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Non Sequitur Fridays

Hanger Management

This post is part of our Non Sequitur Fridays series, which will feature a different Wistia team member's take on a non-Wistia-related topic each week. It's like our "employee of the month" but less "of the month"-y. Chris Savage is co-founder and CEO at Wistia. Last time, he wrote about learning to work hard.

Hi, my name is Chris and I used to have a hanger management problem.

I pride myself on being rational and cool under pressure. On getting things done. I like to think that I can reason through complex issues to make calm and rational decisions.

But I have a fatal flaw that can trump all my best qualities: I am extremely prone to hanger. When my blood sugar is dropping and I'm teetering on the edge of hunger but I don't have the presence of mind to know that I'm hungry, I quickly transform into a monster. This is hanger, the unfortunate intersection of hunger and anger.

A hangry Chris is more prone to wild outbursts. If you give me a friendly suggestion and I respond by throwing a handful of dry erase markers at you, it's not you, I'm probably just hangry.

If it feels like I'm starting an argument for no reason or I'm blowing things way out of proportion, it's not you, I'm probably just hangry.

The fix is so simple. Snacking on some carrots and hummus, eating a granola bar, or just making a dinner reservation all bring me out of hanger into hunger. Just knowing when my next meal is seems to instinctually soothe the hanger right out of me.

Upon reflection, I've realized this is a trait I inherited. There were countless evenings when my dad and I would battle over who lost the remote, how unreasonable my haircut was, or whether or not taking out the trash could wait until tomorrow. These heated battles would always melt away over shepherd's pie, or lasagna, or simply a bowl of cereal. Then we would both evolve back into our thoughtful selves.

For me, this blog post is about raising the hanger flag. It's okay to admit that you might be prone to hanger. Don't be ashamed. I’m sure there is an evolutionary reason for this. I have supreme confidence that the hanger-induced wrath my ancestors experienced made them much more effective hunter-gatherers.

Today, no one needs to be crippled by their lack of hanger management. If you're ever roaming around the Wistia office and notice the abundance of nut butters, builder bars, fruits, veggies, and other snacks, you are seeing the Wistia hanger management system in action.

The next time someone you respect irrationally snaps at you when you’re trying to be helpful, or has undergone a sudden personality transformation, grab them an apple, or some steak tips, or a handful of trail mix. Maybe they just having trouble admitting they are hangry!

Now, someone please get me a sandwich!!!!!

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