Posts Tagged ‘personal’

In Your Youth, Did You You Ever Discover That You Were Unexpectedly Good at Something?

In Your Youth, Did You You Ever Discover That You Were Unexpectedly Good at Something?

I was a scrawny, geeky kid. Through elementary school and middle school, I was a good student. Often a great student. I also played recreational soccer, but I didn’t consider myself particularly good at it. In pretty much any situation, if you pitted me against a jock, I would gladly bet on the jock. This […]


How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

One of the most intense scenes in the movie Fight Club involves Brad Pitt using homemade soap materials to burn a permanent scar into Edward Norton’s hand. Norton’s character tries to escape the pain through meditation, but Pitt forces him to stay with the pain. I was reminded of this scene today during my latest […]


My New Nephew!

My New Nephew!

One of the great, unexpected pleasures I’ve experienced over the last few years has been becoming an uncle three times over. So I wanted to share my elation with you, dear reader, that a new nephew has been added to the Stegmaier family! My sister gave birth to Aaron on Friday (exactly 1 day after […]


Are You Making Progress on Your Bucket List?

Are You Making Progress on Your Bucket List?

I’ve kept a running bucket list–things I want to do during my life–for many years now. I’ve added things to the list, dropped things from the list, and achieved several of them. That said, I rarely look at the list, despite it often being in my field of vision. So I thought I’d write about […]


Have You Ever Had a Smelly Friend?

Have You Ever Had a Smelly Friend?

Have you ever had a smelly friend? Someone who consistently emits a foul body odor? What–if anything–did you do? I ran into this issue a few years ago. There was someone in my friend group who, frankly, smelled bad. I must admit that I didn’t ask anyone else if they noticed the smell, as I […]


Nobody Puts Baby in an Uber

Nobody Puts Baby in an Uber

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent a few days in Seattle last week, primarily to see my brother and his new baby. My niece is 3 months old, and my brother has ample paternity leave; his wife was mostly working when I was in town. I wanted to spend a lot of time with my […]


Has Your Brain Ever Betrayed You?

Has Your Brain Ever Betrayed You?

I started watching It a few days ago. I’ve been intrigued by this movie ever since I started reading about it last year. I generally don’t enjoy being scared, so I didn’t see it in the theater, but I vowed to watch it at home. I got the DVD from Netflix last week, and during […]


Have You Ever Been Hooked on a Game?

Have You Ever Been Hooked on a Game?

Around 10 years ago (at least, it feels that way), someone recommended 2 iPhone games to me: Pocket Frogs and Birzzle. Pocket Frogs is a game about collecting, breeding, and playing mini games with frogs, and Birzzle is a match-3 game like Bejeweled (but with birds!). Over the next week or so, I experienced something […]


What’s Something You’ve Learned from Your Dad?

What's Something You've Learned from Your Dad?

Father’s Day is coming up in a few days, so I thought I’d mention an attribute about my father that came to mind recently when I was giving myself a haircut. When I was growing up, Dad cut my hair every few months through middle school and high school. I’d sit on a stool in […]


How Do You Make Your Autograph Unique?

How Do You Make Your Autograph Unique?

Every now and then, someone asks me to sign their board game. (A game I designed, not a random game.) It always makes me feel good, and they walk away with something they wanted. Win-win. This happened a bunch of times at a recent convention, and I’ve decided that I need to do something more […]


What Is Your Chosen Scent?

What Is Your Chosen Scent?

8 years ago, I decided that my scent would be Old Spice Pure Sport. I don’t remember the exact moment I made this decision, but it was absolutely a decision I made. I wanted to choose my scent based on something I liked and something I thought others might like too. So I bought Old […]


What Was Your Prom Experience?

What Was Your Prom Experience?

This weekend, seniors around the US will attend prom. At least, I think it’s this weekend. Or roughly around this time. I don’t keep up with high schoolers. While my actual prom was pretty much forgettable–definitely not the epic nights depicted in movies–there was some drama and teenage angst leading up to it. As I […]


What’s the Last Gift You Gave That Just Felt Right?

