Archive for March, 2018

The Popcorn Conundrum

The Popcorn Conundrum

Prepare for a deep dive into the twisted mind and tummy of Jamey Stegmaier. For any of this to make sense, you need to understand that I love movie theater popcorn. I don’t love all movie theater popcorn, but when a theater makes good popcorn, I’m all over it. In fact, I often look forward to the popcorn more […]


Pet Please #153: Hard Cuts in Movies and TV to Duets

In a recent episode of Brooklyn 99, two of the characters are waiting for a meeting. They happen to be in a karaoke parlor at the time, so one of them shyly mentions that they could sing a song. The other shrugs. “I guess so….” Hard cut to the two actors singing their hearts out in a […]


Have You Ever Been on a TV Show?

Have You Ever Been on a TV Show?

Today I got my daily temptation alert from the Hi Pointe Drive In, one of the best and most creative burger places in St. Louis. The alert was for a $5 version of their classic taco burger AND a notification that a television show (I think it was for the travel network) would be filming […]


How Much of Your Past Is Fair Game for Present Judgment?

How Much of Your Past Is Fair Game for Present Judgment?

Today I was a guest on the podcast Worst Foot Forward. It’s different than most podcasts I’ve been on, as it isn’t usually gaming related. Rather, it’s a podcast about outlandish things. The theme of our episode was outlandish non-tabletop, non-sport games. Of course, the topic of drinking games came up. Barry and Ben, the […]


The Office: A Retrospective

The Office: A Retrospective

Recently I’ve been spending my mealtimes watching The Office. I was a viewer during the 9 glorious seasons of this show, and I would say it’s easily among my favorite sitcoms of all time. I don’t know if this blog entry will make much sense, considering that even if you watched The Office, you probably […]


7 Books I’ve Pre-Ordered for 2018

7 Books I've Pre-Ordered for 2018

I use a Kindle as my primary reading device, and one of my favorite things is getting an alert that a book I pre-ordered months ago has arrived on my Kindle. But…one of my other favorite things is anticipating what’s coming. So tonight I took a look at my pre-ordered books. Here’s what I found: […]


Have You Ever Ordered One of Everything?

Have You Ever Ordered One of Everything?

Every now and then, I read the menu at a new-to-me restaurant menu (like the amazing St. Louis restaurants on this list) and think, “Everything looks so good! How can I possibly choose?” Usually this results in me picking something and being pretty happy with it, but slightly coveting the dish a friend ordered. It […]


Wait, Do I Have to Throw Away My New Balance Shoes?

Wait, Do I Have to Throw Away My New Balance Shoes?

Today I was watching a video in which comedian Chris Gethard examines a replay of his last appearance on The Late Show. The video is very funny, particularly something that I don’t want to spoil. Near the beginning of the video, Chris, noted that he had been wearing New Balance shoes, saying, “None of us […]


Walter and His “Mama”

Walter and His "Mama"

For the longest time, I’ve had cold feet when I get into bed. Recently I thought of a solution, and within a few days I had an electric blanked draped over the covers. I heat it up while I’m winding down for the night, and by the time I crawl under the covers, it’s nice […]


The One-Bite Challenge

The One-Bite Challenge

On a recent season of Top Chef, the chefs were given a unique challenge: Create one perfect bite of food. There were no other restrictions. Just make one amazing bite of food. Not one bite of a bigger dish–just one, single-serving bite. I’ve hosted a few Top Chef challenges involving a head-to-head cookoff with secret […]


What Is the Perfect Ice Cream Spoon?

What Is the Perfect Ice Cream Spoon?

A few days ago, a friend mentioned an experiment involving spoons. Subjects were given spoons made out of different metals and moulded into different shapes, and they were asked to eat the same type of ice cream. As it turns out, the composition of the spoon had a HUGE impact on the perception of flavor. […]


What Are Your Rules for Game Night?

What Are Your Rules for Game Night?

As of right now, I have exactly one rule on my game room whiteboard: “No cell phones at game night, please!” I like to keep it simple. Who wants a long list of rules when we’re just trying to have fun? Well, as it so happens, gamers love rules! So I decided to compile some […]


Top 10 Tabletop Games from My Childhood

Top 10 Tabletop Games from My Childhood

Today I was filming a game design video about Stratego, and as I waxed poetic about how good this ancient game is, I realized: Some of the games from my childhood were really, really good. So I decided to put together a list of those games, ranked as a top 10. I’m pretty sure this […]


My Top 10 Favorite Heist Films

My Top 10 Favorite Heist Films

This past weekend, my TiVo happened to pick up Die Hard. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Die Hard, and I was quickly reminded of how much I enjoy the movie. As I was watching, I realized why: At its heart, its a heist movie. I love heist movies. I think a big part of […]


The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Story

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Story

When I was 18, my parents threw me a surprise off-to-college party on a Saturday afternoon. There was barbecue, lawn games, and no alcohol. It was a tame party in all the best of ways–I was not a partier in high school, and it would have been supremely awkward for my parents to host anything […]


Why Don’t Hotels Have Prominent Staircases?

Why Don't Hotels Have Prominent Staircases?

Today I went to the doctor for a checkup. The office had moved to a new building, and as I entered it, I was greeted with a beautiful sight: A wide, carpeted staircase right next to the elevator. You see, I love taking the stairs. It’s exercise, it’s often faster than taking the elevator, and […]


I Want the 49ers to Draft Shaquem Griffin

I Want the 49ers to Draft Shaquem Griffin

Whether or not you follow the National Football League, there’s an emerging story that I think is worth your attention. Shaquem Griffin, an acclaimed player for the University of Central Florida, only has one hand. He lost his hand at age 4 due to a congenital condition called “amniotic band syndrome.” Yet he recently tore […]


What Animal Would You Least Want to Find in Your House?

What Animal Would You Least Want to Find in Your House?

Last night I was reading in bed before going to sleep. Walter was in his usual spot by the pillow, purring happily and drooling on the pillow. Here’s what he looks like when he does this: All of a sudden, he stopped purring, leapt to his feet, and sprang towards the bedroom door. Something was […]


My Bachelor Party

My Bachelor Party

I’ve never been married, nor do I plan to be. But if I did, what would my bachelor party look like? This subject came up the other day at a friend’s bachelor party. It was an all-day affair involving something called demolition ball, axe-throwing, and barbecue dinner at Salt & Smoke. I wasn’t able to […]


My Brother Created a Human Child!

My Brother Created a Human Child!

Late last week I became an uncle. Okay, I was already an uncle to my sister’s kids. But my brother just had his first child with his wife, so that’s a special first for me (and for him and his wife). Andrew and Margaret avoided learning the baby’s gender until the moment of truth. I […]


Should a Successful Young Entrepreneur Still Pursue a College Degree?

Should a Successful Young Entrepreneur Still Pursue a College Degree?

There was a recent episode of Shark Tank that primarily featured young entrepreneurs. I was fascinated and curious about the sharks’ responses about college, particularly for two presenters: A young woman took a year off between high school and college instead of accepting a full-ride tuition to a great college. During that year she taught […]