Archive for May, 2018

What Is Your Chosen Scent?

What Is Your Chosen Scent?

8 years ago, I decided that my scent would be Old Spice Pure Sport. I don’t remember the exact moment I made this decision, but it was absolutely a decision I made. I wanted to choose my scent based on something I liked and something I thought others might like too. So I bought Old […]


Have Your Tastes in TV Changed?

Have Your Tastes in TV Changed?

Recently I’ve noticed that my tastes in TV have started to change. Or maybe they’ve been changing for a while and I just haven’t realized it. I typically watch one show at lunch and 40-60 minutes of TV at dinner. The dinner slot is perfect for longer, scripted shows. Yet I find myself wanting to […]


How Would You Support Your Team If You Were Injured?

How Would You Support Your Team If You Were Injured?

While I’m not a huge NBA basketball fan, I enjoy the drama of the playoffs, and I’ve tuned into the final few minutes of a number of recent games. When I did that for Game 7 of Cavaliers-Celtics a few days ago, I was genuinely surprised by something the announcers mentioned. Kyrie Irving, the injured […]


What Did You Think of Solo: A Star Wars Story?

What Did You Think of Solo: A Star Wars Story?

I went into the theater to watch Solo: A Star Wars Story with low expectations, which is usually a setup for me to be pleasantly surprised. I avoided watching all teasers, trailers, and commercials for Solo, so all I knew about it was a rough idea of how critics had responded to it. Oh, and […]


Two Memorable Moments from the Survivor Finale

Two Memorable Moments from the Survivor Finale

I just finished watching the final episode of Survivor 36 with a few friends, 2 dogs, and 1 cat (the other cat wasn’t interested). Spoilers follow. Here’s a dog photo to separate non-spoiler and spoiler content: So, two big, memorable things happened in this episode. Well, two and one thing that didn’t happen. First, Dominic […]


What Was Your Prom Experience?

What Was Your Prom Experience?

This weekend, seniors around the US will attend prom. At least, I think it’s this weekend. Or roughly around this time. I don’t keep up with high schoolers. While my actual prom was pretty much forgettable–definitely not the epic nights depicted in movies–there was some drama and teenage angst leading up to it. As I […]


Have You Ever Weighed Yourself Soaking Wet?

Have You Ever Weighed Yourself Soaking Wet?

I think it was while I was watching a rerun of The Office recently when one of the characters (Angela) mentioned that she was 95 pounds soaking wet. You’ve probably heard that expression before. He/she is X pounds “soaking wet.” I’m sure I’ve said it. But who in the world is actually weighing themselves soaking […]


Jury Duty Report: Day 1 of X

Jury Duty Report: Day 1 of X

Obviously I can’t disclose the details of the case I was involved with today, but some interesting/amusing things happened that I thought I’d share, as well as a question. Midway through the morning, my number was called. I joined about 50 other potential jurors, and we were ushered around until we ended up in a […]


What’s Your Jury Duty Story?

What's Your Jury Duty Story?

10 hours from now I’ll begin jury duty. This will be the fourth time in the last 7 years that I’ve been summoned to serve in St. Louis City, where I live. For me, it’s a dichotomous duty: I’m proud to perform my civic duty, but I’m also the only full-time employee at a company […]


What’s the Last Gift You Gave That Just Felt Right?

What's the Last Gift You Gave That Just Felt Right?

I studied abroad in Kyoto for my junior year in college. It was the culmination of learning Japanese since 7th grade, and I look back on that time as some of the best months of my life. I felt by far more at home in my skin and my life there than during any of […]


How Do You Feel About Your High School Graduation Ceremony?

How Do You Feel About Your High School Graduation Ceremony?

Half my lifetime ago, I graduated from high school. While I have mostly fond memories of my high school–I’m very fortunate to have been in an environment where the vast majority of students were eager to learn–the actual graduation ceremony is almost completely inconsequential in my mind. So why am I writing about my high […]


What Is Your Favorite Cover of a Song?

What Is Your Favorite Cover of a Song?

There’s a scene in Logan Lucky–a fantastic heist movie–where a young woman sings John Denver’s classic song, “Take Me Home, Country Road.” By sheer coincidence, I watched another movie a few days later (Kingsmen: The Golden Circle) that prominently features the same song. So you could say that the song got stuck in my head […]


What Did Your Mother Help You Learn?

What Did Your Mother Help You Learn?

I take for granted far too many of the circumstances that led to my current life. I try not to, but I do. Today, on Mother’s Day, one in particular struck me. I was chatting on the phone with my parents as I do every Sunday, and I asked about my precious niece and nephew. […]


Talking About Games in My Sleep

Talking About Games in My Sleep

Last night I had a vivid post-apocalyptic dream. In the middle of it, I got out of bed to use the bathroom, and when I feel back asleep, I had a different dream in which I told people about the dream I just had. Super meta. I liked it. This was a reminder that I […]


What’s the Scariest Haunted House You’ve Visited?

What's the Scariest Haunted House You've Visited?

This is a weird topic to write about, as I don’t think I’ve ever been in a haunted house. But I had an idea for one after listening to Patton Oswalt’s standup on Netflix, and I’m curious how people who like haunted houses would respond to this. So, say you show up to a haunted […]


4 Heist Movies and a Kitten

4 Heist Movies and a Kitten

Over the last week or so, I watched 4 heist movies, one of my favorite genres of film. I thought I’d share my brief reactions to them and get your thoughts in case you’ve seen them. Bottle Rocket: This is one of Wes Anderson’s early films, and his special sense of humor is on full […]


A Delightfully Altruistic Prank War

A Delightfully Altruistic Prank War

It’s rare that a prank war results in everyone walking away from it feeling elated. But I think it may have just happened in a very public fashion. If you watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, you probably know what I’m referring to. I’ll try to summarize the key steps here, but I need […]


Have You Ever Eaten Rolled Ice Cream?

Have You Ever Eaten Rolled Ice Cream?

I’m writing this while my belly is still full of ice cream. Tonight I ate a new-to-me dessert. Some friends recently discovered a place called Snow Factory near where I live in St. Louis, so we made a trip there to see if their ice cream was as delicious as it looked on YouTube. The […]


Top 10 Games I Want to Play at Geekway

Top 10 Games I Want to Play at Geekway

In a few weeks I’ll have the pleasure of attending my favorite game convention, Geekway to the West, here in St. Louis. It’s basically 4 days of playing tons of different board games with people I’ve never met or rarely get to game with. I’ve been keeping a list of games I want to try out for […]


How Can You Know If There Is a Local Emergency?

How Can You Know If There Is a Local Emergency?

Earlier today I was working on a project when I heard a helicopter outside. It wasn’t just that I heard a helicopter; it was that I realized that I had been hearing a helicopter for a while, and I my brain decided that the sound was persistent enough to justify investigation. I opened balcony door. The helicopter […]


How Physically Close Do Your Pets Get to Each Other?

How Physically Close Do Your Pets Get to Each Other?

Biddy and Walter are friends about 25% of the time. The other 75% is spent either avoiding each other, meowing at each other, sitting in each others’ spots, and occasionally wrestling. “Friends” might even be a strong word. Let’s go with “interactive acquaintances.” Here are a few of those recent interactions: How do your pets […]