Scammy Utah and Proof that Your Kid Is an Adult
You know your kids are adults when they get scammed by an incorporated business for the first time. 🤗 Not a prince with an inheritance. Not a buyer who needs them to cash check and return $800 of the $850, which someone tried to pull on my son a few weeks ago. But an actual,…
Silence is bullshit.
My spouse has a way of not saying anything while having a conversation. Like nothing. At all. Or maybe just an occasional word uttered too low for anyone to hear. And the other person? They’re not talking either. It’s weird. And inanely boring. It’s not like these quiet conversations involve a ton of eye contact…
Dry January — is that a full month?
Your server doesn’t actually care when you’re lying.
I just read this headline at Food & Wine: “Your server knows when you’re lying,” which is really only half a headline. The other half: “and they don’t care.” Granted, I haven’t waited tables in more than 20 years but I’m certain the sentiment hasn’t changed. In fact, the only actual reason I ever checked…
Why do businesses keep pretending that hybrid work is amazing?
A little over a month ago, I was asked by a recruiting team to put together a blog post on why their employees loved working in a hybrid workplace. I suggested that we make this feel genuine and include employee voices and was promptly provided with a short list of “friends-of-the-hybrid-workplace”: employees who would give…
Can a suspension actually be permanent?
TLDR: Twitter tells Marjorie Taylor Greene to stop tweeting from her account — and claims that it’s forever. In its long history of esteemed bans, MGT was told by Twitter to go sit in a corner and stop telling lies about COVID after rattling off a series of 19 COVID lies on New Year’s day…
Writer or editor?
“Writer or editor?” It’s the kind of question that would come up all the time back when I was interviewing for jobs where I’d inevitably be asked to do both and neither at the same time. Usually it was asked by someone in the 30-ish crowd who found themself to be utterly amusing, never realizing…
Alexa, is Dennis Franz still alive?
I asked Alexa tonight if Dennis Franz is still alive. She didn’t say “yes,” or rattle off some birth stats that she “found on the web.” Her response was more direct: “Dennis Franz is still alive.” No justification, no reason, just a confirmation that I was on the right track. Yes, Alexa has a stock…
When Kenny Rogers died
Somehow, Kenny Rogers’ death turns into two hours of me regaling my family about 1970s variety shows. The conversation, which is likely just me monologuing, moves from Kenny Rogers to Glen Campbell to John Denver, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, and finally Stiller and Meara, who are by far the most memorable of the bunch…
Alabama, where abortion is just another team sport
I spent a large portion of my childhood in Alabama. Birmingham to be exact. It’s called the Magic City, but I never figured out why because there’s was nothing magical about it. There were some great parts about living in Alabama. You could ride a new bike on Christmas morning. You were only a few…