Monday, November 23, 2009

Anyone for an AdultBjörn?

Who else thinks BabyBjörn missed out on an amazing marketing opportunity when they decided not to make an AdultBjörn?

Seriously. Life would be so much easier if I had someone to carry me around all day in a little shoulder hammock. I could even sleep while in transit.

Want to go to the mall, work, the in-laws, a concert, the DMV??

Sure! I'll get my Björn!

So, what makes babies so special that they get to have all the comforts of life? Why can't we adults have the same transport options?

The time for an AdultBjörn is now! Of course, it would probably be hard to convince other folks to carry us, but we'll get there when we get there.

In the meantime, I'll be designing my own personal Björn. Soon BabyBjörn will be sorry they never expanded beyond the baby market.

Photo Credit: Sean Dreilinger

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What's your name again?

Every now and then I'll meet someone, exchange pleasantries and then promptly forget my new acquaintance's name. In some cases, I'm so busy fretting about how to make a great first impression, I never commit their name to memory in the first place, ironically condemning myself to a slew of future awkward encounters.

People tend to be forgiving about name reminders if it's your second meeting. But, at some point, the thought of asking becomes so embarrassing that you'd rather go on for the rest of your life saying "Hey there! How are you doing?" than actually broach the subject.

So, what is the point of no return? Is it after one meeting, two, three?

I tend to think you're in trouble if you haven't figured it out by the third encounter. In which case, I highly recommend adopting a nickname for your new friend to hide the fact that you're an idiot.

Here are just a few endearing nicknames you might use:
  • Chief
  • Captain
  • Love
  • Buddy
  • Bro
  • Shorty
  • Man
  • Sport
  • You
  • Pal
  • Jam Master J
Of course, if the person in question has a distinguishing feature, you might model a save-your-ass nickname after this trait. For example, you might call someone with red hair, "Ol' Red" or if they're retaining water, you might call them "Cankles."

What works for you?

Photo Credit: ~BostonBill~