Archive for June, 2018

World Cup: My Thoughts So Far

World Cup: My Thoughts So Far

I’ve really, really enjoyed World Cup 2018 so far. There are some caveats, but for the most part I’ve been surprised by how often I’ve been drawn back to the TV to watch “just 5 more minutes.” This is one of the few occasions since I started running my company full-time that I haven’t been […]


How Have You Acted Around Celebrities?

How Have You Acted Around Celebrities?

It’s official: There is a massive gap between how I think I’ll act around celebrities and how I actually act around them. In my mind, I’m cool, calm, and collected when interacting with famous people. Maybe I send them a drink, compliment them on something very specific to show that I’m a fan, and then leave them alone. In […]


What Did You Think of Incredibles 2?

What Did You Think of Incredibles 2?

The Incredibles is, quite simply, one of my favorite movies of all time. This video from Cinema Wins does a great job of talking about why it works so well for me–in my opinion, it hits every beat perfectly, and every moment of the plot propels the story forward through character-building, discovery, humor, and action. […]


What’s Something You’ve Learned from Your Dad?

What's Something You've Learned from Your Dad?

Father’s Day is coming up in a few days, so I thought I’d mention an attribute about my father that came to mind recently when I was giving myself a haircut. When I was growing up, Dad cut my hair every few months through middle school and high school. I’d sit on a stool in […]


What Are You Looking Forward To?

What Are You Looking Forward To?

I’ve been watching older episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee lately. On one such episode, Julia Louis-Dreyfus shares some advice her mother gave her: Always have something to look forward to. This really hit home with me. I consider myself a positive person, but as I grow older, I’ve developed a habit of letting […]


Pet Peeve #69: The Least Effective Introductory Statement

Pet Peeve #69: The Least Effective Introductory Statement

This doesn’t happen every day. Not even every week or every month. But occasionally I get a message from a stranger that begins and ends with the following. Perhaps you’ve heard it too: “May I steal a moment of your time?” I think this may be one of the least effective introductory statements ever conceived. […]


For Restaurant Food, What Is Your Desired Ratio of Known to New?

For Restaurant Food, What Is Your Desired Ratio of Known to New?

I had a few delicious meals/desserts at restaurants this past weekend–including Louie, Clementine’s, St. Louis Coffee House and Creperie, and Nudo House, in case you’re in St. Louis–and a question arose in several conversations: For restaurant food, what is your desired ratio of known to new? That is, when you eat at a restaurant, how […]


What Did You Think of Ocean’s 8?

What Did You Think of Ocean's 8?

As you may know, heist flicks are one of my favorite types of movies. I posted my Top 10 list a few months ago, and proceeded to watch (and write about) a few of the movies mentioned in the comments of that post. Logan Lucky, one of those new movies, would definitely be on an […]


What Healthy Habits Have You Maintained the Longest?

What Healthy Habits Have You Maintained the Longest?

Out of the many ill-advised things I do (mostly involving food–I eat like I still had the metabolism I did when I was 20 years old), I’ve maintained 3 healthy habits for over a decade: I’ve flossed nightly since 1999. I decided my freshman year of college that I didn’t want to wear dentures when […]


How Do You Make Your Autograph Unique?

How Do You Make Your Autograph Unique?

Every now and then, someone asks me to sign their board game. (A game I designed, not a random game.) It always makes me feel good, and they walk away with something they wanted. Win-win. This happened a bunch of times at a recent convention, and I’ve decided that I need to do something more […]


Which Comedian and Which Car?

Which Comedian and Which Car?

If you were to drive around in any car ever invented for a few hours with a famous comedian, which car and which comedian would you choose? This is essentially the question Jerry Seinfeld gets to answer whenever he films an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I like that he took a few […]


Have You Eaten an Impossible Burger?

Have You Eaten an Impossible Burger?

I love the idea of alternative, sustainable sources of food. That’s why I’ve been fascinated by things like cricket flour over the last few years. I’m an omnivore, and I can’t deny that I enjoy the taste of chicken, fish, beef, turkey, etc, but I worry about their impact on the environment (and on my […]


What’s Your Character Arc?

What's Your Character Arc?

At a dinner party yesterday, I was privy to listen to a heartfelt debate between several people about which Star Trek show is the worst. I’ve watched the Star Trek movies, but not the television shows, so I had nothing to contribute to the conversation. But it was an interesting exchange, and a point about […]