company ink

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officeromance.jpgBest advice I can give is “don’t dip your pen in the company ink” or more bluntly, “don’t sh!t where you eat!” If you have to have a workplace thing, here are some Dos and Don’ts from

  • Do not repeatedly ask the same co-worker to go on a date if he or she has said no even one time. No means no. Period. Move on.
  • Do get to know your potential date well before you ever go out. Sharing the same work environment means there are far more potential consequences if the date goes bad. As much as possible, know what you’re getting into.
  • Do start out slowly. If you take things slowly in the beginning, the chances of a bad ending are lessened.
  • Do agree to set up relationship rules. Here’s an example: No flirting at work.
  • Do not be afraid to talk about sexual harassment. Be open and honest with each other by candidly discussing the issues on your mind — even those that might be a bit scary to address out loud.
  • Do be ready to address the rumors in the office! Gossip thrives in every workplace, large or small. Be prepared to address the rumors with your employer. Tell the truth and promise you will keep your relationship professional when you’re at work. If you make your employer feel comfortable with the relationship, all should be fine.
  • josh on your TV

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    best-buy.jpgI’m in Toronto this week on vacation. Watching the news with my parents, a familiar face (with more hair and more chubby) came on the screen. It was a commercial I shot for Best Buy almost a year ago that’s run a few periods since. In the commercial, two guys pull into opposite parking spots and have a quick staredown. Then, it’s on! A race for the front doors with all sorts of obstacles. I’m sort of the yuppie guy with glasses and hot wife, racing a red-headed slacker guy. They actually had stunt doubles for both of us (see pic. I’m on the right.)I usually find out it’s back on again by e-mails and calls with stuff like “are you in a Best Buy commercial?” or the people who are sick of it already, “your commercial’s on again.”

    wii nerds

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    First my boss bought a Wii ”for his kids.” Lynch played it once, and had to have his own. Well, thankfully for Lynch, he doesn’t have to fret missing True Fitness workouts, as he can get the benefits at home!

    hut hut

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    carrie-stroup-football.jpgFootball season is here. Sometimes you get lucky and the woman in your life has a grasp on the basics of sports (especially hockey!) Men’s Fitness offers these tips for ’splainin’ football to a  novice in her terms:

    • Ineligible receiver: Explain the idea of a player on the offensive team who is not allowed to catch a pass by likening it to her hot-yet-married male co-worker, grad-school history professor, gay male hairstylist, or anyone else who cannot accept her passes.
    • Pump fake: Compare this QB ploy to the way women give out fake phone numbers at a bar. The point is to trick the opposing team — or persistent drunk guy — into thinking the object of their desire is actually within reach.
    • Hail Mary: This is a desperate, last-ditch effort to score — so characterize it as last call, when clueless (read: horny) patrons lob lame pickup lines toward anyone left unhitched in a final, pathetic effort to, well, score. Tell her that, like the closing-time tactic, it’s rare that this football play actually works.
    • Huddle: Explain that this is identical to female group trips to the restroom. Once there, women decide on the “play” for that evening, whether it’s calling dibs on the guys they find attractive or concocting a plan to ditch their dates.

    Dirty picture!

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    bush_portrait.jpgQuite a bit of controversy about this Bush picture by British artist Jonathan Yeo. What’s all the fuss about? Click on the pic for a bigger version. 

    common sense e-mailing

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    email.jpgMost of this is common sense, but I think it’s wise to assume any e-mail you write/receive could be read by the company.


    • Know your company’s computer-use policy and comply with it.
    • Assume you’re being monitored, and behave accordingly.
    • Never bad-mouth your company online.
    • Don’t use personal e-mail accounts or post to a blog.
    • Avoid transmitting any message that could embarrass you or others if made public.
    • Don’t think that instant messaging is less permanent than e-mail.
    • When surfing the Web, never click on something flagged NSFW (not safe for work).

    end of summer blues?

