The SF Giants blew a big lead last night, ending their postseason aspirations and the (admittedly annoying but fun-to-use) #BeliEVEN streak. A close friend is leaving my company. Another close friend is leaving California. I started my day explaining sexism to a stranger on Facebook, who — of all weeks to do it — made a chauvinistic comment about me on a friend’s status.
What’s the best way to get out of a slump? I find it helps to help others. It provides perspective and reminds me there are MUCH bigger problems in the world than mine. Here are some ideas:
- Help Devastated Haiti: Hurricane Matthew spared most of my friends and family, thank God, but the impoverished Haitian nation was deeply affected. While I’m not the biggest fan of all of these charities, The Weather Channel’s site lists a bunch of ways to help send relief to a country still recovering from a 2010 earthquake.
- Walk to End Alzheimer’s: You may recall my plea back in January to #BringDuaneHome, as my friend Dierdre’s family fought for custody of their longtime foster child. While they’ve made leaps in that struggle, Deirdre’s dad is now fighting Early Onset Alzheimer’s. Her family will walk on October 29 and raise money to help find a cure. I can’t imagine the pain of a parent not remembering, and I can’t think of more selfless people than Deirdre’s family. You can click here to help.
- Ken Bone Needs a New Suit: If you have any money left to spare, throw a couple coins to Sunday night’s debate hero: Ken Bone. His snazzy red sweater became the talk of Twitter, but it wasn’t his first choice for wardrobe. Turns out his olive suit split in the pants on his way to the debate! Help Ken Bone get a new suit, won’t you?
- “Welcome to My House” – Flo Rida: My mom’s house — and countless others — were on my mind a lot the past week with Hurricane Matthew on his way. Naturally, this song came to mind. Bonus points because Flo Rida’s name on its own calls to mind many memories. Who doesn’t hear this and just automatically want to dance?
You know it’s been a crazy couple of weeks at work when you have recurring dreams … about work. The only way to combat such nonsense? Let’s start with these four highlights:
- “The Great Gatsby”: Despite touting its soundtrack as the best of 2013, I hadn’t seen the Baz Luhrmann masterpiece until recently. It’s a visual spectacle and takes F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s narrative to explosive, extravagant new heights.
- Aziz Ansari’s Love Advice: I can’t wait to read the undoubtedly hilarious writing debut from Ansari, called “Modern Romance.” Till then, BuzzFeed graciously cooridinated a Q&A sesh that doesn’t disappoint.
- Warriors Win!: I was thrilled to have both of my Bay Areas in the playoffs recently, but sadly the Lightning didn’t pull through against the Blackhawks. Thankfully, the Warriors brought home a trophy for the first time in 40 years — what a sight to see!
- “GDFR” – Flo Rida f. Sage the Gemini & Lookas: This song should be in the dictionary next to “pump-up jam.” Whether you’re hitting the gym or the bar, you just feel like you can take on the world after hearing this one.
From bills to deadlines to home repairs, I’ve been so productive lately that it’s kind of scaring me into speechlessness.
… Just kidding, you think I’d leave you all hanging? I know you’re only sticking around for the WOs. And who am I to keep those from you?:
- Super Bowl Blvd.: We’re gearing up for Super Bowl in NY/NJ this year, and next week’s festivities throughout Times Square are really exciting. From a 60-foot toboggan slide to a ton of cool events at Macy’s, it’s bound to be a blast.
- A Snowstorm: More than a foot of snow covered the northeast, which was pretty for about an hour before it just got gross. At least the only real suffering was with overcrowded trains and terrible traffic. Phew!
- “Forrest Gump”: Being snowed in does have its benefits, like VH1 movie marathons. If you don’t love this movie, then you are decidedly un-American. That’s all I have to say about that.
- Workaholics on “Conan”: I’m always obsessed with these guys, but they took it to an all-new level with ridiculous antics on Conan’s late-night show. For the millionth time, Adam Devine, will you marry me?