Archive for December, 2010

Ohio State Trounced by Little Sisters of the Poor in Bowl Warmup

Ohio State Trounced by Little Sisters of the Poor in Bowl Warmup

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – In an astounding upset, the Ohio State University football team was defeated by the Little Sisters of the Poor’s club team 57-3 in a bowl warmup game. The game was scheduled as a friendly match following OSU president E. Gordon Gee’s comments in November comparing Boise State University and Texas Christian […]


Top Blog Posts of 2010

Top Blog Posts of 2010

This is the first year that the blog has been independently hosted (i.e., I pay for it, and I can make it look however I want). So I think a Top Blog Posts entry is in order. Rather than make this subjective, I went through the data and broke down the 2010 top posts from […]


My Favorite Books of 2010

My Favorite Books of 2010

Just like movies in 2010, there are five books that received the coveted 5-Star Stegmaier rating. It’s actually been a really good year for books. There were two huge disappointments (Frederick Reiken’s Day for Night and Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay), but aside from those two, I loved pretty much all of the 14 books I read. […]


My Favorite Movies of 2010

My Favorite Movies of 2010

Last year was a pretty weak year for movies, so instead of writing a 2009 list, I had a Best of the Decade list. This year we’re back in business. Five movies received the coveted 5-Star Stegmaier rating, and several others (Inception and How to Train Your Dragon) came very close. Here’s are my five […]


My Favorite Songs of 2010

My Favorite Songs of 2010

Wow. This was either a good year for music, or I was just loose with the ole’ wallet. I bought 286 songs in 2010. I think a big part of it is due to the iTunes Genius widget–it’s eerily good at recommending new songs, and then once I find a new song I like, I […]


Pizza Hut Launches New “Krusts 4 Kids” Program

Pizza Hut Launches New "Krusts 4 Kids" Program

DALLAS, Texas (AP) – In a much-anticipated announcement on Thursday, Pizza Hut announced that it would launch a new initiative geared towards infants just in time for the holidays. “Krusts 4 Kids,” as the program is dubbed, is a recycling program for uneaten pizza crusts. Instead of throwing away discarded crusts, Pizza Hut will repackage […]


Pet Please #39: The Like Button

Pet Please #39: The Like Button

The greatest innovation of 2010 is the Facebook Like button. Seriously. I think we’re only beginning to understand the potential for the Like button. Facebook had vulnerabilities before incorporating this button into their system (first on status updates and apps, then on everything, even individual comments on photos and status updates). But not now. It’s […]


The Travesty of Public Records

The Travesty of Public Records

A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from a woman that I’ve called “Maria” on this blog. Something in that e-mail really worried me: Maria told me that she had found my home address online. When I wrote back to her, I asked if she was just kidding. I was hoping she was, but […]


The Friend Cheating Conundrum

The Friend Cheating Conundrum

Note: This is not based on anything that has happened to me. Really. I just think it’s an interesting topic. Imagine this scenario. You have two friends who are dating. Somehow you learn that without a doubt, Person A is cheating on Person B. Do you tell Person B? What I’m really interested in is […]


The Cat Litter Study

The Cat Litter Study

Last week on poker night, I mentioned to the guys that I had signed up for a cat litter study. I’d go to a marketing firm’s testing facility, smell and look at some cat litter, and get paid $40 for half an hour of time. Easy money. One of the guys joked that it would […]


The Top Festivus Grievances of 2010: 1-10

The Top Festivus Grievances of 2010: 1-10

I just realized that I haven’t been giving all of the judges credit for all the hard work, the hours of research, the sweat and blood they lost while ranking the top 40 Festivus grievances of 2010. Leo took care of 31-40. Josh then handled 21-30. Gabby stepped in and did a great job with […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2010: 11-20

Top Festivus Grievances of 2010: 11-20

20. The phrase, “It is what it is.” 19. Non-foaming hand soap—You think I have the time or energy to make you foam? 18. Bread = good. Bread + butter = great. Bread ‘n Butter pickles? = Taste like feet. 17. Mothballs! Not quite as tasty as gumballs. 16. East. Always a sunrise, never a […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2010: 21-30

