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Can You Give Yourself a Shot?

Can You Give Yourself a Shot?

After today, I have a newfound respect and awe for anyone who has to give themselves a shot or take any kind of blood sample from their own body. You might recall that last week I purchased an Everlywell home cholesterol kit. It’s a lab test you can give yourself at home. I heard about the […]


Dream Room #1: The Ball Room

Dream Room #1: The Ball Room

When I was 10 years old, I thought I wanted to be an architect. I was particularly fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright and Thomas Jefferson (he designed a lot of the architecture at the University of Virginia, where I attended summer camp). In hindsight, I didn’t actually want to be an architect. I’m not that […]


Which Photo Best Summarizes Your Thanksgiving?

Which Photo Best Summarizes Your Thanksgiving?

I spent the last week in Virginia with my parents, sister’s family, and my brother and his wife. It’s a long drive, and I missed my cats, but it was a good Thanksgiving. I’ve been catching up on work, but I didn’t want to go another day without blogging, so here are the photo highlights […]


Pandemic Legacy and Disaster Kits

Pandemic Legacy and Disaster Kits

A few days ago, a friend showed up at my condo and discovered this: It was a serendipitous amalgamation of products: Pandemic Legacy Season 2 was there because I bought it and will be playing it for the first time tonight. Everything else was there because I took the plunge and started to assemble a […]


Puerto Rico, Electricity, and Helplessness

Puerto Rico, Electricity, and Helplessness

Ever since hurricanes pummeled the Caribbean a few months ago, I’ve felt scared and helpless about Puerto Rico’s electricity situation. How is it possible that a US commonwealth has been without power for 7 weeks? I had the pleasure of traveling to Puerto Rico 8 years ago with a girlfriend. I also worked closely with […]


A Quick PSA About Cat Urination

A Quick PSA About Cat Urination

I didn’t plan to write about this, but it occurred to me today that my cat is still alive today because a friend had once told me something about her cat. I figured if this could save someone else’s cat too, it’s worth writing about. On Wednesday, Walter hopped out of his litter box, made […]


Have You Ever Stopped a Bully?

I never thought I’d say this, but one of the most heartwarming things I’ve seen in a long time was a Burger King commercial. It’s a “hidden camera” commercial that poses the following scenario: “We bullied a high school junior and a Whopper Jr. to see which one received more complaints.” You can watch the […]


How Quickly Do You Accept Friend Requests?

How Quickly Do You Accept Friend Requests?

Back in the my days of online dating, I was never one to ascribe to “rules” about when to text after a date. In fact, I’d usually send a text within an hour after the date to thank the lady for a good time, and then I’d wait to see if/when I found myself compelled […]


Me Too?

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, I’ve seen a lot of revelatory posts on social media about sexual harassment. It’s been powerful for me to see how many people have written the following message (sometimes with a specific story, sometimes without): Me Too. If all the people who have been sexually harassed or […]


What Are You Oddly Protective of?

What Are You Oddly Protective of?

I realized a few days ago that I’m oddly protective of a piece of furniture. It’s not the furniture itself, really–it’s more about what it represents. On Saturday I hosted a game day for a number of people who were coming in from out of town to attend an annual game design event I run. […]


What’s Something You Wish You Had Tried or Been Introduced to a Lot Earlier?

What’s Something You Wish You Had Tried or Been Introduced to a Lot Earlier?

I saw this question posted on Facebook the other day, and I liked it. I found myself being influenced by the answers I saw on the original thread, so if you want to ponder it for yourself, I’d recommend pausing before reading my answers. Here’s a few things that came to mind for me: Indian […]


What’s in Your Survival Kit?

What's in Your Survival Kit?

It’s been a surreal weekend in St. Louis. The weather was stunningly beautiful here, yet I know that so many people in Florida, Mexico, and Houston are struggling from floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Also, by the time most people read this, it’ll be the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. There isn’t a place […]


Do You Know Your Family Medical History?

Do You Know Your Family Medical History?

Serendipity. That word sums up today. I’ll break it down into three parts: This morning I wrote an e-mail to my biological mother to wish her a happy birthday. I realize that sentence may be strange to some people, so I’ll summarize: I’m adopted, and I am forever appreciative of the gift my biological mother […]


Do You Eat with Your Friends, Family, or Neighbors?

All throughout my youth, my family ate meals together around our kitchen table. No TV, no cell phones, just the 5 of us trying our best to communicate. The same thing happens at a larger scale during our semi-annual family reunions, when everyone takes turns contributing to meals for 30-40 people. In college, I almost […]


Nieces and Nephews in St. Louis

Nieces and Nephews in St. Louis

I’ve been Facetiming from my home office with my niece (4) and nephew (2) for years now, so they’ve seen every inch of my condo on a tiny screen. I was elated to finally show them a little slice of my life in person in St. Louis this past weekend when they dropped in on […]


Do Friends Swindle Friends?

Do Friends Swindle Friends?

When I was a kid, I swindled a friend. Magic: The Gathering was all the rage among my friends back then. We played for fun, and we didn’t know the value of the cards (some were worth more than others)…that is, until I bought a magazine that revealed the values of each card. I used […]


What’s Your Favorite Memory from Summer Camp?

What's Your Favorite Memory from Summer Camp?

Do you ever have a song or smell trigger a specific memory or time? That happened to me the other day at the Cardinals game when the song “Blister in the Sun” blared over the loudspeakers. Instantly I was transported back to a summer camp I attended in middle school called the Summer Enrichment Program […]


Has Anything Ever Made You Consider Going Vegetarian?

Has Anything Ever Made You Consider Going Vegetarian?

I can count on my hands the number of times I’ve thought about giving up meat. In fact, since the situation I’ll mention below, I’ve already eaten bacon, octopus, bison, chicken, fish, and steak. I very much like the way meat tastes, and I like the feel of protein surging through my veins. But here’s […]


What Do You Eat to Honor Your Father?

What Do You Eat to Honor Your Father?

On Saturday, the day before Father’s Day, I received an e-mail from my father that really touched me. Among a few other things, the e-mail mentioned that he went to the grocery store. While I was there, he said, “I picked up a few things that reminded me of my father.” He attached this photo: […]


Oh, West Virginia

Oh, West Virginia

My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary a few months ago. We decided to celebrate as a family by getting together in the mountains of West Virginia. That’s where I’ve been for the last few days. It was a lovely, relaxing vacation. We ate good food, lounged in the pool, barely escaped from an Escape […]


The Photos of May 2017

The Photos of May 2017

I don’t have anything particularly interesting to write tonight, so I’ll flash some photos in front of you and hope you don’t notice the absence of substance. There will be cats, though. Lots of cats.                                         […]


Is This Real Life?

Is This Real Life?

I had something happen to me yesterday–something awesome–that made me ask, “Is this real life?” In the middle of the afternoon, I got a message from someone named Ken. He said he’s a fan of my games, and he wanted to say hi. It was really nice to hear this. Then the message got really […]


How to Get the Best Stories from an Introvert

I’m an introvert.  That is, I’m energized by being alone, I don’t like small talk, and as much as I’m invigorated by spending time with other people one-on-one or in small groups, it’s also exhausting. I’ve talked about introversion on this blog, but there’s an area of it I haven’t explored: Things people can do […]


How Often Do You Talk to Your Parents?

How Often Do You Talk to Your Parents?

A few weeks before I set off to go to college in 1999, my parents had a chat with me that would forever establish our rate of communication. Mom and Dad sat me down and said, “Jamey, here’s the deal: You have to write or call us with a recap of your week every week […]