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. I joined the rewards program and quickly achieved the Foodie status and aboutContinue 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”

For 10 Years, I Failed to Recognize How a Critical Lesson from World War II Applies to My Life. But What Now?

Yesterday, I started watching a World War II documentary on Netflix, one that converted black and white camera footage into full color. As a military history major in college, even though I studied the war quite a bit, I didn’t think I would learn anything new, but I thought it would be interesting to seeContinue reading “For 10 Years, I Failed to Recognize How a Critical Lesson from World War II Applies to My Life. But What Now?”

Nine tips for new parents are actually lessons I learned in basic training

After my daughter was born, I didn’t sleep much. I thought to myself, when was the last time I had this little sleep? Basic training, of course. As I thought about it further, there are a lot of comparisons between basic training and being a parent to a newborn or infant. Here are nine tipsContinue reading “Nine tips for new parents are actually lessons I learned in basic training”

The irony of cycle class playlists: Misogyny and racial epithets in a room full of white women

What I write below is from my perspective: a 35-year old white male born in America. But here it goes… I enjoy cycle classes most of the time, though my excitement about them has waned in the last year or so (I’ve been much more into yoga). The classes are like attending a concert, danceContinue reading “The irony of cycle class playlists: Misogyny and racial epithets in a room full of white women”

Using customer service best practices to turn unhappy clients into returning customers

I’m an active eBayer. I’ve sold more than $30,000 worth of items since I opened my account in 2003 as a sophomore in college. I definitely bought things as well, but my eBay rating of 434, with 100% positive feedback, has come from a combination of both sides of the transaction. I take the processContinue reading “Using customer service best practices to turn unhappy clients into returning customers”

I Attended (and Told a Story at) a Moth Storytelling Event in DC; What Happened Was Unexpected

On a Saturday afternoon in late January, I was driving to Charlottesville, Virginia to work as a casino dealer for a physicians conference at a hotel in the city. Most of the music played on the radio these days is garbage or 25 years old, so I decided to listen to NPR as I madeContinue reading “I Attended (and Told a Story at) a Moth Storytelling Event in DC; What Happened Was Unexpected”

Four days visiting Portland: I finally understand why people love it so much.

After taking a two trains more than 3,000 miles across the country, going from Washington, DC (on a Sunday) through Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, we made it to Portland, Oregon (on Wednesday). It was the most popular city in a state we hadn’t visited before,Continue reading “Four days visiting Portland: I finally understand why people love it so much.”