Archive for May, 2011

Would You Let Her Eat Crackers in Bed?

Would You Let Her Eat Crackers in Bed?

I learned a new expression the other day: “I wouldn’t kick her out of bed for eating crackers.” Apparently this is said when a man encounters a truly incredible woman–he’s saying that she’s so amazing that he’d be okay with her doing just about anything. But eating crackers in bed? That’s where I draw the […]


Pet Peeve #25: Your First IM Name Will Never Go Away

Pet Peeve #25: Your First IM Name Will Never Go Away

Let me tell you about Wanda. Wanda was my high school bus driver. Skinny as a toothpick but less brittle, Wanda had been driving buses for years. She had a long tangle of blonde hair and a crooked smile, and she took pride in driving us kids to school every day. She even took us […]


Pet Please #51: Playing a Sport Immediately After Watching That Sport on TV

Pet Please #51: Playing a Sport Immediately After Watching That Sport on TV

One of my favorite things is watching a professional sport on TV and then playing that sport immediately afterwards. I do this when I play soccer on the weekends–I watch a few minutes of a game, get hyped up about playing, and then go out onto the field and think I’m Ronaldo. Part of the […]


How to Start a Bidding War on eBay

How to Start a Bidding War on eBay

A while ago, I read the results of a study that sold a few items on eBay. The researchers used two similar groups of auction items for the study: For group 1, they wrote standard descriptions of the items–size, color, wear and tear, etc. In group 2, however, they used the description space to give […]


You Got Raptured!

You Got Raptured!

“You Got Raptured!” should totally be the name for a new game show. If you’re reading this, you didn’t get raptured on Saturday. If you’re anything like me, you were sitting around with friends at a BBQ, enjoying the breeze and the chirping of crickets and frogs (or whatever chirps here in St. Louis. Mosquitos? […]


What’s Your Favorite Summer Read?

Two years ago, I read a review in Entertainment Weekly of the first book in a new trilogy by an author named David Anthony Durham. I had never heard of him, but the glowing review of Acacia: The War with the Mein hooked me, and I read the book soon after. I was hooked. Sometimes […]


Leadership Tactic #56: The Value of Facetime

Leadership Tactic #56: The Value of Facetime

Today at work, schedule lunch in the near future with a coworker with whom you’ve never chatted one-on-one for more than a few minutes. You’d be amazed at what a little facetime can do. Two years ago at my full-time job, one of our interns would come into my office about twice a week to […]


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 […]


The Gid

The Gid

While I was back home in Virginia for a friend’s wedding this past weekend, my mom asked me to take a look at the items in my childhood desk to see if everything could be packed up. While rummaging through piles of papers in the drawers, I found several journals written by Young Jamey. I […]


If You Could Write a Letter to Your High School Class, What Would You Say?

If You Could Write a Letter to Your High School Class, What Would You Say?

Here’s what I said in a letter I was asked to write for my high school’s latest fundraising campaign. Just so this makes sense, I should explain that I attended a magnet school in Virginia, which is like the institute the X-Men attended, except without Wolverine. Last Saturday I went to watch robots fight each […]


My Greatest Fear #21: Chemical Explosions

My Greatest Fear #21: Chemical Explosions

Remember the original Batman movie? Back before Batman movies were good? In the movie, The Joker (Jack Nicholson, in a role that people called “not as good as Heath Ledger”) devises a plan to infect the chemicals in commonly used cosmetic products. If used alone, the products have no negative reaction. But when they’re combined, […]


Leadership Tactic #55: Do Something

Leadership Tactic #55: Do Something

Have you ever lost someone close to you? Have you ever needed taking care of after an injury or sickness? Have you ever been hit by a major disaster? If you have, you know that you’ll get a lot of people saying this to you: “Is there anything I can do to help?” Which is, […]


Which Way Does Your Cookie Crumble?

Which Way Does Your Cookie Crumble?

The very last question of my “Perfect Woman” survey (which has now been taken by 347 people) reads as follows: You’re sitting on the couch watching Arrested Development with your boyfriend. As he watches the show, his hands toy with the edges of your breasts, your neck, and your inner thigh. What do you do? […]


3 Ways to Be Productive When You Don’t Want to Work

3 Ways to Be Productive When You Don't Want to Work

We all have those days–perhaps even periods throughout every day–when we’re easily distracted. We know we should be working because we have work to do, but we find every excuse not to do work. Then we end up cramming in the items on our to-do list at the end of the day, or we just […]


How Do You Travel?

How Do You Travel?

I’m fascinated by how people travel and vacation in different ways. Picture your ideal vacation. Say you get a week off work and have a $1,500 budget. Where do you go? What do you do? Here’s what I’d do: I’d fly to a foreign land, find a remote town and settle in for the week […]


Pet Please #50: The USA Chant

Pet Please #50: The USA Chant

I’m a sucker for crowds of people chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!” This is not meant to be a reflection on my patriotism. I think there are lots of great things about America, but also a lot of disappointing things. The USA chant transcends those criticisms. The other night, I read that the news of Bin Laden’s […]


5 Management Lessons from Michael Scott

5 Management Lessons from Michael Scott

With his departure from The Office last Thursday, Michael Scott leaves behind a legacy of bad management and good humor. I think the show will be just fine with him gone, yet his final episode episode moved me to tears. In honor of him, I’d like to ignore the myriad of poor leadership tactics he […]


The Great Debate: Saving Lives vs. Sweet Tea

The Great Debate: Saving Lives vs. Sweet Tea

On Saturday, I went to donate blood for the third time this year. I was on a hot streak–I was 8 for 8 on blood-giving since I started doing it in ’09. Then my world came crashing down. After two needle pricks, it was determined that my blood was low in iron. Too low to […]