Category: Adam in Public

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Adam in Public – Checkout Line Awkward Run-in

It’s that time again, pull up a chair and put on your Snuggie, it’s time for another awkward run in… — Last December I went into my local super business store to buy large boxes for some orders I needed to ship. As I was checking out, the counter person and I had a glorious exchange. I could tell when I arrived at the desk I was dealing with a serious, no-nonsense operator just like me. Important: From here on...

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Filet of Fireworks: A Fourth of July Story

Here we are again, another quick spin around the sun and we are back to the Fourth of July(eve). Not only do I celebrate our countries independence I also celebrate the night I did not die in a head-on collision with a full grown cow. Wait, what? Yep, head-on. See the below equation for “clarity”: Me + Honda Accord + Dark and Hilly Road + Huge Cow – My Nerves = Craziness === Let me take you back…the year was 2012. I...

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Summer Travel With Kids – A Story Of What Not To Do

Summer travel with kids is not for the faint of heart. Anything can happen, lives will change, allegiances will be tested, and someone will get thrown up on, mark it down. It’s Murphy’s Law hopped up on Lucky Charms. My father-in-law always says it’s a vacation if you go without kids and it’s a trip if you go with kids… But this story from two summers ago, oh this story, I just got chills. It’s about a family of plucky...

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I Was the Victim of a Crime, Sort of, Not Really, It’s Mostly True

So, weird stuff always happens to me. As an introvert, private rule follower, and overall quiet person you would think it would be just the opposite…a quiet life. It was high noon on a crisp fall day a couple of short years ago. I decided to drive through McDonald’s for a health drink (Large DDP) on my way back to the office. However, at the ripe old’ age of 32, I felt the urge to visit the little boy’s room....

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Sneezing Ain’t Easy

I’m a weird sneezer. I have a history of snotty situations. The truth is finally out, just like my powerful sneeze, what a relief. When I feel the over powering urge to sneeze I must respond immediately. I mean IMMEDIATELY! The window for sneeze success is smaller than my wife’s patience for my rambling when she is ready to go to sleep. Razor thin. With the skill of a master surgeon, I fire through some very essential steps and finely...

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A Not So Simple Act Of Kindness

This morning on my way to work I stopped for a delicious breakfast sandwich at the local health food drive-thru. After pulling up to window number one with my money ready for payment, the smiling cashier informed me that my meal was paid for by the kind woman two cars ahead. But, why? What was her angle? Was she just nice? No one is nice anymore, right? So, not to be “out-niced” by this generous person I quickly and way...

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The Smelly Joys of Parenting

Not too long ago Amanda and her giant heart were helping in Davis’ class at school so I worked from home for a bit while Bennett took his afternoon power nap after he finished CrossFit and some light origami. After he woke up I changed his diaper and we were playing ball on the floor waiting for everyone to get home. I started to notice a smell. Not strong, definitely not savory, and it was building strength… This isn’t the...

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Adam in Public – Dr’s Office Run-In

I am at the Dr’s office. When I came in there was an older lady huffing and puffing about the wait time. Since I am like a five-year-old I always just start talking. EVERY TIME! When I am in a tense or slightly awkward social situation, do I shut up? No, of course not, I start yapping away like there is a bomb to be diffused and the only way to clip the red and green wires is to talk them...

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Don’t Bring a Motorcycle to a Minivan Fight

Due to the current freezing temperatures, I felt it necessary to tell a short summer story. A story of warm air and windows down, one of hope and minimal allergies. It was a delightful summer night. The type of night that could bring world peace. The air was cold enough to refresh but warm enough to comfort. The kids and I loaded into our minivan, our four-wheeled and slightly aerodynamic steed. I don’t remember where we were headed. On beautiful...

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Adam in Public – A Snotty Situation

I am having some work done on my car. Tires needed some attention so I thought I would drop it off at the tire shop and slide next door to the local health food restaurant (Braums) for lunch while I wait. Great plan you say…it was moving along swimmingly…I had a lovely health food lunch (Burger and small shake…I’m not an animal) and was listening to an audiobook while working on my laptop when it happened… It’s not too busy...

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