Posts Tagged ‘personal’

What Do You Eat to Honor Your Father?

What Do You Eat to Honor Your Father?

On Saturday, the day before Father’s Day, I received an e-mail from my father that really touched me. Among a few other things, the e-mail mentioned that he went to the grocery store. While I was there, he said, “I picked up a few things that reminded me of my father.” He attached this photo: […]


Oh, West Virginia

Oh, West Virginia

My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary a few months ago. We decided to celebrate as a family by getting together in the mountains of West Virginia. That’s where I’ve been for the last few days. It was a lovely, relaxing vacation. We ate good food, lounged in the pool, barely escaped from an Escape […]


Is This Real Life?

Is This Real Life?

I had something happen to me yesterday–something awesome–that made me ask, “Is this real life?” In the middle of the afternoon, I got a message from someone named Ken. He said he’s a fan of my games, and he wanted to say hi. It was really nice to hear this. Then the message got really […]


How to Get the Best Stories from an Introvert

I’m an introvert.  That is, I’m energized by being alone, I don’t like small talk, and as much as I’m invigorated by spending time with other people one-on-one or in small groups, it’s also exhausting. I’ve talked about introversion on this blog, but there’s an area of it I haven’t explored: Things people can do […]


What Do You Do When You’re Sick?

What Do You Do When You're Sick?

When I have a cold, my deepest regrets are (a) that I’m not interested in eating chocolate and desserts and (b) that I can’t work as much as I want to. I got sick this past week. I felt it starting to hit me on Tuesday. Neither a nap nor a long nights’ sleep filled […]


Have You Ever Been Rock Climbing?

Have You Ever Been Rock Climbing?

As I mentally prepared to take a rock-climbing lesson today, I figured that it would be a tough workout in which I would overestimate my climbing abilities. After all, I’m the type of guy who watches American Ninja Warrior and thinks I could do just as well as those athletes just because I can do […]


Love Has No Labels

About a month ago, I saw a commercial on YouTube about diversity and acceptance that warmed my heart. I thought about writing a blog post about it, but I couldn’t figure out what to say. I had no greater message to share, no controversy to brew, no marketing analysis to make. I still don’t have anything […]


Twins Day 2017

Twins Day 2017

On March 1, 2006, something incredible happened. 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. “Hey, we match,” I told her. Another coworker piped up. […]


I Slept Under a Poop

I Slept Under a Poop

In case you can’t tell from the subject line, this one’s going to be a bit gross. If you follow this blog, you know that I have two cats, Walter and Biddy. Here they are (Walter’s on the left and Biddy’s on the right). They’re mostly good boys. But sometimes–maybe once a day–Walter will “play” […]


The Homecoming Surprise

The Homecoming Surprise

A number of years ago, my siblings and I coordinated a trip home to Virginia to surprise our mom for Mother’s Day. Even though there are those of us in the family who rarely enjoy surprises (me being one of them), we were sure it would be a big hit with our mom. She’s always asking us […]


How Much Did the Tooth Fairy Pay You for Your Teeth?

How Much Did the Tooth Fairy Pay You for Your Teeth?

Based on prorated data from this 2015 survey of parents, most tooth fairies in 2017 pay about $5 per tooth. Kids have 20 baby teeth, so over the span of a few years, they’re netting about $100. Back in the late ’80s, I was getting $1 per tooth at best. So my net revenue was […]


Witness!

Witness!

I imagine a long time ago, a few cavemen were sitting around discussing their short lives when one of them (we’ll call him Pete) said, “You know, after I die, I want my favorite club to go to Ogg.” Deeply moved, Ogg thanked his friend. “But if you’re dead, how will anyone know that you […]


Adoption Day

Adoption Day

36 years ago, a few days after I was born, I was adopted by my parents. Technically, I was adopted before that, but January 12 was the day my parents picked me up and took me home to Virginia. Birthdays don’t do much for me, but I usually take a few minutes to pause in gratitude […]


What Is a Reasonable Price to Pay for Underwear?

What Is a Reasonable Price to Pay for Underwear?

I recently saw a commercial for a company called the Duluth Trading Co, which makes what they call “buck naked underwear.” The prospect of a pair of boxer briefs that “feels like wearing nothing at all” intrigued me, so I checked out their website. There I found that the price of the boxer briefs is […]


The Delight of Falling Down

The Delight of Falling Down

I’ve written here in the past about my niece (and will continue to write about her in the future), who is now coming up on 4. I haven’t mentioned much about my nephew, though, because he’s younger, and he hasn’t had the ability to interact much with me when I’ve seen him. That all changed […]


More Things I Say in My Sleep

More Things I Say in My Sleep

It’s been a few months since I shared some clips of me talking in my sleep, but I’ve accumulated some more midnight mumbles to share with you. Thanks to my handy Sleep Talk app, I have nightly recordings of all the noise I make while I’m sleeping. Recently I’ve been quite talkative in short, barely […]


Do You Know Everything About Your Best Friends?

Do You Know Everything About Your Best Friends?

The other day I heard something that really made me think, so I wanted to share it here to hear your thoughts. Someone told me something to this effect: “One of my favorite things is that I will never know everything about my friends, even my closest friends. There’s always more to know about them, […]


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 […]


So This Is How They Do Weddings in Texas

So This Is How They Do Weddings in Texas

I had the pleasure of spending the last few days just outside Austin, Texas to celebrate the wedding of my brother, Andrew, and his fiance, Margaret. It was a unique experience on many levels, so I thought I’d share it with you via a series of photos: I stayed in a hotel in Georgetown (north […]


Have You Ever Applied the Placebo Effect to Yourself?

Have You Ever Applied the Placebo Effect to Yourself?

I have seasonal hay fever allergies that are rarely an issue thanks to a generic, over-the-counter allergy pill I take every morning. But yesterday, there was something in the air that was really aggravating my sinuses. I was kind of at a loss as to what to do. I couldn’t take another allergy pill. Splashing […]


Have You Ever Crashed a Wedding?

Have You Ever Crashed a Wedding?

I did something for the first time on Sunday: I crashed a wedding. Of course, I’m not a thrill-seeker, so “crash” is a very loose term. I’ll explain. Two friends in my gaming group, Alex and Chris, announced a few months ago that they were getting married. They just wanted something simple, so they decided […]


Singing in My Sleep

Singing in My Sleep

It’s time again for the most awkward of my blog posts: The ones where I share sound clips of me talking–and now singing–in my sleep. That’s right, I’m still using the Sleep Talk app on a nightly basis. It is one of my favorite things. I went a few months saying very little (plenty of […]


A Visit to the Chiropractor: What Just Happened?

A Visit to the Chiropractor: What Just Happened?

Having heard that I went to a chiropractor the other day, a friend asked what the doctor did. The most accurate answer I could offer was, “I’m not really sure he actually did anything.” A few weeks ago, I had some very painful neck spasms that left me laid up in bed all day. Fortunately they subsided, […]


What Was the Most Grown-Up Thing You Did Today?

What Was the Most Grown-Up Thing You Did Today?

I am, at most, 63% of a grown-up. Sure, I do adult things. I eat salad. I vacuum. I floss. I pay my bills. I don’t pull all-nighters. But many of the things I do could be described as “bachelor” activities. And I don’t mean that like some suave, fitted-suit wearing, scotch-drinking bachelor living in an […]