Archive for July, 2012

Best Blog Comments of July 2012

Best Blog Comments of July 2012

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the conversation that is this blog with their thoughts and insights this month. We are very, very close to our 10,000th comment here on jameystegmaier.com. We’re going to commemorate that comment (wait, why am I speaking in plural) with an in-depth analysis–yes, a full entry devoted to that one […]


Trunk Club Unboxing

Finally, another video blog! This one is a little longer than the time travel vlog and the ladder golf vlog, but I can promise that I edited it quite a bit, so every moment matters. Also, the cats make numerous appearances. There’s even a special “director’s cut scene” at the end, just like the bonus […]


A History of Board Games I’ve Invented

A History of Board Games I've Invented

Recently I wrote about my love for board games and the best board games I’ve ever played. In that entry I mentioned that I will soon be launching a project for a board game I’ve designed with a friend–our launch date is tentatively set for August 25. I’ll mention it from time to time on […]


My Greatest Fear #29: Accidentally Dialing 9-1-1

My Greatest Fear #29: Accidentally Dialing 9-1-1

I’m not sure if other people had the 911 talk with their parents when they were kids. Nor am I sure that my talk went anything like the following. In fact, I’m pretty sure it didn’t. But this is the impression it made on me: Dad: Jamey, your mom and I need to talk to […]


I Worry About Female Olympic Gymnasts

I Worry About Female Olympic Gymnasts

I worry about Olympic gymnasts–particularly females–and perhaps you should too. Here’s why. Much of the supporting content from this entry comes from an article by a near-Olympic gymnast named Rebecca Seal. Unlike Most Sports, Gymnastics Makes You Less Healthy–Physically The average age of the women on the US Olympic team is 16. 16! That’s the […]


The Future of Trash Cans

I bet you never thought you’d see that headline on the blog, did you? Up until now, trash cans have been stationary monoliths sitting in the corners of our rooms, their gaping mouths waiting for us to launch trash into them. Sometimes you hit the trash can, but other times you miss, and you end up crawling […]


360 Perspective: The Dark Knight Rises

360 Perspective: The Dark Knight Rises

This is a spoiler-free post about The Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan, Bane, gun control, and an Aurora miracle. After being awestruck by The Dark Knight a few years ago (5 years ago, to be exact. Wow. Time really flies when you get old), I was really looking forward to the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s […]


Pet Please #70: Keeping Your Favorite Stuffed Animal Through Adulthood

Pet Please #70: Keeping Your Favorite Stuffed Animal Through Adulthood

I haven’t seen the recent movie Ted, but the premise is so simply brilliant that I’m sure I will. A boy wishes that his stuffed teddy bear will come alive and talk to him, and he does…and then the bear grows up with the boy. I’m not sure if teddy bears go through puberty, but […]


Mars vs. Venus: Can Long-Distance Relationships Work?

Mars vs. Venus: Can Long-Distance Relationships Work?

This is a Mars vs. Venus entry, meaning I’m going to share my male perspective, and then at the end of the entry you can click over to my blogger friend Katy’s blog for the female perspective on long-distance relationships. I’m qualified to give the male perspective because I’ve been in a number of long-distance […]


My Greatest Fear #28: Spitting My Drink All Over a Date

My Greatest Fear #28: Spitting My Drink All Over a Date

I’ll start off by saying that like all of my greatest fears, this has never happened. I’m sorry to disappoint. But it COULD happen. On a date the other day, it occurred to me that this fear has come to mind on many dates. I’ll be taking a sip of water or beer, and suddenly […]


The Plagiarism

The Plagiarism

I’m going to try to consolidate a rather large story into a less large blog post. I promise to mix in photos of cats. Cats loathe plagiarism. I’ll start on Sunday. On Sunday night, I got a trackback through WordPress (the platform I use for this blog) informing me that someone had linked to my […]


