Archive for February, 2015

A Tour of Rustic England…for Introverts

A Tour of Rustic England...for Introverts

I love this concept.  There’s a company starting something called a “Sacred Introvert Retreat Tour” in the Somerset/Wessex region of England. In some ways, it’s a typical tour. You visit beautiful, ancient landmarks and soak in the scenery. You eat local food. You learn about the history. But where it deviates from the norm is […]


Hindsight: Part 6

Hindsight: Part 6

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 of 9: Studying for Futures Past             Stew decided to stay on the project. Penny had left, leaving Tadahito, Romero, and McIntosh. They spent […]


The Mouse Race

The Mouse Race

I’ve lived in St. Louis for over 15 years after growing up in Virginia, and I’m still learning new, weird things about the culture of this city. Case in point: A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to a fundraising event for a local school. Usually these fundraising events are trivia nights, another St. […]


Biddy’s Birthday and Fatherhood Lite

Biddy's Birthday and Fatherhood Lite

February 23 is my first (and favorite–sorry, Walter) cat’s birthday. Biddy Stegmaier turned 8 years old today. I wish the day could have been full of his favorite things, but he had a stomach bug, so treats and certain areas of the house were off limits. He did, however, spend some quality time on Window […]


My 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

My 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

2015 has been a weird year for movies so far. I haven’t seen a single movie in the theater since Christmas. In fact, I’ve only watched a single new film: The Grande Budapest Hotel (which was fantastic). So it’s time for me to look ahead to the remaining 10 months to get excited about something. I’ll list […]


Hindsight: Part 5

Hindsight: Part 5

Read Part 1 here first Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 of 9: Sacrifices The scores were posted on the wall of the reception area like middle school football team tryout results. With 46 questions correctly answered, Stew received the second highest score. A female Marine officer named Tadahito got 48 out of 50. […]


Pet Peeve #61: Using Two or Three Question Marks

Pet Peeve #61: Using Two or Three Question Marks

I’ll start with a caveat: I’m probably more sensitive to this pet peeve than the average person. I spend a few hours every day on social media, forums, and e-mail answering questions. I try to reply to every question as quickly as possible. The vast majority of these questions end with the standard single question […]


My 3 Favorite YouTube Videos This Month

As a kid, I was rarely allowed to eat fast food. At best we’d get Burger King a few times a year. When we did, it was a special treat, and we always ate at the Burger King as if it was a sit-down restaurant. My favorite thing about Burger King wasn’t the food–it was […]


Pet Please #120: That Feeling You Get After You Fill Up Your Tank with Gas and Feel Like You Can Go Anywhere

Pet Please #120: That Feeling You Get After You Fill Up Your Tank with Gas and Feel Like You Can Go Anywhere

It’s all about the juxtaposition. A few days ago I was running low on gas. I go through only about a tank of month, meaning I only have to stop at a gas station about 12 times a year. That’s ideal, because I don’t really like stopping at gas stations. It’s an inconvenience, and I’m […]


Hindsight: Part 4

Hindsight: Part 4

Read Part 1 here first. Then read Part 2. Then Part 3. Part 4 of 9: The Mysterious Test             The CIA agent marched down the aisle and closed the door behind her. Stew unsealed the envelope and pulled out the test. It was multiple choice, several pages long, 50 questions. The only instructions were […]


A Real-Life Love Potion

A Real-Life Love Potion

There’s a somewhat common fairytale trope involving a creepy idea: One character wants another character to fall in love with them, so they create a love potion. Usually the potion is applied at the wrong time and hilarity ensues. As it turns out, there is a real-life equivalent to a fantasy love potion. No, it […]


The Mystery of the Poop in the Hallway

The Mystery of the Poop in the Hallway

The following events are 100% true. They occurred on the evening of February 4, 2015 in the hallway outside of my condo unit. 10:09 pm: My friends are leaving my place following game night when one of them says, “What is that?” Someone else (identify unconfirmed) says, “Jamey, a dog pooped in the hallway.” 10:10 pm: […]


Hindsight: Part 3

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first. Then read Part 2. Part 3 of 9: The Young and the Restless “Did you date?” The bartender was watching Stew with one eye and keeping the other focused on unruly patrons. Despite […]


The Day I Went to School in the Snow

The Day I Went to School in the Snow

When I was home last night, I paused in the hallway between my parents’ kitchen and dining room to read an old article framed on the wall. A long time ago in a land far, far away called Virginia, there was a big snowfall. It was so big that we were out of school for […]


The Fallacy of the Tortoise and the Hare

The Fallacy of the Tortoise and the Hare

A Super Bowl commercial tonight featured the classic fable of the tortoise in the hare: A tortoise and a hare race each other, but the hare is overconfident that he’ll win, so he takes his time. Eventually the tortoise acquires a Mercedes Benz and catches up to the hare, winning the race. We all heard […]