Category: Joe Grace Columns

Do Us a Flavor, Lay's: Don't let the chicken and waffles potato chip abomination continue

Do Us a Flavor, Lay's: Don't let the chicken and waffles potato chip abomination continue
It started innocently enough. A co-worker told me I needed to stop by another co-worker’s cubicle and try the potato chips he had. Sure, I thought. I don’t really eat potato chips, but one wasn’t going to hurt me. So, I wandered toward the co-worker’s cubicle to discover what potato chippy wonders were waiting for... Read more »

Jury duty is like math class, and not in the fun, sexy way

Jury duty is like math class, and not in the fun, sexy way
Here in the United States, people have the opportunity to be judged by their peers rather than by some supervisory body such as Congress, which – given its record for coming to consensus – would result in a hung jury in perpetuity. This sounds kind of cool until you get stabbed by a corporation run... Read more »

Chronic kidney disease and me: A love story of sorts

I recently celebrated the second anniversary of the ER trip that ultimately led to me being diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease – IgA nephropathy – with another trip to the doctor for my usual 4-to-6 month checkup. My kidneys – while permanently damaged (I picture them looking like a Dick Tracy bad guy now)... Read more »
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Coca-Cola joins fight against obesity; Little Debbie to soon enter the battle, as well?

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Soda is my drink of choice – one I’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit for years now. But – according to a new ad campaign from Coca-Cola that you can view above – perhaps I’ve been looking at its products wrong all these years. The company offers 180 low and no-calorie choices! It’s a veritable fountain... Read more »

My war with the coffee maker ... or how the roast was won

My war with the coffee maker ... or how the roast was won
I’m trying to eat at home more, which means writing my morning post in our living room rather than at my usual coffee shop haunt close to my job in the suburbs. Today was my first day trying this. So – of course – today was the day the coffee maker decided it didn’t want... Read more »

Sesame Street tackles divorce: 3 reasons this is a good thing

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Divorce is a tough subject to talk about, especially with kids. Sesame Street is taking on the challenge, though, with its newest series, which you can view highlights of in the above video. Both of my parents have been divorced twice. My mother and father divorced when I was a two. My mother and first... Read more »
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Python hunting in Florida: 5 reasons it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea

Python hunting in Florida: 5 reasons it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
Pythons are not animals to be messed with it. They are big. They are scary. They are quite capable of eating a small human. Do you know what else fits these categories? Lions, great white sharks, velociraptors and oversized zombies – all creatures I consider incredibly stupid to hunt. But unlike the others I just... Read more »

Butt-related disorders, running with Santa Claus and the unpredictability of life

Butt-related disorders, running with Santa Claus and the unpredictability of life
In the past week, I ran a 5K dressed as Santa Claus and hung out in an ER after convincing myself I was dying from a butt-related disorder. Life at age 31 is just as unpredictable as it ever was. I should explain. I like a bit of unpredictability in my life. A random hot... Read more »

A few Election Day thoughts regarding the future and presidential robots

A few Election Day thoughts regarding the future and presidential robots
It’s Election Day in America. (Cue patriotic music.) As some point tonight (oh, please don’t let this drag out past tonight), half of America will be disappointed and upset. Maybe it will those crazy liberals. Maybe it will be those crazy conservatives. The other half will be exuberant. But then tomorrow, life goes on. As... Read more »
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How the chicken dance can help U.S. politicians to finally start to work together again

How the chicken dance can help U.S. politicians to finally start to work together again
Yesterday, I decided to conduct an experiment any mad scientist would be proud of – on my commute to and from work I listened to both conservative and progressive radio, switching between the two about every 15 minutes. I wanted to hear both views of Tuesday night’s presidential debate. My experiment’s conclusion? I needed two... Read more »