Wednesday, May 14, 2014


I was quickly walking to yet another meeting at work yesterday and had just taken the first bite out of an apple when I saw this image above the trash area. 

I then automatically threw the rest of my perfectly good apple into the garbage can without even questioning my decision. It was the same kind of thing that happens when the doctor taps my knee with that weird little piano hammer; a grown man who can't even control his own leg. 

I think all of the meetings to plan the next meetings that will lead to even more meetings are slowly turning me into a mindless automaton. 

ps: While I was in the meeting, all I could think about was how hungry I was and how I wished I had not robot-tossed that apple. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Church Social - Invitation

I was asked to write up a brief (2 sentence) invitation to our annual church fall social. This will be printed on small cards and passed around at church and around our neighborhood. The NecktieNinja never does anything half way. Here is what I submitted. I'll let you know if they end up using my write up or not:

"Come one, come all to the Hockinson Ward fall festival of delight for Autumn-Halloweeny type games and food with harvest themed decorations and splendid company of friends, complete with a chili cook off competition to be judged by impartial persons of the most incorruptible nature and unmistakable integrity; all with the glorious purpose of celebrating our Hockinson Ward unitedness and wonderment. 

Bring your friends."

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Interior Decorating, Office Edition

We spend so much time at work that decorating our work space to our own liking makes sense but some people take their office decorating to the extreme. I knew a guy from Chicago who liked comic books because of a comment he had made over the phone once or twice but I didn't know how serious he was about it until I saw his office on a business trip. It looked liked every Comic-Con ever combined in one single cubicle.

If the NecktieNinja were to have an office, this video describes what it would be like. If I missed any details, please leave a comment so I can post them in the 2nd edition of this video.
If you're curious what my real office looks like, here is what it contains; very simple.
 - An HTS book (
 - A dozen or so international trade books
 - Some drawings my daughter made for me
- 3 Family photos
- A small statue of the "Prayer at Valley Forge"
- An HP12C finance calculator