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Erik Deckers
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Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, humor writer
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The Olathe, Kansas State of the City Address
My fellow Olatheans, it has been a wonderful year, after a whole string of wonderful years. And as your mayor, I am proud to deliver my state of the city address in this year of our Lord, 2037. It's hard to imagine that we would go from the nation's 193rd l...

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Four Pieces of Sage Advice on Job Hunting
Most of us know the pain and frustration of an extended job search, especially if you were looking several years ago during the Great Recession, when jobs were scarce and companies were going out of business. Even now, several years later, I know people who...

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Which Part of 'No' Don't You Understand?
Erik is out of the office this week partly because of the Fourth of July week, but also because it was his birthday the week before. He retreated to some spa, whining about his "mouth wrinkles," so we're republishing a piece from 2003. It's not something I ...

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Millennials to Blame for Killing Napkins
Millennials are blamed for a lot of things these days, and they don't deserve it. Well, most of it. Some of it. I mean, I blame hipsters for a lot of things, like skinny jeans, flannel shirts in summer, and man buns, and I think we can all get on board with...

I'm trying to reacquaint myself with Google+. I heard it was dying, so I sort of abandoned it, only to find out rumors of its demise were greatly exaggerated, and I need to write about it for the new 3rd edition of Branding Yourself.

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My New Ken Doll Ideas for Mattel
Barbie's erstwhile, if anatomically challenged, companion Kenneth (Ken) Carson is finally getting a makeover. After Barbie has been redesigned and reimagined dozens of times over the last 58 years, Mattel has released 15 different variations of Ken, in all ...

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On the Eighth Day there was Breakfast
Occasionally I'll accept guest posts from friends and fellow humor writers. This guest humor piece is from my friend, Randy Clark, who is branching out from his normal business writing into creative nonfiction and humor. I'm pleased to share this story with...

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Toilet Paper Prank Sinks High School Kid's Graduation
I was your normal, average kid growing up in normal, average Muncie, Indiana. I wasn't a goody two-shoes, but I wasn't a troublemaker either. Oh, sure, I was obnoxious, but show me a teenage boy who isn't. Usually, when I got in trouble, it was over somethi...

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Letter to my 16 Year Old Self
Dear Young Erik, It's probably pretty weird to be hearing from your adult self. If you're reading this, it either means I'm hallucinating, or that you invented time travel. (If you did, invest in a company called Apple Computers sometime in the next five ye...

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Men's Feelings Get Hurt Over Wonder Woman
Men have become a lot more delicate and precious than I remember when I was growing up. In the '70s and '80s, real men never spoke about their feelings, never shed a tear, and never said a word when something was bothering them. These days, some men get th...
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