Archive for September, 2012

The Great Debate: The American Office vs. The British Office

The Great Debate: The American Office vs. The British Office

The final season of The Office began last week, so I thought that it’s a good time to post a poll about the age-old question: Which version of The Office is better, the American version or the original British version? If you’ve watched both versions, please vote in the poll below. We’ll debate in the […]


Why Board Games Still Exist

Why Board Games Still Exist

Today, in an interview with the business editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about my board game, I was asked why board games still exist. Given video games, computer games, and handheld/smart phone games, why do people still play board games? I’m sure there are a wide variety of reasons, one big one being that […]


My Greatest Fear #34: Getting Stuck with a Full Bladder

My Greatest Fear #34: Getting Stuck with a Full Bladder

A few years ago, I was on a flight back to St. Louis. I kind of had to go to the bathroom just before we started our descent, but I was in a good plane-coma state, so I decided to wait until we arrived to use the more spacious airport bathrooms. Big mistake. We ended […]


Anchorwoman

Anchorwoman

So, I’m going to be on the local news. [Update from the future: You can see the video online here.} No, it’s not what you think. I didn’t get caught streaking again. (Plus, I only streak when I panic, which should be legal.) I’m being interviewed on NBC’s local news affiliate, KSDK, next Monday about […]


Pet Please #75: Suggestive E-mail Subject Lines

Pet Please #75: Suggestive E-mail Subject Lines

I love a good e-mail subject line. This is especially the case if it applies to fun content within the e-mail itself, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes it’s just a nice start to an unrelated conversation. Specifically, I’m talking about suggestive subject lines. Not to limit this to one gender, but sorry guys, […]


Uncle Jamey and Baby William

Uncle Jamey and Baby William

Recently on this blog, I claimed that I was having a baby. Then, in a HUGE twist that absolutely no one saw coming, I revealed that the baby was, actually, my board game on Kickstarter. In truth, though, while I was launching the Kickstarter campaign, two very dear friends were preparing to have a real, […]


Thinkers and Feelers

Thinkers and Feelers

The other day at work, I ran into a situation in which someone accidentally damaged a piece of the property, and I asked my bosses’ permission to confront the person about it. I don’t seek out confrontation, but when someone hurts something or someone I know, I’m compelled to say something. My boss had a […]


Movie Contrivance #16: Getting a Drink Thrown at Your Face

Movie Contrivance #16: Getting a Drink Thrown at Your Face

A few weeks ago I was watching an episode of The Newsroom (it’s not a movie, but it is HBO) in which Jeff Daniels’ character repeatedly gets drinks thrown in his face on date after date. It’s a running joke, but every time it happened, I was taken out of the scene, because I’ve never […]


Leadership Tactic #80: How to Sing so People Hear You

Leadership Tactic #80: How to Sing so People Hear You

When I was a kid, I thought that singing at church was a competition. I partially blame the other (albeit unwitting) participant in this competition: a middle-aged man who always sat about 5 rows away from my family. He was a loud singer. A good singer, but a loud one. This annoyed me, so I […]


The Future of Group Gifts

The Future of Group Gifts

I recently had several superb experiences with a web app called Shareagift that I want to share with you. Shareagift is a platform for purchasing group gifts. Say you decide that you want to buy a $2,000 grill as a wedding present for your friend, but you don’t have that kind of cash. Within a few […]


Katie Accidentally Drank Milk That Had Been Expired for Three Days: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Katie Accidentally Drank Milk That Had Been Expired for Three Days: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Reader and long-form commenter Katie recently told me that she had experienced a Survivor’s True Tale of Survival. I urged her to tell her story, and I’m so glad she wrote it. Check out the harrowing tale below. And I promise that I’ll get back to writing my own blog tomorrow. I used to think […]


This Is the Bittersweet

I was going to write a tired blog entry tonight (thanks to Kickstarter, I’m not sleeping much lately…but it’s totally worth it), but then I read one of the most poignant, touching blog entries ever, and I think you’ll benefit more from reading this than anything I could write. I cannot emphasize enough how beautiful […]


The Pinterest Caption Contest Poll

The Pinterest Caption Contest Poll

Last week I mentioned that through my Kickstarter campaign I had offered my backers a chance to enter in a Pinterest caption contest. The winner will receive a copy of the game/expansion in addition to their current pledge. I’m going to invite all of my amazing backers to vote on this poll, but I also […]


My First Crush

My First Crush

I hope you remember your first crush. I sure do. In the greater scheme of things, the first crush means nothing. It’s puppy love, nothing more. But I think it’s one of the first times–if not the first time–that we get to experience a feeling that we’re fully aware of and yet we don’t understand […]


Viticulture Caption Contest

Viticulture Caption Contest

If you’ve backed Viticulture, my board game, on Kickstarter, you’re eligible for a fun little caption contest I’m holding. Just click over to my games page on Pinterest, enter your captions, and repin the image. It’s an easy and fun way to share the campaign with the world. I’ll select my favorite caption for each […]


Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It

Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It

I was chatting with a few people at the exclusive soft opening of a new local pie restaurant (see how I just dropped that in there? I make myself sound SO important) when the topic of fixing things came up. I had never considered “fixing things” as a good conversation topic, but it’s actually great […]


Would You Rather Live in Hobbiton or Rivendell?

Would You Rather Live in Hobbiton or Rivendell?

Hobbiton Pros: In Hobbiton, you’re surrounded by lush, rolling fields and snuggly hobbits. Life moves at a slow pace in Hobbiton, and the pubs are always packed by 5:00. There’s plenty of space to throw a frisbee or kick a soccer ball around, and you’re so far removed from the rest of Middle Earth that you […]


Pet Please #74: That Moment When Your Pet Decides Out of the Blue That Everything Needs to Stop and You Need to Snuggle NOW

People who have dogs may not be able to relate to this entry. My experience with dogs is that they’re okay–if not outright excited–to snuggle at pretty much any time. Sure, there are exceptions, but that’s most dogs. Cats are a whole other animal (obviously). I can’t speak for all cats, but I can speak […]


A Special Guest-ish Entry

A Special Guest-ish Entry

A few months ago, one of the college students who spent some time at the campus church where I work had corrective back surgery. While Marc was recovering, he wrote to me asking for my opinion about a way that he could share his story. As I do when people ask me for advice about […]