The 2019 Ohio State-Michigan Game: Is There a Mercy Rule?

On November 30th, I continued my annual tradition of attending the Ohio State-Michigan football game, my 16th in a row and 17th overall. This year, as it is in every odd-numbered year, the game was in Ann Arbor, which meant our annual retreat to the Red Roof Inn next to the interstate. I used myContinue reading “The 2019 Ohio State-Michigan Game: Is There a Mercy Rule?”

What Do You Do When You Receive “Twilight Zone Feedback” – Work-Related Advice and Guidance That Makes No Sense

In August, I submitted a petition for promotion at work. It’s basically my organization’s way of allowing employees who think that they are operating at the next level to receive a promotion. It’s an involved process, one that consists of answering multiple questions with long answers, meetings with people that represent you at the promotionContinue reading “What Do You Do When You Receive “Twilight Zone Feedback” – Work-Related Advice and Guidance That Makes No Sense”

20 Years Ago, A Good Friend Saved Me from Myself; Last Week, We Remade the Night

I was 15 years old, and at that age, I was indestructible. I knew everything. I could do everything. And I certainly didn’t need any authority figure to tell me otherwise. One random Saturday, I was sitting at my desk in my room, typing away at my large keyboard while looking at my large, tube-styleContinue reading “20 Years Ago, A Good Friend Saved Me from Myself; Last Week, We Remade the Night”

The CAVA Epicure rewards program is baloney

When CAVA started, I was very enthusiastic about its success. It was the Mediterranean version of Chipotle, and considering how much I loved Chipotle but loved Mediterranean food even more, I figured I would eat it all the time. And I did. And then CAVA came out with a rewards program (foodie, epicure, etc.). “UseContinue reading “The CAVA Epicure rewards program is baloney”

To the District’s Violence, Theft, and Drugs: You Win; My Family Has Moved

After living for almost five years in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, my family has moved from the heart of Washington, DC across the river to Arlington, Virginia. Many DC lovers have asked: “How could you ever move to Virginia? How could you ever cross the river? Why would you ever leave DC? I have myriadContinue reading “To the District’s Violence, Theft, and Drugs: You Win; My Family Has Moved”

On to My Next Adventure: Joining E38 Academy and Helping to Develop the Next Generation of National Security Leaders

When I was in the process of writing my book, Chris Savos, a former supervisor-turned-friend of mine, said that my initial manuscript lacked a conclusion…something to tie it all together. So I wrote one and gave him a shout out in the afterword. During the next two years, Chris and I met on a fairlyContinue reading “On to My Next Adventure: Joining E38 Academy and Helping to Develop the Next Generation of National Security Leaders”

Time to Say Goodbye to My Company Get After It, LLC. Here’s Why I Decided to Dissolve My Business

In early 2017, I had an idea: form a business to house all of the things I wanted to do. I’d be able to put all of my doings underneath it, and by forming an LLC, my liability would be limited to what was in the company. I did my research and in mid-2017, IContinue reading “Time to Say Goodbye to My Company Get After It, LLC. Here’s Why I Decided to Dissolve My Business”