confessions

My Convention Regret

I spent the last 4 days at a game convention in St. Louis, and I had a wonderful time. But there’s one moment, a small regret, that has remained on my mind, and I thought I’d share it here. Also, just to clarify up front, I had a great time playing a game with friends […]


Which Household Chore Do You Actually Enjoy?

Which Household Chore Do You Actually Enjoy?

When I was growing up, my brother, sister, and I had a chore rotation. Every week, we had to clean one toilet, vacuum a few rooms, dust one room, clean several windows, and mow the grass. A little bit of everything. As I look back, I think it was a flawed system. Because now I know […]


Who Do You Look at When You’re on a Panel?

Who Do You Look at When You're on a Panel?

Confession: I have no idea where to look when I’m on a panel. I’ll explain. Last weekend, I participated in a game design panel at the St. Louis Science Center. It was well moderated, and my fellow designers had lots of interesting insights. I had some good answers and some subpar answers. It was fine. […]


What Would You Say to Your High School Self?

What Would You Say to Your High School Self?

Every 2 years, my high school has an “Alumni Showcase” day when they invite graduates to return to the school to share their infinite wisdom with the students. I regretted not going 2 years ago, so I decided for sure I would go this year. Even though I was speaking to 14-18 year olds, I […]


Can You Sum Up Your First Time with a GIF?

Can You Sum Up Your First Time with a GIF?

Today’s post involves a little more adult humor than usual. It’s still safe for work, though. On Friday I laughed harder and longer than I have in a long time. Apparently, someone started a thread on reddit in which they asked for people to convey their first sexual experience with a safe-for-work animated GIF. The […]


Is It Wrong to Only Buy Holiday Chocolates at 50% Off?

Is It Wrong to Only Buy Holiday Chocolates at 50% Off?

I have a guilty pleasure: Half-priced chocolate. For pretty much all of my adult life, I’ve delighted in going to the grocery store a day or two after a holiday like Halloween, Valentine’s Day, or Easter and buying a few bags of chocolate at 50% off. Any other time of the year, I’ll just buy […]


A Throne of Cats

A Throne of Cats

Pet owners and human parents of the world: Do you ever discomfort yourself merely to not inconvenience  your pet/child while they do something adorable, endearing, or peaceful? An example of this for human parents is that you might not move from an uncomfortable position on the couch just because your infant son/daughter fell asleep on […]


Confession #21: Baths and Showers

Confession #21: Baths and Showers

I haven’t done a “confession” entry in a while, and the subject of showers has arisen on several entries this week, so here’s one from my childhood. It’s my perception that most kids take baths for the first few years of life, and then they graduate to showers at a certain age. Maybe 5 or […]


I Don’t Understand Shower Shoes

I Don't Understand Shower Shoes

This topic has eluded my memory for quite a long time, as the only time it ever occurs to me is the moment when I’m stepping out of the shower. However, recently the topic came up as part of a joke in Pitch Perfect 2, so I wrote it down, and now we can finally […]


Confession #20: I Can’t Open Twist-Off Bottles

Confession #20: I Can't Open Twist-Off Bottles

I’ve hidden this secret for years, and it’s time to face the truth: Most of the time, I can’t open twist-off bottles without the aid of a bottle opener. Yes. This is a fact. Just today at lunch I labored over a bottle for several seconds, even considering breaking it on the edge of the table and […]


Confession #19: Yoga Pants and Objectifying Women

Confession #19: Yoga Pants and Objectifying Women

It’s been over 2 years since I did one of these confession posts (here’s the last one). They’re not easy to write, as many of them don’t reflect on me well at all, but what good is a personal blog if you can’t get personal? Here’s the deal: I think I’ve been objectifying women for […]


Clean Fingers, Sticky Fingers

Clean Fingers, Sticky Fingers

I’m a sucker for “Best Places for Buffalo Wings” lists. Every indie newspaper and foodie blog in every city has one. I simply need to try every wing so I decide which one is the best. (For the record, Culpepper’s is my favorite in St. Louis). Today I found myself at Pat’s Bar & Grill, […]


