Archive for September, 2016

The Overbearing Cat-Owner’s Guide to a Glucose Curve

The Overbearing Cat-Owner's Guide to a Glucose Curve

Due to his diabetes, occasionally Biddy needs to participate in a glucose curve. It basically means that I drop him off at the veterinarian’s office in the morning so they can measure his blood sugar throughout the day, and then I pick him up in the early evening. It sucks. For Biddy and for me. […]


How to Comfort Someone from 1000 Miles Away

How to Comfort Someone from 1000 Miles Away

Around 6 years ago, I was in a long-distance relationship. The woman I was dating lived about 700 miles away–much too far for a quick, spontaneous drive. One night she came down with a terrible cold. On the phone I could tell that she was miserable, and I was completely helpless to make her feel […]


Do You Ever Crave Very Specific Foods?

Do You Ever Crave Very Specific Foods?

At 11:18 am this morning, I was hit with an intense craving for crispy fried chicken on a biscuit with pickles and some kind of cheese or sauce. I displayed a little bit of discipline. By that I mean I didn’t immediately run out of the house to grab the nearest chicken and fry it. […]


The Presidential Debate

The Presidential Debate

I’ve watched parts of most presidential debates, but until tonight, I’m not sure that I watched an entire presidential debate from start to finish. I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out why I watched all of tonight’s debate (and why I haven’t done that for other debates, as far as I can recall), and I think […]


Pet Please #132: Flickering Lights as an Alternative to Yelling

Pet Please #132: Flickering Lights as an Alternative to Yelling

I have a new, very specific pet please. On Saturday, I ran an annual event for my company called the Stonemaier Games Design Day. It’s a gathering of game designers and gamers to playtest games, learn new games, and generally just talk about games. Each year, we crowd 75-85 people into a social hall for […]


What’s Your Type of Crazy?

I took a walk with an old friend the other day. I don’t talk many walks simply for the purpose of walking and talking, but it was rather nice. A good way to catch up. He mentioned a really interesting article that he discovered this summer. The core concept is it recommends that people at […]


How Do Celebrity Photos End Up on the Wall?

How Do Celebrity Photos End Up on the Wall?

Last week I was waiting for the chiropractor to arrive when I noticed that the walls were jam-packed with photos of celebrities. Most of the photos were autographed headshots. I’ve seen walls like this before, mostly in bars, restaurants, and doctor’s offices. But it had never before occurred to me to ask the question: How […]


Singing in My Sleep

Singing in My Sleep

It’s time again for the most awkward of my blog posts: The ones where I share sound clips of me talking–and now singing–in my sleep. That’s right, I’m still using the Sleep Talk app on a nightly basis. It is one of my favorite things. I went a few months saying very little (plenty of […]


A Visit to the Chiropractor: What Just Happened?

A Visit to the Chiropractor: What Just Happened?

Having heard that I went to a chiropractor the other day, a friend asked what the doctor did. The most accurate answer I could offer was, “I’m not really sure he actually did anything.” A few weeks ago, I had some very painful neck spasms that left me laid up in bed all day. Fortunately they subsided, […]


Why Would You Ever Drop the Football?

Why Would You Ever Drop the Football?

I get excited about football season, both college and professional. As I’ve discussed before, I don’t mind seeing athletes celebrate when they score. It’s a joyful moment–why shouldn’t they share their enthusiasm in creative ways? But I continue to be baffled by football players who drop the football (uncontested) before they reach the end zone […]


Pet Please #131: Foods with Few Ingredients

Pet Please #131: Foods with Few Ingredients

Yesterday I had a typical trip to Trader Joe’s: I walked in needing 4 things, and I walked out with 30 different things, half of them chocolate. As I entered the checkout line, something caught my eye: A bag of something called “Dark Chocolate Honey Mints.” Yes…yessss, I thought. Put them in my belly. As I reached […]


Pet Please #130: Drying Laundry in a Machine

Pet Please #130: Drying Laundry in a Machine

When I was a kid, we had a drying machine, but my parents hardly ever used it. I think it was an environmental thing, or maybe a way to reduce the electric bill. Either way, if you wanted dry laundry, you hung it on a line. My parents still have the same line strung up […]


I Want to Play Board Games in a Castle

I Want to Play Board Games in a Castle

Five years ago, I traveled to Ireland primarily to live in a castle for a few days. While my hotel room in the Clontarf Castle Hotel felt like any other nice hotel room, I spent some spare time in the heart of the castle, which was awesome. Recently I was invited to a small game convention on […]


Do Some Vets Accept Human Patients?

Do Some Vets Accept Human Patients?

One of my favorite Seinfeld subplots is when Kramer takes a dog to the vet to diagnose and treat his own cough. If you haven’t seen it, treat yourself to these 2 and a half minutes. Today was Walter’s annual checkup. He’s fine–much healthier than Biddy–though he was pretty stressed to be at the vet. […]


Which Delicious Foods Do Not Make Good Leftovers?

Which Delicious Foods Do Not Make Good Leftovers?

Today I attended a friend’s annual grilled-pizza party. As I am every year, I was struck by how delicious the pizza was. I could have kept eating and eating it, but I stopped myself after half a pizza (they were about 12-inch personal pizzas) since I knew I could save the rest for leftovers. Leftovers […]


What Was the Most Grown-Up Thing You Did Today?

What Was the Most Grown-Up Thing You Did Today?

I am, at most, 63% of a grown-up. Sure, I do adult things. I eat salad. I vacuum. I floss. I pay my bills. I don’t pull all-nighters. But many of the things I do could be described as “bachelor” activities. And I don’t mean that like some suave, fitted-suit wearing, scotch-drinking bachelor living in an […]


Is There Any Sport You’re Scared of?

Is There Any Sport You're Scared of?

There was a time, years ago in my youth, that I thought I might be a good pole vaulter. I was a sprinter in high school, I was lean, and I have decent body control. However, there’s a problem: To be a pole vaulter, you must allow yourself to spring 20+ feet in the air […]


What Music Played in Your House When You Were a Kid?

What Music Played in Your House When You Were a Kid?

Yesterday I was working at the computer when, out of nowhere, I had the sudden urge to both listen and sing “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. There is no rational reason for this other than the fact that my parents played their Phantom CD hundreds of times when me and […]


The Entertainment of Gael Monfils

I love watching sports. Well, sports highlights. I don’t have time to watch full games anymore. Increasingly, though, the entire industry surrounding sports seems to have forgotten that sports are entertainment. I’ve written about this before, so I won’t harp on it here. The point is, no matter how much you get paid to play […]


Does a Robot Feed Your Pets?

Does a Robot Feed Your Pets?

A few days ago, I got a disheartening call from my vet: The test results were in, and Biddy’s diabetes has gotten worse over the last 6 months. He’s fine (kind of), but my vet suspects that he might be developing a resistance to insulin, which I give him twice a day. My vet said […]