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The Ole’ “If You Could Hibernate” Debate

The Ole' "If You Could Hibernate" Debate

If you could hibernate for 1 month each year and only need 4 hours of sleep for the rest of the year, would you? What would you do with the extra time each day? I discussed this with some friends earlier this week when St. Louis started to get cold. The overall consensus–and my opinion […]


What Do You Listen to During Short Drives?

What Do You Listen to During Short Drives?

Today on my Facebook Live chat, someone asked me what St. Louis radio stations I listen to. However, I barely had an answer, as I don’t think I’ve listened to the radio in years. The main reason for this is that I rarely listen to anything when I’m driving. Long road trips are an exception–on a long […]


Have You Ever Accidentally Shoplifted?

Have You Ever Accidentally Shoplifted?

I watch lots of clips from late-night talk shows, and a common question asked to guests is, “Have you ever shoplifted?” Usually the guest has some charming story about how they stole a candy bar as a kid and their parents made them apologize. I can honestly say I’ve never intentionally stolen something from a […]


Do You Get a Flu Shot?

Do You Get a Flu Shot?

I had an interesting experience at the doctor’s office yesterday. I was seeing my primary care physician for an annual checkup (or, in this case, my 18-month checkup). After I checked in, a nurse steered me into an office and checked my vitals. While typing away at the computer, she asked, “Did you want to […]


What Are the 5 Most Important Things in Your Life?

What Are the 5 Most Important Things in Your Life?

An interviewer recently asked me this question. It was left intentionally vague, so it’s open to interpretation. I don’t think my answer is particularly insightful, but I have a feeling your answer will be more interesting, so that’s the main point of this post. My answer was (in no particular order): My friends My family […]


Which Types of Next-Day Events Cause You to Not Sleep Well?

Which Types of Next-Day Events Cause You to Not Sleep Well?

When I was growing up–really, through my early 20s–I can’t recall having sleep issues. When I went to bed, I slept soundly throughout the night. The one event that caused me to not sleep well as a kid was Christmas. On Christmas Eve, I was incredibly nervous. I would lay awake for most of the […]


Do You Get Sick at the Same Time Each Year?

Do You Get Sick at the Same Time Each Year?

Today I came down with a head cold. It’s not a big deal, just annoying. I’ll get over it in a day or so. In fact, I didn’t deviate from my normal Tuesday schedule of watching American Ninja Warrior with a few friends. While we were watching, one of them mentioned an annual event coming […]


In Your Youth, Did You You Ever Discover That You Were Unexpectedly Good at Something?

In Your Youth, Did You You Ever Discover That You Were Unexpectedly Good at Something?

I was a scrawny, geeky kid. Through elementary school and middle school, I was a good student. Often a great student. I also played recreational soccer, but I didn’t consider myself particularly good at it. In pretty much any situation, if you pitted me against a jock, I would gladly bet on the jock. This […]


How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

One of the most intense scenes in the movie Fight Club involves Brad Pitt using homemade soap materials to burn a permanent scar into Edward Norton’s hand. Norton’s character tries to escape the pain through meditation, but Pitt forces him to stay with the pain. I was reminded of this scene today during my latest […]


Are You as Awkward a Hugger as I Am?

Are You as Awkward a Hugger as I Am?

Today I had a wonderful opportunity to meet up with a reviewer who was briefly in St. Louis for business. We ate a treat at the excellent Nathaniel Reid Bakery, and then I drove him over to his meeting. Great guy, great chat–I’m happy to have met him, and I look forward to sending games […]


My New Nephew!

My New Nephew!

One of the great, unexpected pleasures I’ve experienced over the last few years has been becoming an uncle three times over. So I wanted to share my elation with you, dear reader, that a new nephew has been added to the Stegmaier family! My sister gave birth to Aaron on Friday (exactly 1 day after […]


Are You Making Progress on Your Bucket List?

Are You Making Progress on Your Bucket List?

