Archive for March, 2019

What Was Your Experience Learning to Drive a Car?

What Was Your Experience Learning to Drive a Car?

One of my favorite shows, AP Bio, is back. The latest episode heavily featured driver’s education–including an amazing┬áparallel parking job–and it reminded me of those days when I was learning to drive. In Virginia, we were allowed to get a learner’s permit when we turned 15, allowing us to drive with a licensed adult in […]


The Bachelor Finale: Creepy, Sweet, or Both?

The Bachelor Finale: Creepy, Sweet, or Both?

My month-long journey of watching The Bachelor ended this week with a series of entertaining twists. The show paints its conclusion as a modern fairy tale: Two people fall in love in a short period of time and walk off into the sunset, engaged and happy. To maximize the drama, the show wants the bachelor […]


The Punchbowl and Me

The Punchbowl and Me

I experienced something for the first time on Saturday, something unexpected, perhaps slightly risky, and in the end, quite delicious. I was waiting in line at Lona’s Lil Eats, an excellent restaurant here in St. Louis, when I noticed something on the bar. Now, I’m not a big drinker, especially at this point in my […]


What Musical Albums Did Your Parents Play When You Were Growing Up?

What Musical Albums Did Your Parents Play When You Were Growing Up?

The conversation started with Phantom of the Opera. I was talking to a few friends about New York. One of them has never been, and she said she’d like to go to a Broadway show. I nodded and said, “Yeah, I’d like to see Phantom of the Opera someday.” There was a moment of silence, […]


What Did You Think About Captain Marvel?

What Did You Think About Captain Marvel?

I knew from the minute it was announced that I wanted to see a Captain Marvel movie. I knew very little about the character, but I loved the idea of a female-led superhero film (especially after how much I enjoyed Wonder Woman). So I avoided trailers and was giddy with excitement as the lights dimmed […]


What’s Your Favorite “Time Loop” Fiction?

What's Your Favorite "Time Loop" Fiction?

Last week, a friend recommended the new Netflix series, Russian Doll. I had heard of it but didn’t know much about it–all I knew is that it looked a bit dark and grim. But he mentioned two things that convinced me to give it a try: One, each episode is less than a half hour […]


Love, Doubt, and Forever (The Bachelor Saga Continues)

Love, Doubt, and Forever (The Bachelor Saga Continues)

A few weeks ago, I watched and commented on an episode of The Bachelor. I’ve continued to tune since then, fast forwarding through decent chunks of each 2-hour episode, but still getting wrapped up in the story. Last night’s episode packed an emotional punch, though I have some thoughts to share on a conversation that […]


Do You Leave Your Cell Phone on at Night?

Do You Leave Your Cell Phone on at Night?

A few nights ago, a friend on the east coast woke me up with a text at 11:30 pm. It wasn’t urgent–he just had some fun news to share. Several weeks before that, a business partner in France texted me at 3:00 am. In the morning I asked him not to text me so late […]


My Top 10 Favorite Games (as of March 2019)

My Top 10 Favorite Games (as of March 2019)

Every 6 months I update my top 10 favorite tabletop games list. Creating today’s list was the toughest task yet, both because of the sheer number of different games I’ve played at this point (574 and counting) and because I find my eagerness to play certain games dependent on how easily I can actually get […]