Archive for July, 2018

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 […]