Archive for November, 2010

Football According to Bob Costas

Football According to Bob Costas

Tonight I attended a panel at Wash U about the future of sports. Bob Costas, who spent many years working in St. Louis, was on the panel, and he was the most vocal of the bunch. Costas had some really interesting things to say about football. The first was about why the NFL is–and will […]


Brilliant Blogging

Brilliant Blogging

For a while now, I’ve been compiling notes on what makes a great blog. That doesn’t mean that my blog is great–far from it. But I write a lot and I read a lot. I’m constantly observing what makes great blogs work well. So if you’re interested in blogging or you already blog, check out […]


5 Odd Things for Which I’m Thankful

5 Odd Things for Which I'm Thankful

Here are a few odd things that I’m thankful for today: Rainy days. I actually can’t stand rainy days, but every rainy day comes with a free exterior car wash. That makes me happy. Evolution. Can you imagine where we’d be without evolution? We’d still be amino acids floating around in primal sludge! Take a […]


The 3 Things You’d Change About Your College Experience If You Had a Time Machine

The 3 Things You'd Change About Your College Experience If You Had a Time Machine

Knowing what you know now about the real world and college and yourself, what are three things you would do differently if you could redo your undergraduate years of college? My three: I would take only the classes that really interested me. I’m glad I went to Wash U. It’s a great school, the quality […]


Management Tactic #36: The Power of Perks

Management Tactic #36: The Power of Perks

The other day I got a call from my insurance agent. She said that in honor of Thanksgiving, she was calling all her clients to thank them for their loyalty (I’ve been with her for a while, probably close to 8 years). Then she asked if I were available on November 19 at 7:00 pm […]


Wingfest 2010

Wingfest 2010

Last weekend, Trevor had people over for Pizzafest 2010–basically, a bunch of people went out during halftime of the Rams game, picked up pizzas from different restaurants, and brought them back to Trev’s place to try. It was a lot of fun, so I decided to host a similar function this week, but with buffalo […]


What You Do When You Get Nervous on a Date

What You Do When You Get Nervous on a Date

During my recent 3-month nonstop dating adventure, I realized that there are three types of people out there (I could say “two types of women, because my sample group is all female, but I’m pretty sure this applies to guys too): People who talk too much when they get nervous on a date, people who […]


Groupon: The Infinite Buffet

Groupon: The Infinite Buffet

Back in June, I got the barbershop for which I write a monthly newsletter on Groupon (as I wrote about here). The goal was to increase permanent customers by about 20% by getting them in the door on a good deal. A deal for which we were losing money. Did we achieve that goal? We […]


Dating Primer: Who Takes Care of the Check?

Dating Primer: Who Takes Care of the Check?

You’re on a first date at a restaurant. The bill comes. Pause it right there. This is a defining moment of a first date. Both people have decisions to make, behaviors to pick, things to say. So much can go wrong (although probably not wrong enough to ruin the date). Here’s what I think is […]


The Legend of T-Mac

The Legend of T-Mac

This past Friday, November 12, marked the birthday of my best friend Trevor (known in the forums as T-Mac). If you’re a longtime reader, you may recall seeing a story about him eating a very old tray of lasagna a while back. It was also for him and his new wife that I gave a […]


How to Sell Stock of Yourself

How to Sell Stock of Yourself

Say you want to lose 20 pounds by December 31. You need to declare your goal or you’re not going to stick to it. You need positive support from friends. And perhaps you need some naysayers, some people who don’t think you can do it. You’re going to show them. You go to GoalBet.com (this […]


The Last Chocolate Factory

The Last Chocolate Factory

I received some devastating news today. If mankind continues consuming chocolate at the rate we’re currently on, in 20 years, chocolate will be too expensive for the average person to afford. I’m the average person. That’s me. This is terrible. The obvious solution is that the rest of you should stop eating chocolate immediately so […]


18 First Dates

18 First Dates

After dating two women back to back for a total of 5 years, I needed a break. I was intentionally single for about 5 months (for the most part), and I stayed single for a while after that. But I wanted to be more open to meeting women again, and I felt that my heart […]


Pet Peeve #12: Cursive Writing

Pet Peeve #12: Cursive Writing

Today I was filling out a form at work. I looked down at my handwriting–decent, readable, but not great–and thought, “Why did I have to learn how to write in cursive?” In the adult world, is anything in cursive? Anything? Very little is handwritten these days, but if it is, it’s certainly not in cursive. […]


The ABCs of the Stegmaier Web Experience

The ABCs of the Stegmaier Web Experience

In Google Chrome, when you start to type into the address bar, the sites you most often visit appear on a drop down list. As embarrassing as some of these might be, I’m going to type each letter of the alphabet into the search bar to see what pops up, and I’ll type the results […]


Pet Please #33: Odometer Benchmarks

Pet Please #33: Odometer Benchmarks

The other day I happened to glance down at my Camry’s odometer when it flipped to 110,000. I was delighted. It’s like I got to witness some rare, important event, like a comet that only swings by Earth once. And really, these odometer benchmarks are completely arbitrary (unless your warrantee runs out). It’s like New Year’s–flipping the […]


How to Add 29 Minutes to Your Day…Every Day*

How to Add 29 Minutes to Your Day...Every Day*

Do you have 10 seconds today that’ll save you a ton of time right away? Sign up for blog feeds in Google Reader. What is a feed? A feed, or RSS is a way to receive web content whenever that content is updated. It’s like the difference between walking down the street to the newsstand […]


Cats Show Up in Record Numbers to Vote Against Puppy Mill Bill

Cats Show Up in Record Numbers to Vote Against Puppy Mill Bill

ST. LOUIS, Missouri  (AP) – Registered feline voters appeared in droves to vote against the controversial Proposition B, which, if passed, would have imposed strict, pro-dog  guidelines upon in-state breeders. “The more dogs locked up in constricting 2 x 4 containers, the better,” said Cat Alliance spokesperson Mittens McWhiskers, referring to the clause that would […]


Management Tactic #35: Ignore Your Biggest Responsibility

Management Tactic #35: Ignore Your Biggest Responsibility

Here’s a simple test to see if you are a great leader instead of just a good one: Think of your biggest responsibility at your job. The most important project, the one thing that you have to get done right and on time. Place yourself on one of those days when your biggest responsibility is […]