Archive for June, 2020

Have You Watched Space Force?

Have You Watched Space Force?

I really enjoyed the first season of Steve Carell’s Netflix show, Space Force. It’s smart, funny, and topical. If you like The Office and/or Avenue 5, I highly recommend the show. I’m leading off with that because some of the early reviews I saw about the show were mixed to negative. I almost didn’t even […]


Eurovision Song Contest: One of the Most Fun Movies I’ve Watched in 2020

Eurovision Song Contest: One of the Most Fun Movies I've Watched in 2020

A few years ago, a German friend showed up at game night with an open invitation for everyone to attend the finale of the Eurovision song contest. The collective response was: What’s Eurovision? I must admit that I still haven’t actually watched the Eurovision contest itself, but my understanding is that it’s kind of like […]


Strawberry Shortcake vs Strawberry Shortbread

Strawberry Shortcake vs Strawberry Shortbread

One of my fondest and longest-lasting childhood memories involves strawberry shortbread. Once every summer, my mother would declare that we were having strawberry shortbread for dinner. Usually this coincided with us going strawberry picking as a family. It was such a treat because we were essentially eating dessert for dinner in a home where we […]


Have You Ever Participated in a Treasure Hunt?

Have You Ever Participated in a Treasure Hunt?

One of the most entertaining books I’ve read over the last 10 years was Ready Player One, largely because it’s a treasure hunt. A mysterious inventor creates a world, offers some clues to a huge prize, and broadcasts it to the world. Ready Player One is fictional, but there are also some real-world treasure hunts. […]


An Innovative Way to Fully Recline on an Airplane

An Innovative Way to Fully Recline on an Airplane

Last night, Megan and I were discussing how fortunate we were to have traveled to New Zealand last year before the coronavirus changed the world. Perhaps we should have stayed there: New Zealand did one of the best jobs at flattening the curve, and to date they only have 1,513 confirmed cases. One memory we […]


Have You Ever Attended a Restaurant’s Soft Opening?

Have You Ever Attended a Restaurant's Soft Opening?

A few days ago, I got a surprising text from a neighbor: He’s opening a restaurant, and he invited Megan and I to attend the soft opening. As far as I can recall, I’ve only attended one other soft opening, and it was for a restaurant chain called Wasabi. That was maybe 10 years ago? […]


Pet Please #160: Stumbling Upon Fellow Travelers You’ve Already Met

Pet Please #160: Stumbling Upon Fellow Travelers You've Already Met

Megan and I had a Netflix movie night this weekend, and one of the movies we watched was Ibiza. It’s a series of vignettes about three Americans having adventures in Spain. The movie perfectly captured one of my favorite things about traveling: It’s normal to meet or notice a number of other tourists when you’re […]


Some Good News: A Watershed Moment for the LGBTQ Community in America

Some Good News: A Watershed Moment for the LGBTQ Community in America

It’s been tough to find good news in 2020, but I was incredibly happy to see today that the US Supreme Court ruled that gay, lesbian and transgender workers are protected by federal by civil rights law in America (CNN link). To be perfectly honest, it’s also incredibly disappointing that LGBTQ workers were ever not covered by […]


Atonement

In response to yesterday’s Stonemaier Games’ declaration of action against racial injustice and inequality, a screenshot of a blog post I wrote in 2013 about my Roomba vacuum cleaner has been circulated. The post, like a handful of others I wrote when I was younger, is embarrassingly misogynistic, and the Roomba post in particular includes […]


Gratitude and a Declaration

Gratitude and a Declaration

Over the last few weeks on a variety of platforms, I’ve made mistake after mistake while trying to address the tragic killing of George Floyd and express my support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). People have called me out on it, and I deserve everything they’ve said. Despite the tone-deaf nature of […]


Two Infographics About Being a Better Ally

Two Infographics About Being a Better Ally

Today I’d like to share some words of wisdom and 2 infographics from Seerut K. Chawla (a psychotherapist) about being a better ally. This really opened my eyes, and I’m very grateful to Joe for sharing it with me. “White fragility is a many headed beast, we have genuinely compassionate people who feel guilty about […]


Have You Seen “Dead to Me”?

Have You Seen "Dead to Me"?

A few weeks ago when I mentioned that I was looking for some television recommendations, several people suggested Netflix’s “Dead to Me.” We had just finished watching Six Feet Under, so I was curious about another show’s perspective on death and grieving. Megan had already watched season 1, so we just watched the season 1 […]


Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

This morning I called my mom to wish her a happy birthday, and I was delighted to see her in her natural habitat: the pool (specifically, an inflatable pool in my parents’ backyard with my nephew, who is not a fan of water yet): In light of recent events, I’d like to share that I’m […]


I’m Part of the Problem

I'm Part of the Problem

The original version of this post featured a story about something dumb, racist, and immature I said when I was 18. My intent in sharing this story was to show how I’m part of the problem of systemic racism (even in ways that are subconscious and deep into my past). However, I’ve listened to those […]



An Idea: The Quarantine Box

An Idea: The Quarantine Box

Now that we’re a few months into the coronavirus, you probably have a similar grocery store routine to ours: After you arrive home with your groceries (or they’re delivered), you put them on a special table or section of your home. You debag the groceries, disinfect perishables and put them in your fridge or freezer, […]