I Feel Strangely Comforted By Switching Back To Mr. Coffee

I sometimes find it odd the things that end up comforting me. Sometimes they make sense, and sometimes they do not. My coffee machine, made by some manufacturer I cannot remember and may never have heard of before, broke. I replaced it with a cheap Mr. Coffee one. Strangely, this comforted me.

Now, I don’t mean that I was comforted that I now had a working coffee machine, though there is that. I mean that I was comforted by the fact that my coffee machine was again a Mr. Coffee. That was the strange part.

I’ve had Mr. Coffee coffee machines before. I’ve had other brands as well. I always get a simple 12-cup, on/off as the only control, round filter machines, so it’s not like features matter. I’ve never even noticed a quality difference. Still, there is something oddly comforting about again having a Mr. Coffee, even over other brand names that I do recognize.

What is so comforting about this? Honestly, I have no idea. It’s like an old friend…and old friend that I don’t know at all and have never spoken to, one I couldn’t accurately describe if asked. The reason is a mystery, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s true.

Regardless, I’m comforted.

Also, I went for stylish black this time instead of institutional white so when I don’t clean it regularly it doesn’t look quite so gross. Win on that as well.

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“The Garden Of Good And Evil Pancakes” Is Now On Sale!!!!

It’s published! The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes is now published an on sale!

Get your copy here at amazon!!!!

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Book trailer for “The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes!”

The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes is almost, but not quite, ready to drop. Soon, very soon. Until then, why not check out the book trailer AE Stueve put together for the book?

I just got to see it for myself for the first time, and I’m thrilled. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too.

Thanks, AE Stueve!

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Dangerous Analogies

I was recently in an office building that has electronic screens where news and other such items are displayed. One thing that the screens display is management tips culled from various people. I think it’s pulled from various twitter feeds that have been labelled with some kind of management tip hashtag. Regardless whether that is accurate or not, one caught my eye. I’m paraphrasing, but it basically stated that a good manager remembers the little people because they are the stepping ones one treads in order to reach success.

This seems like a dangerous analogy to me.

Now, there is a chance that this analogy was deliberately calculated to be humorous. There is also a chance that sufficient thought didn’t go into how this sounds. Sure, it’s accurate. Without the contribution of employees managers would sink, possibly even drown. However, it may also be a little too accurate.

After all, do you want to put forth that you think of employees as utilitarian objects? Do you want to put forth the impression you consider them items to step on? Success? Why, I reached that by stomping on the backs of employees!

I’m just saying, it may not be the best image to convey. Employees as stepping stones seems a little bit insensitive, regardless how accurate it may be.

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Upcoming Reading for “The Garden Of Good and Evil Pancakes”

Good news! If you’ll be in the Omaha area on Saturday April 26th you can come out and hear me read from The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes at the 2014 Nebraska Book Festival!

The tentative schedule so far has me reading in the 1:15-2:00 p.m. block in Bootstrapper Hall over at the Thompson Center at UNO, so come on out. I believe I’ll be going on just after John Price reads from Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father.

I’m thrilled that my publisher was able to get this set up for me. I’m a little terrified, but still looking forward to it.

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Another Response To Throwback Thursday

People still seem to be big on the whole Throwback Thursday thing. You know, Thursday is supposed to be the day you post really old pictures of yourself so everyone can feel nostalgic and/or laugh at you. It’s not Thursday today, but I was thinking about it.

Personally, I don’t really go for this. I even find the concept a little bit annoying. It’s cool if other people want to do this, but I do end up seeing a lot of these posts.

I’ve poked a little fun at the whole tbt thing before…and I’m going to do it again. As such, here’s a throwback to me a hundred years ago:















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Finding Amusement In The Facebook Nickleback Trick

I was amused to see that someone has put together a page where you can find out which of your Facebook friends likes Nickleback, supposedly for the purpose of finding out who you should unfriend. I wouldn’t unfriend people just because they like something I don’t like, but I did think this was funny.

Personally, I’m not even sure who Nickleback really is. If I’ve heard any of their music before, I’m not immediately aware of it. I’m certainly not a big fan. I don’t think my MP3 library has a single song of their. However, I’m not exactly a huge hater either. I just don’t know enough about them to feel passionate one way or another.

Apparently someone does, though. Apparently some people really, really hate Nickleback. That’s amusing in and of itself. Putting together a page so you can seek out and commit defriending vengeance on people who do like them is even funnier.

I don’t know, maybe Nickleback deserves this. Maybe they don’t. The fact this kind of thing is generated is humorous either way.

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