Talking to Strangers at Parties

Avoiding long awkward silences one question at a time.

I suck at talking to strangers. I used to better at it in my dating days, and when I worked for a digital marketing agency where we were expected to attend networking events and connect with people. You see, I’m an introvert, and somewhat socially awkward. I am hyper-aware of what other people might think of me, so sometimes I just don’t know what to say for fear of sounding stupid. To cope, I generally avoid one-on-one conversations with strangers at parties. When I’m in a group, I pray that someone else does all the talking, so I can just interject little tid-bits here and there. I don’t think I am alone in this; lots of people can relate. Right? Continue reading “Talking to Strangers at Parties”

Is it Cultural Mis-Appropriation? A Handy Guide

Find out if what you’re doing is cultural misappropriation in 7 questions or less.

A group I am a part of recently had a social justice warrior cry “cultural misappropriation!!!” on a dearly-held tradition of theirs. Unsure of what to do, this group stopped doing the “offensive act” altogether. Years of their tradition immediately ceased because one person felt some minor offense. Continue reading “Is it Cultural Mis-Appropriation? A Handy Guide”

How to Lose Weight

LEVEL ONE : A Weight-Loss Plan for Gamers & People Who Like Numbers

I’m not a dietician, and I’m not Weight Watchers, hell I’m not even a food blogger. This blog typically deals with heavier issues than weight (pun intended). I’ve made it abundantly clear elsewhere that I am not an expert on any topic that I write about, and that I write about whatever the fuck I want. So today, I’m going to give you my method for losing weight. Maybe it could work for you too.

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Grandma & Grandpa S (My Dad’s Parents)

Going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house always meant a road trip. They lived on the southwestern border of Iowa–practically in Nebraska, so it took some time to drive there from Minnesota. Their city is a fun little town with a lot of character; shiny casinos ablaze with twinkling lights, and greasy black trainyards that stretch on and on. Trains is most certainly what puts their city on the map. Continue reading “Grandma & Grandpa S (My Dad’s Parents)”