At This Time Tomorrow I’ll Be Naked in Public

At This Time Tomorrow I'll Be Naked in Public

I dread public speaking. I’m not terrible at it. But I don’t enjoy it. I’m not comfortable being in the spotlight. I get flummoxed and dry-mouthed, and the days and hours leading up to it are absolutely nervewracking. I particularly don’t like public speaking with a microphone. I can’t gauge what my voice sounds like […]


Independence Day in My Pants

Independence Day in My Pants

Last July I posted a video and blog entry about Trunk Club, a service that sends men items of clothing selected specifically for them by a stylist. You get a “trunk” of clothing in the mail for free, you pay for what you keep, and you send the rest back. I checked the video the […]


My Favorite Unmanly Thing: My Tweezerman Tweezers

My Favorite Unmanly Thing: My Tweezerman Tweezers

I write this as if it’s the only favorite unmanly thing I own or do. Honestly, though, I rarely care about what’s manly or not manly–I just do what I like. I’m confident in my masculinity. If there’s a drink called “Georgia Peach” on the menu, I’m going to order it. If there’s a catchy […]


Leadership Tactic #81: Passion

This entry could double as a Confessions entry, so I’m going to tag it as such. Here’s my confession: I’m 32 years old, and I just learned the true meaning of passion about an hour ago. It’s not what you’re thinking (I’m assuming that you were thinking that I was referring to my hipster mermaid […]


Movember Confession

Movember Confession

I have a confession. I shaved my mustache before November 30. I know, I know–I’m a disgrace. Here’s what happened. It’s not a good excuse, but there is a reason. Basically, the mustache was the first thing people noticed about me, and not in a good way. It wasn’t a strong enough mustache that people […]


Confession #18: The 11 Horcruxes of Jamey Stegmaier

Confession #18: The 11 Horcruxes of Jamey Stegmaier

In the Harry Potter mythos, Voldemort broke his own soul into 7 different pieces and ensnared them in various objects that were dear to his heart so that he could live forever. Put all the horcruxes together and you complete Voldemort. Destroy them and you destroy Voldemort forever. In a similar vein, I’ve decided that […]


Confession #17: The Clothing Spreadsheet

Confession #17: The Clothing Spreadsheet

There are some ugly rumors floating around in the comments section regarding an alleged “spreadsheet” I used to maintain to keep track of my “outfits.” I’m here to confirm those rumors. When I was in high school, I ran into a daily decision of epic proportions: What to wear. Perhaps you had the same decision […]


The Weirdest Thing I Did as a Kid

The Weirdest Thing I Did as a Kid

I did a LOT of weird things as a kid. I was overly fascinated with smells emitted by my body (still am), I took baths until I was WAY too old to be taking baths (I simply couldn’t fathom that a sprinkle of water could be better than sitting in a pool of water), and […]


Why You Should Go to a Therapist at Least Once Before You Turn 30

Why You Should Go to a Therapist at Least Once Before You Turn 30

I’ve thought about this entry for a while now, and partially thanks to a good conversation I had the other day with a friend, I think it’s ready. Below are a few reasons why I think it’s a good idea for everyone to go see a therapist at least once before turning 30. You can […]


The Great Mullet of 2011

The Great Mullet of 2011

Confession: I had a rat tail when I was a kid. The year was 1988. I was in second grade central Virginia; needless to say, I wasn’t the only kid with a rat tail. But there was something special about having that stringy patch of hair snaking down my back. I think it was about […]


Confession #16: A Loaded Question

Confession #16: A Loaded Question

Today I experienced a first on Match.com: A 62-year-old woman from Montana e-mailed me with the following message: I just sent a reply to a gentleman in LasVegas and when I hit the send button, your profile was displayed in the “others like so & so”….and I just had to make a comment. WHAT on […]


The 3 Things You’d Change About Your College Experience If You Had a Time Machine

The 3 Things You'd Change About Your College Experience If You Had a Time Machine

Knowing what you know now about the real world and college and yourself, what are three things you would do differently if you could redo your undergraduate years of college? My three: I would take only the classes that really interested me. I’m glad I went to Wash U. It’s a great school, the quality […]