Forced Into a Life of Piracy

“You’re a good Dad,” my wife texted yesterday, in response to my complaints.  “Thanks,” I replied, “but I would like to go back to actually being a Dad, and not an evil pirate.” It all started a year, month, week or so ago, when I was trying to get Edward to eat his dinner.  Edward does […]

The Unresolved Sexual Tension of Children’s Television

Romantic tension is an integral part of many great television shows.  Watching characters that are clearly perfect for each other slowly dance their way into each other’s arms over several seasons can be a real joy, or a terrible frustration.  But there is no denying that it is compelling.  Jim and Pam.  Lois and Clark.  […]

Children’s Television Through the Eyes of the Parents: Part 2

As I pointed out a couple of months ago, children’s television can sometimes be excruciating for parents to sit through.  Yes, there is the odd diamond in the rough out there, but so many shows are so pandering, so ridiculous, and just so, so…bad, that one has to wonder who is out there thinking this […]

Random Thoughts From an ADDled Mind

1) You can tell how much I have listened to a song by how well I can sing the instrumental break. 2) People who are clamoring for a “dislike” button on Facebook are greatly overestimating how much people enjoy everything they themselves are posting. 3) Causing the ten cars behind you to slam on their […]

Classic Fights My Kids Will Never Have

Now that summer is here and I have both of my children with me 24/7, I get to spend a lot of my time breaking up fights, trying to settle arguments, and placing children in separate rooms or, in some cases, separate floors.  Many of these fights are along the lines of “Stop touching me!” […]

Children’s Television Through the Eyes of the Parents

Children’s television programming may be aimed at children, but come on.  They know that the parents are watching a lot of this stuff too.  And yet most of them don’t seem to care.  We poor adults are suffering through hours of this garbage, just because kids don’t know the difference between quality programming and a […]

When the Wife’s Away…

Yesterday afternoon, my wife left town for a conference.  She will be gone for exactly a day and a half.  She’ll be back late this evening, but last night I had the house to myself.  This meant that I got to chill out and relax (or “chillax,” as the weirdos say) in true bachelor style […]

Stuck on Repeat

Here is common problem around our house that you may experience yourself.  We are getting ready to start family movie night, and my wife and I try to suggest some exciting new movie that kids have never seen but that we think they will love.  But do the kids appreciate our brilliant recommendations?  No!  Our […]

Welcome Back Kotter, Jesus of Nazareth, and Me

It’s a funny feeling, walking back into a place from your childhood as an adult.  It’s weird enough looking back at the house you grew up in, noticing how small everything looks, and wondering what happened to that store that used to be on the corner, but when you arrive back “home” and are in […]

Little League Games and Middle School Band Concerts

The first time you try something, you are probably not going to be very good at it.  And if you are good at it, you will not be as good at it as the twentieth time you do it.  Even if you have previously gotten good at all of the skills that you will need […]