Archive for March, 2019

Why Marathons but No Sprinting Competitions?

Why Marathons but No Sprinting Competitions?

This is a completely random thought that occurred to me recently. As adults, we have a few different ways to stay in shape. We can join a gym or yoga center, play a sport (league, pickup, or with friends), exercise or stay active at home or in the great outdoors, or participate in obstacle course […]


How Has Money Changed You?

How Has Money Changed You?

I recently got a phone call out of the blue from a former coworker, someone around 8 years my junior. They’re at a point in their life where they’re trying to balance fiscal responsibilities with work that they’re proud of, passionate about, and good at. One of the things they were curious about is how […]


The Future of Naps Is Cats

The Future of Naps Is Cats

I think I may have discovered the perfect nap device: My cat, Walter. Hear me out–I’m serious about this. Ever since I started working from home 5+ years ago, one of the wonderful perks is if I really need a nap, I can take one. The problem, however, is that short naps leave me feeling […]


What Did You Think About “Us”?

What Did You Think About "Us"?

I did something on Saturday I rarely do: I chose to watch a horror movie (in the theater, no less). After watching Get Out at home a year or so ago and regretting not seeing it in the theater, I promised myself I’d see the next Jordan Peele movie with a live audience. There’s something […]


Is There a Sweet Spot (or Time) for You to Begin a New Book Series?

Is There a Sweet Spot (or Time) for You to Begin a New Book Series?

Today I was talking to a publisher friend about game expansions, and he mentioned something I hadn’t thought of: When someone learns about a game for the first time, if they also hear that there are a bunch of expansion for the game, they may be too daunted to buy the core game at all […]


I’ve Made and Eaten “The Best Burger for a Single Person”

I've Made and Eaten "The Best Burger for a Single Person"

Today a video popped up into my YouTube feed with the title, “J. Kenji Lopez-Alt Debunks Burger Myths.” As a burger lover myself, I was intrigued. In the 10-minute segment, Chef Kenji talks about what he calls “The Best Burger for a Single Person.” Not because single people like me necessarily eat differently than the […]


Would You Wear a Hat to Save a Bird?

Would You Wear a Hat to Save a Bird?

Since I was a kid, the peregrine falcon has been my favorite bird. As a sprinter, I love speedy things: cheetahs, Dash in The Incredibles, and the bird that can dive at speeds above 300 mph. Until recently, though, I didn’t know that peregrine falcons almost went extinct in the 1960s, and they were at […]


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 […]