Archive for November, 2016

Do You Ever Treat Your Car to Premium Gas?

Do You Ever Treat Your Car to Premium Gas?

A while ago, my parents recommended that I fill up the tank of my 2003 Camry with premium gas every now and then to extend the longevity of the car. With gas prices as low as they’ve been, and considering that I work from home and only have to go to the gas station once […]


When Do You Eat the One Onion Ring?

When Do You Eat the One Onion Ring?

Today a question was posed online that stopped me in my tracks and made me rethink everything. Where I once had answers, I now only have questions. Where I once had words, I am lost in a sea of silence. Everything is a mystery now. The question: When do you eat the one onion ring? This […]


Do You Know Everything About Your Best Friends?

Do You Know Everything About Your Best Friends?

The other day I heard something that really made me think, so I wanted to share it here to hear your thoughts. Someone told me something to this effect: “One of my favorite things is that I will never know everything about my friends, even my closest friends. There’s always more to know about them, […]


Is Thanksgiving Too Close to Christmas?

Is Thanksgiving Too Close to Christmas?

Let’s travel back to 1999, when young Jamey was a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis. Thanksgiving was in late November, as always. The next week was the last week of classes, followed by study week, then exams. By mid-December–just 3 weeks after Thanksgiving–it was time to head home. I love my family, but […]


Pet Please #134: Grown-Up Gestures Made by Little Kids

I love when kids act like miniature adults. Last night I hosted a game night, and a friend attended with his wife and daughter, who is almost 3. She was adorable–very talkative and interactive, not shy at all in the presence of 8 adult strangers. At one point I finished a game and heard that […]


My Greatest Fear #54: Laughing Out Loud During a Moment of Silence

My Greatest Fear #54: Laughing Out Loud During a Moment of Silence

Have you ever been in a situation where it randomly occurs to you that now would be the worst possible time to do something, and then, because you put the thought in your mind, you’re a little worried that your subconscious might take over and do the thing you definitely don’t want to do? I was […]


How Far Away Are We from Matrix-Style Virtual Reality?

How Far Away Are We from Matrix-Style Virtual Reality?

After years of hits and misses, virtual reality seems like it’s on the verge of really taking off. Granted, this observation may be way off base. Some big companies are working on VR, and Sony’s VR headset seems to be a pretty big hit, but it’s not at the point where tens of millions of people […]


What Would You Tell Your Past Self If You Spoke Today?

What Would You Tell Your Past Self If You Spoke Today?

My TiVo only records one show at a time (it’s an old TiVo), so sometimes it only catches a few episodes of a show. This season, Frequency is that show for me. The premise is speculative: A woman starts talking to a man on an old ham radio. The man turns out to be her father…20 years […]


Were You an Indifferent High Schooler?

Were You an Indifferent High Schooler?

When you were in high school, how much effort did you expend to seem indifferent, even when you were learning something exciting? Over the last 6 months, I’ve had two opportunities to teach high schoolers. One was at the high school I attended, a magnet school (a total of 4 sessions). The other was over […]


Arrival and Common Ground

Something happened on Friday that hasn’t happened to me in years: I went to the theater to see a movie, and even though I was 40 minutes early, it was sold out. This, of course, only made me want to see the movie even more! So I bought tickets to a later show that night […]


When Did You Find Your Inner Geek?

When Did You Find Your Inner Geek?

I recently ran into a volunteer who helped out at my previous job (a non-profit). He’s an older guy, probably in his 60s. He and his wife are two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. We exchanged pleasantries about what we’ve been up to–we probably hadn’t seen each other for 2 years. I asked […]


My Thoughts on the Election

As I walked home from the voting station yesterday, I turned excitedly to my friend and said, “I’m so excited that at this time tomorrow, we’re going to have our first female president!” I saw it as a huge sign of progress that our country was going to elect a female president, and not just […]


How Would You Respond to a Shark Tank Ultimatum?

How Would You Respond to a Shark Tank Ultimatum?

I continue to be fascinated by the TV show Shark Tank. I’ve written about this before, but today I wanted to focus on a specific aspect of the show: ultimatums. At least once per episode, one of the investors will propose a deal to an entrepreneur, and they’ll end it with something like: “I need […]


Have You Tried Real Japanese Ramen?

Have You Tried Real Japanese Ramen?

11 months ago, I discovered a portal to Japan in St. Louis called Robata. Robata serves delicious ramen, sushi, and other Japanese cuisine. It’s fantastic. Well, I’ve discovered another portal: Midtown Sushi and Ramen. I went there on a whim a few weeks ago after hearing that it was pretty good. The first thing I […]


What Did You Think About Doctor Strange?

What Did You Think About Doctor Strange?

I saw the new Marvel movie, Doctor Strange, this weekend, and I have to say: It’s one of the weirdest Marvel movies yet, but it’s also one of the best. There’s a mystical, magical, spiritual, and psychadelic vibe to Doctor Strange. When I told some friends I was seeing it, I pitched it as “Inception […]


Would You Accept Today’s Job Offer If Tomorrow’s Might Be Better?

Would You Accept Today's Job Offer If Tomorrow's Might Be Better?

I need your advice. For a friend, not for me. (I’m quite happy with my job!) A friend of mine has been applying for jobs, and he got an offer today. He actually missed the phone call–the offer is on his voice mail. He hasn’t called back yet, and the organization didn’t give him a […]


Why Does Tom Cruise Run So Much in Movies?

I meant to post this a few weeks ago when Tom Cruise had a new movie, but I’m a little late to the story. Back on October 17, Slashfilm posted a video showing every Tom Cruise run in a movie. I’ve seen a number of Cruise movies (I’m a fan of the Mission: Impossible series […]