Top Festivus Grievances of 2010: 21-30

30. People who live on the third floor and take the elevator…seriously? 29. People who pay for diet pills with cash and bacon and butter with food stamps. 28. Being so positive that I can’t think of any damn grievances. 27. People who discuss their children’s intimate secrets health details on Facebook. I don’t need […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2010: 31-40

Top Festivus Grievances of 2010: 31-40

Due to the abundance of quality grievances this year, I picked 50 out of the 135 or so written down at my Festivus party (some of which were originally posted by readers on this blog) and sent them to my friend Leo (none of the judges were at the party). Leo narrowed the list to […]


You Decided: Jamey and Maria Go on a Date

You Decided: Jamey and Maria Go on a Date

Following the post last week, I asked Maria to write about the experience of being publicly dissected for today’s blog. She agreed and wrote the following post. If any readers have questions for me, please put them in the comments section and I’ll be happy to answer. It all began a week ago when I […]


Festivus: Your Last Chance to Grieve

Festivus: Your Last Chance to Grieve

Okay, I know you must have at least one grievance. One everyday pet peeve. One event in 2010 that irked you. One person in your office who makes this really annoying snorting sound instead of just blowing his damn nose like every other decent human being. Today’s your last chance to have your grievance considered […]


Attack of the Allergies

Attack of the Allergies

If I were on camera today, you would see me going from a chipper, smiling man who is joking around with the allergist at 2:15 to a broken, swollen shell of a man at 3:15. Looking back to what happened today, I am astounded by the contrast. I’ve had a very mild cold for about […]


PetConnect

PetConnect

The following is an idea I posted yesterday on Quirky.com. You can check out and vote for the full idea here. Please note that I am not a crazy cat lady. Just a dude who loves his cat (singular). Do you ever sit at work wondering what your cat or dog is doing at home? […]


You Decide: Should I Go on This Date?

You Decide: Should I Go on This Date?

This is something I’ve never tried before, and I’ll probably never do it again. Here is your chance to determine if I go on a date with Maria (I changed her name in case she wants to post under her real name in the comments in the future). Maria recently saw my profile on Match.com […]


A Festivus Miracle

A Festivus Miracle

Okay, it’s not quite a miracle, but after a month of waiting, the article about my Festivus party finally made it to St. Louis Magazine. For your viewing and reading pleasure, in high def and 3D: I feel like it’s not a great photo of me–the angle gives me a bit of the fat face. […]


30 Rock Explains Relationships in Two Lines

30 Rock Explains Relationships in Two Lines

On 30 Rock this week, there was a line that both made me laugh out loud and offered a key insight about relationships. Liz: What makes a guy get bored in a dating situation? Jack: Questions like that. The only change I’d make is to replace “bored” with “lose interest in.” I say that because […]


New Zealand to Rest of World: “We’re Not Middle Earth”

New Zealand to Rest of World: "We're Not Middle Earth"

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – In a long-expected move, the New Zealand Parliament voted unanimously to spend $50 million (NZD) on a marketing campaign to clarify to foreigners that the country is not, in fact, the same as Middle Earth. Following the vote, foreign affairs spokesperson James Radcliffe noted the country has “complete respect” for the movie […]


Management Tactic #37: Funerals

Management Tactic #37: Funerals

A coworker once gave me some simple advice that I’ll never forget: You may regret not going to a funeral or wake, but you’ll never regret going to one. Remember this advice. You will need it, because you will rarely be eager to attend a funeral. You’ll avoid it. You’ll find excuses not to go. […]


5 Unique First Date Ideas

5 Unique First Date Ideas

My recent 18 first dates were pretty normal. For the most part, we just went to get drinks. Nothing wrong with that. It’s low-key, a short time commitment, and you can always up the stakes and go to dinner or just call it a night without any awkwardness. Perhaps even more enjoyable than those were […]