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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. […]


What Did You Do with Your Extra Hour?

What Did You Do with Your Extra Hour?

I love fall-back daylight saving time. When I was younger I’d go out and party, and I can only imagine how epic the extra hour must have been last night, given that it fell on Halloween. In more recent years I’ve let the extra hour impact the entire day. Time is by far my most precious resource, […]


There Are Two Types of People in the World…

There Are Two Types of People in the World...

I believe that there are two types of people in the world: Those who love having their back scratched, and those who love getting back massages. Of course, there’s plenty of middle ground. I’m guessing that most people would be fine with either of those, unless they really don’t like being touched. But I think most of […]


What Should You Do If You Learn That a Surprise Is Being Planned for a Friend Who Doesn’t Like Surprises?

What Should You Do If You Learn That a Surprise Is Being Planned for a Friend Who Doesn't Like Surprises?

I recently learned that some very well-meaning people were planning a surprise party for a dear friend. There were a lot of layers to the surprise–not only was the party itself a surprise, but also the reason for the celebration and a few of the people in attendance. I was only tangentially connected to the […]


The Oldest Piece of Clothing You Still Wear

The Oldest Piece of Clothing You Still Wear

Today a friend who reads my blog and knows me in real life asked me if I was ever going to change the red banner at the top of my blog. I told her that I’d love to, as the photo is quite outdated, but I can’t find where my blog lets me change that […]


The Most Ethical Gas Station

The Most Ethical Gas Station

Yesterday I was driving home when I noticed that I’d need to fill up the gas tank in my car soon. At the time I was driving by a BP gas station, and I thought about stopping to fill up. But then something occurred to me: Given that I was in no rush to fill […]


What Is Your Ridiculous Cocktail of Choice?

What Is Your Ridiculous Cocktail of Choice?

A few weeks ago I had high hopes for an entry called, “What Is Your DJ Name?” I thought the comments might yield a bevy of funny DJ names. Instead, there were 0 comments. So I’m going to try again with another topic! I watched a movie called Kingsman last week. It’s a decent action […]


The Rothfuss Airplane Dilemma

The Rothfuss Airplane Dilemma

On last week’s episode of the Untitled Rothfuss podcast, The Name of the Wind author Patrick Rothfuss told a really interesting story about a hard drive and an airplane. I’ll summarize it here so I can get to the dissection of what is a really interested moral dilemma, but I recommend checking out the podcast if […]


The Dilemma of Scent

The Dilemma of Scent

Lately I’ve been turning to the zany questions on OkCupid for blog fodder from time to time. Today is one of those times. The question: If you bought your partner perfume or cologne as a gift, would you buy them a scent they love or a scent you love? I feel like this is one of those […]


Would You Go to a Real Jurassic World?

Would You Go to a Real Jurassic World?

This is a spoiler-free post about Jurassic World, but it does include some general information from the first trailer. I saw the new Jurassic World movie yesterday. The whole concept of the movie is awesome to me: Unlike the previous movies, the park is now open to the public. It’s a fully operational theme park. […]


Would You Let Someone Else Choose Your Bedtime Attire?

Would You Let Someone Else Choose Your Bedtime Attire?

Lately I’ve been using compatibility questions from the dating site OkCupid for blog fodder. Here’s today’s question: Would you allow your partner to decide what you wear to bed? The way I read this question (this might be incorrect, it’s it’s how I’m looking at it) for me is: Would I allow a girlfriend to tell […]


Sex vs. Friends vs. Love vs. Creations

Sex vs. Friends vs. Love vs. Creations

I’m using compatibility questions from the dating site OkCupid for blog fodder. Here’s today’s question: If you could only choose one of the following, would you rather (a) have great sex, (b) have great friends, (c) have great love, and (d) have great creations? For the sake of comparison, let’s assume that you get one […]


The Stoplight Dilemma

The Stoplight Dilemma

Lately most of my brainpower has been occupied by the design of a game I’m working on. As a result, I haven’t had as much to write about on this blog. However, today I happened to be on my rarely-used OkCupid account, and I remembered that the site has a ton of thought-provoking questions on […]


What Do You Drink with Dinner?

What Do You Drink with Dinner?

A few weeks ago I attended a small dinner party. The hosts asked what each of the guests wanted to drink, so I requested what I always drink with dinner: A glass of milk (and a glass of juice, but I didn’t want to ask for too much). The hosts seemed bewildered by the request. “You […]


Is It OK for You to Bring Your Own Dessert (Not Birthday Cake) to a Restaurant and Eat It at the Table?

Is It OK for You to Bring Your Own Dessert (Not Birthday Cake) to a Restaurant and Eat It at the Table?

A friend of mine who owns a restaurant posted this question on Facebook yesterday. I don’t know the full context of it, but I was fascinated that it was even a question, because the answer to me is so clearly “no.” However, my guess is that my friend has seen guests do this at his […]


The Mystery of the Poop in the Hallway

The Mystery of the Poop in the Hallway

The following events are 100% true. They occurred on the evening of February 4, 2015 in the hallway outside of my condo unit. 10:09 pm: My friends are leaving my place following game night when one of them says, “What is that?” Someone else (identify unconfirmed) says, “Jamey, a dog pooped in the hallway.” 10:10 pm: […]


The Curious Case of the Dentist and the Popcorn

I’m in a quandary. Two quandaries, really. The first involves my dentist; specifically, my hygienist. I’ve been going to the same dentist for about 8 years now, and I consider it a pleasant experience because my hygienist (Sherry) is so awesome. She doesn’t plow through my mouth during cleanings–she’s gentle, quick, and says nice things […]