Blog Category: Relationship

I’m Easily Manipulated — Are You?

“I won’t love you unless…” “I won’t give you that promotion unless…” The manipulator is never the stranger down the street. It’s your friend, your boss, your romantic partner, your employee, your…

“I won’t love you unless…” “I won’t give you that promotion unless…” The manipulator is never the stranger down the street. It’s your friend, your boss, your romantic partner, your employee, your customer. “I can’t believe you won’t do this one thing for me…” — I have these holes and it’s hard for me to […]

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What to Do When People Hate You

I got an email, “You’re ugly. Shut the F up.” It was the first time I got hate mail. I had an opinion about the stock market, wrote it, then got this…

I got an email, “You’re ugly. Shut the F up.” It was the first time I got hate mail. I had an opinion about the stock market, wrote it, then got this email. It was 2002. I showed a friend of mine. “That’s a badge of honor. It means people are paying attention to you.” […]

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The Only Thing That Makes Me Happier

I was ashamed of everything. I moved about 100 miles away so there was no chance I could run into anyone I knew. I didn’t have a job. It was snowing every…

I was ashamed of everything. I moved about 100 miles away so there was no chance I could run into anyone I knew. I didn’t have a job. It was snowing every day. I never left my new, tiny home because I was afraid I’d cry outside. Like my dad when he had become depressed […]

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Financial Fridays: Divorce Sucks. A How-To

I never write about my ex-wife. It’s her life. But I want to write about divorce because the entire thing is a scam. As far as I can tell, the only real…

I never write about my ex-wife. It’s her life. But I want to write about divorce because the entire thing is a scam. As far as I can tell, the only real legal benefit of marriage is that you can share medical insurance if you have a regular 9-5 job. Everything else (estate planning, kids […]

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My One Year Anniversary Today – Did I Scam Her?

It was too much work trying to meet women. My sister met her and said right away, “when are you going to marry this girl?” So like any 18 year old nerdy…

It was too much work trying to meet women. My sister met her and said right away, “when are you going to marry this girl?” So like any 18 year old nerdy guy (except I was 41), I proposed fairly quickly. And right when I had the opportunity, I locked it down. Now its one […]

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How to Spy on People

“I wish I could tie her up in a closet and only open the closet when I got home,” I said to Brian. “Then I would let her out and we could…

“I wish I could tie her up in a closet and only open the closet when I got home,” I said to Brian. “Then I would let her out and we could fool around and then when we were done I’d put her back in the closet.”  I liked Brian because he was a Life […]

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When Child Prostitutes Fall In Love

In retrospect she was a high-end call girl / grad student. But who doesn’t sell themselves at some level? In almost every conversation we sell a tiny piece of ourselves. In the…

In retrospect she was a high-end call girl / grad student. But who doesn’t sell themselves at some level? In almost every conversation we sell a tiny piece of ourselves. In the bazaar of interaction, we just hope for a tiny sliver of pretty silk back. It was my very first shoot for HBO for […]

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