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Have You Ever Weighed Yourself Soaking Wet?

Have You Ever Weighed Yourself Soaking Wet?

I think it was while I was watching a rerun of The Office recently when one of the characters (Angela) mentioned that she was 95 pounds soaking wet. You’ve probably heard that expression before. He/she is X pounds “soaking wet.” I’m sure I’ve said it. But who in the world is actually weighing themselves soaking […]


Jury Duty Report: Day 1 of X

Jury Duty Report: Day 1 of X

Obviously I can’t disclose the details of the case I was involved with today, but some interesting/amusing things happened that I thought I’d share, as well as a question. Midway through the morning, my number was called. I joined about 50 other potential jurors, and we were ushered around until we ended up in a […]


How Can You Know If There Is a Local Emergency?

How Can You Know If There Is a Local Emergency?

Earlier today I was working on a project when I heard a helicopter outside. It wasn’t just that I heard a helicopter; it was that I realized that I had been hearing a helicopter for a while, and I my brain decided that the sound was persistent enough to justify investigation. I opened balcony door. The helicopter […]


Have You Ever Climbed a Pole in Philadelphia?

Have You Ever Climbed a Pole in Philadelphia?

Today an article about the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game between Villanova and Michigan caught my eye. The headline read, “Villanova greases poles ahead of title game.” I thought that sounded odd, but I also had a sense of deja vu. It hit me: Authorities in Philadelphia also greased poles before the most recent Super […]


How Much of Your Past Is Fair Game for Present Judgment?

How Much of Your Past Is Fair Game for Present Judgment?

Today I was a guest on the podcast Worst Foot Forward. It’s different than most podcasts I’ve been on, as it isn’t usually gaming related. Rather, it’s a podcast about outlandish things. The theme of our episode was outlandish non-tabletop, non-sport games. Of course, the topic of drinking games came up. Barry and Ben, the […]


Wait, Do I Have to Throw Away My New Balance Shoes?

Wait, Do I Have to Throw Away My New Balance Shoes?

Today I was watching a video in which comedian Chris Gethard examines a replay of his last appearance on The Late Show. The video is very funny, particularly something that I don’t want to spoil. Near the beginning of the video, Chris, noted that he had been wearing New Balance shoes, saying, “None of us […]


Why Don’t Hotels Have Prominent Staircases?

Why Don't Hotels Have Prominent Staircases?

Today I went to the doctor for a checkup. The office had moved to a new building, and as I entered it, I was greeted with a beautiful sight: A wide, carpeted staircase right next to the elevator. You see, I love taking the stairs. It’s exercise, it’s often faster than taking the elevator, and […]


What Animal Would You Least Want to Find in Your House?

What Animal Would You Least Want to Find in Your House?

Last night I was reading in bed before going to sleep. Walter was in his usual spot by the pillow, purring happily and drooling on the pillow. Here’s what he looks like when he does this: All of a sudden, he stopped purring, leapt to his feet, and sprang towards the bedroom door. Something was […]


Do Car Chases Make Sense at All?

Do Car Chases Make Sense at All?

A few days ago, a high-speed chase between a carjacking suspect and the St. Louis police resulted in a 6-car pileup and 3 hospitalizations. Why is this still a thing? Before I go into this, I want to say that ideally people wouldn’t commit crimes, and if they do, if they police ask them to […]


Is a Luxury Car Worth the Expense?

Is a Luxury Car Worth the Expense?

Every now and then, I consider letting go of my 2003 Camry and buying a newer car. This is a fleeting thought, not something I expect to act on. Overall, my goal is to drive the Camry until (a) it will no longer let me drive it and (b) self-driving cars are commonplace. But a […]


What Do You Value More: Food or Dreams?

What Do You Value More: Food or Dreams?

A friend told me today that she ate a special brownie last night, which resulted in her having a very scary nightmare. No, it wasn’t that kind of special brownie. It was a sugarless, flourless brownie. It was probably harmless, but my friend wasn’t used to eating those ingredients, so it’s reasonable to think they would have […]


Do You Eat Fruit with or without the Skin?

