Archive for July, 2018

Are You as Awkward a Hugger as I Am?

Are You as Awkward a Hugger as I Am?

Today I had a wonderful opportunity to meet up with a reviewer who was briefly in St. Louis for business. We ate a treat at the excellent Nathaniel Reid Bakery, and then I drove him over to his meeting. Great guy, great chat–I’m happy to have met him, and I look forward to sending games […]


What’s Your Favorite Set Piece in Mission Impossible: Fallout?

What's Your Favorite Set Piece in Mission Impossible: Fallout?

I wrote about Mission Impossible: Fallout last week before I saw it, through the lens of a question of whether or not actors should perform their own stunts. Normally I wouldn’t revisit the same topic so soon, but I really enjoyed the movie, hence this post. Before I get into spoilers, here’s my quick review: […]


My New Nephew!

My New Nephew!

One of the great, unexpected pleasures I’ve experienced over the last few years has been becoming an uncle three times over. So I wanted to share my elation with you, dear reader, that a new nephew has been added to the Stegmaier family! My sister gave birth to Aaron on Friday (exactly 1 day after […]


Do You Care If Actors Do Their Own Stunts?

Do You Care If Actors Do Their Own Stunts?

I’m really excited to watch Mission Impossible: Fallout this weekend. I love most movies in the series, I’m entertained by Tom Cruise’s intensity, and the reviews are glowing. But I’m not sure I care about actors doing their own stunts (“actors” used in the way that performers use it–gender neutral). Stress the “I’m not sure” […]


Are You Making Progress on Your Bucket List?

Are You Making Progress on Your Bucket List?

I’ve kept a running bucket list–things I want to do during my life–for many years now. I’ve added things to the list, dropped things from the list, and achieved several of them. That said, I rarely look at the list, despite it often being in my field of vision. So I thought I’d write about […]


Would You Like to See a Human on Mars?

Would You Like to See a Human on Mars?

Today I read about a new Hulu series called “The First” that’s all about the first manned expedition to Mars. It plays a little bit like a prequel to “The Martian,” though with more serious overtures. I’m sitting here watching a beautiful trailer, and I find myself thinking, “Can we please just do this? Why […]


What Is Your Ideal Cocoa Percentage?

What Is Your Ideal Cocoa Percentage?

When I was in Seattle recently, I went on an excellent tour of the Theo Chocolate Factory. I particularly liked that the tour guide gave us little pieces of chocolate to eat throughout the tour, with provided a strong sense of connection to the chocolate-making process (and ensured that we weren’t just tapping our fingers […]


What Did You Think of the Movie Trailers Unveiled at Comic Con?

What Did You Think of the Movie Trailers Unveiled at Comic Con?

This past weekend was Comic Con, an event that interests people like me from afar because of newly released movie trailers. I probably shouldn’t watch them, but I just get so excited and curious about these movies that I can’t help it. I allowed myself one viewing per trailer. Tonight I thought I’d list the […]


In Which City Would You Like to Go on a Food Tour?

In Which City Would You Like to Go on a Food Tour?

It’s rare that I have the chance to travel these days, but when I do, I like to eat well. Food is a huge part of a local culture. I’ve been thinking about this since my recent trip to Seattle. What I’ve realized is that when I hang out in a new city for a […]


As an Adult, What Have You Chosen to Stop Doing?

As an Adult, What Have You Chosen to Stop Doing?

One of the perks about being an adult is that you have a lot of freedom to choose what you want to do on any given day or night (particularly non-working hours). Instead of your parents determining what you can eat, where you can go, who you can see, etc, you can just do it. […]


What Are the 3 Most Beautiful Places You’ve Ever Seen?

What Are the 3 Most Beautiful Places You've Ever Seen?

