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Who Doesn’t Choose the Booth?

Who Doesn't Choose the Booth?

A few nights ago, I went out to a restaurant for ramen. When the host greeted us, he asked, “Would you like a booth?” It’s a fair question, but I realized as he asked it that I don’t think there’s any situation with 2-4 people when I wouldn’t choose a booth. Does anyone ever say […]


When Do You Eat the One Onion Ring?

When Do You Eat the One Onion Ring?

Today a question was posed online that stopped me in my tracks and made me rethink everything. Where I once had answers, I now only have questions. Where I once had words, I am lost in a sea of silence. Everything is a mystery now. The question: When do you eat the one onion ring? This […]


Is Thanksgiving Too Close to Christmas?

Is Thanksgiving Too Close to Christmas?

Let’s travel back to 1999, when young Jamey was a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis. Thanksgiving was in late November, as always. The next week was the last week of classes, followed by study week, then exams. By mid-December–just 3 weeks after Thanksgiving–it was time to head home. I love my family, but […]


What Would You Tell Your Past Self If You Spoke Today?

What Would You Tell Your Past Self If You Spoke Today?

My TiVo only records one show at a time (it’s an old TiVo), so sometimes it only catches a few episodes of a show. This season, Frequency is that show for me. The premise is speculative: A woman starts talking to a man on an old ham radio. The man turns out to be her father…20 years […]


How Would You Respond to a Shark Tank Ultimatum?

How Would You Respond to a Shark Tank Ultimatum?

I continue to be fascinated by the TV show Shark Tank. I’ve written about this before, but today I wanted to focus on a specific aspect of the show: ultimatums. At least once per episode, one of the investors will propose a deal to an entrepreneur, and they’ll end it with something like: “I need […]


Would You Accept Today’s Job Offer If Tomorrow’s Might Be Better?

Would You Accept Today's Job Offer If Tomorrow's Might Be Better?

I need your advice. For a friend, not for me. (I’m quite happy with my job!) A friend of mine has been applying for jobs, and he got an offer today. He actually missed the phone call–the offer is on his voice mail. He hasn’t called back yet, and the organization didn’t give him a […]


How Did You Decide You Were Ready to Buy a Car?

A long time ago, someone gave me this advice: The best time to buy a car is when you don’t need to buy a car. The idea is that when you aren’t in urgent need of transportation, you have more flexibility and negotiation power than when you need to buy a car now.  Yesterday I wrote […]


Would You Live in an IKEA House for Free?

Would You Live in an IKEA House for Free?

What if I told you that you could live rent free for 2 years in a tastefully designed home filled with modern furniture? You’d probably ask if there were a catch. And there is. In return for this opportunity, you would need to offer frequent feedback about the furnishings. You would also need to participate […]


How Do Celebrity Photos End Up on the Wall?

How Do Celebrity Photos End Up on the Wall?

Last week I was waiting for the chiropractor to arrive when I noticed that the walls were jam-packed with photos of celebrities. Most of the photos were autographed headshots. I’ve seen walls like this before, mostly in bars, restaurants, and doctor’s offices. But it had never before occurred to me to ask the question: How […]


Do Some Vets Accept Human Patients?

Do Some Vets Accept Human Patients?

One of my favorite Seinfeld subplots is when Kramer takes a dog to the vet to diagnose and treat his own cough. If you haven’t seen it, treat yourself to these 2 and a half minutes. Today was Walter’s annual checkup. He’s fine–much healthier than Biddy–though he was pretty stressed to be at the vet. […]


If You Could Pay to Teleport Home, How Often Would You Do It?

If You Could Pay to Teleport Home, How Often Would You Do It?

I saw Star Trek Beyond on Friday. One of my favorite aspects of Star Trek is the teleportation technology. It’s similar to one of the core technologies in the Hyperion series of books. As my friends and I waited for the movie to start, I posed a question to them: “If you could teleport home […]


What Would You Do for Friends and Family If You Won a Windfall?

What Would You Do for Friends and Family If You Won a Windfall?

