Archive for September, 2018

My Top 3 Saturday Night Live Sketches of the Week

I wasn’t allowed to watch SNL as a kid, but as an adult, I look forward to watching new episodes each week. As inspired by Slashfilm’s weekly rundown, this season I thought I’d share my top 3 favorite sketches of the week whenever I remember to do so. I’ll post my commentary below each video […]


What Part of Your Restaurant Experience Is the Most Likely to Be a Dealbreaker?

What Part of Your Restaurant Experience Is the Most Likely to Be a Dealbreaker?

I want to preface this post with a disclaimer: I worked as a server in two restaurants during summers in college. I took my job quite seriously, as I was contemplating opening a restaurant after I graduated. Because of that experience, I have a huge amount of empathy for servers, and I try not to […]


Would You Start a Business with a Romantic Partner?

Would You Start a Business with a Romantic Partner?

No, dear reader, I have not taken a lover. Rather, this topic was inspired by several episodes of The Profit that I recently watched. (See original article on this show here.) I’m still only about 25% of the way through the 5 seasons of The Profit, and I’ve watched at least a half dozen episodes […]


Have You Ever Accidentally Shoplifted?

Have You Ever Accidentally Shoplifted?

I watch lots of clips from late-night talk shows, and a common question asked to guests is, “Have you ever shoplifted?” Usually the guest has some charming story about how they stole a candy bar as a kid and their parents made them apologize. I can honestly say I’ve never intentionally stolen something from a […]


How Do You Best Process Your Thoughts?

How Do You Best Process Your Thoughts?

I was on a podcast the other day to discuss how I work: my daily routine, regular and irregular tasks, social media, etc. We turned to the topic of my blogs (this one and my Stonemaier Games blog), and the podcaster asked me why I blog. There are several reasons, several of which are different […]


The Biggest Scarf in the World

I don’t have much to say today, but this video made me laugh really, really hard. Try not to look at the image–if you have 2 minutes, just click on the video, and maybe it’ll make you laugh too. What’s a recent video that has made you laugh really hard?


My Top 10 Favorite Romantic Comedies

My Top 10 Favorite Romantic Comedies

I love a good romantic comedy. It’s one of my favorite film genres, even to the point that I’ve written a script. When they’re done well–that is, characters do things that make sense, they’re not filled with tropes, and there is both heartwarming romance and laugh-out-loud comedy–they make me incredibly happy. After discussing some favorite […]


To Nap or to Coffee?

To Nap or to Coffee?

Today I did something for the first time ever. I had a rough night of sleep last night. I fell asleep around 11:30, woke up to Biddy (cat) drooling for food at 4:00, and ended up unable to fall back to sleep for the next hour or so. My day then started at 7:00. Fortunately […]


My Main Concern About an Alien Invasion

My Main Concern About an Alien Invasion

Every day or so I hear the roar of an airplane above my building as it prepares for a landing at the St. Louis airport. Logically I know it’s an airplane, but the imaginative portion of my brain sometimes wonders if I’m hearing the sound of a massive alien spacecraft. It’s then that the logical […]


How Often Do You Take Your Pets to the Vet?

How Often Do You Take Your Pets to the Vet?

A few weeks ago I started getting incessant reminders from my vet to bring in Walter (one of my two cats) for a checkup. While I often go too long between visits to my human doctor, my cats depend on me, so I try to stick with my veterinarian’s recommendations. So I scheduled a time […]


Outward-Facing Lifehack #3

Outward-Facing Lifehack #3

Quite some time ago, I posted a few blog entries about tiny things I can do that can make someone else’s job much easier. The last one I posted was about how to position your knife on a plate at a restaurant, and I have another server-focused lifehack today. Have you ever been at a […]


Do You Get a Flu Shot?

Do You Get a Flu Shot?

I had an interesting experience at the doctor’s office yesterday. I was seeing my primary care physician for an annual checkup (or, in this case, my 18-month checkup). After I checked in, a nurse steered me into an office and checked my vitals. While typing away at the computer, she asked, “Did you want to […]


My Thoughts on the American Ninja Warrior Finale

My Thoughts on the American Ninja Warrior Finale

If you watch this show and haven’t watched last night’s episode, spoilers await! Otherwise, if you don’t care about spoilers and are curious about game design, competitive TV, and sports, you might find this interesting (and I’d like to hear your thoughts). *** As I’ve written about a few times, I love American Ninja Warrior. […]


What Are the 5 Most Important Things in Your Life?

What Are the 5 Most Important Things in Your Life?

An interviewer recently asked me this question. It was left intentionally vague, so it’s open to interpretation. I don’t think my answer is particularly insightful, but I have a feeling your answer will be more interesting, so that’s the main point of this post. My answer was (in no particular order): My friends My family […]


Do You Watch “The Profit”?

Do You Watch "The Profit"?

I’m hooked on a CNBC show called “The Profit.” Someone recommended the show to me recently (I’ve searched through my emails and can’t find who it was, so if it was you, please tell me so I can thank you! Over that last week I’ve watched 10 or so episodes, and I’m really enjoying it. […]


Pet Please #154: Flights (of Food/Drink)

Pet Please #154: Flights (of Food/Drink)

I really like flights of food and beverages. If you’re not familiar with this term, it’s when a restaurant or bar serves you an array of sample-size options for the same drink or dish. For example, a classic flight is 4 small glasses of different beers. I love flights because they let you try a […]


One Kit-Kat for Game Night: Leave It or Eat It?

One Kit-Kat for Game Night: Leave It or Eat It?

A few weeks ago, I bought a few big bags of Halloween candy for game night (yes, for some reason Halloween candy is already in the grocery store). In the days that followed game night, I continued to eat the candy from time to time. It’s what I do. The day of the next game […]


Did You Watch “Searching” This Weekend?

Did You Watch "Searching" This Weekend?

On Friday I went to see “Searching,” a mystery/thriller starring John Cho. It’s not the type of movie I would normally get excited about, but I’m really glad I went to see it, because I absolutely loved it. The twist in Searching is that everything you see is on a screen. That is, you’re watching […]


What Makes a Better Milkshake/Malt: Ice Cream or Frozen Custard?

What Makes a Better Milkshake/Malt: Ice Cream or Frozen Custard?

I love a good milkshake or malt. Chocolate malt is my go-to favorite, though I’m open to other kinds as well. For me, the perfect malt has a very specific viscosity: thick, but not so thick that you can’t drink it smoothly through a straw. And it needs to taste delicious, of course, which I […]