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Random Things

I know, I know.

I need to post more often. I have a few ideas knocking around in my head, just need to find a pair of tines to yank them out and splash them on the blog.

For example, I have ‘incredible’ ideas on Movie Lists and posting a ‘few’ photos from recent trips (maybe not so recent anymore – from 2016 and early 2017…haha).

Despite what’s lacking here, I haven’t been slacking!

I’ve been writing a bit about living in Washington, DC at this blog: A DC Journey (https://adcjourney.com/). (Get it? This blog is called ‘A Random Journey’…and frankly gets fairly random.)

Or if you don’t like words, follow photos: https://www.instagram.com/adcjourney/

But soon, the ideas convalescing in my head will get their day in court!


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Discovering new things.

Enjoying a Snow Day.

Ice cold beer after a long hike.

Eating damn good food.

An engaging book.

A sing-along anthem where everybody knows the words.

Being outside.

Getting licked in the face by a wiener dog. Okay, it can be a different kind of dog, if that’s your thing.

Sitting around a campfire, making up ghost stories with nowhere else to be.

The first bite of a fresh chocolate chip cookie. Or a s’more if that’s all you got.

Pushing yourself to new heights.

Making something you like, that other people also like.

Sand between the toes.

White Beach


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One Day Hike 2015
One Day Hike

I trust you were NOT tempted, but somehow managed to accidentally click the link anyway.

Okay. That’s on you. As long as you’re here…

As some of you may recall, I started writing about life on the edge (okay, living in DC…) on the blog, ParkLife DC.

So far I haven’t been asked to guest on any morning shows or had Jon Stewart lampoon me on The Daily Show.

But the blog about DC is young*.

I’ve written concert reviews and about other interesting ‘topics’ over the last few months.

Shall we have a look at a few of them? That’s okay with you, right?


Things I wrote, that I like

My 4th attempt at the annual 50K One Day Hike. How did I do? Should you try it next year?

Drinking and walking. A robust way to enjoy the breweries of DC.


Concert reviews I wrote

Here I pontificate about Mumford & Sons’ show at Merriweather:

Here I look up to The Tallest Man on Earth at Lincoln Theatre:

This one gives the impression I liked The Ting Tings’ show at the 9:30 Club:


Things I wrote about speakeasys and drinking (this is not a theme…)

Harold Black with Jim Beam:

The Speak with cocktails:


Clicked through all those already?

How about some other examples of not-made-for-primetime reviews…

The Juan Maclean Band:



That’s all I have for you today. Check back in later. We’ll reminisce.


*Only five weeks left to get on Jon Stewart’s radar before he leaves The Daily Show! The pressure is on!

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From strength to strength – I assume this means to turn something robust into something fractionally more robust? Robuster.

Astonishing – There are astonishingly few reasons to use this word. Think about it. Are you not astonished at how amazing my observations are?

New normal – I prefer ‘old abnormal’. In that, everything old is new again. Hmmm… I hope this blurb isn’t indicative of how things turn out.

Touch base – Unless you’re trying to get to 2nd base on the 1st date, avoid the literal use of this term. Oh and hey girl, how you doing?

Agile – When you use this in the context of describing a large organization, I suggest you reevaluate your understanding of how a large organization works. What’s the opposite of agile? Lumbering? Glacial?

Slacktivism – Please like this post on Facebook to save the whales.  Or whatever.

Manspreading – Seriously, the boys need to breathe. However, no one needs to talk about it, so stop spreading the news.

Selfie stick – Banned from the Smithsonian! Excellent. Even more reason to like museums.

Burning platform – Is it for motivating people to jump higher in a crisis, or just an agile metaphor on the new normal? I’ll touch base with you when I find out. (P.S. I won’t.)

Cascading – This could be my favorite word. Ever. Cascading communication to staff via line management is the most efficient means to reach everyone. It moves from strength to strength, is burning, unslackerish and is both the new and the old normal. Now allow me introduce you to a cool word, ‘sarcasm’, and then bid you adieu.

Al desko – This means eating lunch at your desk. I’ll give whomever coined this phrase points for trying, but if I hear anyone using it, I’ll cascade a few slaps to your bases (I mean, faces).

I am not an expert but… – No kidding. But I did sleep at a Holiday Inn last night, so everything I’ve written here can only be construed as pure gold.

Enjoy previous posts in the seriously world-class and impactful ‘Words To Never Use’ series. Patent not pending. All rights reserved, except if drinking a pint. Please consult your neighborhood pub before maturing your pain points.



