#441 Hitting the point on the road trip when you’re really far from where you started and really far from where you’re going Aug12

#441 Hitting the point on the road trip when you’re really far from where you started and really far...

Do you know that rickety bridge scene from the movies? Violins screech and kettle drums swell as our hero tiptoes across a dangerous rope bridge swinging wildly over a dark canyon at the pulsing climax of the film. The audience gasps and grips their armrests as she kicks a loose plank and the...

#442 Actually figuring out how we got on this topic Aug09

#442 Actually figuring out how we got on this topic

Do you ever find yourself chatting with friends when someone suddenly says “Hey, how did we start talking about this?” That’s when you find yourself quickly unwinding your off-the-rails conversation by jumping backwards through scattered anecdotes and interconnected stories....

#443 Looking up while swimming underwater Aug08

#443 Looking up while swimming underwater

Sunlight shimmers and glimmers across shaky waves as treetops twist into melted shadows. Silence clogs your ears as you drift alone in your secret underwater chamber deep in the ocean darkness or shallow in the backyard pool. Bubbles scream up all around you as you float like an astronaut in...

#444 Driving over a small hill in your car and feeling the little drop in your stomach Aug07

#444 Driving over a small hill in your car and feeling the little drop in your stomach

Let’s hit the suburban roller coaster. When you’re a little kid riding backwards in a wood-paneled wagon there are few things as fun as hitting a gut-twisting bump over a little hill on the highway. Or maybe you’re at the back of the schoolbus, bouncing like jumping beans as...

#445 Pulling out a weed and getting all the scraggly roots with it Aug06

#445 Pulling out a weed and getting all the scraggly roots with it

Gardening ain’t for sissies. Nope, if you’re getting down with the kneel down you know planting flowers, growing herbs, and trimming hedges is tough business, baby. Sun’s beating wavy rays, dirt’s clumping in your eyes, and worms squiggle in all directions as you...

#446 When that plugged up nostril suddenly just opens up with zero warning Aug05

#446 When that plugged up nostril suddenly just opens up with zero warning

Nose, what’s your deal? We’ve been cursing you for the past hour for your snotty head-plugging ways. Breathing wasn’t happening and we were left mouth-gasping for air every few seconds to bypass your thick bulletproof wall of headglue. And you remember when we tried blowing...

#447 Walking into a crowded busy party and suddenly locking eyes with someone you know across the room Aug02

#447 Walking into a crowded busy party and suddenly locking eyes with someone you know across the ro...

Ding-dong. The door opens to you on the porch in your just-washed jeans and crispy clean shirt staring into a sweaty sea of strange faces. You walk in and stumble past a pile of shoes and a kissing couple while awkwardly scanning the room for some friendly faces. Stepping a bit deeper into the...

#448 The smell and feel of bedsheets that dried outside in the sun Aug01

#448 The smell and feel of bedsheets that dried outside in the sun

Drift and dream into that crispy clean. It’s always good when you can leave the sheets outside and let the sun do what the sun does best: be hot, heat things up, keep being hot. Just clothespin your business to the line, point up at the giant fireball in the sky and say “Over to...

#449 Staying up so late that everything becomes hilariously funny Jul31

#449 Staying up so late that everything becomes hilariously funny

Midnight is long gone. Maybe you’re crowded around a kitchen table pasting construction paper onto poster board, squirreled into sleeping bags on a cold basement floor, or drinking cold coffee and leaning over laptops before tomorrow’s big deadline. Either way, it’s time to...

#450 Those horrible fake accents made by close friends when they’re telling stories Jul30

#450 Those horrible fake accents made by close friends when they’re telling stories

Believe it. It’s your girlfriend at the lunch table doing her dad’s lecture with a bizarre sailor with a sore throat inflection. It’s your grandson at Thanksgiving pretending to be his angry first grade teacher, hitting the squeaky high notes with fist thumps and furrowed...

#451 Managing to wake up at the right time even though you forgot to set your alarm Jul29

#451 Managing to wake up at the right time even though you forgot to set your alarm

That was a close one. Last night you hit the pillow without a safety net and fell into a free-falling slumber with no end in sight. You could have slept all day, you could have slept all night, but somehow you got up just in time. Yes, you sprung up like a Jack-in-the-Box with your heart...

#452 Picking things up with your feet Jul26

#452 Picking things up with your feet

Embrace your inner monkey. Dirty crumpled socks, dropped Doritos, rogue pen caps: We see you there. Yes, we see you right in the crosshairs of our toes and we’re about to scoop you up with a good old fashioned foot scrunch. Bending over is overrated. Picking things up with your feet...

#453 Getting sweaty and jumping in Jul25

#453 Getting sweaty and jumping in

Time for some fun in the sun. Spiking volleyballs in the backyard, tossing frisbees at the beach, or just running around in your bathing suit on the scorching sand, it’s always fun getting hot and sweaty before racing to the edge of the dock or tip-toeing to the front of the diving...

#454 Getting ready super fast when there’s no time to shower Jul24

#454 Getting ready super fast when there’s no time to shower

My friend Mike taught me the power of Mustache Maintenance. Whenever we were running late on a Friday night back in college Mike would race up the stairs and shave off his mustache fuzz in ten quick seconds. It took away his dirty upper lip look without taking all the time of a full shave and...

