A few years ago I worked as a Computer Field Support Engineer for a Nuclear Reservation Site. This meant that I drove around the 500 or so square acres, fixing computer-related issues that had been escalated or needed a hands-on solution. This also led to a passive-aggressive tech war with another engineer.
At least one of the workers there, let’s call her Linda, did not like me very much. She said I tried to make her look bad.
I didn’t, but I did outwork her on occasion.
Field Support Engineers averaged between 3–5 issues resolved a day. That’s not terrible…
You read that title right. I memorized pi to 100 digits during a short layover in an airport — and I did it for fun. Yes, I hear some of you whispering and calling me a nerd, but you’re wrong.
I’m not a nerd; I’m a geek with social skills. And, I can teach you how to memorize numbers also, by adapting a method created by Dominic O’Brien.
Even though I claim not to be a nerd, this article is part of a book I wrote on how to memorize a deck of cards. …
Dear My Loving Wife,
I have no plans of leaving this plane of existence anytime soon. You never know, though. I could be in a car accident, have a bone lodge in my throat, or the wrong person could cough on me.
It’s a dangerous world.
If I die, I want you to be happy. You deserve love and happiness and pleasure.
It’s okay with me if you remarry. You may do so with my blessing.
You may honor them or not. And if you don’t honor them, you may still remarry. Just maybe not with my blessing.
I put off an About Me story, first because I didn’t know what to say and then because I couldn’t decide what to leave out.
We all have a multitude of stories.
For this post, I decided to tell the complicated one about admitting I was a writer then how I later became one.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself.
(I am large, I contain multitudes.) — Walt Whitman
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then. I contradict myself.
(No, I don’t. Yes, I do. Hush, you.) — Scott Hughey
I was adopted, along with my…
To the gentleman at table #5:
You’ve just ordered a 12-ounce ribeye steak. It’s usually a fine choice. The high-fat content makes the steak tender and juicy, cooked in its own juices. When prepared properly, you’ll find it perfectly seared and exploding with flavor.
Except, you ordered it well-done.
I immediately knew several things.
An Open Letter To My Reading & Writing Community
Hello, writing world. It’s me — a writer who fell off the writer’s wagon.
Wait. Is there such a thing as a writer’s wagon? And I forget… are you supposed to stay on a wagon or off? Let’s say staying on it is good. I fell off and got caught under the wheels.
I need a better analogy. Sorry. It’s been a while.
I left you. That’s all. And I’m sorry. It just kind of happened. Or, did it?
I’ve gone back and forth deciding, whether I believe it is a…
Dear Toyota Camry,
When I rented you, the associate told me:
“With this insurance, you could walk back in with just a steering wheel and you’d be in the clear.”
That’s not the first time, or even the tenth time, a car rental worker has told me this. My company uses top-notch service.
I never wanted to test the theory but here we are.
Like yesterday, talking with my friend, Beth.
Beth: Did you have an easy trip?
Me: Not really. I felt like I got hit by a truck.
Beth: Why? What happened?
Me: … I got hit by…
I despise movie reviews that are nothing more than glorified plot synopsizes.
They feel lazy. Why write an in-depth analysis of a film when saying, “This happened, then that happened, then this-n-that happened,” is ten times easier?
The answer, of course, is it’s ten times easier.
I was so blown away by the movie Nobody that I had to review it immediately. Guess what my initial outline looked like? You guessed it.
This happened, then that happened, then this-n-that happened. I may be paraphrasing.
Movie reviewers can do better. I can do better.
I’ve broken down this review into five…
Google “How to Keep a Secret,” and you’ll find that the top advice is never tell it to anyone.
Why? The more people that know a secret, the more likely it is that others will find it out.
This will shock many of you, but passwords are a secret you keep between yourself and your computer. Also, password is, in fact, a terrible password.
It’s bad enough that people continue to use easily guessed passwords like 123456 or picture1. They also share them with others or keep them in easily accessible places.
Passwords are your first line of defense against…