Challenge #1 No Smartphone, TV, or Internet

Punishment #1 - George Costanza

Reward #1 - Samsung Note 3

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Hanging With The Homeless - A Day at the Library: Challenge 1, Day 4

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #1

(Reading time: 1 minute) - Facehugger

"If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library."
- Frank Zappa

The first weekend of No Smartphone, Internet or TV has triumphantly ended. Friday I met an old friend for dinner; Saturday was filled with beer, grilling, and reminiscing with neighbors before board games to round out that night; and then Sunday saw a visit to the St. John's Town Center before cleaning out my garage. Unfortunately, I realize I won't be able to continue those activities for the full 30 days. Boredom will eventually take hold like the facehugger in Alien.

The face of boredom

I have quite a few books at home to keep my entertainment level satisfied, but those I've already read. Plus, I can't exactly get online ... Continue Reading

13 Classic Gems Found While Cleaning My Garage: Challenge 1, Day 3

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #1

(Reading time: 1 minute) - Hoarders

"There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse."
— Quentin Crisp

I can only read so much, take so many long drives around town, or talk with my wife so long before realizing, "My eyes hurt"; "What the hell are you doing? Gas costs $3.60 per gallon"; and "This conversation is just going to turn into an argument."

If you really know me then you realize how jam-packed my garage has been over the years. In my prime — between ... Continue Reading

When Fate Breaks Your Phone, Accept the Challenge: Challenge 1, Day 1

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #1

(Reading time: 1 minute) - Smashed Cell Phone

“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like.”
― Lemony Snicket

Fate has a funny, polar opposite way of either bringing you riches or kicking you square in the nuts. This is a challenge that seemed inevitable as of October 26th when fate decided to tackle me to the ground and smash the shit out of my smartphone. Literally. Except by "fate" I mean a 230 lbs. drunk Asian with a propensity to attempt ... Continue Reading

Remember the Last Time You Used T9? I Do: Challenge 1, Day 2

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #1

(Reading time: 1 minute) - Keyboard Vest

“It's supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button. ”
― John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar

Fashion foward!

Advancements in technology have allowed the QWERTY keyboard to weasel onto just about every electronic (and non-electronic) device possible these days since texting has gone from novelty to preferred communication method. There was a time when a 12-key telephone keypad served as both a dialer and a keyboard. Stick with me kids, because I'm about to blow your One ... Continue Reading

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