Posts Tagged ‘survival’

I Survived Without Hair Product for 5 Days: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Survived Without Hair Product for 5 Days: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I’m Jamey Stegmaier, and I recently survived for 5 days in the wilderness of Indianapolis without hair product. This is my story. The last thing I typically pack when I travel are my toiletries. Toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, all that stuff. And the very last thing to go in the bag is my hair “fiber,” as […]


I Survived My First Trip to the Eye Doctor (Barely)

I Survived My First Trip to the Eye Doctor (Barely)

Until today, I had never had an appointment with an eye doctor. I’ve had 20/20 vision my entire life and no serious eye injuries, so I never needed to go. So when I got something in my eye last week that I couldn’t locate after several days of discomfort, I decided to take the plunge […]


The Horror: I Bought the Wrong Flavor of Ice Cream

The Horror: I Bought the Wrong Flavor of Ice Cream

Mere hours ago, I experienced one of the greatest horrors of my adult life. After a long day of jury duty (rather, of sitting in a room waiting to be called for jury duty…and never being called), I dropped by the grocery store. As I passed by the ice cream aisle, I thought, “Why not […]


I Survived a Vicious Bout of Public Speaking

I Survived a Vicious Bout of Public Speaking

The company publishing my crowdfunding/Kickstarter book, Berrett-Koehler, recently invited my out to their Oakland office for an “author day.” As they explained it to me, they do these author days so that every person involved in the production, editing, marketing, and multimedia ask can meet with the author to discuss the process. “Also,” they added, […]


The Plastic Slider Fell Off My Ziploc Bag: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

The Plastic Slider Fell Off My Ziploc Bag: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Today’s lunch began like any other. Around 12:30 I got up from my desk to stretch my legs and grab a bite to eat. I remembered that I had recently bought some hearty ham and bean soup, and I wasn’t interacting with any people today, so flatulence wasn’t a concern. Little did I know the horrors […]


I Lived Through a Freezing Cold Baseball Game: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through a Freezing Cold Baseball Game: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Yesterday, a small band of brothers braved the elements and survived an epic battle against all odds. This is our story. Four years ago, a tradition began among the St. Louis members of my fantasy baseball league: We went to a Cardinals game together. Some remember that day as a delightful excursion to the ballpark […]


I Lived Through a Sub-Zero Winter Hellscape Commute to Work: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival

I Lived Through a Sub-Zero Winter Hellscape Commute to Work: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival

I write this from the depths of the igloo I have carved out of snow and ice and self-respect. As the night falls, the temperatures drop even lower in St. Louis, and I know not how much longer I will hold out. But I must write this blog entry if it’s the last thing I […]


Will People with 20/20 Vision Outlast Everyone Else Post-Apocalypse?

Will People with 20/20 Vision Outlast Everyone Else Post-Apocalypse?

Despite my best efforts to ruin my eyes by looking at a computer screen for 14+ hours a day, at 32.5 years of age, I still have 20/20 vision, if not slightly better. Yesterday I used this evolutionary marvel to spot a squirrel pooping on the sidewalk from 40 yards away. I must admit that […]


Josh Was Lost on a Mountain Trail in a Crossover SUV: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Josh Was Lost on a Mountain Trail in a Crossover SUV: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Tonight I received an unexpected email in my inbox: My friend Josh, a fellow blogger, writer, and genius extraordinaire, had conceived a new addition to my favorite genres of blog entries: a survivor’s true tale of survival. This was a particularly nice treat, because he’s letting me publish it here, which means that I can […]


Help Me Survive “The Big One” with Your Advice

Help Me Survive "The Big One" with Your Advice

Although I’m far removed from Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath of the storm (I’m in St. Louis), I’ve been haunted by some of the images I’ve seen and the reports I’ve read. A week has passed and many people over there are still without electricity or water. If you haven’t noticed, it’s almost winter–I can’t […]


I Lived Through a Day Without Chocolate at Work: : A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through a Day Without Chocolate at Work: : A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I am a man of few needs. I don’t ask for much: 8 hours of sleep, a hot shower every morning, a few minutes to eat my oatmeal at work in the morning… …and a little bit of dark chocolate at 3:00 pm. My name is Jamey Stegmaier, and I am a survivor. This is […]


Katie Accidentally Drank Milk That Had Been Expired for Three Days: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Katie Accidentally Drank Milk That Had Been Expired for Three Days: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Reader and long-form commenter Katie recently told me that she had experienced a Survivor’s True Tale of Survival. I urged her to tell her story, and I’m so glad she wrote it. Check out the harrowing tale below. And I promise that I’ll get back to writing my own blog tomorrow. I used to think […]


I Lived Through 3 Days Without Air Conditioning: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through 3 Days Without Air Conditioning: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

You might think that a man who keeps his condo at 78 degrees year-round would not have an issue with a few late-spring days without AC. You might think that not having AC is fairly inconsequential. You might think that it wouldn’t be a matter of life and death, a struggle against time, cats, and […]


I Lived Through 2 Hours Without Internet at Work: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through 2 Hours Without Internet at Work: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I am writing to you from a cave deep below the earth, inscribing this message on mole velum with an earthworm as my quill. Moley and Wormy were my only company through this ordeal, and now they are gone, sacrificed to compose this message on the off chance that someone might find it. This is […]


I Lived Through the Floods of Dublin: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

(This blog entry was found among the debris in the Irish Sea after the floods of Dublin on 23-24 October 2011. This entry is repeated verbatim minus pictures, because they’re mostly naked pictures of Jamey, and no one wants to see that.) It began with a single drop of rain. I had gone my first […]


The Outlaw of St. Louis: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

The Outlaw of St. Louis: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Today, for the first time ever, I was pulled over by the police while driving. This is my story. I was driving back from brunch–something I’m guessing most rebels do on Sunday–when a police car pulled behind me, its lights flashing red and blue. Although I knew I could outrun it in my ’03 Camry, […]


I Lived Through 45 Minutes of Sub-Zero Temperatures: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through 45 Minutes of Sub-Zero Temperatures: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

This happened when I was home for Christmas. Being home this past weekend triggered the memory, not unlike how a car backfiring triggers flashbacks among war veterans. I was young and bright-eyed once, back in the winter of ’10. An optimistic boy making my way in the world. I was back in the heartland of […]


I Lived Through Four Days Without Hot Water: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through Four Days Without Hot Water: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Day 1 It begins. It is Saturday, March 19, 2011. I wake up. I eat oatmeal. I answer e-mail. It is then that I receive the text from my neighbor: “Do you have hot water? I’m wonder if it’s just me!” I check the water. It is cold, cold as the killing fields. Cold as […]


I Survived Being Lost in the Rainforest: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Survived Being Lost in the Rainforest: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

On Thursday, March 12, 2009, I strayed from the path of a Puerto Rican rainforest and became lost in the woods. Several hours later, I emerged from the woods emaciated, naked, and savaged by lice and dandruff. I am a survivor. This is my story. I had been staying at a resort in Puerto Rico […]


I Lived Through a 5.2-Magnitude Earthquake: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

At 4:37 am this morning, an earthquake measuring 5.2 (barely perceptible tremors) on the Richter scale shook the walls of my condo. 14 hours later, against all odds, I’m still alive. I am a survivor. This is my story. Caroline and I (sleeping in separate beds, divided by an impenetrable wall of Catholic doctrine) woke […]