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What Is Your Chosen Scent?

What Is Your Chosen Scent?

8 years ago, I decided that my scent would be Old Spice Pure Sport. I don’t remember the exact moment I made this decision, but it was absolutely a decision I made. I wanted to choose my scent based on something I liked and something I thought others might like too. So I bought Old […]


What Was Your Prom Experience?

What Was Your Prom Experience?

This weekend, seniors around the US will attend prom. At least, I think it’s this weekend. Or roughly around this time. I don’t keep up with high schoolers. While my actual prom was pretty much forgettable–definitely not the epic nights depicted in movies–there was some drama and teenage angst leading up to it. As I […]


What’s the Last Gift You Gave That Just Felt Right?

What's the Last Gift You Gave That Just Felt Right?

I studied abroad in Kyoto for my junior year in college. It was the culmination of learning Japanese since 7th grade, and I look back on that time as some of the best months of my life. I felt by far more at home in my skin and my life there than during any of […]


How Do You Feel About Your High School Graduation Ceremony?

How Do You Feel About Your High School Graduation Ceremony?

Half my lifetime ago, I graduated from high school. While I have mostly fond memories of my high school–I’m very fortunate to have been in an environment where the vast majority of students were eager to learn–the actual graduation ceremony is almost completely inconsequential in my mind. So why am I writing about my high […]


What Did Your Mother Help You Learn?

What Did Your Mother Help You Learn?

I take for granted far too many of the circumstances that led to my current life. I try not to, but I do. Today, on Mother’s Day, one in particular struck me. I was chatting on the phone with my parents as I do every Sunday, and I asked about my precious niece and nephew. […]


Have You Ever Tried Acupuncture?

Have You Ever Tried Acupuncture?

I try to go to the doctor once a year for a checkup. Currently I’m a few months overdue, but I have a reason: I’m waiting until I have enough ailments to justify an appointment. I figure that 10 ailments is the right number, and I’m currently at 6 (knee, cold fingers, neck, cholesterol, migraines, […]


Dream Room #5: The Secret Passage Dilemma

Dream Room #5: The Secret Passage Dilemma

It’s time to continue the series of articles about rooms I’d like to have in my house if I ever move out of this condo and build my own home. When I was young, I loved the idea of having a secret passage in my house, especially if it connected to a secret room. I […]


Have You Ever Permanently Changed Part of Your Body?

Have You Ever Permanently Changed Part of Your Body?

I had an 10-minute experience today that changed me forever. Literally. First, some context: For the first half of my life, I was very uncomfortable with the idea of anyone making permanent–or even cosmetically temporary–changes to their body. Tattoos, plastic surgery, implants, etc…they all made me squeamish. I think I started to change my opinion […]


The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Story

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Story

When I was 18, my parents threw me a surprise off-to-college party on a Saturday afternoon. There was barbecue, lawn games, and no alcohol. It was a tame party in all the best of ways–I was not a partier in high school, and it would have been supremely awkward for my parents to host anything […]


My Bachelor Party

My Bachelor Party

I’ve never been married, nor do I plan to be. But if I did, what would my bachelor party look like? This subject came up the other day at a friend’s bachelor party. It was an all-day affair involving something called demolition ball, axe-throwing, and barbecue dinner at Salt & Smoke. I wasn’t able to […]


My Brother Created a Human Child!

My Brother Created a Human Child!

Late last week I became an uncle. Okay, I was already an uncle to my sister’s kids. But my brother just had his first child with his wife, so that’s a special first for me (and for him and his wife). Andrew and Margaret avoided learning the baby’s gender until the moment of truth. I […]


Who Is Your Gaming Soulmate? Here’s My Top 10

Who Is Your Gaming Soulmate? Here's My Top 10

Do you have a gaming soulmate? By this I mean: Is there a person–or a type of person–with whom you prefer to play games with? I’m generally happy to play games with anyone. Though, if I’m honest with myself, there are certainly some types of people with whom I have more fun when playing games. […]


Do You Know What Your Friends Dislike?