I’ve kept a running bucket list–things I want to do during my life–for many years now. I’ve added things to the list, dropped things from the list, and achieved several of them. That said, I rarely look at the list, despite it often being in my field of vision. So I thought I’d write about […]


As an Adult, What Have You Chosen to Stop Doing?

As an Adult, What Have You Chosen to Stop Doing?

One of the perks about being an adult is that you have a lot of freedom to choose what you want to do on any given day or night (particularly non-working hours). Instead of your parents determining what you can eat, where you can go, who you can see, etc, you can just do it. […]


Have You Ever Fainted?

Have You Ever Fainted?

Today a man walked into a Red Cross in St. Louis, felt a needle prick his finger, and fainted to the floor. Fortunately, I was not that man. I was the guy who was waiting to donate blood while that man was revived. While I never saw him, apparently he was a big fella–350 pounds, […]


How Long Is Your Ideal Nap?

How Long Is Your Ideal Nap?

I’m so groggy that I can barely write this blog post. I work from home, so every now and then I’ll take an afternoon nap when my brain and body call for it. Even though weekends are the same as weekdays to me in terms of my work schedule, I would say a nap is […]


Have You Ever Had a Smelly Friend?

Have You Ever Had a Smelly Friend?

Have you ever had a smelly friend? Someone who consistently emits a foul body odor? What–if anything–did you do? I ran into this issue a few years ago. There was someone in my friend group who, frankly, smelled bad. I must admit that I didn’t ask anyone else if they noticed the smell, as I […]


Nobody Puts Baby in an Uber

Nobody Puts Baby in an Uber

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent a few days in Seattle last week, primarily to see my brother and his new baby. My niece is 3 months old, and my brother has ample paternity leave; his wife was mostly working when I was in town. I wanted to spend a lot of time with my […]


Has Your Brain Ever Betrayed You?

Has Your Brain Ever Betrayed You?

I started watching It a few days ago. I’ve been intrigued by this movie ever since I started reading about it last year. I generally don’t enjoy being scared, so I didn’t see it in the theater, but I vowed to watch it at home. I got the DVD from Netflix last week, and during […]


Have You Ever Been Hooked on a Game?

Have You Ever Been Hooked on a Game?

Around 10 years ago (at least, it feels that way), someone recommended 2 iPhone games to me: Pocket Frogs and Birzzle. Pocket Frogs is a game about collecting, breeding, and playing mini games with frogs, and Birzzle is a match-3 game like Bejeweled (but with birds!). Over the next week or so, I experienced something […]


How Have You Acted Around Celebrities?

How Have You Acted Around Celebrities?

It’s official: There is a massive gap between how I think I’ll act around celebrities and how I actually act around them. In my mind, I’m cool, calm, and collected when interacting with famous people. Maybe I send them a drink, compliment them on something very specific to show that I’m a fan, and then leave them alone. In […]


What’s Something You’ve Learned from Your Dad?

What's Something You've Learned from Your Dad?

Father’s Day is coming up in a few days, so I thought I’d mention an attribute about my father that came to mind recently when I was giving myself a haircut. When I was growing up, Dad cut my hair every few months through middle school and high school. I’d sit on a stool in […]


What Are You Looking Forward To?

What Are You Looking Forward To?

I’ve been watching older episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee lately. On one such episode, Julia Louis-Dreyfus shares some advice her mother gave her: Always have something to look forward to. This really hit home with me. I consider myself a positive person, but as I grow older, I’ve developed a habit of letting […]


What Healthy Habits Have You Maintained the Longest?

What Healthy Habits Have You Maintained the Longest?

Out of the many ill-advised things I do (mostly involving food–I eat like I still had the metabolism I did when I was 20 years old), I’ve maintained 3 healthy habits for over a decade: I’ve flossed nightly since 1999. I decided my freshman year of college that I didn’t want to wear dentures when […]


How Do You Make Your Autograph Unique?

How Do You Make Your Autograph Unique?

Every now and then, someone asks me to sign their board game. (A game I designed, not a random game.) It always makes me feel good, and they walk away with something they wanted. Win-win. This happened a bunch of times at a recent convention, and I’ve decided that I need to do something more […]