May 31, 2010
People often ask me, "Where do you find the time?".
It's 2:00 AM and I'm on the front porch assembling patio furniture. To be honest, its actually the second time I'm assembling this furniture. The first time, I assembled it in the family room. It was only after I finished that I tried to take it outside that I realized my mistakes. You see old houses had much smaller doors than the McMansions of the modern day. No matter how you twist and turn, you simply cannot get a 34" Rolston patio chair out of a 32" door.
I'm blaming this time consuming oversight on George Lucas. If the Star Wars trilogy hadn't been on tv, then I probably would have been paying a little more attention. Or perhaps, I wouldn't have constructed the entire patio set, arranged it in the family room and tested it out while enjoying a few beers. So, where do I find the time? Somewhere in the middle of the night, between the Empire and Jedi, after the second beer (but before the third).
Happy Memorial Day, it's already been one to remember (and forget).
Filed Under: holiday
May 27, 2010
This Friday, we planned the ultimate Chicago "turn the wrong way day": Wrigley Field, Cubs vs. Cardinals. As life long Cubs fans, Margret and I were excited to baptise the girls into the self-loathing world of Cubs-fandom.
Everyone was really excited, but it only took about 3 pitches (2 of which went for Cardinal hits) for it to wear off. After we counted flags, watched the sea gulls dive for food, we had almost run out of things to do until Ava noticed a girl walking up and down another aisle selling cotton candy. Now there was something to do.
Seeing she was distracted, I asked her if she was going to watch the game. Her response:
"If I'm going to watch anything, I'm going to watch for the Cotton Candy girl."
As expected, the Cubs lost, thereby completing the Wrigley Field experience.
May 18, 2010
It used to be that your parents driving a minivan was embarrassing enough; now they're rapping about driving a mini-van. Now, if you were only taking your cousin to the prom in that mini-van, that would be the trifecta of social outcasting.
As a dad and a minivan owner (I'm rocking a Sienna myself), I like this ad. I don't know if this will help win back the hearts and minds of car buyers in the midst of automatic acceleration, sensationalized news reporting and massive recalls, but its a good start. Although, all they really need to do is show someone wrestling to put a car seat in the third row of an SUV versus someone easily walking it inside a mini-van with a sliding door.
Filed Under: marketing
May 16, 2010
Even for our ever increasingly unmanageable schedule, that was a busy day. Wait...polar bear club? Yes, polar bear club.
In an effort to offer everything our city had its 1st annual Pre-season Plunge at the Beach. The Beach is an old quarry that was converted to a beach (sand and all). It's deep and cold. As parents, we've been looking to start some new family traditions and this seemed to be a good (and weird) place to start. So, we packed everyone into the car and headed to beach.
Not surprisingly, the cold water didn't phase the kids...any kids really. Once they initial shock wore off, people were splashing in the water and playing in the sand just like any normal summer day. The only give away was the blue lips.