Do You Know What Your Friends Dislike?

Yesterday I told a story about how I ordered a sweet dish for the table to share at brunch on Saturday, but I left out a key detail. You see, 2 out of the 7 people were running late, so the 5 of us went ahead and ordered. I ordered my savory dish and a […]


Why I Didn’t Write a Blog Post Yesterday

Why I Didn't Write a Blog Post Yesterday

Yesterday was a weird day. It was weird, but it was also normal. And the normality made it weird. And sad. And frustrating. Yesterday afternoon, I was playtesting a game in my home office in St. Louis while a teenager used a legally purchased semi-automatic assault rifle to kill 17 students and teachers at a […]


How Do You Feel About Marriage?

How Do You Feel About Marriage?

“While marriage probably isn’t something I’m going to pursue anymore, I still really like the idea of having a shower the size of a small room.” After mentioning this in a recent blog post, a few people asked about my thoughts on marriage. I’m happy to share. Let’s start with a brief chronological rundown of […]


What Should I Do with This Hole?

What Should I Do with This Hole?

When I bought my condo 12 years ago, it came with a fancy Italian washer/dryer combo. In principle, it was brilliant: put in a load of laundry, and a few hours later, your clothes emerge both washed and dried. In practice, it’s been less than ideal. It’s a small machine, so you can only fit […]


The Flatulence Consideration

The Flatulence Consideration

Here’s the scenario: Last week I opened my fridge to select from an assortment of leftovers. I needed to choose my meal to eat right before I hosted game night. My choices were: deviled eggs cheeseburger salmon chicken Khao Soi (curry soup) If you were hosting game night, is there anything you would take into […]


Can You Give Yourself a Shot?

Can You Give Yourself a Shot?

After today, I have a newfound respect and awe for anyone who has to give themselves a shot or take any kind of blood sample from their own body. You might recall that last week I purchased an Everlywell home cholesterol kit. It’s a lab test you can give yourself at home. I heard about the […]


Dream Room #1: The Ball Room

Dream Room #1: The Ball Room

When I was 10 years old, I thought I wanted to be an architect. I was particularly fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright and Thomas Jefferson (he designed a lot of the architecture at the University of Virginia, where I attended summer camp). In hindsight, I didn’t actually want to be an architect. I’m not that […]


Which Photo Best Summarizes Your Thanksgiving?

Which Photo Best Summarizes Your Thanksgiving?

I spent the last week in Virginia with my parents, sister’s family, and my brother and his wife. It’s a long drive, and I missed my cats, but it was a good Thanksgiving. I’ve been catching up on work, but I didn’t want to go another day without blogging, so here are the photo highlights […]


Pandemic Legacy and Disaster Kits

Pandemic Legacy and Disaster Kits

A few days ago, a friend showed up at my condo and discovered this: It was a serendipitous amalgamation of products: Pandemic Legacy Season 2 was there because I bought it and will be playing it for the first time tonight. Everything else was there because I took the plunge and started to assemble a […]


Puerto Rico, Electricity, and Helplessness

Puerto Rico, Electricity, and Helplessness

Ever since hurricanes pummeled the Caribbean a few months ago, I’ve felt scared and helpless about Puerto Rico’s electricity situation. How is it possible that a US commonwealth has been without power for 7 weeks? I had the pleasure of traveling to Puerto Rico 8 years ago with a girlfriend. I also worked closely with […]


A Quick PSA About Cat Urination

A Quick PSA About Cat Urination

I didn’t plan to write about this, but it occurred to me today that my cat is still alive today because a friend had once told me something about her cat. I figured if this could save someone else’s cat too, it’s worth writing about. On Wednesday, Walter hopped out of his litter box, made […]


Have You Ever Stopped a Bully?

I never thought I’d say this, but one of the most heartwarming things I’ve seen in a long time was a Burger King commercial. It’s a “hidden camera” commercial that poses the following scenario: “We bullied a high school junior and a Whopper Jr. to see which one received more complaints.” You can watch the […]