Do You Eat Fruit with or without the Skin?

I continue to be intrigued by the different foods people like/dislike and different ways people eat food. That’s what today’s topic is about. I have a friend who, as I recently learned, only eats peeled fruit. Pears, peaches, apples, plums, even grapes…they all must be peeled. Her reason was interesting, as my parents taught me […]


Which Hand Do You Use?

Which Hand Do You Use?

I’ve been on a Curb Your Enthusiasm kick lately. In a recent episode, Larry damaged his right eardrum, and a doctor instructs him to use his other ear while talking on the phone. But, as Larry bemoans, he always uses his right hand to hold his phone. When he tries to answer the phone with […]


Is It Better to Knock or Test the Knob on a Bathroom Stall?

One of the pleasures of working from home is that I never have to worry about the intricacies of potentially awkward social interactions. It’s just me and the cats. I was reminded of how lucky I am today when I watched a debate between Ed Helms and Stephen Colbert about a common office situation: If […]


The Question of Counter-Protesting

The Question of Counter-Protesting

I had an interesting discussion with someone today about the appalling white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. We talked about a number of different aspects of it, but one element remained debatable, and I’m curious to hear your thoughts. It’s about counter-protests. At first, the idea was expressed that simply ignoring a rabble of angry, […]


Is Tuesday Really the Best Day for Tacos?

Is Tuesday Really the Best Day for Tacos?

Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Freaky Friday…these are just a few alliterations used by restaurants, social media, and movies. But do alliterations matter as much as we think? I’m here to find out. The other day, a friend mentioned that it was Taco Tuesday at her house. It was Tuesday, and she […]


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 […]


How to Bark Back

How to Bark Back

I have a dog situation. A few weeks ago, I started hearing a dog barking in my parking lot. My building faces several apartment buildings, so it took me a minute to figure out that the barking was coming from the balcony of one of those buildings. A dog is often on that balcony–it appears […]


Is It Better to Stage a House or Empty It?

Is It Better to Stage a House or Empty It?

It’s been a long time since I moved, and based on the fact that moving is one of my 5 least favorite things, I’ll most likely spend the rest of my life in this condo. But I have a friend who recently purchased a new house, and they’re trying to figure out the best way […]


Is There Any Reason Not to Wear Deodorant?

Is There Any Reason Not to Wear Deodorant?

Ever since I hit puberty (just a few years ago), I’ve applied deodorant every day. I think I used the Secret brand when I was young–that’s what Mom bought for us–and as an adult I switched over to All Spice Pure Sport. Really, I’ve never questioned the idea of wearing deodorant. It’s deeply embedded in […]


What Will You Select as Your Grandparent Name?

What Will You Select as Your Grandparent Name?

A few years ago when my sister had her first child–my niece–I was fascinated by the discussion that ensued so my parents could select their grandparent names. It seems like there are very few opportunities in our lives to decide what people call us. We’re given a name, and occasionally we start using a nickname […]


What’s Your Favorite Thing to Find Inside of a Chocolate?

What's Your Favorite Thing to Find Inside of a Chocolate?

I’m not really into receiving gifts, but I’m always happy to acquire fancy chocolate. Recently a business partner sent me a beautiful box of specialty chocolates, and I’ve been savoring them at a pace of 2-3 a day ever since. There were at least 20 different types of chocolates in the box, and none are […]


The Tip Dilemma

The Tip Dilemma

I recently had a Seinfeld-style tip dilemma. I’ll describe the situation and what I did, and you can tell me what I should have done. My cable box was acting up, so I called Charter and they sent over someone to fix it. Julius arrived right at the beginning of the 2-hour range of time–a […]


Is Learning New Games Good for Your Brain?

Is Learning New Games Good for Your Brain?

I learn and teach a lot of board games. It recently occurred to me that learning a new game engages my brain in a way that hasn’t happened since I was in school. And not just learning the game, but remembering all of the rules. A gamer’s brain is a veritable library of game rules. Is learning new games good […]