Lately I’ve been thinking about the concept and future of travel, especially with the proliferation of technology. I think I was in Seattle when this occurred to me in reference to a World’s Fair. From what I understand, people used to travel from far and wide to attend World’s Fairs. But now if you want […]


My Greatest Fear #62: Thunder and Lightning

My Greatest Fear #62: Thunder and Lightning

I readily admit that most of my “greatest fears” are irrational and outlandish, like potato eyes, left turns, and face paint. Today’s fear is probably a bit more common, though you might react very differently to it than I do. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve really not liked thunderstorms. Part of it is […]


Have You Seen the Movie “Game Night”?

Have You Seen the Movie "Game Night"?

Despite all of the things that can go wrong when I watch a movie in the theater, sometimes after watching a movie at home, I wish I could have seen it with an audience. Game Night is one of those movies. I watched Game Night on DVD during dinner yesterday and today, and I loved […]


Pet Peeve #70: Deceptive Trailers for Musicals

Pet Peeve #70: Deceptive Trailers for Musicals

I’ve now seen the trailer for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again approximately 10 times. Not by choice, mind you. It’s just that it has played in front of every movie I’ve watched in the theater over the last 3 months. The movie is clearly a musical, but the trailer seems intent on not reminding […]


Fun Fact: Movies Exist in Theaters After Opening Weekend

Fun Fact: Movies Exist in Theaters After Opening Weekend

Tonight I went to see Ant-Man and the Wasp. On a Tuesday. Two days after opening weekend. Who knew? For the last 15 years or so, I’ve based my movie-watching preferences on the assumption that movies were only available in the theater on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Then they vanish. I’ve spent months getting excited […]


Have You Ever Fainted?

Have You Ever Fainted?

Today a man walked into a Red Cross in St. Louis, felt a needle prick his finger, and fainted to the floor. Fortunately, I was not that man. I was the guy who was waiting to donate blood while that man was revived. While I never saw him, apparently he was a big fella–350 pounds, […]


How Long Is Your Ideal Nap?

How Long Is Your Ideal Nap?

I’m so groggy that I can barely write this blog post. I work from home, so every now and then I’ll take an afternoon nap when my brain and body call for it. Even though weekends are the same as weekdays to me in terms of my work schedule, I would say a nap is […]


Have You Tried the “Mother” Elixir?

Have You Tried the "Mother" Elixir?

So, apparently I have high cholesterol. Most likely this is due to my sweet tooth. I’m trying to address this by eating fewer sweets–which, to be clear, I don’t think I eat an absurd amount of; usually it’s a small treat after lunch, a few pieces of dark chocolate in the afternoon, and ice cream […]


Have You Ever Had a Smelly Friend?

Have You Ever Had a Smelly Friend?

Have you ever had a smelly friend? Someone who consistently emits a foul body odor? What–if anything–did you do? I ran into this issue a few years ago. There was someone in my friend group who, frankly, smelled bad. I must admit that I didn’t ask anyone else if they noticed the smell, as I […]


World Cup Update: Are You Not Entertained?!

World Cup Update: Are You Not Entertained?!

Okay, maybe you don’t care about soccer and truly aren’t entertained by the World Cup. But I am! Here’s an update with my current thoughts: We’re entering the quarterfinals with several predictable entrants (France, Uruguay, Brazil, Belgium) and an entire half-bracket that hardly anyone expected to get this far (Russia, Croatia, Sweden, England). This is […]


Nobody Puts Baby in an Uber

Nobody Puts Baby in an Uber

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent a few days in Seattle last week, primarily to see my brother and his new baby. My niece is 3 months old, and my brother has ample paternity leave; his wife was mostly working when I was in town. I wanted to spend a lot of time with my […]


8 Things I Learned About Seattle Last Week

8 Things I Learned About Seattle Last Week

Last week I spent 3 days in Seattle, primarily to visit my brother and his new baby. I had a great time, and along the way I learned some things about Seattle that I thought I’d share with you: Awesome gaming culture. Okay, I only saw a very small slice of gaming culture at Mox […]