Archive for April, 2016

How Much Are Your Friendships Worth?

How Much Are Your Friendships Worth?

Tonight I was at a bar watching the NFL draft with a few friends (not something we normally do, but I’m glad we did). The subject came up of college football players leaving school for the NFL draft instead of getting their college degree. We put forth the following hypothetical: What if each of us […]


What Is the Benefit to Weather Interruptions?

What Is the Benefit to Weather Interruptions?

As we’ve done on Wednesday night for a while, after game night, a few friends and I sat down to watch the latest episode of Survivor. The beginning of the episode was interrupted by a weather update about a cloud that kind of looked like a tornado, and I anxiously fast forwarded in the hopes […]


My Favorite Thing About “The Big Short”

My Favorite Thing About "The Big Short"

In addition to Creed, I recently watched The Big Short, a movie about the inception of America’s housing market collapse and resulting recession a few years ago. It’s a fascinating movie that feels kind of like a documentary, but with famous actors doing all the reenactments. I actually bought my condo at the time when […]


Creed and Ryan Coogler

Creed and Ryan Coogler

Over the last few days I’ve had the pleasure of watching the movie Creed (I have it on DVD from Netflix). It’s fantastic. I had high expectations after reading so many great reviews of it, and none of those reviews sufficiently described just how good this movie is. It’s stunning. Creed is the story of […]


A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 6 of 6

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 6 of 6

This is part 6 of a 6-part short story I wrote. It’s written from the perspective of Bala Davies, a fictional woman living in the Welsh town of Y Gelli. Please read part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5 first. *** The look on Kyffin’s face when Nate asked out Elsi right in front of him […]


How Did You Celebrate 4/20?

How Did You Celebrate 4/20?

April 20th isn’t a date that ever occurs to me as something special, as I don’t smoke marijuana. But sometimes when other people are celebrating a special occasion, I like to join in the excitement. That’s what happened today. (And no, I didn’t do anything illegal that I’m aware of.) I was out at lunch at […]


How Much Noise Can You Make in 120 Minutes?

How Much Noise Can You Make in 120 Minutes?

Last Saturday I attended a semi-pro soccer game in St. Louis with a few friends (and my friend’s son, pictured here with me). It was a beautiful night, and over 5,000 fans crowded into the small outdoor stadium to root for the home team. The most impressive thing about the game, though, were the St. […]


What Do You Think of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2?

What Do You Think of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2?

I loved Season 1 of Netflix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In fact, I’m kind of in awe of it. By now I should know that Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Yahoo, and other online-only content creators can release shows that are just as good as network and cable television, but I’ve had a hard time wrapping my […]


Have You Ever Ordered Off the Menu?

Have You Ever Ordered Off the Menu?

“Off the menu” is such a weird phrase. Colloquially it sounds like you’re doing a normal thing: Looking at the menu and ordering off of it. But when people use that phrase–including me today–we mean that you ask for a dish that isn’t on the menu. A friend recently shared an article about a guy […]


Which Household Chore Do You Actually Enjoy?

Which Household Chore Do You Actually Enjoy?

When I was growing up, my brother, sister, and I had a chore rotation. Every week, we had to clean one toilet, vacuum a few rooms, dust one room, clean several windows, and mow the grass. A little bit of everything. As I look back, I think it was a flawed system. Because now I know […]


A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 5

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 5

This is part 5 of a 6-part short story I wrote a while back. It’s written from the perspective of Bala Davies, a fictional woman living in the Welsh town of Y Gelli. Please read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 first. *** Nate wasn’t in the shop the next day, so I was worried that […]


If Money Were Not a Factor, Where Would Your Next Vacation Be?

If Money Were Not a Factor, Where Would Your Next Vacation Be?

Over the weekend I had a nice long chat with a friend about vacations. A long time ago, she identified a personal need/desire to take one vacation each year. She’s traveled around the world and experienced lots of different places, but for these vacations, she specifically likes to go to someplace exotic and relax for […]


How Do You Sign Your Emails?

I sign my emails like this: “Best, Jamey” The other day it occurred to me that this is a bit of an odd way to sign an email. Don’t get me wrong: I like “Best” quite a bit, and I’m sticking with it. It makes perfect sense of you know it’s short for “Best regards.” […]


Top 10 Games in My Collection (If I Had to Give Away the Others)

Top 10 Games in My Collection (If I Had to Give Away the Others)

Earlier this year, board game developer, designer, blogger, and enthusiast JR Honeycutt wrote a blog post about the 10 board games in his collection that he would keep if he had to give away the rest and could only play those games from now on. I love the idea of this list, as it presents a […]


Have You Ever Participated in a Psychology Research Study?

Have You Ever Participated in a Psychology Research Study?

Today I was talking to a friend about some psych classes she took in college, and a random memory surfaced for me. I took an introductory psychology course in college, and as part of the participation credit, we had to volunteer for a few research studies run by upperclassmen. My specific memory is sitting in […]


A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 4

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 4

This is part 4 of a 6-part short story I wrote a while back. It’s written from the perspective of Bala Davies, a fictional woman living in the Welsh town of Y Gelli. Please read part 1, part 2, and part 3 first. Also, special thanks to Renate for correcting some of the terms I’ve been using that […]


Who Do You Look at When You’re on a Panel?

Who Do You Look at When You're on a Panel?

Confession: I have no idea where to look when I’m on a panel. I’ll explain. Last weekend, I participated in a game design panel at the St. Louis Science Center. It was well moderated, and my fellow designers had lots of interesting insights. I had some good answers and some subpar answers. It was fine. […]


Superhero Power Creep

Superhero Power Creep

A few days ago I went to see Batman vs. Superman: A Movie Mostly Spoiled by Trailers. As the title suggests, the movie leads up to a fight between Batman and Superman, with one of the big questions throughout the movie being, “How can Batman possibly compete against Superman?” Superman can fly. He’s incredibly strong. […]


The Airport Story

The Airport Story

So, I wasn’t sure if I was going to tell this story, because once I put it on the blog, it’s permanent. But what good is a story if I don’t tell it on my blog? I mentioned earlier this week that I traveled to Virginia to speak at my old high school and spend […]