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What Do You Look for in a House or Condo?

What Do You Look for in a House or Condo?

First, just to be clear: I’m very happy with my condo, as are my feline roommates, Biddy and Walter. But I’m probably not going to live here forever, especially since I bought the place around 15 years ago. Just for fun, I’ve been skimming through Zillow in my free time. And I’m realizing that I […]


Have You Ever Had a Plumbing Disaster?

Have You Ever Had a Plumbing Disaster?

For at least the last 5 years, probably longer, the shower in my second bathroom hasn’t worked. It’s such a small thing–the cartridge behind the handle came loose, making it impossible to make the water hot. So, technically the shower functioned, but most people don’t want to take cold showers. Why, you might ask, haven’t […]


Have You Ever Bought a Custom Suit?

Have You Ever Bought a Custom Suit?

My entire life, I’ve owned maybe 4 suits, and all of them were bought off the shelf. The size of the suit on me was the size of the off the shelf–nothing custom, no alterations. That’s been a perfectly fine way to live, especially since I rarely wear my current suit (I’ve had it for […]


What’s Your Favorite Pair of Pajama Pants?

What's Your Favorite Pair of Pajama Pants?

Back in 2013, I stopped wearing pants to work. Technically, what I meant is that I started working for myself from home, so pants became an option instead of a necessity. But what I found is that I like feeling at least a little professional in my attire as I hunch over my computer all […]


Have You Been Climbing Recently?

I think I mentioned recently that I’ve delved back into the world of indoor rock climbing after a largely failed attempt a few years ago. I have a few friends who are avid climbers, and when Megan (my now-girlfriend) entered the picture earlier this year with plenty of interest and experience in the sport, I […]


Does the Summer Heat Impact You Differently as an Adult?

Does the Summer Heat Impact You Differently as an Adult?

I’m starting to think that my body works differently now than when I was younger… Yesterday I mentioned that I went on a hike at Cliff Cave Park and saw some amazing birds. What I didn’t say is that–as great of a day as it was–it ended with a piercing migraine. Here’s what happened: We […]


Would You Work in an Office 30 Meters Underground?

Would You Work in an Office 30 Meters Underground?

Kansas City has a massive cave system under the metropolitan area that houses businesses, storage facilities, server farms, and even a climbing gym. I had absolutely no idea this type of place existed until a recent trip to KC with my girlfriend. I don’t actually know exactly how deep the caves are, but there are […]


3 Fun Videos I Liked on YouTube Recently

In case you missed these recent YouTube videos, here are a few that made me smile, laugh, and/or think recently: Kumail Nanjiani Can’t Make It to Conan A few days ago, actor Kumail Nanjiana was scheduled to appear on the late-night show Conan, but something came up on the set of Silicon Valley that prevented […]


What Did You Think About the Amazon Episode of Last Week Tonight?

The recent episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has been on my mind a lot over the last few days, so I’m going to share some thoughts, and I’m interested in hearing yours. The segment is about fulfillment centers, specifically those owned and operated by Amazon. Employees at these centers each have a […]


Did You Play Super Mario Bros as a Kid? You Might Like This

Just a quick post tonight. I saw this video on YouTube today of a new version of the classic game, Super Mario Bros, in a racing/battle royale format. As far as I can tell, you’re competing in real time against 99 other opponents who are racing through a few levels of the original game. Players […]


Happy Father’s Day to Entrepreneurial Dads!

First, I want to say Happy Father’s Day to the traditional dads out there (fathers of human children). It’s a big job, and I’m impressed by what you do on a daily basis. I’m very grateful to have a loving, supportive father myself. Second, Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there who […]


I Survived One Week Without the Scroll Wheel on My Mouse: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Survived One Week Without the Scroll Wheel on My Mouse: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I’m Jamey Stegmaier, and I recently survived for 7 days without the ability to scroll down on my mouse. This is my harrowing story. It started, as all adventures do, while attempting to scroll down an Excel spreadsheet. One moment numbers were flashing by as I scrolled…and the next, nothing. No movement. At first I […]


A Modest Proposal for Unsolicited Grammatical Corrections

A few days ago, I made a terrible, unforgivable mistake: I used the contraction “it’s” instead of the possessive “its” in a tweet. I wouldn’t have realized the mistake, but someone on Twitter replied to the tweet with a grammar correction. At first I was annoyed. Annoyed with myself for making a typo in a […]


Do You Want to Build a Lightsaber at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?

Okay, I’m probably going to talk about this on my Stonemaier Games blog soon, but I’m just so giddy with excitement that I have to share this video here too. Some context: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge recently opened at Disneyland. The Westworld-style full immersion area isn’t available yet, but the Millennium Falcon ride/game, several restaurants, […]


What Would You Have Done with No Student Debt?

What Would You Have Done with No Student Debt?

Recently I was stunned by an act of generosity that you may have heard about. As the class of 2019 listened to their commencement speech, billionaire Robert F. Smith announced that he and his family would be paying off the entire graduating class’s student debt. Can you imagine being one of those students and hearing […]


Top 10 Games I Want to Play at Geekway 2019

Top 10 Games I Want to Play at Geekway 2019

In a few weeks I’ll have the pleasure of attending my favorite game convention, Geekway to the West, here in St. Louis. It’s basically 4 days of playing tons of different board games with people I’ve never met or rarely get to game with. I’ve been keeping a list of games I want to try out for […]


When Was the Last Time You Climbed a Tree?

When Was the Last Time You Climbed a Tree?

My answer: A few hours ago! If you had asked me yesterday, though, I would have struggled to think of the last time I climbed a tree. Probably when I was around 9 years old–there were a few trees in our yard that I could shimmy up. But then yesterday a friend went to the […]


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 […]


Have You Listened to the “Living Room” Episode of Radiolab?

Have You Listened to the "Living Room" Episode of Radiolab?

Recently I was talking about podcasts with a friend, and she recommended a specific episode of Radiolab called “The Living Room.” I was intrigued that a specific episode had made such an impression, so I gave it a try. It’s a short episode, and it has some twists to it, so I’ll just share the […]


I Got It!

I know, I already talked about Pete Holmes this week, but he did something else I really like, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Apparently when he toured with some comedians a few years ago, they would play a game called “I Got It” with each other. It’s something you’ve […]


What Do You Think of Marie Kondo and the KonMari method?

Over the last few weeks I’ve heard little snippets here and there about a cleaning consultant named Marie Kondo, whose show recently launched on Netflix. It didn’t occur to me to watch the show–nothing against it, but I just didn’t have a reason to watch someone teach someone else how to tidy up. However, I […]


The Gillette Ad

Have you watched the Gillette ad that went viral yesterday and today? It seems to have sparked some interesting conversations, so I thought I’d share my thoughts here. I’ll post the commercial below, but here’s a quick summary: The first half of the ad shows men doing bad things to each other and to women. […]


What Do You Do While Biding Time at Airports?

What Do You Do While Biding Time at Airports?

I made a note of this blog post question back in December when I flew to LA, to Virginia, and then back to St. Louis (6 total different legs, as no flights were direct). When you’re biding time during layovers and you have nothing specific to do–like, if you’ve already eaten–what do you do? I’m […]


10 New-to-Me Games I’m Hoping to Play at Geekway Mini 2019

10 New-to-Me Games I'm Hoping to Play at Geekway Mini 2019

Later this week I’ll be attending the “mini” version of Geekway to the West here in St. Louis. For 3 days I’ll spend the meat of my day playing games with a variety of people, hopefully quite a few new-to-me games (both for fun and to learn from them as a designer). I’ve been compiling […]