Your iPad Makes You a Loser

The NCAA basketball tournament means millions of eye balls watching TV and, hence, new TV commercials from major brands. If I ran a company, I wouldn’t even bother with a ad in the Super Bowl that gets aired once, critiqued like crazy, and forgotten.

Anyone remember the ad with floating QR code? Oh, you remember the ad and it was for crypto currency something, but you don’t remember what the actual advertiser was.

Advertising like AT&T and “Lilly” stepped up their game by adding many big Hollywood stars. The ads aren’t good, or funny, but they’re “there” and that’s good enough for branding. I guess they want me to move my entire family from my current wireless provider to AT&T and they’ll give me a free phone or something, Read More

Self Improvement Stuff

Let me tell you about a fool. An idiot. About a guy so dumb, I’m ripping him off every day. It’s all about me and he doesn’t even see I’m robbing him blind. Also …this fool …is brilliant.

It’s Cal Newport. How I’m only now discovering this genius is, well …because I’m actually the fool who follows and invites Internet ads like a moth to a flame. I read an article by someone I like. I immediately hit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and when I do, all the other “gurus” and self-help wanna-be’s find me by Internet cookies and by guesting on Podcasts I listen to, and most of them might help people a little, but mostly they just want to sell more books, courses, or coaching sessions. Read More

Fountain of Youth, Part 1

A new person recently hired in at my company at exactly the right time for the health of my skin.

It was January. The middle of a very cold winter. I had just started a new skin care regiment and got Harry’s face scrub, eye brightener, and daily facial lotion. It was not going well. My face was basically a giant surface of flaking skin.

Every day. More face scrub. More lotion. And every day I felt like my face was literally falling off. Read More

Don the Hero, Part 1

I forget how many times I’ve been a hero, but it’s alot. I’m like Batman. What’s my latest bit of heroism? I’m glad you asked.

Starting in December, I started getting calls on my cell phone from people saying they’d like to schedule a counseling session. It started slow. Maybe one each week. I would never answer these numbers I didn’t recognize, but I always listed to the voicemails they left me. Read More

Lent, Part 48

Today is Day-1 of my 48th Lent. Well, it might be my 44th …hard to believe I was giving things up in those early year, but let’s just say it’s Lent #48 for me.

I love Lent. For me, it comes at a perfect time to reflect on the New Year’s Resolutions I didn’t keep and hit the restart button. Oh, and there’s the whole “proud Catholic” thing. It’s about giving something up, starting something, and almsgiving (and I’m going to look up the definition of that word). Read More

“Marry Me” Reminds Me I’m Sucker for RomComs

We live in a world where anger and misery are headlines, where a pandemic killed millions worldwide, and where truck drivers won’t drive because they don’t wanna eat their spinach. So we need J Lo’s and E Wo’s (that’s what I’m calling Owen Wilson and I hope it catches fire) “Marry Me”. It’s delightful. Charming. A perfect date movie on Valentine’s Day Eve-Eve. I think the wife even teared up a little at the end.

I won’t have it! I won’t have anyone bagging on sappy RomComs (how we insiders refer to the movie genre “romantic comedy”). I’m a guy that won’t actually watch Hallmark Movies, will often make fun of them when my wife is watching them like they’re an Ozark marathon, but I’m glad they exist. The fact that Hallmark movies and RomComs exist and have any viewers at all tells me the world ain’t really as bad as it seems. Read More

Sweating the Small Stuff: Daily Journal and Skin Care

Does anyone remember that book … Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff …and it’s all Small Stuff”That book really bothered me when it was released. I mean, life really is mainly about the “small stuff.” It’s the “small stuff” that sets the foundation for the big things. Trust me. I read the book. I got the point they were trying to make. Like don’t worry about burning your toast or breaking a dish because, well, if you’re healthy and the people you love are healthy, well, that toast and that broken dish aren’t really a big deal.