Losing Your Mind vs. Losing Your Body

Losing Your Mind vs. Losing Your Body

As people do, my grandmother has been growing old for quite some time now. She still has her spirit, her humor, and most of her physical health, but she readily admits that her mind isn’t what it used to be. Her short-term memory in particular is quite bad. Knowing that she can’t trust her mind […]


A Cup for Every Liquid

A Cup for Every Liquid

I have a theory that there is an ideal cup for every liquid, one that facilitates the flow of that liquid into your mouth for maximum enjoyment. The Irish seem to share this theory. When I traveled to Ireland in October of 2011, I tried to drink as many Irish beers as possible (not all […]


My Most-Used iPhone Apps

My Most-Used iPhone Apps

Those of you who have smart phones might relate to this: Sometimes you don’t realize that you’re consistently accessing hard-to reach apps until you become annoyed that you’re scrolling three screens to the right and looking in a subfolder for the app every time. I wish there were a way that you could sort apps […]


My First Time…Maybe?

My First Time...Maybe?

Mom, please don’t read this entry. I think that’s for the best. Yesterday I saw a post on one of my favorite movie news websites, Ain’t It Cool News, about a movie that I unexpectedly enjoyed this past spring: American Reunion. The site is giving away 8 DVD/Blu-Ray combo packs…not a big deal, right? But […]


Leadership Tactic #76: Know Who Others Think You Are

Leadership Tactic #76: Know Who Others Think You Are

A line jumped off the pages of the July/August edition of Inc. Magazine. It was written by Bob Sutton, a leadership expert, when asked if there is a single trait that every leader should possess: The ability to understand how you come across to others. YES. How many times have you met someone who clearly had […]


How to Screw Yourself on Facebook

How to Screw Yourself on Facebook

On Saturday afternoon, a friend showed me a clever play on a wedding invitation. I laughed, shared it on Facebook with the message “There is merit to this,” and turned off my phone to watch The Amazing Spider-Man (it’s amazing!). Check out the image I posted and see if you can guess the responses I had when […]


I Heart New Girl

I Heart New Girl

I didn’t believe in New Girl. And I was wrong. So wrong. Unfairly, I assumed that the show was purely a showcase for Zooey Deschanel’s whimsical cuteness. So I didn’t watch it at all during the season, despite my trust Entertainment Weekly lauding the show’s creativity and humor. But I wanted something lighthearted to watch about a month ago, […]


You Are Not as Interesting as You Think You Are

You Are Not as Interesting as You Think You Are

You need to know this: You are not as interesting as you think you are. And that’s okay. It’s just important that you know it. It’s human nature to think that you are interesting. You get to live in your body and experience all these thoughts and desires and observations that only you can experience […]


Best Blog Comments of June 2012

Best Blog Comments of June 2012

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the conversation that is this blog with their thoughts and insights this month. Here are some of my favorite comments from June: Let’s lead off with a great customer service story from Dawn on my entry about notaries: Every Sunday I get a bagel and tea for breakfast. I […]


Wedding Photo Caption Contest!

Wedding Photo Caption Contest!

I know, you’ve had enough photos of me at my sister’s wedding. Last one, I promise! My uncle just posted this on Facebook, and I think it’s time for a good old fashioned photo caption contest. Post what you think I’m saying in the comments section. The funniest quote will become the permanent caption for […]


3 Quick Pet Pleases

3 Quick Pet Pleases

#67: That moment at a wedding or formal event when you can finally loosen your tie (or, for the ladies, when you can take off your heels). #68: When you realize that the worrisome smell that you thought was coming from your car is actually coming from the car in front of you. #69: Needing […]


My Favorite Sister’s Wedding

My Favorite Sister's Wedding

Yesterday I witnessed my sister’s wedding at the Richmond cathedral. It was a beautiful ceremony (and not a full Mass, thank goodness), and I got to see a ton of family and family friends at the reception. I also got to spend a fair amount of time with my sister’s husband’s family, which was really […]