#411 When your broken computer magically heals itself Sep23

#411 When your broken computer magically heals itself

SYSTEM ERROR. Sometimes your buzzing box of lights and wires crashes a bad crash and completely stops working. So you reboot, unplug everything, plug everything back in, unplug everything again, plug everything back in again, and finally call in backups in the form of teenage kids or nerdy...

#412 The feeling of the air right before a thunderstorm Sep20

#412 The feeling of the air right before a thunderstorm

Warm wind whips and whistles down the streets sending cigarette butts, crumpled receipts, and dry leaves swirling in all directions.  Specks of dust glow in deep sunbeam tints as dark clouds shuffle in the sky. There’s a warm and wet sense of electric anticipation as lightning bolts...

#413 Trying on all your new clothes right when you get home from buying them Sep19

#413 Trying on all your new clothes right when you get home from buying them

Stiff creases, unhemmed pants, and itchy tags can’t dent your mood. Now it’s time to change real fast, clear the kitchen runway, and strut your stuff in a private fashion show for your friends, family, and dog. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Check out my podcast 3 Books...

#414 When you’re driving home after a long trip and your radio stations back come back Sep18

#414 When you’re driving home after a long trip and your radio stations back come back

Fade to fuzz. It’s always a sad scene when you’re bumping down the highway and your old faves start fritzing out on the radio. Yes, you wince as songs start missing notes and DJs start garbling the weather…. before eventually just dissolving into the distance. Staring back...

#415 The moment when you’re not the new guy anymore Sep17

#415 The moment when you’re not the new guy anymore

The first day was scary. When you opened the door everything was a giant swirling abyss of new teachers, new faces, new rules, and new places. So you tiptoed in smiling and shaking hands, learning passwords and policies, and staring around the busy cafeteria holding a red plastic tray trying...

#416 When you try cooking something new and somehow everyone likes it Sep16

#416 When you try cooking something new and somehow everyone likes it

I blew it last week. A friend came over after work for that homemade meal I’d been promising her. Since my standard dinner lately has been a plate of nachos and a couple spoons of Nutella I figured it was high time to cook a proper meal. It started well: I snagged a fancy pasta recipe...

#417 The sound of water lapping against a dock on a summer night Sep13

#417 The sound of water lapping against a dock on a summer night

It sounds like the warm and windy start of summer. It sounds like the cool and quiet finish to fall. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Facebook — The post #417 The sound of water lapping against a dock on a summer night appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#418 Carrying the ice cube tray you just filled up all the way back to the freezer without spilling anything Sep12

#418 Carrying the ice cube tray you just filled up all the way back to the freezer without spilling ...

Say goodbye kitchen puddles, wet socks, and half-filled cubes. Say hello to AWESOME! Photo from: here The post #418 Carrying the ice cube tray you just filled up all the way back to the freezer without spilling anything appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#419 Correctly guessing if that terribly designed door is push or pull Sep11

#419 Correctly guessing if that terribly designed door is push or pull

Doors can be trouble. Strutting to the mall, strolling to the store, you spy those glassy doubles in the distance just waiting for you to size them up and give them a big push or pull. Sure, it looks easy, but we all know it’s nothing but. Nope, thanks to years of tense negotiations,...

#420 Using some random thing as some random back scratcher Sep10

#420 Using some random thing as some random back scratcher

The middle of your back is no hands land. Those itchy islands off the coast of Spine Beach see a lot of shade and a lot of showers but not much scratchy, scratchy fingernail loving. When you’re itching hard you might try the ol’ Reverse Angle Elbow Bender a couple times before...

#421 Singing the guitar solo (or drum solo) (or piano solo) Sep09

#421 Singing the guitar solo (or drum solo) (or piano solo)

Never stop wailing. When you’re singing along with the lyrics of a song and a guitar solo starts up make sure you keep onnnnnn going. We can’t have dead air in your steamy morning shower or all the fans will just hear the sound of you soaping up your armpits and blowing your nose....

#422 Hanging in there and hanging on Sep06

#422 Hanging in there and hanging on

We’re all pretty much the same. Packed tightly in our skintight skin is a bumpy clump of slippery organs and brittle bones. Yes, you’re a pile of bones, I’m a bucket of blood, you’re a slab of muscle, I’m a chunk of chub. And no matter what we got squeezing...