Standing Up For My Friend

Today is Bleric Ack’s birthday, so I decided to get him a present. An hilarious present. At least I thought so. I pulled out my tablet (oh, who am I kidding, it was already out and in my hand), found the website I was looking for, and began the minutes-long process of ordering something digital […]

Amazon’s Alexa – A 21st Century Game of Telephone

I am a lucky blogger. As an attendee of the Dad 2.0 blogging conference this past year, I was eligible to participate in a contest, in which I did not win the grand prize. But I did win the next prize! Yes, I came home with an Amazon Echo, complete with new virtual friend Alexa. […]

Please Buy Buttered Noodles

People! I have terrible news! I know that you are all currently jumping around your rooms for joy at all of the other wonderful news that has come your way recently, but you may have missed this devastating announcement. Buttered Noodles is closing. First Kids City, which was our personal favorite toy store, went out […]

There is No Terror Like a Lost Child

There a lot of things to be afraid of in life. Some things are good, healthy fears, like the fear of fire or speeding cars. Most of our fears are stupid though, and we know this. We are lied to, tricked, and manipulated every day by businesses, politicians, the media, and whomever else has something […]

Big Hero 6 – A Team of 4?

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I caved.  We have a family tradition that involves going to see a movie over Thanksgiving weekend, and this year we had already chosen Big Hero 6 as our obvious choice.  But then, we just couldn’t wait.  Well, I just couldn’t wait.  It looked so gooooood!  I had to seeeeee it!  Ahhhhhhh!  And so […]

Do NOT Do Your Christmas Shopping Early

It sounds like a great idea.  Do your Christmas shopping early, so the costs are spread out over time, and you are not rushing around on Christmas Eve looking for last minute gifts.  It is like a beautiful package of common sense, wrapped up in a ribbon of duh.  And yet in practice, it is […]

I Know He’s Around Here Somewhere…

Things have changed.  It used to be, back in the day, that the first thing Edward would run to as we entered the doors of Toys R Us would be the trains.  There are always train tracks set up, and I would feel very comfortable wandering around the store doing all of his Christmas shopping […]

Smooth Edward: Bread Negotiator

I know it is technically Tenor Tuesday, and that you may be expecting some sort of music-related post from me today, but this thing happened yesterday and it was just too good not to share with you.  You see, I was out sitting in the courtyard of our co-op chatting with our neighbor Mecca (whom […]

The Death of Dye

When my son was small (or was he ever small?  I can’t recall…), he was not allowed to have red things.  After one too many red Kool Aids or red Tummy Yummies, or red Popsicles that caused vomiting or other general illness, we decided that he was allergic to red dye, and so when we […]