So Many Good Things

Ever have one of those days where you’ve got so many things to brag about, you don’t even know where to start?

81ejepaabql-_sl1500_Like, I could tell you about my Eurolux Stainless steel, Cool Touch Electric Kettle and how it’s changed my life. Or you can read my glowing Amazon review. Life. Changing.

Or I could talk about the most incredible book I’m reading called The Brain Fog Fix and I think everyone should read this book. It’s all about our modern lifestyle and diet and technology are making us anxious, stressed out, sleep-deprived, and more prone to bad choices. It talks about how eliminating certain types of foods and adding more good foods could help ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s (which is my biggest fear). 418or9fkvflI am listening to the audio book, but I also just purchased the Kindle edition so I can read it a second time and make notes and an action plan. First the book educates the reader and then, lays out a 3-week action plan that addresses diet in week-1, exercise in week-2, and something else in week-3.

Then again, I could tell the tale of my vacation (some funny stories), or start to explain why I can’t resist my daughter and will be getting her a hamster this weekend (you have nooooooo idea how much research she’s done, all the notes she’s taken, and all the phone calls she’s made).

Or what about my daily commute tracking sheet? Look at how construction affected my commute today? Weep for me.


For now, it feels good enough to lay out a Blogging plan. I’m way behind on Survivor so I’ve again failed for spunkybean.

It’s almost salsa season and I’m re-opening the Donnie Jalapeno salsa factory and I might be expanding (and when I say “expanding”, I mostly mean renting space at a commercial kitchen to make many batches at once).

OK. Gotta work. Gotta dance!

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Things I Do: Write about Survivor, Phillipines

One of the things I do when I’m not posting pictures of the ties I’m wearing and when I’m not …um …oh, man, I guess there’s not much else I do, come to think of it. Well, anyway, let’s say I had a really active social life and lots of hobbies and I did charity work …when I managed to get a break from all that stuff, I’d tell you that I write about TV shows. Namely …Survivor.

Way back when I first started blogging, in order to fill space, I’d write about TV shows. It was revolutionary and nobody believed it could be done. “Don,” they’d say. “Why would anyone watch a show and then want to read about what they’ve just watched? After all …it’s why TV and movies were invented, so nobody would have to ‘read the book’ ever again.”

But I forged ahead, undeterred, thinking everyone would want to know what I thought of a TV show instead of what they, themselves, thought of it. In the end, I was right …people loved to read about what they already watched and spunkybean was born.

This, however, is not a history of spunkybean …this is a shameless plug of my writing that’s currently posted at another website. This is a blog entry with two links and some well placed keywords that will make my #Survivor recap more “sticky” and “viral”, even though I’m not sure it actually will.

On Wednesday’s Survivor, someone went home who I think didn’t have to go home, and if she hadn’t taken the “I’m very angry and I’ve been wronged” approach and instead tried the “friendly” approach, I think she wouldn’t have been voted off. But it’s early, and truthfully, nobody eliminated before the merge really has any shot of being memorable.

Later today there’ll be another tie and I might write about how I write about The Amazing Race. Oh, yes …I do that, too.

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Things I’m Doing: 44 Days of Ties (Day 17)

In honor of the presidential election I’m wearing what I call my “campaign tie”. Red, white, and blue. This one, in all honesty, might actually be a little too wild for even a presidential candidate to wear.

It’s by J.S. Blank & Co., which I’m pretty sure is a Joseph A. Banks knock off.

I wear it on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day. I should add Veterans Day to that list.

I’m Patriotic, I tellz ya. Don’t believe me. Ask my tie.

Another thing I’m doing is writing about Survivor over at spunkybean, and I’ll be recapping it all season long. Read it here. Tell your friends. Share my article on Facebook, Twitter, or print 10 copies and drop them in the mail (though, that won’t help me at all, come to think of it).

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Things I’m Doing: 44 Days of Ties (Day 16)

I’m trying some new things with my writing and my social media …namely, I’m going to start using Tumblr a whole lot more. I can’t find a ton of people to follow on Tumblr, but if you leave your Tumblr blog URL in the comment section, I’ll follow you. Want to follow my Tumblr blog. Well, click here …and thank you.

I think I’m going to make Tumblr a place where I post all my license plate photos, tie photos, and other random stuff and links to my writing, and then from there I’ll branch out to spunkybean, Kaleidoscopic Raygun, and other stuff. I’ll call it ‘how I write.’

Today’s tie is Ralph Lauren and it’s the only thing I own that’s Ralph Lauren or Polo. If you’d have asked me in 1988 if I’d ever imagine my future wardrobe void of Polo or Ralph Lauren, I would’ve popped my collar, taken off my white framed sunglasses, and I would’ve said “hell no” in a totally tubular way.

And a final piece of business …I’m excited for Survivor to start tonight and I pre-judged all the contestants and made some predictions over thar at spunkybean. Join me for a season-long recapping adventure full of opinions, observations, and ideas for how to best construct your audition video for getting on Survivor.

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Things I’m Doing: 44 Days of Ties (Day 15)

Here’s an interesting tie. It says it’s from Neiman Marcus, and I don’t shop there. I don’t even have the guts to say, “I got this tie at Neiman’s” as if I’m too cool to say “Marcus.” However, my wife tells me she’s “awesome” and because she’s “awesome” she sometimes shops at “Neiman’s.”

Well, OK.

This is a great tie. Goes with a light blue shirt, a brown shirt, off white …purple (not that I have a purple dress shirt, but if I did …this tie would go with it).

It’s a little shiny, and that really makes it “pop” in pictures with a flash. Ahem …my photo technique doesn’t do it justice above.

Another thing I do?  I write about TV. You knew that, right? Yes …I founded spunkybean and I write about American Idol, Bachelor, Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, and now …this season …I’ll be writing about Survivor and The Amazing Race.

So, before Survivor: Philippines premiers tomorrow night, let’s meet the cast, shall we? Here’s a quick fun fact …Lisa Welchel, who played Blair Warner on The Facts of Life, is on the show. She’s probably only there to wave her Bible at us, but that’s cool. Why not?

I hope you read it and check back all season and chat about the show.

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