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Adventures in Pinewood Derby Racing

  For many years I would not consider letting the boys join Cub Scouts. The reason was the organization’s stance against allowing gay members from joining, that policy ended in 2013 and our boys joined scouts last year. What I didn’t realize is that there is still in-place today a policy against allowing gay leaders. Hopefully, that […]

Strawberry Fields and Getting to Know Your Food

  With the long three day Memorial weekend, we were kind of struck with what to do since we didn’t head out of town or had any big plans for the holiday. Saturday we saw the film Tomorrowland which the boys liked but I started to fall asleep during. Sunday and Monday were blank canvases […]

Farewell David Letterman

Tonight is the last night of The Late Show with David Letterman. I honestly feel the show should’ve ended 10 plus years ago. The past decade Letterman has reminded me of an employee who just phones it in every day and politically protects his domain while adding little to no value to an organization (network […]

The State of Dad Blogging

Before I begin, I realize it’s somewhat presumptuous for anyone to speak as an authority on a topic. I’m really not a dad blogger authority but I think I have some credentials in the blogosphere. For those who don’t know, I’ve been in the blogging game for over 10 years and have done it personally and […]

Star Wars and Battling the Dark Side of Our Teeth #BrushBattle

Our household is pretty good about brushing our teeth.  Every morning and every night before bed the boys have to get ready, that includes brushing.  My wife and I used to do all the brushing for them, but as they got older we have turned the reigns of responsibility over to them.  Of course, this now means […]

Blogger Self-Reflection at the Dad 2.0 Summit

  I started blogging in 2005 when I started writing about Knowledge Management. It was a fairly obscure blog that I used as a way to increase my professional profile. I have no idea whether 1 person or a 1,000 people read it since there was no Google Analytics. I ended that blog when I left […]

I Played Frogger for an Afternoon and Loved It

We are gamers.  That’s why we were high-fiving each other all week counting down the days for the Neon Retro Arcade to open last week.  It’s a new arcade that opened in Old Town Pasadena. It’s full of classic arcade games like Mario Bros, Q-bert, Frogger and many more. You buy unlimited play for $10 […]

A Gen-X Parent’s Guide to Music for Your Kids

  A musical education is an important part of parenting.  My father, knowingly or not, passed along some key moments in my musical life that exposed me to Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac, and The Rolling Stones.  Every time I hear “Go Your Own Way” I’m transported back to sitting in my parent’s family room recalling […]

Ivory Tower Documentary and Reflecting on My College Education

  This afternoon I attended my first ever Traverse City Film Festival movie.  It was a film called “Ivory Tower” from the same director Andrew Rossi, who did one of my favorite documentary films “Page One: Inside the New York Times.”   It was an interesting expose on what is happening in higher education.  Big […]

It’s E3 Time and the Requests Come Pouring In

One of the best things about my job is the respect I get at home from our two boys in early June. I get some respect other times too, though, if I’m being honest, it’s when a new Nintendo game is released. In early June Los Angeles hosts E3. E3 is basically CES for gamers […]