3 Reasons Why “Overcoming Adversity” in a Football Game Just Doesn’t Exist

For years I’ve been hearing college football announcers say at the beginning, middle, and end of their broadcasts, “[Insert Team Name] will really have to overcome this adversity tonight.” A Google search of “college football overcoming adversity” even yields my beloved Ohio State Buckeyes “overcoming adversity” in 2014 by winning the national championship with aContinue reading “3 Reasons Why “Overcoming Adversity” in a Football Game Just Doesn’t Exist”

Everyone Thinks They’re Communications Professionals…Here’s the Problem

Let’s consider two facts: The second listed definition of “communications” on Dictionary.com is: “the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.” Most adults are able to speak, write, or sign fluently and with ease. Therefore, most adults are communications experts. Right? Unfortunately, that statement is simply not true. While most peopleContinue reading “Everyone Thinks They’re Communications Professionals…Here’s the Problem”

Buying a New Suit? It’s Okay, I’m Here to Help (and So Is My Tailor)

When men buy suits, they have a few options, and let’s look at them one by one: 1. “The Hand-Me-Down” – In the words of Coach Boone (played by Denzel Washington) in the movie Remember the Titans, “Borrow one from your father. If you don’t have a father, find a bum on the street and trade himContinue reading “Buying a New Suit? It’s Okay, I’m Here to Help (and So Is My Tailor)”

This is why Celebrity Family Feud is an insult to charities

Celebrity Family Feud, hosted Steve Harvey, is a joke. It. is. a. joke. Here’s why: The money donated to charity is minuscule compared to the net worth of the people on the show. If the show was serious about supporting charity, they’d donate a lot more…and make the contestants donate a lot more. Let’s breakContinue reading “This is why Celebrity Family Feud is an insult to charities”

As Workplace Dress Codes Go Away, Here Is the One Simple Question to Ask About the Future

Having recently gone to New York City on a weekday, I was keenly aware of how people dressed on their way to work, as I rode the subway with them. Some men were wearing suits, others wearing a plaid shirt and jeans, others t-shirts and shorts, and some women were wearing everything from dresses, toContinue reading “As Workplace Dress Codes Go Away, Here Is the One Simple Question to Ask About the Future”

3 Reasons Why Capital Bikeshare Will Reign Supreme in Washington, DC

When I was an intelligence officer in the navy, I took a class on intelligence support to expeditionary warfare…you know, the marines crashing the beach, that sort of thing. They told us that the three things we had to first evaluate was the acronym, WET, which stood for weather, enemy, and terrain. Those were theContinue reading “3 Reasons Why Capital Bikeshare Will Reign Supreme in Washington, DC”

This is why the George Washington Memorial Parkway needs to be part of the interstate highway system

The George Washington Memorial Parkway, the four-lane road that travels about 25 miles north and south along the west bank of the Potomac River provides some beautiful scenic overlooks of the river, features a well-used bike path, and provides direct access to Mount Vernon, the home and burial ground of the first US President GeorgeContinue reading “This is why the George Washington Memorial Parkway needs to be part of the interstate highway system”

Why Trains Are So Great, and Why America Needs More

I grew up in the Washington, DC area riding the metro subway system for fun with my grandfather. I remember taking the Red Line, switching to the Orange/Blue line, and going to Rosslyn, Arlington to take a picture for my grandpa and a book he was writing. I remember when the Washington Metro Area TransitContinue reading “Why Trains Are So Great, and Why America Needs More”

Men’s ties are stupid, so here is why they should go away forever

The perpetual “definition” of male professional dress is a wool suit, generally black, gray, or blue, a button down shirt, a belt, a pair of shoes, and a tie. The infamous tie. Many Wikipedia pages about ties exist with many reasons for how they came about. Some reasons discuss warmth, while others describe a wayContinue reading “Men’s ties are stupid, so here is why they should go away forever”

One Obvious (to Some) Tip To Making Videos People Want to Watch

I realized recently that a lot of high-level senior government officials want to make videos, and do video interviews, seemingly for the sake of making a video. But they forget the critical rule in making a video: it has to be visual. There has to be a visual component to making a video; there hasContinue reading “One Obvious (to Some) Tip To Making Videos People Want to Watch”