Posts Tagged ‘debate’

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 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 […]


How Was the Food at Your College?

How Was the Food at Your College?

I’ve continued to listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” podcast, and the latest episode–Food Fight–raised some questions for me. The episode uses two universities, Vassar and Bowdoin, to demonstrate a key shortcoming in American higher education (in Gladwell’s opinion). Here’s the main comparison: 23% of Vassar’s students are Pell Grant recipients (as Gladwell says, these […]


Do You Zipper Merge?

Do You Zipper Merge?

While driving back from Indianapolis last Sunday, I started noticing cars pull over into an increasingly congested left lane. I followed suit, thinking they had seen something ahead in the right lane. Traffic quickly drew to a halt in the left lane, with right lane wide open. So after a few minutes, I inched over […]


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 Keeps the Leftovers?

Who Keeps the Leftovers?

Recently I’ve discovered that two of my favorite things are in direct conflict with each other. Or so it seems. Thing 1: I love leftovers. I’ve known this for many, many years. When I was growing up, I often ate leftover dinner food for breakfast. In my 20s, I loved making enough food for several meals so […]


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 […]


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 […]


Is Life Easier If All of Your Clothes Are the Same?

Is Life Easier If All of Your Clothes Are the Same?

Every morning/afternoon when I get dressed, I spend about 67 seconds selecting my outfit for the day based on my mood, activities that day, and availability of clean clothes. 67 seconds isn’t much, but is that time and mental energy I could better spend on other things? Steve Jobs (who I generally try not to emulate) thought […]


The Skinny Mirror

The Skinny Mirror

There was a really interesting product pitched on Shark Tank this past week that made me wonder if the sharks had it all wrong. I’m curious about what you think. The product is called the Skinny Mirror, designed by Belinda Jasmin. It’s worth reading the story behind the mirror. In short, Belinda lives a healthy, […]


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 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 […]


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: […]