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In Your Youth, Did You You Ever Discover That You Were Unexpectedly Good at Something?

In Your Youth, Did You You Ever Discover That You Were Unexpectedly Good at Something?

I was a scrawny, geeky kid. Through elementary school and middle school, I was a good student. Often a great student. I also played recreational soccer, but I didn’t consider myself particularly good at it. In pretty much any situation, if you pitted me against a jock, I would gladly bet on the jock. This […]


How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

One of the most intense scenes in the movie Fight Club involves Brad Pitt using homemade soap materials to burn a permanent scar into Edward Norton’s hand. Norton’s character tries to escape the pain through meditation, but Pitt forces him to stay with the pain. I was reminded of this scene today during my latest […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


Has Your Brain Ever Betrayed You?

Has Your Brain Ever Betrayed You?

I started watching It a few days ago. I’ve been intrigued by this movie ever since I started reading about it last year. I generally don’t enjoy being scared, so I didn’t see it in the theater, but I vowed to watch it at home. I got the DVD from Netflix last week, and during […]


Have You Ever Been Hooked on a Game?

Have You Ever Been Hooked on a Game?

Around 10 years ago (at least, it feels that way), someone recommended 2 iPhone games to me: Pocket Frogs and Birzzle. Pocket Frogs is a game about collecting, breeding, and playing mini games with frogs, and Birzzle is a match-3 game like Bejeweled (but with birds!). Over the next week or so, I experienced something […]


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’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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 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. […]


Have You Ever Tried Acupuncture?

Have You Ever Tried Acupuncture?

I try to go to the doctor once a year for a checkup. Currently I’m a few months overdue, but I have a reason: I’m waiting until I have enough ailments to justify an appointment. I figure that 10 ailments is the right number, and I’m currently at 6 (knee, cold fingers, neck, cholesterol, migraines, […]


Dream Room #5: The Secret Passage Dilemma

Dream Room #5: The Secret Passage Dilemma

It’s time to continue the series of articles about rooms I’d like to have in my house if I ever move out of this condo and build my own home. When I was young, I loved the idea of having a secret passage in my house, especially if it connected to a secret room. I […]