"The label you give yourself cannot impact external forces that are not motivated by your own psychology or influenced by a third party's pre-existing consciousness of you. We are all presented with reasons to struggle which come from completely external forces; to pretend that one is not struggling is either arrogance or an admission of defeat. To admit that one is struggling is a sign and a source of strength." - Evan A. Baker

Monday, March 1, 2010


I need a few conversation starters for a project I'm excited about. I'll let you know more as I go, but for now, I need your help!

I need any topic, whether happy or sad, that could start a million stories between you and your friends. 

For instance,

You know that "Third Date Rule?"
Remember meeting a significant other's parents for the first time?
What about that time you sat next to a person on the airplane who has really bad gas?

The more specific you are, the better.

And thank you!


  1. Terrible music selections by work partners, and the crappy music endured in forced working environments, and the fantasies that bad music can lead to ...

    People who can't follow the directions in the airport security lines, and the chaos that ensues...

    College drinking stories - EVERYONE has a college drinking story - even if it's not about them.

    I suddenly feel inexplicably vulnerable. Am I the only person that thinks about these things??

  2. No RadBrad, these are PERFECT! Thank you! Anyone else?

  3. Things that happen at family reunions, vacations gone wrong...or really well, people trying extreme sports for the first time...or any new hobby for the first time, bad dates or surprisingly good pick up lines...

  4. Blind Dates that leave you wondering if you're "friend" that hooked you up on it is really a friend.... hmmmmm

    When you start realizing you are turning into your Mother OMG HELP someone... anyone?

    Driving Stories/ road rage...

    Customer Service Employees SMH... What handbook are they reading these days... I thought the job title gives a pretty good description of what is expected, (this might just in NYC) but why are most customer service reps RUDE!!!

    Good Luck with your project.

  5. Job interview gone really wrong: show up at wrong place, fall down and tear skirt, late for real interview, so out of sorts say all wrong things, at the end find out spinach in teeth...egads.

    Find out your dog walker has been using your computer for porn and whacking off in your shower (don't laugh, this really happened to me and is a future blog in the making over on my site). But you can have all the fun with it you want.

    Find out you and a new girlfriend share an ex-boyfriend. That's always fun.

    See the announcement in the newspaper that your first love is getting married. Another treat.

    Get an invitation to the above wedding. Say what?

    To play dirty or not to get that promotion at work? You know the competition will in a heartbeat and you have the ammo. Do you use it?

    Hope that helps. I only have 35 minutes before "24" comes on and I have to get my one hour fix of Jack Bauer and there is still so much reading and commenting to do. I know your project will be great!

  6. Find out about a bad job experience. Just about everyone has had a crappy job before.

  7. Just came across the ol' blog and while this may be a moot point, I had a pretty funny one.

    In college every day before my acting class started, there were 2 guys that I became friends with who always had a conversation that they called Hitman Dad. In this conversation, each instance revolved around whether one would rather have a dad who is X (wherein X is an infinite number of potential rolls) or is a hitman and the various complexities of comparing those two jobs. So would one rather have a dad who owns a bakery and can give you free pastries until you die of cardiac joy, or who is, you know, a hitman?

    Unless you're talking to one of those 2 guys (or myself somehow), I can almost guarantee it will be a first for those around you.


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