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Erik Deckers
Works at Pro Blog Service
Attended Ball State University
Lives in Oviedo, FL
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Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?
Hey, Karl, here's a deep philosophical question for you: is a hot dog a sandwich? "What? What the hell kind of question is that?" Karl turned and faced me. "That may be one of the dumbest things you've ever asked me." Oh yeah? Then answer the question. We w...
Hey, Karl, here's a deep philosophical question for you: is a hot dog a sandwich? "What? What the hell kind of question is that?" Karl turned and faced me. "That may be one of the dumbest things you've ever asked me." Oh yeah...
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I do enjoy a good hot dog. NYC may have the pizza and bagels but nobody touches Chicago for hot dogs. I need to get out there and get me a Portillo's dog. I miss it.
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Southern IN Schools May Drop Valedictorians, Hand Out Participation Trophies
Imagine a competition where a winner is never crowned. Instead, the top 10 percent of all finishers are given a hearty pat on the back and warm congratulations. Imagine an Olympics, where no one received a gold, silver, or bronze medal, but instead, all thr...
Imagine a competition where a winner is never crowned. Instead, the top 10 percent of all finishers are given a hearty pat on the back and warm congratulations. Imagine an Olympics, where no one received a gold, silver, or br...
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Nyet, My Column Was Not Hacked by Russian Spies
Hello, my fellow Americans! It is I, Erik Deckers, your favorite humorous columnist from the Middle West. I have been reading in your — I mean, our — liberal American media about how Russian hackers have tried to hack into the New York Times and other media...
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That's Not a Bat, This is a Bat
Erik is out of the office this week, so we are reprinting a column from 2004. Since the Olympics are going on, it's a sports-related column. Sort of. Teaching is a noble profession, one that should attract the best and brightest to a rewarding career of sha...
Erik is out of the office this week, so we are reprinting a column from 2004. Since the Olympics are going on, it's a sports-related column. Sort of. Teaching is a noble profession, one that should attract the best and bright...
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The Baxter® Family Newsletter
Hello fellow Glastonbury Neighborhood families! As we finish with summer, I wanted to update you on the Baxter® family fortunes through our monthly newsletter. Since we'll be spending the next two weeks getting ready for back to school, we've been so thankf...
Hello fellow Glastonbury Neighborhood families! As we finish with summer, I wanted to update you on the Baxter® family fortunes through our monthly newsletter. Since we'll be spending the next two weeks getting ready for back...
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The Growing Trend of Living Tiny
Move over, giant sprawling houses. Tiny house living is the Next Big Thing. After the Great Recession, people realized they didn't need — and shouldn't have gotten — 4,000 square foot McMansions anymore. They started dumping all their useless crap, and bega...
Move over, giant sprawling houses. Tiny house living is the Next Big Thing. After the Great Recession, people realized they didn't need — and shouldn't have gotten — 4,000 square foot McMansions anymore. They started dumping ...
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Sloganeering Needs to be Left to Professionals
Sometimes marketing just needs to be left to the cool kids. Too many advertising campaigns and marketing slogans sound like they were dreamed up by a committee of people who only rhyme words by accident, and then say "Hey, I was a poet and didn't know it!" ...
Sometimes marketing just needs to be left to the cool kids. Too many advertising campaigns and marketing slogans sound like they were dreamed up by a committee of people who only rhyme words by accident, and then say "Hey, I ...
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Chinese Artist Captures British Ghost, Puts It On Display
Why is it ghosts can walk through walls, but they don't fall through the floor? I grew up on stories of ghosts walking through walls, disappearing and reappearing at will. They make footsteps walking up a flight of stairs, or make boards creak as they walk ...
Why is it ghosts can walk through walls, but they don't fall through the floor? I grew up on stories of ghosts walking through walls, disappearing and reappearing at will. They make footsteps walking up a flight of stairs, or...
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Karl the Curmudgeon Is Tired of Facebook Politics
"I don't know if I can take it anymore, Kid," said Karl, staring at his reflection in the bar mirror. He rubbed his face hard with his hands. "I mean, this constant bickering and nattering and droning on and on and on about how neither person can do anythin...
"I don't know if I can take it anymore, Kid," said Karl, staring at his reflection in the bar mirror. He rubbed his face hard with his hands. "I mean, this constant bickering and nattering and droning on and on and on about h...
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Big Brother Isn't the Government, It's Corporate America
The Internet is spying on me. Not the Edward Snowden kind of spying, where the NSA hides a listening device in my toaster. (Which my daughter accidentally ate in her cinnamon raisin bagel.) I mean, the Internet keeps close track of the things I do. For one ...
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Motivational Quotes: Inspiration for the Uninspired
I'm not an easy person to motivate. That doesn't mean I lack motivation. It means you won't inspire me to do my best by bombarding me with clever slogans and aphorisms. I find my own inspiration and motivate myself without any clever quotes to guide me. "Ju...
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Hello Erik, I am new to google plus and I heard from a few of my friends that you were a blogger from Indy. Is there a way I can message you through google plus? 
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Professional writer, public speaker, book author.
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Writing, Public Speaking, Blogging, Social Media Marketing
Employment
  • Pro Blog Service
    President, 2009 - present
  • Indiana Office of Tourism Development
    Travel Writer, 2009 - 2015
  • VisionDirect
    Director of Sales and Marketing, 2007 - 2008
  • Indiana State Department of Health
    Risk Communication Director, 2006 - 2007
  • GW Micro
    Director of Sales and Marketing, 2004 - 2005
  • WE International, Inc.
    Director of Marketing, 1994 - 2004
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Oviedo, FL
Previously
Indianapolis, IN - Muncie, IN - Syracuse, IN - Normal, IL - McCordsville, IN - Noblesville, IN
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Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, humor writer
Introduction
Professional writer, book author, marketing agency owner. Newspaper humor columnist since 2004. Co-author of 4 books on social media marketing and content marketing. Named the Kerouac House writer-in-residence for Spring 2016.
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Co-author of 4 books on social media, 21-year newspaper humor columnist
Education
  • Ball State University
    Philosophy, 1985 - 1989
  • Ball State University
    College Student Personnel Administration (M.A.), 1989 - 1990
  • Ball State University
    Speech Communication (M.A.), 1992 - 1993
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It never fails when we come here: someone's silverware is never clean, the tables feel like they haven't been wiped down properly, and this time, my lunch was cold.
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reviewed a year ago
Good Chicago dog, but I wasn't wild about the slaw on the Carolina dog. It may be to some people's taste, it just didn't suit me. Good dogs though!
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reviewed a year ago
Outstanding pastries; I only wish their coffee didn't come from a Nescafe machine. Still, it's better than some coffee shops that over roast their beans.
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reviewed 2 years ago
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Good coffee, nice atmosphere. Very quiet on a Friday night. Seems like a cool place to hang out and write, if you're into that sort of thing.
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