#455 Digging a giant hole in your mashed potatoes so you can fill it up with gravy Jul23

#455 Digging a giant hole in your mashed potatoes so you can fill it up with gravy

Get your mash on long. Get your mash on strong. How great is it that a bunch of rock-hard brown things yanked from the dirt can turn into a creamy smooth-n-salty canvas of deliciousness right in the middle of our plates? I’m talking salty lumps, I’m talking tasty bumps, I’m...

#456 When your friend returns the book they borrowed and they actually read it Jul22

#456 When your friend returns the book they borrowed and they actually read it

Man, I’m a master of the Ghost Loan. This is where I borrow someone’s favorite book and them promptly leave it on my shelf for months without touching it. Sure, I see it, I look at it, I think about it, I want to read it, but I just… don’t. And then I keep it for a...

#457 That tiny little hole at the top of your sink that prevents it from overflowing Jul19

#457 That tiny little hole at the top of your sink that prevents it from overflowing

Let’s face it. We’re all idiots who love cranking taps and have no idea when reckless shaving and face-washing shenanigans might flood our bathroom floors. Thanks for watching our backs, little hole. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Check out my Youtube channel — The post...

#458 The rare moment when you’re on a beach by yourself Jul18

#458 The rare moment when you’re on a beach by yourself

Enjoy the silence. Maybe you’re an early bird who goes jogging on the cool sand as the sun rises. Ocean waves quietly lap to shore together with twisted messes of dark seaweed and chipped seashells as faint orange sunbeams peek over the horizon… Or maybe you’re a sand...

#459 Plain old forks Jul17

#459 Plain old forks

Once upon a time we didn’t have forks. Yes, our ancient ancestors were forced to scoop saber-tooth tiger brains out with twigs, hold woolly mammoth meat over the fire with spears, and eat prehistoric pies with a spoon. According to our egghead pals at Wikipedia, although the Ancient...

#460 The Super Jump Jul16

#460 The Super Jump

Close your eyes and let your brain slip back … You’re a tiny tot holding big hands walking down a sandy beach. As the sun sets over the glittery water the salty ocean breeze hits your hair and your feet squish into cool sand as somebody suddenly yells out “1-2-3...

#461 When you get in the car and notice someone filled up the tank for you Jul15

#461 When you get in the car and notice someone filled up the tank for you

Nothing’s worse than popping into first and noticing you’re flirting with the big E. Suddenly you’re late for work, the date’s on hold, and your party’s stalled in the parking lot. Yes, jumping in a car and noticing it’s out of gas ranks pretty high on 1000...

#462 Pain Jul12

#462 Pain

It’s there for a reason. Whether you’re shredding your legs on a raspberry bush, scalding your hand in hot water, or taking an arrow to the chest in the forest, I got bad news for you, brother: that’s gonna hurt. Yes, when our bodies take blows those powerful jolts make us...

#463 The sound of the cork popping Jul11

#463 The sound of the cork popping

Last year my friend Baxter popped a champagne cork off his head. Yes, he bent over the bottle, gritted his teeth and twisted, and managed to shoot that cork like a speeding bullet right smack off his forehead. He stared up with his mouth forming a giant O of shock as bubbles foamed up and...

#464 When characters in a movie visit a place you know in real life Jul10

#464 When characters in a movie visit a place you know in real life

What a trip. It’s always a big moment when the flickering screen features one of these special scenes: 1. The Hometown Spotlight. This is when the characters come visit the city you live in. Nope, don’t matter if it’s terrorists fleeing the country, teen lovers filling gas on...

#465 When a work friend evolves into an outside-of-work friend Jul09

#465 When a work friend evolves into an outside-of-work friend

The nine to five brought you together. Cracking jokes by the copier, swapping stories on the line, laughing in the lunchroom, you found a friend between policies, procedures, and paperwork. When you got together you started noticing you were just you, just hanging out, just laughing about your...

#466 Using milk instead of water whenever you can Jul08

#466 Using milk instead of water whenever you can

What’s up, instructions? Why you gotta be recommending water in our pancakes, hot chocolate, and jello pudding? Why you trying to blandify our oatmeal, brownie mixes, and cream of mushroom soup? Look, we’re sorry but there’s new chef in the kitchen and things are going to be...

#467 Guilty pleasure music Jul05

#467 Guilty pleasure music

We’ve all got some. Just the other day my friend Vanessa and I were grabbing breakfast when we started talking about guilty pleasure songs. As I doused a tower of pancakes in a tidal wave of syrup we laughed about those songs you don’t really tell your friends about. You know, it’s...

#468 The invisible moment of anticipation just before the first kiss Jul04

#468 The invisible moment of anticipation just before the first kiss

Stare into those eyes. Pupils grow wide and hearts thump fast as brains jolt and thoughts rollercoaster around. Conversation jumbles and stumbles before fading into footnotes as fingers touch and linger, thoughts twist together, and eye contact drifts and sways before catching and connecting...

#469 Seeing a dog that looks like another dog you know Jul03

#469 Seeing a dog that looks like another dog you know

My sister and I killed Dale. Well, to be honest, the poor goldfish didn’t stand a chance. Nina was six and I was seven when my parents let us have our first pet and the slippery slugger swam in our front hallway for ten happy days before being savagely murdered by overfeeding. See, we...

#470 Finally getting the absolutely perfect picture Jul02

#470 Finally getting the absolutely perfect picture

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