#396 When the hold music is actually surprisingly good Oct14

#396 When the hold music is actually surprisingly good

When I was in high school my friend Chad worked at a big-box electronics store down by the lake. He’d put on a shirt, tie, and giant clown-faced grin before selling bubble jet printers and floppy disks on Friday nights. Since the rest of us were hopeless layabouts we’d aimlessly...

#397 Burning your fingers while peeling off the first freshly baked cookie from the oven Oct11

#397 Burning your fingers while peeling off the first freshly baked cookie from the oven

It burns. Chocolate chips drip down your fingertips as that softly-crumbling cookie melts into a hot puddle of steamy goodness in the middle of your mouth. Gasp for air, pop your eyes, and suck in some cool breaths as you try to chew without touching that red-hot cookie lava. Part of what...

#398 Going to a movie on your own Oct10

#398 Going to a movie on your own

It happened by accident the first time. Years ago I was staying after school but had late-night plans to meet friends at a downtown movie theater. I was going to catch a lift with my parents, watch the latest Bruce Willis blow-em-up, and then squeeze into my friend Mike’s rusty Saturn...

#399 Discovering a new shortcut on your drive home Oct09

#399 Discovering a new shortcut on your drive home

Move over, Marco Polo. Columbus, Clark, and Cortes, you got nothing, either. Sure, maybe you sailed over choppy waves, fought with cannibals, and documented distant lands. Maybe you traded silk with kings, discovered precious stones, and toppled terrible empires. Maybe you even found new...

#400 Putting your own shoes back on after bowling Oct08

#400 Putting your own shoes back on after bowling

It’s like rolling a strike for your feet. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Check out my podcast 3 Books with Neil Pasricha — The post #400 Putting your own shoes back on after bowling appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#401 The sound of dry crispy leaves blowing across an empty parking lot Oct07

#401 The sound of dry crispy leaves blowing across an empty parking lot

Orange skies burn as winds whisper for your chilly walk home. The sun dips down in the distance and dogs bark behind backyard fences as your hair blows wildly in the cool and crisp breeze. You squint into the wind and stuff your hands in your thin pockets as you sniff up that smoky sweet smell...

#402 Perfectly stapling through a stack of really thick papers Oct04

#402 Perfectly stapling through a stack of really thick papers

It’s just you and me, Swingline. Sure, we’ve tangled before: Your jagged, splintery arms stabbed sharply back through the top of my book report, you mangled your neck on a powerful hammer-punch, and you didn’t make it through a few fat stacks, forcing me to surgically...

#403 Seeing a really, really happy dog out for a walk Oct03

#403 Seeing a really, really happy dog out for a walk

I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M OUTSIDE! I’M...

#404 When someone’s leaving the bathroom at the same time as you so you don’t have to touch the door Oct02

#404 When someone’s leaving the bathroom at the same time as you so you don’t have to touch the door...

Germs are real. Tiny baby bugs, squiggly creepy-crawlers, and mini-millipedes are camping under your nails, hot-tubbing in your sweaty palms, and putting their feet up in your fingers. Coughs and colds jump hand to hand and mouth to mouth — latching onto you through handshakes, high...

#405 When someone pronounces your hard-to-pronounce name right on the first try Oct01

#405 When someone pronounces your hard-to-pronounce name right on the first try

It ain’t easy. When I graduated from college they draped us all in slippery black gowns, put square hats on our heads, and sat us down in the hot steamy arena to wait patiently for our names to get called. When they did we got up and swished across the stage to accept little ribbon-tied...

#406 Being your gloriously slobby self in a hotel room Sep30

#406 Being your gloriously slobby self in a hotel room

We’re still animals. Sure, our species has grown up and grown older over the past couple hundred thousand years. We’ve moved out of the jungle and shed most of our body hair, keeping warm with sweatpants and hoodies instead of hairy legs and bushy beards. But we’re still animals. We...

#407 Successfully pulling off The Inlaw Nap Sep27

#407 Successfully pulling off The Inlaw Nap

The Inlaw Nap is any nap you manage to pull off at the inlaw’s house. As long as it’s not during Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas present unwrapping, or while the birthday cake is served, it is a completely legal nap and fully counts as spending quality time visiting the...