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    • Plan a special event: Do something with people whom you like. It can be a pot luck dinner at a park, a group of friends getting together for a “spa evening,” spending one evening or weekend for the “girls” or the “guys” to see a marathon of a theme of old movies or something that is different and totally fun. Are there birthdays or anniversaries or religious holidays coming up in the fall which could be used as an excuse for making the day even more special than normal? Using it as an “excuse” to go away or invite people to do something special.
    • Change your routine: If you always eat cereal for breakfast, eat French toast. Take different transportation to work. Add a workout to your routine for the great bathing suit you want to get into next summer.
    • Reach out to others: Add people to your life. Make it a point to meet a new person every week. If you always pick your kids up from school or a soccer game and don’t know the other parents you see very well, suggest a potluck dinner. Call old friends or relatives in different cities whom you haven’t seen in years and “make a date” for a longer phone call. Then have a nice visit with them without having to leave home.
    • Learn something new: Go to a bookstore or library and go to a section you don’t usually frequent. Choose a book there and read it. Learn to cook. Learn a language. Take advantage of the long evenings the fall will bring; the nights that don’t make you want to be outside, to do something constructive inside.Plan next summer: Make a list of the summer activities you wanted to do this year but didn’t get a chance to. Or the places you wanted to visit but didn’t have time or the money to do it and start planning a way to get it done next summer so you have no regrets. Put the adventure back into your life or if you never had it, begin now even if you never get away from home. It’s free, it will give you a new perspective and it will give you a break from routine.

    1st Date?

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    first-date-posters.jpgTOP TEN TURNOFFs FOR WOMEN: (Yahoo!)

    • Showing off: Maybe he owns a yacht off the coast of France. Maybe he has a timeshare in the

      Hamptons. Maybe his annual bonus is bigger than most guys’ salaries. That’s all well and good, but does it really need to be divulged on the first date?
    • Messy: A-list celebrities can pull off the unkempt look. First-daters need to pay attention to shaving, clothing and bad breath. If the guy can’t even put in the effort for a first impression, it doesn’t bode well down the road.
    • Being rude: “Where’s our drinks, lady?” If a guy treats the service staff with a lack of respect, a great gal will likely assume he’ll do the same to her someday. The last thing anyone wants is to be talked down to or disrespected.
    • He’s cheap: There will always be debate about who should pay on a first date. Some guys are traditionalists and want to foot the bill; others expect a 50-50 monetary split. In most cases, offering to pay is the way to go. Let her pick up the tab on a future date.
    • Still-married: Marriage, separation and divorce are pretty cut-and-dry terms. If a guy says he’s separated when he really means he’s cheating on his wife, it’s going to cause trouble. Be honest from the get-go and let the dating chips fall where they may.
    • Touchy-feely: Guys need to read the signals before assuming hand holding, massaging and other touchy-feely activities have the green light. Jumping too quickly to any form of intimacy can make any guy seem too aggressive.
    • Stereotyping: “Oh, you’re one of those types of women.” Jumping to conclusions about a date from the way she answers one or two questions is a definite mistake. Let the date unfold before making assumptions about someone you just met.
    • Distracted: His cell phone is ringing constantly, he’s popping away from the table every 10 minutes, and he keeps interrupting the conversation flow. First dates require focused attention — that means putting the phone on vibrate, making eye contact and being present.
    • All-Business: Some guys are great salesmen or outstanding negotiators. But there’s a time and place for business and a time and place for leisure. Guys who treat first dates like business transactions will never close the deal.
    • Nervous: He can’t sit still, he’s banging his fork on the table, and he won’t make eye contact for more than three seconds. Nervous antics are a real turnoff and make a great gal think a guy has something to hide. Work out the nervous kinks before the date starts.

    drinking tips

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    • There is no such thing as a chocolate martini.
    • There is no shame in club soda and cranberry juice.
    • Visiting the pub will be cheaper in the long run if you tip the bartender regularly and more generously than is necessary.
    • Never order a frozen drink in a place that serves pickled eggs. Actually, never order a frozen drink.
    • When throwing a party, break the seals on all liquor bottles, lest guests should hesitate to open them and come to doubt your hospitality.
    • Adopt a new favorite cocktail on a seasonal basis.
    • Drinks that give you bad breath: beer, anything sweet, anything with milk.
    • Drinks that give you good breath: gin and tonic, gimlet, vodka and cranberry, anything with citrus.
    • Decent wine costs 15 dollars. Good wine costs 35 dollars. Nobody can tell the difference.
    • Sitting at the bar works only for two people. Three or more requires a table.
    • Never utter the words I and love and you if you’ve had more than three drinks.
    • If a bartender makes you flail your arms or beg for service, well, obviously, leave.
    • Instead of trying to remember whether it’s “beer before liquor” or the other way around, just be an adult and stick to one or the other.
    • Acceptable drinks for men: beer, wine, whiskey, cocktails that are neither sweet nor made with dairy or fruit other than lime or lemon or orange.
    • Never question a woman’s drink choice.
    • If you’re the first in the group to arrive and you start a tab on your card, you deserve exactly what’s coming to you.

    It’s fun to stay at the NMKY

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    ummmm…wow. Just wow:

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