On Brown Bagging It

I bring in my lunch most every day, usually focusing on a salad and a couple pieces of fruit since my sedentary desk job and proclivity for fancy beers means I always can stand to lose a few. My main problem is that if any one of my coworkers suggests making a run to one of the few local restaurants I'll immediately agree and abandon my brown bag for another day. I've done the Sunday slow cooker thing but I've had little luck in finding something relatively healthy that I actually enjoy eating more than once. My last tikka masala recipe turned out decidedly mediocre and then I was stuck with four days worth of it.

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 2:12 pm 0

On Hey, Wait, I've Got a New Complaint

A local burrito chain opened a store a mile away from my place and I got into the habit of stopping in occasionally after late nights in the office. Having worked in food service during college I knew to stick with take out close to closing but after two consecutive terrible burritos slopped together by surly staff I was done with them. Instead of posting a bitchy Yelp review I sent an email to the company telling them about it. A day later I received a response from one of the owners apologizing and assuring me of a change of management at that location, followed by a couple free burrito vouchers.

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 10:37 am 0

On "Shortsighted, Cheap, and Unethical: Cash Only."

@erinep the Harmony Bar walnut burger is my favorite sandwich in all of Madison. I've never ordered it without an accompanying order of hot chips either.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm 0

On The Economics of Reclining Seats During Flights

I've never once reclined on a flight, not for any moral Golden Rule stance but mostly because I apparently always sit upright. I'm never enthralled when someone reclines in front of me but I'm just average height so it's not like my knees are bearing the brunt. I do seem to have poor luck in timing as I've been knocked in the forehead by a reclining seat on multiple occasions while leaning down to get something from my bag.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0

On Why We Live Where We Live

@Stina I'm just outside of Madison myself, born at St. Mary's and raised in Green County. I can't see leaving either, though the state politics and incessant construction severely test my patience. Whenever I get the itch I take a trip somewhere. This year I've done Boston, New Orleans (x2), and Houston on top of regularly working in the Chicago and Minneapolis metro areas, but I always get lonesome for home after around five days. I figure that if I ever get to the point where I'm not relieved to be back in Madison I should start considering it seriously.

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm 0

On Our Email Addiction After Work Hours

I'm absolutely terrible about checking my email after hours. It's to the point where my phone is the last thing I look at before falling asleep and the first thing I grab in the morning (granted, it is also my alarm). I'm also leaving for vacation tomorrow and I'll be bringing both my phone and my tablet so I can keep up on things while I'm out.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm 0

On Hustles

It's not quite a hustle since I never sell anything, but I'm constantly amazed by the perfectly good stuff my neighbors throw out in my apartment building. Several times a year I'll find boxes of cleaning products or lamps with functioning CFL bulbs just sitting in the dumpster area. Usually this is around the end of the month when someone is moving out. My sister is a kindergarten teacher and I've outfitted her classroom with Rubbermaid storage containers, a Casio keyboard (still in its box), a set of four steel folding chairs, and strings of Christmas lights, all courtesy of my neighbors.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm 1

On How a Stanford Professor Made A Really Good One-Cup Coffee Maker

I'm a fan of mine as well, though I haven't incorporated it into my daily routine as I'm less of a "one cup" and more of a "full thermos" guy. It's perfect for the weekends though.

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm 0

On Workplace Thievery

I've got a number of pens and notepads from the office scattered throughout my car and apartment and I've burned a few CD-Rs for my friends using the office supply. I also have pilfered a stamp or two over the years for thank you letter to my grandparents. Aside from that I'm pretty clean. The biggest theft of which I'm guilty is wasting time. Back in my college days I worked at a deli and while the owner did tell me that I was to pay for my own meals (discounted 50%) I only did that on the first night. After night two I was duly informed by the other managers that on-duty employees weren't expected to pay so long as they didn't take the full dinner break or leave. Basically the trade-off was that you stuck around in the store so you could help out in a rush and in return you could make yourself a sandwich or have some soup. After a few months there was little on the menu that even appealed to me anymore, so I'd say my employer made out in the long run.

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm 0

On A Triple Feature for When You're Feeling 30(ish) and Not Flirty and Not Thriving :/

I do love Revolution Brewing. I've got a growler that I refill from time to time, and I once had a very tasty bacon & egg sandwich at the bar.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm 0