Archive for June, 2015

Foreign Exchange Students

Foreign Exchange Students

Over the years I’ve learned more and more about things my family did that I assumed all families did, even though those things are actually quite rare. Most recently I learned (and wrote about) that I drink a glass of milk with dinner every night, largely because that’s what I did growing up. I thought that’s what […]


Would You Live in Someone Else’s Body for a Day?

Would You Live in Someone Else's Body for a Day?

I recently finished reading a remarkable book called Every Day by David Levithan. It’s about a person named A who wakes up every day in a different person’s body (he’s 16, so the bodies he occupies are also 16) within a few hour’s radius of the previous day’s body. A can access the person’s memories […]


The Bully

The Bully

Lately I’ve been turning to the zany questions on OkCupid for blog fodder from time to time. Today is one of those times. The question is: Were you picked on a lot in school? This question is a little different than the others. The common thread in the other questions is that I had to […]


A Flying Machine for the Home Gym

A Flying Machine for the Home Gym

I’ve always wanted to fly of my own volition. When I was young, I tried to make a hang glider to achieve this goal. I had dreams of flying that were so intense that I’d wake up with headaches from concentrating on levitation. It was truly ingrained into my subconscious. I’ve been waiting for a […]


Out-of-Control Text Reminders from Doctors

Out-of-Control Text Reminders from Doctors

Text reminders from doctors have gotten a little out of control. Recently I had a dentist check up, followed a few days later by the eye doctor experience. For both appointments, I received several text reminders leading up to the appointment. Now, I understand why doctors do this. At least, I think I do. They […]


The Mystery and Shock of Market Price

The Mystery and Shock of Market Price

Today I learned an important lesson about market price. And lobsters. For the last few months I’ve heard several people rave about a restaurant in St. Louis called Peacemaker that specializes in upper East Coast seafood…and lobster rolls. I was particularly curious about the lobster rolls, especially after several friends talked about how amazing they […]


Bucket List: The Napkin Number

Bucket List: The Napkin Number

There’s something I’ve only seen in movies that I’ve always wanted to try, and on Friday I checked it off my bucket list. The movie trope is when one person writes a number (typically a salary offer or some sum of money in exchange for a service) on a napkin, places it face-down on the […]


Making Out in Paris

Making Out in Paris

Lately I’ve been turning to the zany questions on OkCupid for blog fodder from time to time. Today is one of those times. The question is: Which of these is the more romantic activity: kissing in Paris OR kissing in a tent in the woods? I’ve been to Paris, but I didn’t have the good fortunate […]


Cookie Dough Is Not for Cookies

Cookie Dough Is Not for Cookies

The other day I was at the grocery store. I had reached the “dessert” part of my shopping list, and my stomach informed me that making cookies was a good idea. So I headed over to the cookie dough section. As I reached for a tube of cookie dough, this caught my eye: The package […]


I Survived My First Trip to the Eye Doctor (Barely)

I Survived My First Trip to the Eye Doctor (Barely)

Until today, I had never had an appointment with an eye doctor. I’ve had 20/20 vision my entire life and no serious eye injuries, so I never needed to go. So when I got something in my eye last week that I couldn’t locate after several days of discomfort, I decided to take the plunge […]


Would You Go to a Real Jurassic World?

Would You Go to a Real Jurassic World?

This is a spoiler-free post about Jurassic World, but it does include some general information from the first trailer. I saw the new Jurassic World movie yesterday. The whole concept of the movie is awesome to me: Unlike the previous movies, the park is now open to the public. It’s a fully operational theme park. […]


The Decadence of Eggs Benedict

The Decadence of Eggs Benedict

I’ve eaten eggs benedict twice in my life. The first time was 15 years ago. The second was today. It was worth the wait. Back in the year 2000, I flew up to Chicago with my sophomore-year girlfriend to spend more time with her before heading home for the summer. During the trip, I went […]


Confession #21: Baths and Showers

Confession #21: Baths and Showers

I haven’t done a “confession” entry in a while, and the subject of showers has arisen on several entries this week, so here’s one from my childhood. It’s my perception that most kids take baths for the first few years of life, and then they graduate to showers at a certain age. Maybe 5 or […]


Jury Duty: Why Not Ask Who Wants to Do It?

Jury Duty: Why Not Ask Who Wants to Do It?

I just spent the last 2 days sitting in a room waiting. This was my third time being called in for jury duty. In case you’ve never gone through the process, or perhaps your process is different than in St. Louis, here’s how it works: A bunch of people (maybe 500? 1000?) are selected a […]


The Horror: I Bought the Wrong Flavor of Ice Cream

The Horror: I Bought the Wrong Flavor of Ice Cream

Mere hours ago, I experienced one of the greatest horrors of my adult life. After a long day of jury duty (rather, of sitting in a room waiting to be called for jury duty…and never being called), I dropped by the grocery store. As I passed by the ice cream aisle, I thought, “Why not […]


I Don’t Understand Shower Shoes

I Don't Understand Shower Shoes

This topic has eluded my memory for quite a long time, as the only time it ever occurs to me is the moment when I’m stepping out of the shower. However, recently the topic came up as part of a joke in Pitch Perfect 2, so I wrote it down, and now we can finally […]


Would You Let Someone Else Choose Your Bedtime Attire?

Would You Let Someone Else Choose Your Bedtime Attire?

Lately I’ve been using compatibility questions from the dating site OkCupid for blog fodder. Here’s today’s question: Would you allow your partner to decide what you wear to bed? The way I read this question (this might be incorrect, it’s it’s how I’m looking at it) for me is: Would I allow a girlfriend to tell […]


Sex vs. Friends vs. Love vs. Creations

Sex vs. Friends vs. Love vs. Creations

I’m using compatibility questions from the dating site OkCupid for blog fodder. Here’s today’s question: If you could only choose one of the following, would you rather (a) have great sex, (b) have great friends, (c) have great love, and (d) have great creations? For the sake of comparison, let’s assume that you get one […]


The Stoplight Dilemma

The Stoplight Dilemma

Lately most of my brainpower has been occupied by the design of a game I’m working on. As a result, I haven’t had as much to write about on this blog. However, today I happened to be on my rarely-used OkCupid account, and I remembered that the site has a ton of thought-provoking questions on […]