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Do You Stand Still on the Escalator?

Do You Stand Still on the Escalator?

At the convention I attended last week, I noticed something that strikes me as odd: A LOT of people stand still on escalators. When I use an escalator, I treat it as an accelerated staircase, not a ride. That is, I walk up/down the stairs as normal, and since they’re moving, so I get to […]


Would You Like to See a Human on Mars?

Would You Like to See a Human on Mars?

Today I read about a new Hulu series called “The First” that’s all about the first manned expedition to Mars. It plays a little bit like a prequel to “The Martian,” though with more serious overtures. I’m sitting here watching a beautiful trailer, and I find myself thinking, “Can we please just do this? Why […]


What’s Your Jury Duty Story?

What's Your Jury Duty Story?

10 hours from now I’ll begin jury duty. This will be the fourth time in the last 7 years that I’ve been summoned to serve in St. Louis City, where I live. For me, it’s a dichotomous duty: I’m proud to perform my civic duty, but I’m also the only full-time employee at a company […]


Talking About Games in My Sleep

Talking About Games in My Sleep

Last night I had a vivid post-apocalyptic dream. In the middle of it, I got out of bed to use the bathroom, and when I feel back asleep, I had a different dream in which I told people about the dream I just had. Super meta. I liked it. This was a reminder that I […]


Top 10 Games I Want to Play at Geekway

Top 10 Games I Want to Play at Geekway

In a few weeks I’ll have the pleasure of attending my favorite game convention, Geekway to the West, here in St. Louis. It’s basically 4 days of playing tons of different board games with people I’ve never met or rarely get to game with. I’ve been keeping a list of games I want to try out for […]


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

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 […]