I tied Barack Obama in the New Hampshire Primary

February 12th, 2016

The New Hampshire Primary was this week.  America made steps to being made great again, and New Hampshire felt the Bern.  However, SteveRogers.info got his first vote to be the next president of the United States (New Hampshire Primary Results here, screenshot below)


I tied Barack Obama, Scott Walker, Tom Brady, and Frank Underwood.   As a political scientist, I am confident my support is rooted in my fiscally conservative and socially liberal policy positions…either that or someone in Hillsborough really likes Captain America.

During all of this,  I was at a watch party at SLU ~ where I briefly got on the TVs (Jump to 2:40 in clip below).  So overall, big night for Steve.


December 9th, 2015

Yesterday, I received the following email in my inbox.


You see until a year ago, I had been driving the car that I learned on: my mother’s 1997 Honda Accord.


The car’s original license plate was 743 EWA, and my family affectionately referred to it as EWA.


I drove EWA to high school, prom, and even back for my 10 year High School Reunion.  EWA took many notable journeys, and on each of these, a Billiken proudly bobbled in the back watching where I have been…


and saw many parts of the country…


EWA was a great car.  Being born in 1997, she theoretically was old enough to drive herself and just old enough to vote, but she was tired.  Most recent riders in EWA may recall her failed air conditioner – a problem compounded by a failing passenger side window – and fading paint.  In my last month in Nashville, someone actually tried to steal EWA and when hearing this story, multiple friends responded “Why would they try to steal your car?”

While tired, EWA had enough in her to get me back to Missouri (with a nail in the tire at that), but when EWA and I returned to our home state, Missouri’s automobile inspection said EWA’s time was up, as there was a sizable (and quite audible) hole in EWA’s exhaust.  With this I needed to find a replacement for EWA.  I fortunately found a worthy successor to EWA, a 2013 Honda Civic.


and with a 2013 Civic replacing a 1997 Accord, I named her….


As can be seen above, EWA Jr. also proudly displays a Billiken.   She has, already, driven me to see Billikens play and will have many new experiences, such as chauffeuring my nephew to the zoo.  Before we said good-bye to EWA, we were sure that the two cars had an opportunity to meet in the driveway where EWA spent most of her life.


Ultimately it was sad to see EWA go…..


… but she was a great car that I will reminisce proudly about when talking about your “first car.”


Twenty Year Change in Taboo

November 27th, 2015

As regular readers know, there is a very important tradition in my family.  The Taboo Championship Cup.  The Cup has sat proudly in my office for the last year, and with Thanksgiving, it was time for the men’s team to defend their title.   However for the first time in the history of the cup…we changed the game.  We made the jump from Taboo © 1989 to Taboo © 2009.   In making this twenty year leap, words such as “VCR” have been replaced by references to “Twilight,” but the heart of the game is the same.  Grandchildren still perform the necessary Yoga pose to score a point and (somehow) consider the opposite of a pancake to be a waffle.

Even with this change, the men reclaimed their title, winning 54-49.  Josh (the Yoga poser of this year) proudly holds the cup.

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and the women again served with dignityunnamed

However, as a family, we all shook hands after the match and came together for a victory tunnel to celebrate our time honored tradition.


“a squat smiling comic figure used as a mascot”

June 1st, 2015

Three Birthdays are Better than One

March 11th, 2015

A week ago, I turned 31 – and I had three pretty darn good celebrations. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I thought I would share a few.

First, a friend and colleague of mine happens to have a birthday five days prior to mine (he is a leap year baby). We got a group together to go bowling then drink at my place after. To summarize the evening, here is my colleague the next morning.


Second, on my birthday, I had lunch with my Mom, then attended the Billiken game that evening. The Billikens lost, but I made an appearance on the scoreboard for the first time probably since college.


Third, my aunt has a birthday four days after mine, so we decided to have a joint celebration for myself, my aunt, a cousin, and cousin’s boyfriend. A couple of years ago at Thanksgiving a joke was made about taking Steve to “Pizza Church” (a pizza place once owned by a church). Well, the land of Holy Pizza is a place to behold.

First, there is song

Then, there is cookie cake


Then, there are fantastic ways for Grandmothers/Aunts to win tickets


And fantastic giant crane games to win bouncy balls with your mother


To make your father very happy


And we somehow didn’t get pictures of the nun (unaffiliated with Pizza Church) in bumper cars!

Overall, pretty darn good birthday back in St. Louis.  Thanks to everyone for making it a great week!



December 9th, 2014

I guess I side with the Republicans on this one.

I really do not like the Doctor title.  However, the Mister title has its own implications for me.


Different Location: Typical Result

November 30th, 2014

The Browns, Hemans, Morices, Rogers and Rineharts took Turkey Day to a new location this year: my aunt and uncle’s lake house in St. Charles.  Still had the Turkey, still had the stuffing, and most importantly, still had the annual Taboo Championship competition.  This year, there was no controversial counting of points by nuns.  And the men rightfully reclaimed their Taboo Title.


The women, however, were in good spirits…and served pie with dignity.