Archive for December, 2018

A Few Final Los Angeles Highlights

A Few Final Los Angeles Highlights

Before I move on to my various top 10 lists for 2018, I wanted to mention a few other major highlights from my trip to Los Angeles. I have photos of some of these (prepare for a lot of selfies!). The first highlight is that despite my flight out of St. Louis being delayed by […]


A Special Visit to The Magic Castle

A Special Visit to The Magic Castle

There’s one aspect of my Los Angeles trip for which I have no photos, and that’s because photos aren’t allowed at The Magic Castle. However, that won’t stop the experience from being burned in my memory as an amazing night to remember. When I requested LA recommendations on Facebook a few weeks ago, I got […]


My Survivor Adventure in Photos

My Survivor Adventure in Photos

Okay, I’m starting this a little later than I thought, so I’m going to post a bunch of photos in chronological order and explain what’s happening. Some context: I’m a huge Survivor fan (the TV show), and I had the opportunity to attend the live finale this year with a friend. I watch Survivor with […]


Off to See the Probst

Off to See the Probst

The time has finally come. After watching nearly every one of the 37 seasons of Survivor, I’m off to LA to watch the season finale on Wednesday. I’m incredibly excited, and hopefully I’ll have some good stories to share when I return. As usual, I’ve been thoroughly entertained by Survivor this season. Unfortunately, the primary […]


My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2018

My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2018

5 years ago to this day, I started working at Stonemaier Games full time. This is also known as the day I stopped wearing pants to work. As was the case before then–but especially after then–I play a lot of published games, both because I love tabletop games and because I have so much to […]


One More Relationship Question

One More Relationship Question

Okay, this one is a little more personal, but the poll is anonymous, and let me explain a little first. Earlier this year, I watched a delightful movie called Leap Year. It stars my beloved Amy Adams and probably some other people. There’s a scene in the movie where some couples (and a few people […]


How Often Do You Say Your Significant Other’s Real Name?

How Often Do You Say Your Significant Other's Real Name?

I’ve been single for a long time, but I’m still fascinated by relationships, and I sometimes reminisce about mine. I may have even written about this topic in the past. In both of my long-term relationships, we had pet names for each other. I’m not sure how or why, but once it started, we never […]


What Emotion Is This Snowman Feeling?

What Emotion Is This Snowman Feeling?

Sometimes my parents and sister send me cute photos of my cousins. I look at the photos for a few seconds, smile, and then get back to work. That’s what I did when I first saw this photo. I’ve used the size that it displayed on my phone so you can see why I didn’t […]


The Burning Question: Did Patrick Pee on the Couch?

The Burning Question: Did Patrick Pee on the Couch?

My condo is in a building with a bunch of other condos and apartments. The soundproofing is pretty good…but sometimes I hear things. Neighbor things. This was the case on Saturday night when the sound of someone pounding on a distant door woke me up. My cats heard it too–they were on high alert. Accompanying […]


My 3 Favorite SNL Sketches of the Week

The gregarious Jason Momoa (Aquaman) hosted Saturday Night Live this week, and he brought a great energy to the show. My favorite sketches, though, weren’t actually live–all 3 were pre-recorded. First Impression My favorite sketch of the night is weird, though the premise isn’t: A boyfriend wants to impress his girlfriend’s parents when meeting them […]


Have You Ever Walked Out of a Movie (or a Book)?

Have You Ever Walked Out of a Movie (or a Book)?

Over the last week I’ve been reading a science fiction book called The Three-Body Problem. It was recommended to me a while ago, so I got a Kindle sample. I couldn’t get into it. However, it’s been recommended to me a number of times since then, so last week I just went for it. I […]


Ranking the Authenticity of the “Conan in Japan” Videos

Ranking the Authenticity of the "Conan in Japan" Videos

I would watch a whole show of Conan O’Brien and Jordan Schlansky traveling to different locations around the world. I love those segments on Conan. I was particularly excited to see that Conan recently took a trip to Japan. I studied abroad in Hiroshima in high school and then in Kyoto in college, so the […]


Who Knew That Bamboo Is so Comfortable?

Who Knew That Bamboo Is so Comfortable?

Over the last year, I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect pair of boxer briefs. Through a series of misfires, I think I’ve finally found the answer. It started with this post: “What Is a Reasonable Price to Pay for Underwear?” My conclusion was that even though it’s hard to bite the bullet […]


My 3 Favorite SNL Sketches of the Week

This week’s episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Claire Foy, who I only recognized fromĀ First ManĀ (though apparently she’s on a popular show called The Crown). She did a great job in a number of roles–her range of accents is particularly impressive. Here are my top 3 sketches: The War in Words For some […]