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Children & Family

Secure Messaging: A Spy Primer

Greetings Everyday Spy, CIA I trained me to control my mind and body under unique circumstances. I learned how to master social settings, offensive driving, and pain tolerance. I learned how to prioritize information, mitigate risks, predict human behavior and steal secrets. I was issued custom weapons, personalized workouts, concealment devices and even alternate identities. […]

Spies, Friends, and Fitness (Part III)

Greetings Everyday Spy, It’s the holiday season – and that means people are eating! The average person gains 1.5lbs between November 1st and January 1st every year. 193.6 billion calories worth of candy canes are packaged annually. 75% of all vegan Christmas cookies get thrown away before Christmas day (at least they are in my […]

#SPYHACK: Treating Field Wounds

Greetings Everyday Spy, Welcome to your newest #SpyHACK! In 2012, my wife Jihi and I went on a 3 week trek around New Zealand’s South Island. We were escaping the rainy season in Bangkok to take a few weeks of much needed R&R (rest & relaxation). The South Island scenery was incredible and the weather […]

Spies, Friends, and Fitness (Part I)

My friend Alex rocking his baby to sleep (photo credit: Alex VanHouten, founder of DefiningDadBod.com) Greetings Everyday Spy, In the history of awkward conversation starters, I’ve discovered a surprisingly terrible ice-breaker… “Hi. I’m Andy. I am a former CIA spy.” You would think a statement like this would trigger immediate interest, right!? It doesn’t. A […]

3 CIA Travel Tips for Minimalist Packing

Greetings Everyday Spy, I was recently on an international call with my buddy Bret from Baltimore.  Bret is a good dude working full-tilt to grow business and family.  At least once a month, my son asks if we can go back to Baltimore to visit ‘Mr. Bret’s house.’ He loves Bret’s man-cave (long ago turned […]