Archive for May, 2013

Pet Please #86: When You Discover a Stranger’s Favorite Conversation Topic

Pet Please #86: When You Discover a Stranger's Favorite Conversation Topic

Last weekend I was back home in Virginia to meet my niece and attend a family reunion of sorts. I say “of sorts” because the actual occasion was a renewal of vows for three pairs of aunts and uncles who were all married within the same 2-week period 30 years ago. It was a beautiful […]


Pet Please #85: Moving Walkways at Airports

Pet Please #85: Moving Walkways at Airports

More specifically: Walking on moving walkways at airports. Standing on them is okay. Walking on them, though, is exhilarating. Even more specifically: Walking on moving walkways at airports while other people are walking by on solid ground. Look at how fast you’re walking compared to the fools who didn’t get on the moving walkway! The […]


The Joy of Being Arrested

The Joy of Being Arrested

Thank you, Netflix. 7 years have passed since Arrested Development went off the air. I have the DVDs, and I’ve watched the series multiple times since then. But it’s been a while, and honestly, I had forgotten how truly amazing the show is. Until tonight. After searching my TiVo and HBO Go for the Game […]


The Joys of Unclehood

The Joys of Unclehood

This weekend I traveled back home to Virginia for a mini family reunion of sorts and to meet my first niece, Anna. I discovered right away that (a) my niece is amazing, (b) human babies are different than cats, and (c) that it’s amazing how long you can hold your arm in one place when […]


Football Comes to America

Football Comes to America

A few months ago, I was elated to learn that two of the top soccer teams in England, Manchester City and Chelsea, were going to play a friendly match in Busch Stadium here in St. Louis. I’ve played soccer all my life and am a huge fan (particularly of the English Premier League), so I […]


Star Trek Into Happiness

Star Trek Into Happiness

I know, I know, two movie posts in one week. Currently 90% of my brainpower is focused on Euphoria, so I haven’t been very good at thinking of blog ideas (the other 10% is about my cats). But I did see Star Trek this past weekend, so I’m going to write about it whether you […]


Iron Man 3: The Assessment

Iron Man 3: The Assessment

This entry will include spoilers for Iron Man 3. Okay, Iron Man 3 has been out in theaters for 2 weeks, so I hope it’s fair game to discuss it in detail. I want to start off by saying that Iron Man is my favorite live-action superhero movie. Period. It hit every beat perfectly for […]


Graduation Day

Graduation Day

Today is graduation day at many colleges and universities across America. It’s been 10 years since I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, so today makes me think back to that day. I don’t remember much about that day. I know that I coordinated a catered lunch for my group of friends and their […]


The Office Is Closing

The Office Is Closing

After 9 seasons, NBC’s The Office will close its doors for the final time tomorrow. Some of you have never seen the show. Others watched the British version and didn’t like the way it translated to American English. Others may have watched until Jim and Pam got together and then stopped, while many others may […]


The Song of Euphoria

The Song of Euphoria

As of this second, I have a new project on Kickstarter called Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this game and this project. It is the product of countless hours of research, brainstorming, designing, coordinating, and playtesting. And I loved every minute of it. You don’t read […]


Niece’s Pieces

Niece's Pieces

Lately I’ve been experiencing something that is new to me, especially as someone who scores as a high T (thinker instead of feeler) on the Myers-Briggs: I have a little baby niece, and I think she’s wonderful. I haven’t even met baby Anna yet, but I will soon when I take a trip home to […]


I Want to Attend a Gatsby Party

I Want to Attend a Gatsby Party

Okay. So I’m not a huge partier. I’m 32, and although I enjoy a beer or glass of wine every now and then, really the only time I heavily imbibe is at my annual Festivus party. That’s all about to change. Actually, that’s not true. But after watching Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby this weekend, I want […]


The Solo Concert

The Solo Concert

Tonight I was all set to attend a concert for a group called Generationals at the Old Rock House here in St. Louis. A friend and I had bought tickets over a month ago. I set a calendar reminder. She didn’t. Fortunately, everything worked out–she was able to make it with her boyfriend, and we […]


To Reward Yourself or Benefit the Many

To Reward Yourself or Benefit the Many

This episode contains spoilers about tonight’s episode of Survivor. If you don’t watch the show or have already watched this episode, please proceed. Let’s get this out of the way: Yes, I watch Survivor. I love games, and Survivor is the best game on TV. A very interesting moral and strategic quandary occurred on Survivor […]


The Most Bittersweet E-Mail I’ve Ever Written…and So Can You

The Most Bittersweet E-Mail I've Ever Written...and So Can You

If you have a Gmail account, prepare to write the most surreal, bittersweet e-mail ever. Yesterday I learned that Google has set up something called an “Inactive Account Manager.” Basically, if your Google account (not just Gmail) isn’t used for a certain period of time, Google will declare the account to be “inactive.” Sometimes this […]


I Ate a Grasshopper

I Ate a Grasshopper

Today I found myself in a brand-new Mexican-fusion restaurant in St. Louis called Gringo. I’ve heard great things about it, and I noticed that they had pork belly on the menu. They serve pork belly a lot on Top Chef, and I’ll do pretty much anything to pretend I’m on Top Chef. So as I […]


My Year Without Movie Trailers

My Year Without Movie Trailers

I get really, really excited about movies. Especially tentpole films. Movies about tentpoles are the best. Back in the day, I would do two things when I was really excited about a movie: I would read every early review about the movie, and I would watch every trailer multiple times. I don’ t know why […]


The Nice Jeans Solution

The Nice Jeans Solution

Last week I wrote about the “nice jeans conundrum,” the internal debate to purchase or not purchase the world’s most comfortable pair of jeans. The jeans in question, which I tried on about a year ago and still think about, cost $180, which is a lot of money. That’s 180 Slurpees, people. There were many […]


Interview with a Stand-Up Comedian

Interview with a Stand-Up Comedian

Today I have something special. A writer friend of mine I met on Twitter a few years ago, Harley May, allowed me to interview her for this post. I should preface this by saying that there was a specific moment when I realized how funny Harley is. It was some random Twitter chat between a […]