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What’s the Longest Game You’ve Ever Played?

What's the Longest Game You've Ever Played?

I know, I just posted a board game article on this blog last week. But I promise this entry applies to all types of games: tabletop games, roleplaying games, sports, video games, The Hunger Games, etc–any type of competition. Some games are simply longer than others. For example, soccer is typically a 90-minute game. A […]


The Popcorn Conundrum

The Popcorn Conundrum

Prepare for a deep dive into the twisted mind and tummy of Jamey Stegmaier. For any of this to make sense, you need to understand that I love movie theater popcorn. I don’t love all movie theater popcorn, but when a theater makes good popcorn, I’m all over it. In fact, I often look forward to the popcorn more […]


What Are Your Rules for Game Night?

What Are Your Rules for Game Night?

As of right now, I have exactly one rule on my game room whiteboard: “No cell phones at game night, please!” I like to keep it simple. Who wants a long list of rules when we’re just trying to have fun? Well, as it so happens, gamers love rules! So I decided to compile some […]


Twins Day 2018

On March 1, 2006, something incredible happened. I’ve commemorated it every year since then on my blog. My coworkers and I were enjoying lunch together in the meeting room of my first “real” job. Halfway through my sandwich, I looked over at my coworker, Tracy, and realized that she and I were wearing similar outfits. […]


Dream Room #4: The Shower Room

Dream Room #4: The Shower Room

A few years ago I was at a family reunion, and my aunt and uncle gave me a tour of their remodeled home. It was in their master bedroom that I discovered something that I’ve envied every since: A giant shower with spouts on opposite sides. It looked kind of like this: At the time, […]


Do You Play HQ Trivia?

Do You Play HQ Trivia?

I’m not sure if this is a St. Louis thing, a midwestern thing, an American thing, or a universal thing, but trivia nights are quite common here. I bet there’s one almost every night at a bar, and a number of fundraising events are structured around them. I, however, generally avoid trivia nights. I love […]


The Neighbor and the Christmas Tree

The Neighbor and the Christmas Tree

My condo is on the second floor of an eight-story building. Today I walked downstairs to check the mail, and I noticed that the stairs were covered in a thick layer of pine needles. I knew the source right away. Earlier in the day I was taking out the trash, and I noticed a Christmas […]


Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway Mini

Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway Mini

I know, I just posted a top-10 list about board games last week. I even included games I wanted to play in 2017 but didn’t get the chance. But…I’m attending a small game convention in a few days (Geekway Mini), and there are games I want to play there. So it’s on my mind. So […]


Dream Room #3: Game Rooms

Dream Room #3: Game Rooms

I love hosting game nights. Part of it is that given the choice to leave my condo or stay at my condo, I’ll choose to stay 9 times out of 10. Another part is that I love to play games, of course. So I host game night every Wednesday for a few hours. It’s a […]


Have You Ever Used Omaze?

Have You Ever Used Omaze?

For a few years, I’ve heard talk show hosts promoting a website called Omaze. It’s a website where anyone can donate to a specific item linked to a specific charity, and the amount you donate determines the number of entries you get in a virtual lottery for a special item or experience. I’ve always thought […]


Dream Room #2: Cat Tower Room

Dream Room #2: Cat Tower Room

My entire condo is basically a playground for my cats. They control most spaces, and they allow me to use the remaining spaces as long as I continue to provide them with food and water. Case in point: Biddy is currently sleeping on my desk chair, and Walter is standing by the food dispenser while […]


How Can You Find Friends Looking for a Job?

I have a conundrum. Last week I realized I needed to hire someone for the holidays to work in our warehouse. Now, to avoid confusion, we don’t own a warehouse, but a ton of our games just arrived at a warehouse in St. Louis that we outsource to store and ship out games. There are […]


What’s the Safest Place on Earth?

What's the Safest Place on Earth?

When I was a freshman in high school, we had an open-ended research paper assignment. Just like my adult self, I was already concerned with natural disasters and personal safety in general, so I decided to use the assignment to find the safest place in the US. As I wrote about in this blog entry […]


What Happens When You Mess Up a Mindless Routine?

What Happens When You Mess Up a Mindless Routine?

I saw a funny post on Facebook yesterday from someone who accidentally slipped out of her morning routine for a few seconds, and the next thing she knew, she was trying to put on pants over her shoes. I chuckled, because I can definitely relate to this. Like, I shower and towel off in a […]


Have You Ever Taken a Masterclass?

Have You Ever Taken a Masterclass?

I’m fascinated by Masterclass. Masterclass is a website where you can sign up to learn from a “master” in a specific field. Their philosophy is that everyone should have access to genius. For $90, you get access to around 20 videos featuring people like Gordon Ramsay (cooking), Steve Martin (comedy), and Frank Gehry (architecture). That […]


What Happened in Vegas

All day my mind has returned to the tragic events in Vegas, and all day I’ve felt a responsibility to write something about it. I really struggled to find the words, but I feel compelled to say something. 59 lives were wiped away in a horrendous act of violence, and they deserve better than silence. […]


Have You Ever Called Your Representative?

Have You Ever Called Your Representative?

I almost called my representative last week. I won’t get into the politics of it, but there was a piece of legislation I had a strong feeling about, and I was compelled to voice my opinion. I wasn’t sure what to do, though. I’ve never called my representative, so I had to first search around […]


My 6 Favorite YouTube Videos of the Week

On any given week, I may like or favorite 1 or 2 videos. For some reason, though, there are lots of videos that simply delighted me this week, so I thought I’d share them with you. The total viewing time of all of them is 23 minutes, though a few of them only require a […]


Outward-Facing Life Hack #2

Outward-Facing Life Hack #2

A while ago, I wrote about an “outward-facing life hack” for sending DVDs back to Netflix. This is a category of life hacks that make other peoples’ lives better, easier, or happier. Back in college, I spent two summers working as a waiter at local restaurants in my hometown. We had bus boys at the […]


Did You Look at the Sun Today?

Did You Look at the Sun Today?

For the last few days, I’ve been a part of so many discussions about how people (you, me, anyone) would look at the sun during the eclipse today. And I just don’t get it. Why would you want to look at the sun, eclipse or no eclipse? Is it part of human nature to do […]


Just the Tip: A Question About Massages

Just the Tip: A Question About Massages

Due to the weird neck spasm thing that happened to me a year ago, I’ve resigned myself to getting the occasional massage whenever my neck starts to tighten up again. There are worse things to resign oneself to. That was the case yesterday when I woke up with a stiff neck. I called my local […]


Do You Help Your Friends Move?

Do You Help Your Friends Move?

A long time ago in the before times, I wrote a blog entry called 13 Protocols to Follow When You Ask Your Friends to Help You Move. It outlines the types of things a considerate person should do if they’re going to ask friends to help them move instead of hiring movers. I wrote it […]


Lifestyles of the Rich

Lifestyles of the Rich

Have you heard of a movie called “Why Him?” The basic premise is a young woman (Zoey Deutch) introduces her parents to her boyfriend (James Franco) for the first time. Franco’s character happens to be ridiculously wealthy–a fair amount of humor in the movie is derived from the types of things he spends money on, […]


When in Doubt, Cats

When in Doubt, Cats

For some reason I haven’t had a lot of compelling topics to write about lately on this blog. Like, I’m watching GLOW right now on Netflix, and I’m really enjoying it, but I don’t have anything specific to say about it. I have 2 episodes left–maybe something will come to me. And I’m seeing Baby […]