Not just where, but what

Having just moved to Richmond for a new job at Amazon, my days have been filled with urban exploration and getting to know the new city I call home. And yellow totes. Lots of yellow totes. Through it all, I’ve been building a new mental map of an completely foreign area to me. And so…

Therefore, make it good

Food is one of the most important aspects of our lives. So much so that the fonder of Chik-Fil-A (or as some friends of mine call it: Jesus Chicken) made this quote one of the main missions of their company: Food is essential to life; Therefore make it good. -S Truett Cathy, founder of Chik-Fil-A…

You’re networking in all the wrong ways

I still vividly remember the first networking event I ever went to. I arrived in the room and plugged myself into a conversation. We were chatting away when we were interrupted by a man who barged in with some comment that barely had anything to do with what we were saying. He proceeded to place…

The story of how one man rediscovered his Ohana

I remember being a small child and watching “Lilo and Stitch,” and getting completely lost in the crazy antics of a young Hawaiian girl and her alien dog. As a kid, I never realized just how deep that movie was or how much her sister, Nani, did for Lilo. The entire movie was about family–and…

The cult of Success™

I remember the first book about financial improvement I ever read: it was “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. I was lucky enough to have read it young enough that it did begin to change the way I thought about money and finances: less as tools a more as points in a game. In…

Met In Transit: Barack Obama, Jacques Chirac and Alexander the Great

Location | Aboard a Ouibus from Paris to Lille Most people don’t know it, but I shared a bus with Barack Obama and former French president Jacques Chirac, was driven by Alexander the Great, got delayed at Charles de Gaulle airport because of an abandoned suitcase (this was in the aftermath of the Paris attacks)…

7 short films worth writing home about

Fun fact, the week has seven days. Another fun fact. This post has seven short films, with a short tagline each. I’m not saying you have to watch one movie per day. All I’m saying is that you could. 7) What’s Virgin Mean Parents have a tough time with that anyway. 6) Artoo In Love Cupid…

The meaning of life

We’ve been looking in the wrong place all along. I’ve finally found the meaning of life. plural lives play\ˈlīvz\ 1a :  the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead bodyb :  a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beingsc :  an organismic state characterized…

The present matters, too

One of the first side trips I went on while abroad this past autumn was to the Belgian capital of Brussels, a gorgeous city with a buzz unlike any other European capital. Despite being the capital city of Belgium and the home of the European parliament, there was a lax ambiance throughout the city, despite…

Generally Speaking

We all want a higher paycheck. And today, one of the best ways is to specialize, which is a fancy way of saying that you become an insufferable know-it-all in one very narrow and specific thing, like the mating habits of sea lions in Ecuador’s southern beaches and its effects on the local ecosystem. In…

When the world can help you: The case for negotiation

May 1st 1960. A U2 spyplane is flying over the Soviet Union collecting intel for the United States. The pilot, Francis Gary Powers is in command. Suddenly, he loses control of his plane. Spiralling out of control, he manages to eject, but is captured by Soviet authorities and placed under arrest. At the same time,…

Lille, ma ville

When I first arrived in Lille, I came with a suitcase, a backpack, and an eye towards the unknown. Luckily, I’d brought along a bedsheet, but had to use sweaters and sweatpants and both blankets and pillows. I knew no one and had no idea where or how to get food, much less anything else…