What's the Last Gift You Gave That Just Felt Right?

I studied abroad in Kyoto for my junior year in college. It was the culmination of learning Japanese since 7th grade, and I look back on that time as some of the best months of my life. I felt by far more at home in my skin and my life there than during any of […]


How Do You Feel About Your High School Graduation Ceremony?

How Do You Feel About Your High School Graduation Ceremony?

Half my lifetime ago, I graduated from high school. While I have mostly fond memories of my high school–I’m very fortunate to have been in an environment where the vast majority of students were eager to learn–the actual graduation ceremony is almost completely inconsequential in my mind. So why am I writing about my high […]


Have You Ever Tried Acupuncture?

Have You Ever Tried Acupuncture?

I try to go to the doctor once a year for a checkup. Currently I’m a few months overdue, but I have a reason: I’m waiting until I have enough ailments to justify an appointment. I figure that 10 ailments is the right number, and I’m currently at 6 (knee, cold fingers, neck, cholesterol, migraines, […]


Dream Room #5: The Secret Passage Dilemma

Dream Room #5: The Secret Passage Dilemma

It’s time to continue the series of articles about rooms I’d like to have in my house if I ever move out of this condo and build my own home. When I was young, I loved the idea of having a secret passage in my house, especially if it connected to a secret room. I […]


Have You Ever Permanently Changed Part of Your Body?

Have You Ever Permanently Changed Part of Your Body?

I had an 10-minute experience today that changed me forever. Literally. First, some context: For the first half of my life, I was very uncomfortable with the idea of anyone making permanent–or even cosmetically temporary–changes to their body. Tattoos, plastic surgery, implants, etc…they all made me squeamish. I think I started to change my opinion […]


The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Story

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Story

When I was 18, my parents threw me a surprise off-to-college party on a Saturday afternoon. There was barbecue, lawn games, and no alcohol. It was a tame party in all the best of ways–I was not a partier in high school, and it would have been supremely awkward for my parents to host anything […]


My Bachelor Party

My Bachelor Party

I’ve never been married, nor do I plan to be. But if I did, what would my bachelor party look like? This subject came up the other day at a friend’s bachelor party. It was an all-day affair involving something called demolition ball, axe-throwing, and barbecue dinner at Salt & Smoke. I wasn’t able to […]


My Brother Created a Human Child!

My Brother Created a Human Child!

Late last week I became an uncle. Okay, I was already an uncle to my sister’s kids. But my brother just had his first child with his wife, so that’s a special first for me (and for him and his wife). Andrew and Margaret avoided learning the baby’s gender until the moment of truth. I […]


How Do You Feel About Marriage?

How Do You Feel About Marriage?

“While marriage probably isn’t something I’m going to pursue anymore, I still really like the idea of having a shower the size of a small room.” After mentioning this in a recent blog post, a few people asked about my thoughts on marriage. I’m happy to share. Let’s start with a brief chronological rundown of […]


What Should I Do with This Hole?

What Should I Do with This Hole?

When I bought my condo 12 years ago, it came with a fancy Italian washer/dryer combo. In principle, it was brilliant: put in a load of laundry, and a few hours later, your clothes emerge both washed and dried. In practice, it’s been less than ideal. It’s a small machine, so you can only fit […]


The Flatulence Consideration

The Flatulence Consideration

Here’s the scenario: Last week I opened my fridge to select from an assortment of leftovers. I needed to choose my meal to eat right before I hosted game night. My choices were: deviled eggs cheeseburger salmon chicken Khao Soi (curry soup) If you were hosting game night, is there anything you would take into […]


Can You Give Yourself a Shot?

Can You Give Yourself a Shot?

After today, I have a newfound respect and awe for anyone who has to give themselves a shot or take any kind of blood sample from their own body. You might recall that last week I purchased an Everlywell home cholesterol kit. It’s a lab test you can give yourself at home. I heard about the […]