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By David Berry: Ever had a bad day at work? A year ago, if you’d asked me how my day was going, I’d have told you “like shit.” And that was 20 minutes before I got fired. I had just run into the CEO of my ad agency after stepping out of the elevator. “Hey, good news!” I said, feigning joy. “We just nailed down the geotargeting parameters for the (insert client name) campaign and the […]

Fired to Fired Up: 1 Year in the Making


By David Berry: In every society, children are raised with a number of cliches that allege to have baked in life lessons. They’re like our inheritance from birth, guiding pillars of wisdom that we can always cling to as emotional life rafts when things are in doubt. In the U.S., those include some true ones like “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side” or “better safe than sorry.” And those are true. You might have a […]

7 Ways Money Can Buy Happiness


By David Berry: It seems the only way to get widespread interaction with my blog these days is to take aim at cliches and mock them, then break them down. But the truth is, I do believe that the “you’ll find someone when you’re not looking” cliche is trash worth breaking down. For starters, let’s explore why someone would use this phrase in the first place (don’t worry, I’ll do the exploring for you). In nearly […]

No, You Won’t Find Someone When ‘You’re Not Looking’



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By David Berry: For my next several blog posts, I’m going to dedicate myself to shooting down dating cliches. As a man in a relationship that’s approaching eight months, I feel that I’ve earned a degree of credibility on relationships. And I have sold over 500 copies of The 10 Phases of Dating, so there’s that, as well (and a not-so-humble brag). Today’s cliche is “There are plenty of fish in the sea!” It’s a popular retort (duh, that’s why it’s […]

There are NOT Plenty of Fish in the Sea


By David Berry: I fly somewhat often; let’s say twice a month on average. And even the minutiae of the experience – like why the hell a ‘tray’ is called a ‘tray table’ or why we can’t just call ‘the bulkhead’ a wall – sends me into twitching fits of rage. Even as I sit here to write this, from the peace and placidity of my living room (Maxwell is playing on my Amazon Echo), I am reaching […]

1,000+ Words of Airline Ranting


By David Berry: This is Simon Sinek. Simon used to work at ad agencies. He’s British. He wrote three books. Now he’s a corporate motivational speaker and consultant. In addition, Simon says (hehe) that Millennials “got into honors classes and got A’s just because parents complained” and “got participation medals — a reward for coming in last.” In fact, he said that and a lot more about Millennials in this video about six months ago.

A Middle Finger to Simon Sinek & Millennial-Bashers



By David Berry: Valentine’s Day is five days away. And like all good lovers, I too will be celebrating the day as the Romans did in the 3rd century A.D. – by executing two men named Valentine in the time-tested tradition of Emperor Claudius II. Wait, that’s not what this is all about? Bravo, Russell Stover, bravo. I had no clue. Jokes aside, we all know that Valentine’s Day isn’t for slaughtering people, but we know that it is a commercial […]

Can I Be Real About Valentine’s Day for a Minute?


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By David Berry: Your Facebook ‘friends’ might have you convinced that they’ve fought tooth and nail over opposing political views and, as a result, lost friends during the presidential election. They’re full of shit. The average Facebook user has roughly 338 friends. But it seems that the people who feel they’ve lost Facebook friends  are confusing them with real friends. And let’s face it – at best, each of us is lucky to have 10 friends. […]

You Didn’t Lose Any Friends During the Election


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By David Berry: Valentine’s Day can be traced back to a bunch of guys named ‘Valentine’ who were martyrs for Christianity back in the first century. That’s your history lesson for the day. And I love a lot of you, but I’m not about to get mauled to death to prove it. And that whole martyrdom story more or less validates the title of this blog – Valentine’s Day is Bullshit. I’ve known that for a […]

Valentine’s Day is Bullshit



Hey, people! I was sifting through unpublished blog posts (turns out, there are dozens) and came across one that, unfortunately, always seems to be in season. It was a tad engrossing to look back on this post, which I believe is close to 18 or 19 months old and compare it to my current situation, which thankfully is much different, much healthier. Nevertheless, breakups suck ass. Oddly enough, I wrote a blog that started similarly to […]

Lost Files: The Autopsy of a Breakup