Archive for March, 2017

Pet Peeve #65: “On This Date…”

Pet Peeve #65: "On This Date..."

A few days ago, I was scrolling down ESPN.com when I saw this: Woah! I got really excited. I couldn’t believe that I missed Gretzky coming out of retirement, and it was amazing to hear that even in his old age, he broken the record. Of course, this was my millisecond-level reaction–if I had even […]


What’s Your Pet’s Ancestral Origin? I Just Figured Out Mine

What's Your Pet's Ancestral Origin? I Just Figured Out Mine

This is Biddy: He’s a domestic shorthair cat. At least, so he appears. Like all cats, Biddy has his quirks. He hates water, and he doesn’t know what to do with other cats. He’s very playful. He rubs his scent on everything, and if it snows, he wants to walk around in it. Biddy hardly […]


How Do Adults Put on Shoes?

How Do Adults Put on Shoes?

I recently realized that I put on shoes like a little kid. Aside from my cats, I live alone, so usually when I put on my shoes, I’m not really aware of what I’m doing. I just go through the motions of putting them on without the weight of society on my shoulders. But yesterday […]


What Will You Select as Your Grandparent Name?

What Will You Select as Your Grandparent Name?

A few years ago when my sister had her first child–my niece–I was fascinated by the discussion that ensued so my parents could select their grandparent names. It seems like there are very few opportunities in our lives to decide what people call us. We’re given a name, and occasionally we start using a nickname […]


Have You Ever Competed for a Lover Like a Bird?

Have You Ever Competed for a Lover Like a Bird?

In romantic comedies and sitcoms, one trope I’ve never understood is when two guys compete for the same girl. Now, I understand what it’s like to pursue the affections of a woman while she’s also being pursued by someone else. We can’t help what we feel. The part I can’t comprehend is the primal aspect of competition: […]


How Often Do You Go Grocery Shopping?

How Often Do You Go Grocery Shopping?

I have a pretty incredible streak in progress. Normally I go grocery shopping once a week. That’s right about the time that I start to run out of the essentials: baby spinach, orange juice, milk, and chocolate. As of right now, close to midnight on March 22, it’s been 16 days since I’ve been to […]


BBC Dad vs. BBC Mom

If you were on the internet last week, you had the pleasure of watching this (probably multiple times): The video is pure comedic joy. From the high-stepping daughter entering the room and the baby who rolls in after her to the mom’s Risky Business slide into the room and desperate dive at the end, it’s an […]


I Survived a Vegetarian Meal: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Survived a Vegetarian Meal: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I’ve been eating meat since day 1. It’s true–I emerged from the womb and immediately ordered a steak. Look it up on Wikipedia. At every dinner for the last 36 years, I’ve eaten an animal. Salmon, cow, octopus, emu, alligator, frog, chicken, turkey, cricket…the list goes on. Somehow I’ve always managed to find meat and devour […]


Have You Watched a Movie in Concert?

Have You Watched a Movie in Concert?

On Friday I had the great pleasure of watching Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen, with the music provided by the St. Louis Symphony. I’m not a musician, so while I enjoy the impact music has on movies, I’m usually not nearly as tuned into that aspect of a film as I […]


What’s Your Favorite Style of Pizza

What's Your Favorite Style of Pizza

I’m asking really hard-hitting questions this week, aren’t I? Sandwiches, silly dances, Netflix, pizza…what is this, The Atlantic Monthly? In short, I ate pizza today–really good pizza–so it’s on my mind, especially since I resisted eating the leftovers for dinner. I don’t like to eat the same thing for lunch and dinner. The pizza I […]


Is Event TV Better Than Netflix?

Is Event TV Better Than Netflix?

I’m an on-again, off-again Netflix member. Whenever network and cable TV goes on hiatus in the winter and summer, I’ll sign up for Netflix again (DVD and streaming). But more often I’m hearing about premiere dates for a new season of a show I like (Master of None) or a completely new show on Netflix that […]


What’s One Silly Dance You’d Like to Learn?

What's One Silly Dance You'd Like to Learn?

This might be the oddest question I’ve asked on this blog, because I’m not a dancer. Not at weddings, not at clubs, not even in the privacy of my home. I’m not against dancing–not at all. It’s just not something I’m good at, and it’s far more awkward than fun for me. That shouldn’t matter […]


Love Has No Labels

About a month ago, I saw a commercial on YouTube about diversity and acceptance that warmed my heart. I thought about writing a blog post about it, but I couldn’t figure out what to say. I had no greater message to share, no controversy to brew, no marketing analysis to make. I still don’t have anything […]


What’s the Best Sandwich You’ve Ever Eaten?

What's the Best Sandwich You've Ever Eaten?

I had an incredibly luck streak of delicious sandwiches this week. It started with The Gramophone on Tuesday. I took a gamble and tried one of their specials, a taco salad sandwich on toasted sesame bread. It was everything I’ve ever wanted in a taco dressed up as a sandwich. On Wednesday I went to lunch […]


Dear Photograph and The Zookeeper’s Wife

Dear Photograph and The Zookeeper's Wife

I’ve subscribed to a blog called Dear Photograph for as long as I can remember. It’s a site that shows old photographs overlapping new ones, like this: There’s something really poignant about these photos and their captions. It feels a little bit like time travel, like I get to feel the weight of history passing between […]


Would You Want to Eat Like Tom Brady?

Would You Want to Eat Like Tom Brady?

This is one of the most brilliant celebrity endorsements I’ve ever seen. I say that as someone who doesn’t care about celebrity endorsements at all. The products a celebrity chooses to use or promote doesn’t impact me at all (at least not consciously). I don’t care which brand of shoe LeBron James wears, what type […]


My Greatest Fear #55: The Hooligan Sucker Punch

My Greatest Fear #55: The Hooligan Sucker Punch

Tonight I was walking with a few friends to get dinner. It was a chilly evening, and I was wearing my Manchester United jacket. I realized as we walked that one of my greatest (completely unfounded and irrational) fears stems from this jacket. I got the jacket as a gift for being in a wedding […]


Is This the Future of Taxis?

Is This the Future of Taxis?

For some reason I’ve never been excited by drones. I have nothing against them, but they seem like the kind of thing you give someone as a present and they maybe use it once. That said, I do think drone racing is pretty awesome, and Amazon drone deliveries are fascinating. But it wasn’t until recently […]


Have You Watched “Detroiters”?

Have You Watched "Detroiters"?

I’m going out on a limb, but I think Detroiters might be the best comedy on TV right now. It’s a brand-new show, something like 3-4 episodes into its first season. But every episode so far has provided a number of truly laugh-out-loud moments, something I find to be pretty rare. And yes, there are […]


Have You Seen Logan?

Have You Seen Logan?

I just returned from a screening of the new Wolverine movie, Logan, and I’m in awe of what I just saw. It’s the Wolverine movie I never knew I wanted until now. Heck, it’s the superhero movie I never knew I wanted until now. I’m going to speak in pretty vague terms about the movie, […]