are verifying info and request that there be no comments on the page.

Facebook group Missing: Lauren Spierer

Facebook event: Please help spread the word about Lauren Spierer’s disappearance!

Facebook profile page: Lauren Spierer missing

Facebook community page: Help find Lauren Spierer – Missing from Indiana Universtity

Website for information and to volunteer.

Follow the effort on twitter.

Follow hashtags #LaurenSpierer, #FindLauren

Bloomington Police Tip Hotline: 1-812-339-4477

America’s Most Wanted: 1-800-CRIMETV

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Filed under college, communities, Time to Cry Tuesdays

You know your kids are older when…

My kids are home! For the first weekend in 6 months we have a full house. There is a lot of laundry, boxes everywhere, the dishwasher is always full and the fridge gets empty rather quickly.

It is a little disorienting but I love it.

Now that they are adults(ish) the dinner conversation has changed quite a bit. It really goes over the top when we have a full house with our dear family friends. The conversation is always lively and never fit for a family restaurant.

That has never stopped us.

Just a sampling of topics:

1. Fake boobs. Best comment on this topic: ‘Did you get caught looking at the mom’s fake boobs? Oh she is  the stepmom, that’s a different story’

2. Fake boobs and sisters. Consensus is this is not ok.

3. Nose jobs. How it is uncool to have one and then act like you didn’t.

4. Penis enlargements. Under no circumstances should moms every bring these up in front of their sons. Or call them an adictomy. Both happened (for the record it wasn’t me).

Believe it or not, that was just the tip of the iceberg. I am sure the rest of the patrons were quite happy when we left.



Filed under absurdities, college, family

The Peckerhead Theory

Do you have a job where you have to count on others? Do you subcontract often? Do you deal with regular suppliers? Does the performance of other people reflect on how well you look to your client base? If not, lucky you.

In my house… this is a daily occurrence. For the most part we have built our careers around working with people we trust. We partner with teams and vendors that have the same work ethic and philosophy that we do. But somehow the ever-changing business landscape has made even those with the best intentions unable to fulfill their promises.

Or sometimes you are just dealing with peckerheads. (if you guessed that this was a Gary description, you have probably been reading this blog for some time – remember, this is the same guy who uses the expression ‘I don’t give a rat’s ass’). 

Today I wrapped up the first phase of a big project with a team that made me so proud to be the lead on this project. As we were doing a recap and planning our next stage I took a moment to thank them… in my own special way:

“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your passion, wild talent and dedication to making this project the best it can be. In short, I want to take a moment and thank you from the bottom of my heart for NOT being peckerheads”.

Blank stares. Awkward moment.

Then I explained Gary’s peckerhead theory and everyone was all ‘OMG I know what you mean’ and ‘I could not possibly do anything less than my best’ and ‘When you love what you do it is easy not to be a peckerhead’.

Sometimes you eat the bear. Sometimes the bear eats you. Just make a vow to NEVER be the peckerhead and you will be just fine.


Filed under humor, the new workplace, work, work habits

Iron Man

If  you arrived here because you were searching for this Iron Man, I am so sorry to disappoint. But you have to admit this is really cool.

We came across this guy on a pretty warm day at a street fair downtown. I cannot imagine what it felt like to be in the crocheted suit, let alone be ironing. The funny thing is that we did not stop to question what all this was about.

So, you are thinking where would a guy like this go to the bathroom? Well, of course here is the answer.


Filed under absurdities, carry a camera