Posts Tagged ‘personal’

How Quickly Do You Accept Friend Requests?

How Quickly Do You Accept Friend Requests?

Back in the my days of online dating, I was never one to ascribe to “rules” about when to text after a date. In fact, I’d usually send a text within an hour after the date to thank the lady for a good time, and then I’d wait to see if/when I found myself compelled […]


Me Too?

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, I’ve seen a lot of revelatory posts on social media about sexual harassment. It’s been powerful for me to see how many people have written the following message (sometimes with a specific story, sometimes without): Me Too. If all the people who have been sexually harassed or […]


What’s Something You Wish You Had Tried or Been Introduced to a Lot Earlier?

What’s Something You Wish You Had Tried or Been Introduced to a Lot Earlier?

I saw this question posted on Facebook the other day, and I liked it. I found myself being influenced by the answers I saw on the original thread, so if you want to ponder it for yourself, I’d recommend pausing before reading my answers. Here’s a few things that came to mind for me: Indian […]


What’s in Your Survival Kit?

What's in Your Survival Kit?

It’s been a surreal weekend in St. Louis. The weather was stunningly beautiful here, yet I know that so many people in Florida, Mexico, and Houston are struggling from floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Also, by the time most people read this, it’ll be the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. There isn’t a place […]


Do You Know Your Family Medical History?

Do You Know Your Family Medical History?

Serendipity. That word sums up today. I’ll break it down into three parts: This morning I wrote an e-mail to my biological mother to wish her a happy birthday. I realize that sentence may be strange to some people, so I’ll summarize: I’m adopted, and I am forever appreciative of the gift my biological mother […]


Do You Eat with Your Friends, Family, or Neighbors?

All throughout my youth, my family ate meals together around our kitchen table. No TV, no cell phones, just the 5 of us trying our best to communicate. The same thing happens at a larger scale during our semi-annual family reunions, when everyone takes turns contributing to meals for 30-40 people. In college, I almost […]


What’s Your Favorite Memory from Summer Camp?

What's Your Favorite Memory from Summer Camp?

Do you ever have a song or smell trigger a specific memory or time? That happened to me the other day at the Cardinals game when the song “Blister in the Sun” blared over the loudspeakers. Instantly I was transported back to a summer camp I attended in middle school called the Summer Enrichment Program […]


Has Anything Ever Made You Consider Going Vegetarian?

Has Anything Ever Made You Consider Going Vegetarian?

I can count on my hands the number of times I’ve thought about giving up meat. In fact, since the situation I’ll mention below, I’ve already eaten bacon, octopus, bison, chicken, fish, and steak. I very much like the way meat tastes, and I like the feel of protein surging through my veins. But here’s […]


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 […]