Archive for February, 2012

Pet Peeve #40: Non-Celebrities Asking Celebrities to Go to the Prom or Ball

Pet Peeve #40: Non-Celebrities Asking Celebrities to Go to the Prom or Ball

Okay. This has to stop. Last year, a young woman in the Marines asked Justin Timberlake to the Marine Corps Ball. He accepted. Soon afterward, another Marine asked Mila Kunis to another Marine Corps Ball. She also accepted. Then, just a few days ago, a cancer-stricken high schooler asked Taylor Swift to the prom. She […]


Leadership Tactic #69: Positive Reinforcement and Jamey Points

Leadership Tactic #69: Positive Reinforcement and Jamey Points

I read a fascinating article the other day about a school in Chicago that charges students money when they start to accumulate demerits. Although I found the concept intriguing, it was this passage at the end about a different school district that really clicked with me: At Knowledge is Power Program, a network of 109 […]


Tournament of Awkwardness Final Four: Part 2

Tournament of Awkwardness Final Four: Part 2

Today’s matchup between Sarah and Jess to decide who goes to the finale and who shuffles home is of epic proportions. I’ll let the contestants speak for themselves below their photos; for now, here are the rules: You can only vote once You may campaign for people to vote (but encourage them to vote for […]


Tournament of Awkwardness Final Four: Part 1

Tournament of Awkwardness Final Four: Part 1

After an elite eight that revealed how amazingly unawkward the contestants are now (see here and here), we have some new awkward stories to accompany the old photos today. I had asked for these stories from the full Top 8, so that means there are four stories that won’t make it into this post. I’ll […]


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 […]


Tournament of Awkwardness Elite Eight: Part 2

Tournament of Awkwardness Elite Eight: Part 2

Today we have our final two matchups in the second round of the Tournament of Awkwardness. These four are the winners of the matchups in the second and third days of the tournament. A quick refresher on the basic rules before I move on to today’s two polls: You can only vote once You may campaign […]


Promises Kept, Promises Broken

Promises Kept, Promises Broken

I talk a lot about grandiose ideas on this blog, but I have to admit, I rarely follow through. When I make these promises, I firmly intend to follow through, but later I’m either not excited about the idea any more or it seems like a lot of work. A lot of these promises are […]


Tournament of Awkwardness Elite Eight: Part 1

Tournament of Awkwardness Elite Eight: Part 1

For those of you who participated in the first round of the Tournament of Awkwardness, thank you so much for your wonderfully awkward photos and stories. They will be treasured forever by random people who stumble upon this blog. Now, on to Round 2! Eight contestants remain in the hunt for the cash and the […]


The Friends You Don’t Actually Know

The Friends You Don't Actually Know

Today’s rare guest entry is brought to you by long-time reader and oft-honored Comment of the Month recipient Brad. He taps into the world that we all float through every day, the world of people we see day after day–maybe at work, maybe in the park, maybe in your apartment building–and yet never really know […]


All in the Family: The Last 3 Polls for Round 1

All in the Family: The Last 3 Polls for Round 1

So, just for full disclosure, I realized today that I made a mistake. I accidentally left out a contestant who submitted on time. Also, you all are having too much fun poking at each other, and I want to get in on it. Thus I’m entering my photo in the contest. If, by a long […]


Name That Gender: Round 1 Continues

Name That Gender: Round 1 Continues

We have three huge matchups today for the first round of the Tournament of Awkwardness. The voting for these matchups and the first two matchups will remain open until this Sunday at 1:00 pm CST. Chelsea says: “Sadly, this isn’t even the worst, but my mom wouldn’t let me use those photos. (They were that […]


A Weird Love Story

A Weird Love Story

Sometimes you find love in unexpected places. It creeps up on you and when you realize it’s real, you know you have to have them in your life full time. You even ask them to move in, and you’ve only known them for 2 weeks. You make lists of things that you think you want: […]


Let the Tournament of Awkwardness Begin!

Let the Tournament of Awkwardness Begin!

When I announced the Tournament of Awkwardness two weeks ago, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It’s a lot to ask people to submit photos of years that they might like to forget, years filled with braces and odd clothing, with devastating hair styles and androgyny (there are at least three entries where a […]


NewsFlash: jameystegmaier.com to Partner with Depends

NewsFlash: jameystegmaier.com to Partner with Depends

How many times have you been at a baseball game, having a great time, and just as things start to heat up, you have to go to the bathroom? By the time you get back from the crowded, dirty restroom, the home team has hit several grand slams and your girlfriend is making out with […]


Leadership Tactic #68: How to Relieve Yourself of the Stress of a Bad Day at Work

Leadership Tactic #68: How to Relieve Yourself of the Stress of a Bad Day at Work

A friend texted me today to say that she was having a bad day at work, and she wanted some advice on how to make it better (which made my day, because I love giving advice). We all have these days. I don’t care how optimistic and carefree of a person you are–every once in […]


Confession #18: The 11 Horcruxes of Jamey Stegmaier

Confession #18: The 11 Horcruxes of Jamey Stegmaier

In the Harry Potter mythos, Voldemort broke his own soul into 7 different pieces and ensnared them in various objects that were dear to his heart so that he could live forever. Put all the horcruxes together and you complete Voldemort. Destroy them and you destroy Voldemort forever. In a similar vein, I’ve decided that […]


The Joy of Ramen

The Joy of Ramen

Today I had one of the happiest moments of my life. It involved ramen. This blog entry could have gone several directions. One was to be a personal entry about how the one type of surprise I like is a chocolate surprise. The other was to be a  pet please entry about care packages, because […]


Everything You Need to Know About Pinterest

Everything You Need to Know About Pinterest

You probably fall into one of two categories: You’ve heard of Pinterest but haven’t signed up, or you’ve signed up for Pinterest and love it. Either way, I have a few things to help you understand Pinterest and use it more effectively. Pinterest is a public online scrapbook for images you find on the internet. […]


The Battle Royale of Cuteness

The Battle Royale of Cuteness

The day hath cometh. In one corner we have Ben, who rode through the gauntlet of the original Tournament of Cuteness like Benjamin Button on a horse made of regrets and seedy bars. In the other we have Charlotte, who, although her path to greatness was but a single poll, we can all agree deserves […]


Best Blog Comments of January 2012

Best Blog Comments of January 2012

A new year, a new crop of amazing comments. And after an amazing month on the blog. I don’t think I can pinpoint the reasons, but January was by far the best month this blog has ever had. Last year my goal was to average 500 hits a day (a goal I never reached despite […]