Archive for January, 2019

I Got It!

I know, I already talked about Pete Holmes this week, but he did something else I really like, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Apparently when he toured with some comedians a few years ago, they would play a game called “I Got It” with each other. It’s something you’ve […]


What Do You Think of Marie Kondo and the KonMari method?

Over the last few weeks I’ve heard little snippets here and there about a cleaning consultant named Marie Kondo, whose show recently launched on Netflix. It didn’t occur to me to watch the show–nothing against it, but I just didn’t have a reason to watch someone teach someone else how to tidy up. However, I […]


What’s Your Favorite Romantic Tale with a Happy Ending?

What's Your Favorite Romantic Tale with a Happy Ending?

Spoilers below for episode 2 of season 3 of the HBO comedy-drama, Crashing. I’ve been watching the show Crashing since the beginning. I like Pete Holmes’ comedy (if you don’t know who that is, perhaps you know him from the superhero sketches from his previous show–see photo), and I thought it would be interesting to […]


What Happens When You Reach 10,000 Instagram Followers?

What Happens When You Reach 10,000 Instagram Followers?

Kim Kardashian. Barack Obama. Jamey Stegmaier. What do these 3 people have in common? As of tonight, we will each have at least 10,000 Instagram followers. As I write this, the count is at 9,998. It seems to reason that I will soon cross the 5-digit threshold. This is new territory for me, a coveted […]


Have You Ever Sat Next to an Unbearably Smelly Person on Public Transportation?

Have You Ever Sat Next to an Unbearably Smelly Person on Public Transportation?

I read a news report this weekend about a family who was ushered off of a flight in Miami due to smell issues. Apparently, several passengers reported their collective body odor to be unbearable, and per American Airlines guidelines, the airline asked them to leave. They were compensated with a hotel room and a flight […]


Do You Ever Plan to Not Own a Car?

Do You Ever Plan to Not Own a Car?

Today as I walked to my car after a lunch out, my friend asked how my car was holding up. The car in question is a 2003 Camry XLE, and it’s doing great, at least partially due to the fact that I work from home and rarely drive more than 10 minutes away. My hope […]


What Would You Shrink?

What Would You Shrink?

One of my favorite movies as a kid was “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” I loved technology and weird gadgets, and I thought the movie did a great job of capturing what it might feel like to shrink down to a tiny size for a while. Of course, the physics behind the concept seemed impossible. […]


Have You Ever Noticed a Big Change in Your Body Chemistry?

Have You Ever Noticed a Big Change in Your Body Chemistry?

Ten years ago, I kept my condo a consistent 78 degrees year round. That’s right, 78 degrees. My heating bills were pretty high in the winter, but summer wasn’t bad at all. 78 degrees, day and night. It wasn’t just a personal preference–it was what my body seemed to want. Then, almost suddenly, it changed. […]


Are There Any Trilogies Released Out of Order?

Are There Any Trilogies Released Out of Order?

Okay, random thought about book and movie trilogies: Are there any that are released out of order? I think I was reading The Poppy War recently when this thought occurred to me. While this isn’t the case for the main character in that book, I love books where you meet a fascinating, fully developed characters […]


One Quick Note About Bandersnatch

Before Bandersnatch drifts away from the public consciousness, I wanted to add one quick thought in addition to the video I already posted about it. Bandersnatch is a choose-your-own adventure episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror.” As you watch, you’re prompted with a series of decisions to steer the direction of the main character and the […]


My Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

My Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

Since I’m just a few days away from seeing my first movie on this list, I need to post it before it’s too late! Please note that even though the list skews towards big, flashy action movies, I still really enjoy smaller, more intimate films. I may not get as excited about them in advance, […]


The Gillette Ad

Have you watched the Gillette ad that went viral yesterday and today? It seems to have sparked some interesting conversations, so I thought I’d share my thoughts here. I’ll post the commercial below, but here’s a quick summary: The first half of the ad shows men doing bad things to each other and to women. […]


What Do You Do While Biding Time at Airports?

What Do You Do While Biding Time at Airports?

I made a note of this blog post question back in December when I flew to LA, to Virginia, and then back to St. Louis (6 total different legs, as no flights were direct). When you’re biding time during layovers and you have nothing specific to do–like, if you’ve already eaten–what do you do? I’m […]


10 New-to-Me Games I’m Hoping to Play at Geekway Mini 2019

10 New-to-Me Games I'm Hoping to Play at Geekway Mini 2019

Later this week I’ll be attending the “mini” version of Geekway to the West here in St. Louis. For 3 days I’ll spend the meat of my day playing games with a variety of people, hopefully quite a few new-to-me games (both for fun and to learn from them as a designer). I’ve been compiling […]


This Is What Happens When You’re Single

This Is What Happens When You're Single

I rather enjoy being single, and on occasion this characteristic has led to some comedic moments. The most recent was when I was home for Christmas. My parents hosted a big Christmas party for some of our relatives (my mom and dad have LOT of siblings). They decided to hire a photographer to take photos […]


Do You Watch “Um, Actually”?

I’m not a trivia guy. It’s just not how my mind works–I don’t remember trivia. As a result, I generally avoid trivia nights, I don’t watch Jeopardy, and I rarely play trivia games (though I love Wits and Wagers). However, I love the CollegeHumor show “Um, Actually.” I wanted to share this love with you today. Basically, […]


Have You Ever Had a Tarot Card Reading?

Have You Ever Had a Tarot Card Reading?

I don’t want someone else to tell me my future. I learned this about myself at a recent party where a friend was performing tarot card readings. It’s an annual tradition for her to do this, and I could tell she enjoyed entertaining her friends with their possible futures. So I decided to join several […]


The Question of Elaine and Jujyfruits

In one of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld, Elaine is standing in line at a movie theater concession stand when she learns that her boyfriend was in an accident and is hospitalized. Elaine decides on the spot to finish what she set out to do–order a box of Jujyfruits–and then heads to the hospital. Her […]


My Top 10 Favorite Sandwiches of 2018

My Top 10 Favorite Sandwiches of 2018

I discovered in the last year that I really love weird, unique sandwiches and burgers. Fortunately, St. Louis is a hotspot for them, ranging from the daily creations at Hi-Point Drive-In to the monthly specials at Layla to the weekly head-to-head matchups at Bailey’s Range. So today I thought I’d showcase my favorite sandwiches of […]


My Favorite Books of 2018

My Favorite Books of 2018

I still read for 30 minutes or so before falling asleep each night, and that time has added up to 24 novels read in 208 (some of them quite long, others shorter). I love being able to turn my brain off at night, transitioning from work to another world before falling asleep. This year I […]


My Favorite Songs of 2018

My Favorite Songs of 2018

As I compiled this year’s list, I loved seeing how the various songs triggered different memories and connections over the past year. I’ll mention a few of them below: Typhoon, probably my favorite band, came to St. Louis earlier this year. I had a great time, though I had the chance to tell the lead […]


My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018

Of the 57 movies I watched this year, 21 of them received a 4.5 or 5.0 rating (out of 5), which is more than double the previous year. Maybe it was a great year for movies, or maybe I’m less cynical about being entertained than in the past. This made creating today’s list more difficult […]