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Erik Deckers
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Attended Ball State University
Lives in Oviedo, FL
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What About Saying Cootchie Cootchie Coo?
Erik is out of the office this week, so we are reprinting a column from 2005. While most new parents are eager to show off their new baby, and positively beam when people coo at and marvel over their newest family member, one hospital in Halifax, Scotland i...
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Am I Too Young to Carry a Handkerchief?
Maybe it's because I'm getting older. Maybe it's because I moved to a warm weather climate. Maybe it's because I'm turning into my father. Whatever it is, I bought a handkerchief. I bought a whole pack of them, in fact. I did it so I could mop my brow in th...
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That Time I Tried to Cancel My Cable
"Hi. My name is Erik Deckers and I—" "Thank you. How are you?" "Great, I just wanted to—" "Erik Deckers." "D-E-C-K-E-R-S." "No, E-R-S." "Yes, with the 'S' at the end. So I just wanted to can—" "No problem, I watched a whole episode of Elementary while I wai...
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So, This Year's Banned Words List is Problematic
So, every year, I look forward to Lake Superior State University's List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use, and General Uselessness. But this year is not as emotionally satisfying as past lists. It has some words that should ha...
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The Man Who Came To Christmas
"Hey, Kid, slide over a little. Give me some room!" Karl shoved my arm. "Seriously, you're crowding me over here." Karl, I'm already over. Any more and I'm going to fall off the stool. My friend and curmudgeon, Karl, and I were sitting at our favorite Spani...
"Hey, Kid, slide over a little. Give me some room!" Karl shoved my arm. "Seriously, you're crowding me over here." Karl, I'm already over. Any more and I'm going to fall off the stool. My friend and curmudgeon, Karl, and I we...
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How to Meet People in a New City
Having moved to a new faraway city, I find myself meeting a lot of new people. Back home — I still think of Indianapolis as "home" — I knew plenty of people, and could always count on bumping into someone I knew at one of my regular haunts. Except now I don...
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A Dude and a Bro Walk Into a Bar
When did I become a "bro?" Not a brother, a "bro." As in, when I walk into my favorite local taco place, and they ask, "s'up, Bro?" I look around. Did someone walk in after I did? Is there a frat boy with a backwards baseball cap and sunglasses pushed up on...
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In Praise of the Singular They
You know that wonderful feeling you get, when you learn something you've been told was "wrong, was later determined to be right after all? Like learning "don't end your sentences with a preposition" was a nonsensical, unnecessary rule created by a Latin sch...
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The Virgin Mary in a Cheese Sandwich
Erik is out of the office this week, so we are reprinting a column from 2005. It seems cheese sandwiches have been in the news a lot during the last few months, but not always in a good way. In November 2004, online casino GoldenPalace.com paid $28,000 on e...
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Festivus and the Airing of Grievances
Thanks to Facebook and people's contrarian attitudes, Festivus' popularity seems to be growing. The fake holiday, first shared on Seinfeld, was created by George Costanza's father, Frank. Instead of a tree, they hoisted a plain aluminum pole, noted for its ...
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Warning: Spoilers Ahead
The worst spoiler I ever experienced happened when I was in high school, reading David Morrell's "Testament" before one of my classes. I was five pages from the end, where the hero, bent on revenge over the death of his family, is about to rain holy hell do...
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How 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert's Press Conference Really Happened
Suppose they gave a press conference and nobody came? Last week, the 3-and-7 San Francisco 49ers held a press conference for their new starting quarterback, Blaine "Yo Gabba" Gabbert, but forgot to actually tell the media. When Gabbert showed up, he was the...
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  • 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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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
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Professional writer, public speaker, book author.
Skills
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
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.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months 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!
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months 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.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year 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.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago