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Travel geek. Productivity nerd. Husband, father, son, brother, friend, joker. I once met Stevie Wonder. I’ve played competitive ball hockey for 30 years.

I will not answer your dumb questions

Psaki sassiness

President Biden’s White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has been developing a reputation of deftly shutting down dumb questions from right-wing reporters.

When asked by far-right Newsmax reporter John Gizzo to comment on a secret memo circulating amongst Republicans that stated that Biden’s infrastructure bill was actually “1 trillion dollars off”, Psaki encouraged Gizzo to take a look at the numbers in the bill, get out his calculator himself and compare them to the secret memo.

When questioned by Fox News correspondent Peter Ducey about the White House’s thoughts on Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game out…


A 4-step plan to help you walk it off

“There’s a boy in a blue coat staring at our house”

As I peered through our front window, I called out to my wife about the child that appeared to be fixated on our front door. It was a little creepy.

“He’s just standing there, staring,” I said.

Karen strolled over to the curtains to investigate with me.

“That’s Samuel”, she replied. “He’s autistic. He’s fascinated by the numbers on houses.”

Karen’s a teacher, and Samuel, apparently, is one of the students in her school. She said that he walks around the neighborhood like that every afternoon.

Samuel moved on…


A surprisingly simple FBI tactic to keep a conversation going

The Koothrappali conundrum

“Two words: deaf chick. It doesn’t matter if I can’t talk ‘cause she can’t hear me.” — Raj Koothrappali explaining the type of girl that might be attracted to him

You probably remember the character Raj Koothrappali from the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”. He was the brilliant astrophysicist who was also brutally awkward with girls.

Poor Raj had a tough time in the dating world because he was so nervous in the company of a female that he couldn’t utter a complete sentence. …


The First Lady’s comic book struggles to find herself

Bizarro Michelle Obama

On the evening of July 18th, 2016, when now First Lady Melania Trump was introduced to the world at the Republican National Convention, she delivered a speech that many have claimed was plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.

Once the gaffe was identified in the media the next day, there was at first a denial from her husband Donald Trump’s campaign team, and then there was an admission of guilt. It wasn’t her fault, some had said. It was the speechwriter.

They asked the public to believe that she was the victim, not the perpetrator of this…


An effective way to get back on track when you lose your way

How do you lose Pandemic pounds?

My friend Sandra has gained 43 pounds since the start of the Pandemic. Prior to March, she had been going to the gym regularly and eating well.

After the gyms were shut down, Sandra’s habits took a turn for the worse. She never really got into a routine of exercising at home, and her diet also went progressively downhill.

Nowadays, her gym has reopened but they only allow a limited number of people in at one time.

Yesterday, she tried to book an appointment online but the slots were all full. Sandra drove down to the gym, and waited in…


A joyful 4-step plan for eye-popping results

Life’s a beach

Every year around June, in the middle of a random day, sheer terror overcomes me, and I’m stopped in my tracks with the realization that we’re only about a month away from the thick of beach season.

That recognition is accompanied by the knowledge that I’ve spent a good part of the winter and spring ensuring that I had enough belly fat available to protect me from the cold, harsh weather.

“December was was a particular successful month for you”, I say out loud to my stomach as I give it a good two-handed squeeze, followed by 3 gentle ‘love…


I’ve been using the same disposable razor for 2 Years

I’ve been using the same disposable razor for 2 years.

Weird, right?

I didn’t intend for this. Back in about April of 2018, I bought a 10 pack of Gillette Mach 3 razor blade refills, and throughout that year, I used about one per month.

How did I determine when I needed to pull out a new one? No idea. How does anyone decide?

According to the Gillette website:

“The best indicator it’s time for a new blade is dullness. …


Now that Trump is gone, Republicans aren’t the only jerks in town

A nonsense vacuum

For the past 4 years, it’s been pretty easy for Democrats to smugly pat each other on the backs for landing on the right side of history.

Republicans had seemingly cornered the market on corruption, debauchery, and racism.

And I suppose with President Trump at the helm of the S.S. Americano it was easy to lose sight of the fact that you didn’t have to be a card-carrying member of the GOP in order to be sketchy.

But now that the dust has somewhat settled after the election, and former President Looney Tunes can’t even post his deranged thoughts on…


Every quietly intelligent person I’ve met does this when they speak

In 2001, when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod, his presentation was a masterclass in marketing. Not for its flashiness, but for its simplicity.

There he stood alone on stage, in simple blue jeans and a black turtleneck. Do you remember his slogan?

1000 songs in your pocket

Clear. Catchy. Concise.

The enrapt audience that day was made up of his own employees, but the presentation eventually became a hit with the masses, and the iPod went on to sell millions.

Communicators like Jobs are few and far between. …


And you probably want to punch these 2 mimes too

People love to hate mimes. Here’s a picture of two mimes.
People love to hate mimes. Here’s a picture of two mimes.

Which type are you?

There are two types of people in this world: those who love bad jokes, and those who hate them.

And the funny thing is that the latter doesn’t seem to just hate bad jokes. They are actually angered by them.

If you send them a bad joke by email, they’ll reply with a yellow emoji face with green ooze coming out of its mouth.

They’re disgusted by your bad joke.

The same type of person is probably also angered by magic tricks. They don’t like to be fooled.

“Question: Which branch of the military accepts toddlers?

Answer: The infantry”

C’mon…

Keith Dias

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