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Last November, a friend and I started writing a blog about life in Washington, D.C.

It’s called Parklife DC. (Site: www.parklifedc.com or Twitter: @ParkLifeDC)

The goal is to report on and review what’s happening in DC. From concerts, to restaurants, to events, to fun activities, to sports and anything in between.

The name Parklife comes from the Blur song of the same name, and refers to how DC is dotted with green parks and neighborhoods with ‘park’ in the name. Neighborhoods like Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, LeDroit Park and Glover Park, to name a few.

It should be an interesting endeavor, and not nearly as random as this blog, which I will continue to post to (sorry, you’re not getting rid of me!).

Here is a sampling of posts I’ve written:

Music Park: The Concert for Valor takes over the National Mall — 11/11/14


Food Park: Copycat Co. Enters the H Street Fray


Submitted For Your Approval: Little Free Libraries in DC



‘All the people
so many people
they all go hand in hand
hand in hand through their parklife’ – Blur

This is DC

This is DC

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Most of the words in our workplace are boring. So we borrow, reuse and invent new ones to amuse ourselves.

We try to make our work sound more important than it really is. All we end up with is obfuscation.

Co-creation – You create something by yourself. You writers and painters and developers and creative people. Then you get feedback and input that either dumbs it down or turns it into something no longer interesting. Co-creation = obfuscation. Don’t be a co-creationist.

Passion – The meaning is clear. Use only for it’s intended purpose. ‘She’s passionate about Twitter.’ Meh. ‘His passion for taking selfies is unmatched.’ No way. ‘He has a passion for writing.’ Better. ‘The young lover’s fiery, unquenchable passion for each other was palpable.’ Good. Also, sorry for injecting this post with YA romance.

Go pear-shaped – The shape of a pear is natural. Something you screwed up? Also natural. And typical you. Just don’t blame the pear.

World-class – The biggest humble brag any organization can say about itself. And many do. Classy.

Farm-to-table – As opposed to ‘Hydroponics room-to-table’? ‘Test tube-to-table’? I hope you washed the pears before you put them on my table.

Curate – As in curate content for social media. Sounds exciting. It’s not. Curating paintings and artifacts for a museum? Somewhat exciting. Curating lost treasure from the bottomless fathoms of the sea? Damn exciting.

Landscaping – If your garden or lawn needs work, landscape it. If your work needs review and analysis, tend to it.

Manscaping – Visualize the implications of this word. You are welcome.

Adorbs – No. If you are too lazy to write actual words like ‘adorable’, please stop writing. Thx! Xs & Os!

To ballpark (something) – Use ‘estimate’ already! You play the great game of baseball in a ballpark. Don’t sully this word.

Game changer – Anything you call a ‘game changer’ is an exaggeration. The games have already been changed. Just start playing. Start with baseball.

Future proof – The future is immune to your proofing. Even futurists get it wrong. I predict.

Pain points – My pain point is that I have to write these world-class, game changing lists. I ballpark that I can curate a few more. The English language is ever ripe for abuse. And I am passionate about landscaping the pear-shapedness of how obfuscated this co-creationism has become.

You are adorbs!


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Just when you thought it was safe to stay inside, Tweetnado strikes!

My random goal in March was to use Twitter until it went out of style. Done.

I also flung a frenzy of feckless content at you, like a monkey with his feces.


March Goal: Post 186 tweets on three accounts (Read the full goal)


  • @ARandomJourney = 97 tweets
  • @UW_DCDawgs = 30 tweets
  • @ProgEffective = 67 tweets

Grand total: 194

Result: Success!


What did I learn?

Not much. No surprise, I’m not much for learnings.


What will I do about it?

I don’t anticipate being any sort of amazing Twitterer. 4-5 tweets a day? Forget it. I’ll keep at it, but it will come in bursts and spurts of inspiration.

I’ll keep punishing the @UW_DCDawgs account with updates of our sports teams and upcoming alumni activities. Lucky you.

I’ll use my personal account @ARandomJourney for good old-fashioned randomness, but I won’t go out of my way to post like I did in March.


What was my favorite tweet in March?



What sucked?

My @ARandomJourney account was HACKED. Those bastards.

The virus sent a crappy tweet to every one of my followers. I had to change my password, apologize (hate doing that) and DELETE over 100 tweets! Bah!


What else?

43 total new followers across all three accounts.

I coined the term ‘tweetnado’. I presume.


Tweet it out!


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