Posts Tagged ‘personal’

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 […]


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 […]


How Quickly Do You Accept Friend Requests?

How Quickly Do You Accept Friend Requests?

Back in the my days of online dating, I was never one to ascribe to “rules” about when to text after a date. In fact, I’d usually send a text within an hour after the date to thank the lady for a good time, and then I’d wait to see if/when I found myself compelled […]


Me Too?

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, I’ve seen a lot of revelatory posts on social media about sexual harassment. It’s been powerful for me to see how many people have written the following message (sometimes with a specific story, sometimes without): Me Too. If all the people who have been sexually harassed or […]


What’s Something You Wish You Had Tried or Been Introduced to a Lot Earlier?

What’s Something You Wish You Had Tried or Been Introduced to a Lot Earlier?

I saw this question posted on Facebook the other day, and I liked it. I found myself being influenced by the answers I saw on the original thread, so if you want to ponder it for yourself, I’d recommend pausing before reading my answers. Here’s a few things that came to mind for me: Indian […]


What’s in Your Survival Kit?

What's in Your Survival Kit?

It’s been a surreal weekend in St. Louis. The weather was stunningly beautiful here, yet I know that so many people in Florida, Mexico, and Houston are struggling from floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Also, by the time most people read this, it’ll be the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. There isn’t a place […]


Do You Know Your Family Medical History?

Do You Know Your Family Medical History?

Serendipity. That word sums up today. I’ll break it down into three parts: This morning I wrote an e-mail to my biological mother to wish her a happy birthday. I realize that sentence may be strange to some people, so I’ll summarize: I’m adopted, and I am forever appreciative of the gift my biological mother […]


Do You Eat with Your Friends, Family, or Neighbors?

All throughout my youth, my family ate meals together around our kitchen table. No TV, no cell phones, just the 5 of us trying our best to communicate. The same thing happens at a larger scale during our semi-annual family reunions, when everyone takes turns contributing to meals for 30-40 people. In college, I almost […]


What’s Your Favorite Memory from Summer Camp?

What's Your Favorite Memory from Summer Camp?

Do you ever have a song or smell trigger a specific memory or time? That happened to me the other day at the Cardinals game when the song “Blister in the Sun” blared over the loudspeakers. Instantly I was transported back to a summer camp I attended in middle school called the Summer Enrichment Program […]


Has Anything Ever Made You Consider Going Vegetarian?

Has Anything Ever Made You Consider Going Vegetarian?

I can count on my hands the number of times I’ve thought about giving up meat. In fact, since the situation I’ll mention below, I’ve already eaten bacon, octopus, bison, chicken, fish, and steak. I very much like the way meat tastes, and I like the feel of protein surging through my veins. But here’s […]


What Do You Eat to Honor Your Father?

What Do You Eat to Honor Your Father?

On Saturday, the day before Father’s Day, I received an e-mail from my father that really touched me. Among a few other things, the e-mail mentioned that he went to the grocery store. While I was there, he said, “I picked up a few things that reminded me of my father.” He attached this photo: […]


Oh, West Virginia

Oh, West Virginia

My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary a few months ago. We decided to celebrate as a family by getting together in the mountains of West Virginia. That’s where I’ve been for the last few days. It was a lovely, relaxing vacation. We ate good food, lounged in the pool, barely escaped from an Escape […]


Is This Real Life?

Is This Real Life?

I had something happen to me yesterday–something awesome–that made me ask, “Is this real life?” In the middle of the afternoon, I got a message from someone named Ken. He said he’s a fan of my games, and he wanted to say hi. It was really nice to hear this. Then the message got really […]


How to Get the Best Stories from an Introvert

I’m an introvert.  That is, I’m energized by being alone, I don’t like small talk, and as much as I’m invigorated by spending time with other people one-on-one or in small groups, it’s also exhausting. I’ve talked about introversion on this blog, but there’s an area of it I haven’t explored: Things people can do […]


What Do You Do When You’re Sick?

What Do You Do When You're Sick?

When I have a cold, my deepest regrets are (a) that I’m not interested in eating chocolate and desserts and (b) that I can’t work as much as I want to. I got sick this past week. I felt it starting to hit me on Tuesday. Neither a nap nor a long nights’ sleep filled […]


Have You Ever Been Rock Climbing?

Have You Ever Been Rock Climbing?

As I mentally prepared to take a rock-climbing lesson today, I figured that it would be a tough workout in which I would overestimate my climbing abilities. After all, I’m the type of guy who watches American Ninja Warrior and thinks I could do just as well as those athletes just because I can do […]


Love Has No Labels

About a month ago, I saw a commercial on YouTube about diversity and acceptance that warmed my heart. I thought about writing a blog post about it, but I couldn’t figure out what to say. I had no greater message to share, no controversy to brew, no marketing analysis to make. I still don’t have anything […]