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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 […]


Does Your First Car Make You More Likely to Buy the Same Brand Later in Life?

Does Your First Car Make You More Likely to Buy the Same Brand Later in Life?

I’ve had a few friends buy cars lately, and I had a random thought in relation to them: Does your first car make you more likely to buy the same brand later in life? Here’s the foundation for my theory: Every brand of car has a different layout for the controls and core functions. If […]


Would You Attend a Stranger’s Bachelor Party?

I’ve never had a bachelor party of my own, though I’ve been to several for friends. One of the neat things about these parties, I’ve found, is that you get to meet all sorts of friends of the bachelor from different times and places in their life, which lets you learn a little more about […]


What Happens When You Reach 10,000 Instagram Followers?

What Happens When You Reach 10,000 Instagram Followers?

Kim Kardashian. Barack Obama. Jamey Stegmaier. What do these 3 people have in common? As of tonight, we will each have at least 10,000 Instagram followers. As I write this, the count is at 9,998. It seems to reason that I will soon cross the 5-digit threshold. This is new territory for me, a coveted […]


Have You Ever Sat Next to an Unbearably Smelly Person on Public Transportation?

Have You Ever Sat Next to an Unbearably Smelly Person on Public Transportation?

I read a news report this weekend about a family who was ushered off of a flight in Miami due to smell issues. Apparently, several passengers reported their collective body odor to be unbearable, and per American Airlines guidelines, the airline asked them to leave. They were compensated with a hotel room and a flight […]


The Question of Elaine and Jujyfruits

In one of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld, Elaine is standing in line at a movie theater concession stand when she learns that her boyfriend was in an accident and is hospitalized. Elaine decides on the spot to finish what she set out to do–order a box of Jujyfruits–and then heads to the hospital. Her […]


What Emotion Is This Snowman Feeling?

What Emotion Is This Snowman Feeling?

Sometimes my parents and sister send me cute photos of my cousins. I look at the photos for a few seconds, smile, and then get back to work. That’s what I did when I first saw this photo. I’ve used the size that it displayed on my phone so you can see why I didn’t […]


The Burning Question: Did Patrick Pee on the Couch?

The Burning Question: Did Patrick Pee on the Couch?

My condo is in a building with a bunch of other condos and apartments. The soundproofing is pretty good…but sometimes I hear things. Neighbor things. This was the case on Saturday night when the sound of someone pounding on a distant door woke me up. My cats heard it too–they were on high alert. Accompanying […]


Why Is There Such a Deep Political Divide Between Rural and Urban Areas?

Why Is There Such a Deep Political Divide Between Rural and Urban Areas?

As I watched the US midterm election results role in yesterday and today, one observation struck me more than anything. I’ve noticed it before, but I’ve always thought, “Oh, that’s just the way it is.” This time was different–it occurred to me that such an answer isn’t enough. I want to understand. Why is there […]


Why Aren’t Other Bones Like Baby Teeth?

Why Aren't Other Bones Like Baby Teeth?

A friend is going through some dental issues, so we were talking the other day about the history of our teeth. Both of us had trouble in our youth involving baby teeth–mine were very slow to fall out. It made me appreciate just how brilliant baby teeth are (and their adult counterparts). Think about it: […]


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 […]


One Kit-Kat for Game Night: Leave It or Eat It?

One Kit-Kat for Game Night: Leave It or Eat It?

A few weeks ago, I bought a few big bags of Halloween candy for game night (yes, for some reason Halloween candy is already in the grocery store). In the days that followed game night, I continued to eat the candy from time to time. It’s what I do. The day of the next game […]


How Does Hometown Pride Work?

How Does Hometown Pride Work?

Have you ever heard of someone famous who seems a little familiar, and then you realize that they are your age and grew up in your hometown? That happened to me twice recently. I have this feeling of “hometown pride” despite not knowing these two people at all (and it’s a complete coincidence that we […]


What’s Your Plan for a Groundhog Day Time Loop?

What's Your Plan for a Groundhog Day Time Loop?

I try to be prepared for a variety of different challenging situations, but I recently realized that I haven’t thought at all about what I would do to survive, thrive, and make it past a Groundhog Day time loop. This came to mind recently while watching, of all things, an episode of The Mindy Project. […]


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 […]


Have You Ever Weighed Yourself Soaking Wet?

Have You Ever Weighed Yourself Soaking Wet?

I think it was while I was watching a rerun of The Office recently when one of the characters (Angela) mentioned that she was 95 pounds soaking wet. You’ve probably heard that expression before. He/she is X pounds “soaking wet.” I’m sure I’ve said it. But who in the world is actually weighing themselves soaking […]


Jury Duty Report: Day 1 of X

Jury Duty Report: Day 1 of X

Obviously I can’t disclose the details of the case I was involved with today, but some interesting/amusing things happened that I thought I’d share, as well as a question. Midway through the morning, my number was called. I joined about 50 other potential jurors, and we were ushered around until we ended up in a […]


How Can You Know If There Is a Local Emergency?

How Can You Know If There Is a Local Emergency?

Earlier today I was working on a project when I heard a helicopter outside. It wasn’t just that I heard a helicopter; it was that I realized that I had been hearing a helicopter for a while, and I my brain decided that the sound was persistent enough to justify investigation. I opened balcony door. The helicopter […]


Have You Ever Climbed a Pole in Philadelphia?

Have You Ever Climbed a Pole in Philadelphia?

Today an article about the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game between Villanova and Michigan caught my eye. The headline read, “Villanova greases poles ahead of title game.” I thought that sounded odd, but I also had a sense of deja vu. It hit me: Authorities in Philadelphia also greased poles before the most recent Super […]


How Much of Your Past Is Fair Game for Present Judgment?

How Much of Your Past Is Fair Game for Present Judgment?

Today I was a guest on the podcast Worst Foot Forward. It’s different than most podcasts I’ve been on, as it isn’t usually gaming related. Rather, it’s a podcast about outlandish things. The theme of our episode was outlandish non-tabletop, non-sport games. Of course, the topic of drinking games came up. Barry and Ben, the […]


Wait, Do I Have to Throw Away My New Balance Shoes?

Wait, Do I Have to Throw Away My New Balance Shoes?

Today I was watching a video in which comedian Chris Gethard examines a replay of his last appearance on The Late Show. The video is very funny, particularly something that I don’t want to spoil. Near the beginning of the video, Chris, noted that he had been wearing New Balance shoes, saying, “None of us […]


Why Don’t Hotels Have Prominent Staircases?

Why Don't Hotels Have Prominent Staircases?

Today I went to the doctor for a checkup. The office had moved to a new building, and as I entered it, I was greeted with a beautiful sight: A wide, carpeted staircase right next to the elevator. You see, I love taking the stairs. It’s exercise, it’s often faster than taking the elevator, and […]


What Animal Would You Least Want to Find in Your House?

What Animal Would You Least Want to Find in Your House?

Last night I was reading in bed before going to sleep. Walter was in his usual spot by the pillow, purring happily and drooling on the pillow. Here’s what he looks like when he does this: All of a sudden, he stopped purring, leapt to his feet, and sprang towards the bedroom door. Something was […]


Do Car Chases Make Sense at All?

Do Car Chases Make Sense at All?

A few days ago, a high-speed chase between a carjacking suspect and the St. Louis police resulted in a 6-car pileup and 3 hospitalizations. Why is this still a thing? Before I go into this, I want to say that ideally people wouldn’t commit crimes, and if they do, if they police ask them to […]