But, for me and I think for many, the “small stuff” are the things that keep us smiling, sane, calm, and in control enough to handle the “big stuff.” Read More

Best of 2021

I’m way behind on this, but I wanted to try this Past Year Review thing I heard about on the Tim Ferriss show. His step-by-step says to review a calendar of your journals from the past year and go week by week, put two columns on a piece of paper, and put the good on one side, and the bad on the other.

Well, if I looked at my Google Calendar, it would be dentist and doctor appointments and payments due on the “bad side” and I guess a buncha holidays and birthdays on the “good side.” Lesson learned …put more things on my calendar. Read More

Friday Free-for-All

Welcome to Friday and the newest thing on the Blog …my Friday Free-for-All. It’s a rapid fire look at the week that was, highlights from the Blog, stuff coming up on the Blog, and other tidbits that maybe don’t get an entire Blog entry.

Yes, I used “free-for-all” and “tidbit” so if you’re under the age of 40, do a Google search and learn what those mean.

I’m officially 1-week into 2022 and my New Year’s Resolutions are intact. Phew. I don’t know if I’m ready to re-try my Resolution-a-Day, but the 5 things I promised myself for 2022 …so far so good. Read More

Beauty Products and Me, 2022, Part 1

I’m vain. Always have been. And it’s not even something I wish I wasn’t. I like when my hair stylist looks shocked when I tell her my age and that I have three teenagers. I know, I know, she’s working for a tip, but I’m a sucker for flattery. Some of my youthful looks are luck and genetics, but the rest is pure, obsessive vanity.

Vanity isn’t for me. It’s for other people. We should all be at least a little considerate of other people and what they have to see when they look at us. We mow our lawns and pull weeds and rake leaves and keep up our house so the neighbors don’t complain and the neighborhood looks nice …isn’t personal appearance the least we can do for our fellow man so, as much as we can help it, they don’t have to look at a wrinkled, tired-looking, old Don?

Do you only wash your face with cold water? Do you use pre-shave oil and warm washcloths to soften your stubble before shaving? Do you dab eye cream under your eyes in the morning and at night (and sometimes at night use pure Vitamin E oil mixed with coffee grounds)? When you apply expensive daily moisturizer do you make sure to apply while pushing your skin up and not in circles and never pulling down? Do you sleep on your side (left side one night, right side the next night) and not on your back so gravity doesn’t pull your skin and cause wrinkles? Do you use a high end face wash?

Ask me those questions and I’ll answer “yes” to all of them.

Men’s skin care is a booming business. From Kiehl’s to Arbonne to Everyman Jack and many, many more …I’m learning I’m not alone. Why can’t my fellow vane brothers just use what our wives, girlfriends, and daughters use? Because, we’ve bought into the hype and we believe the marketing that men’s skin is different. It probably is, right? Something about testosterone probably makes sense.

I’ve been doing the research. And by “research” I mean “clicking on ads”. My choices came down to Harry’s (the same company that does mail-order shaving razors), Duke Cannon, Oars + Alps, Disco, and Lumin Skin Care.

Drum roll . . .

I went with Harry’s and Duke Cannon. Here’s what I got for Christmas from Santa (aka my amazing wife).

As of writing this Blog, it’s January 6th …so six days of this new skin regiment and I’m impressed. The face wash makes my skin feel fresh and soft. Then a very modest bit of eye cream and face lotion awaken my face and when I look in the mirror …I think I can tell I’ve upgraded my product.

I’ve also started shampooing and conditioning again. For the past two years, because of an article I read, I stopped using shampoo because it “is full of chemicals” and “strips your hair of natural oils”.  But, my stylist was really mad at me the last time in her chair and said my scalp was dry and said I should use coconut oil to try and fix it. Oops. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I should probably start with the basics …shampoo and conditioner. That’s a topic for my next Beauty Products update and Blog entry.

I know. You won’t find many Blogs more exciting than this. Leave a comment if you have a brand you think beats what I’m using.

Here’s to beauty and vanity.