Let’s say that you get a $20 million phone call tomorrow. Maybe you win the lottery or sign a huge contract or sell your company–whatever matches with your life. The point is, you’re getting a huge sum of money. Do you spend any of it on friends and family? If so, how do you spend […]


What Should You Do When Your Friend Is Catcalled?

What Should You Do When Your Friend Is Catcalled?

I experienced something for the first time the other day that left me in a quandary. I went to see Finding Dory (quick sidenote: Wonderful movie! It has one of my favorite moments in any film) with two female friends. As we walked back to our cars after the movie, we were crossing a wide […]


Who Buys These?

Who Buys These?

I want to clarify up front that my question isn’t, “Why would anyone buy these?” Rather, I’m genuinely wondering who buys these. The “these” in question are these treats I see whenever I go to the grocery store (see photo). I don’t even really know what to call them–they’re generic treats like chocolate-covered pretzels, trail […]


What’s a Reasonable Timeframe for Spoilers in Different Forms of Media?

What's a Reasonable Timeframe for Spoilers in Different Forms of Media?

Yesterday a friend mentioned an interesting Facebook post to me. A person had posted that they were defriending someone because they had casually written a Game of Thrones spoiler 3 days after the most recent episode aired. (They could have just unfollowed them, but I guess that was worth the price of friendship to them.) It […]


Which New M&M Flavor Do You Prefer?

Which New M&M Flavor Do You Prefer?

For some reason I really like it when companies release a few new flavors and let people vote on their favorites. I rarely even vote–I just like the option of trying experimental stuff. I’ve been seeing commercials about the 3 new M&M’s flavors, and I happened to stumble upon them at checkout at the grocery […]


Who Is the Most Famous Alum from Your High School?

Who Is the Most Famous Alum from Your High School?

I belong to a Facebook group for alumni from my high school, and every now and then I get updates about my classmates and alumni from other years. A few years ago, I learned through this group that one alum (a few years older than me) had become somewhat famous. Sara Schaeffer is a comedian […]


How Much Are Your Friendships Worth?

How Much Are Your Friendships Worth?

Tonight I was at a bar watching the NFL draft with a few friends (not something we normally do, but I’m glad we did). The subject came up of college football players leaving school for the NFL draft instead of getting their college degree. We put forth the following hypothetical: What if each of us […]


How Do You Sign Your Emails?

I sign my emails like this: “Best, Jamey” The other day it occurred to me that this is a bit of an odd way to sign an email. Don’t get me wrong: I like “Best” quite a bit, and I’m sticking with it. It makes perfect sense of you know it’s short for “Best regards.” […]


Have You Ever Participated in a Psychology Research Study?

Have You Ever Participated in a Psychology Research Study?

Today I was talking to a friend about some psych classes she took in college, and a random memory surfaced for me. I took an introductory psychology course in college, and as part of the participation credit, we had to volunteer for a few research studies run by upperclassmen. My specific memory is sitting in […]


Do Kids Have Love Languages?

Do Kids Have Love Languages?

I will soon get to see my 3-year-old niece for the first time since Christmas. She’s actually just 2 years old right now, but her birthday is coming up in a week, and it has me thinking about love languages. Here’s a primer on love languages if you’re not familiar with the concept. The basic […]


Do You Lick or Spoon?

Do You Lick or Spoon?

For the last 2+ months, I’ve been enjoying the Gelati Celesti ice cream I brought from Virginia to St. Louis after Christmas. I’ve eaten 1 scoop per night pretty much every night in the way I prefer to eat ice cream: in a bowl with a spoon. This is how I’ve eaten ice cream for […]


If Aliens Arrived, Would Your Life Change?

If Aliens Arrived, Would Your Life Change?

A few days ago, a friend noticed that among my small DVD collection is a copy of Contact. Contact, as you may recall, is a movie about aliens making contact with Earth, and how we respond. It used to be one of my favorite movies, and I still recognize it for the highlights, but I […]


Have You Been to a Cat Cafe?

Have You Been to a Cat Cafe?

I recently learned that St. Louis is getting its very first cat cafe, the astutely named Mauhaus. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a cat cafe is a cafe that serves drinks and sometimes food…and there are cats everywhere. The cafe provides the cats. I’m very curious about Mauhaus, and I’ll definitely check it out. […]