Kids and the Outdoors

Clearly my kids are more xbox and leas tackle box.

i tried to take them fishing today with the cub scout pack and it did not go well. They were impatient, Ill-behaved, and obnoxious. Those, by the way were the highlights.

The only thing I caught was my little one’s hoodie, that somehow was caught in the wind, and blown into the river. He bawled like a baby while yelling about how I was going to kill him and he was going to be grounded forever. (Dramatic much?) It took probably 30 casts and a few weight resets to catch the sweater, which was rapidly waterlogged and sank. It was nearly as hard to get the swamp smell off myself.

New Year’s Resolutions (2022)

I’m going to just go ahead and throw it out there. I am going to do things I have never done before. Here are my goals for 2022:

Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – I am to the 4th dungeon, as I have been for months. I will finish it come hell or high water.

At least one of: CronoTrigger or Earthbound – I have been putting this off for bloody ever.

Psychonauts 2 – there’s really no reason not to. It isn’t THAT long of a game, but it’s an issue of sitting down to do it.

Bioshock- I have bought this game (well, set of games) 3 times now. Once on the Xbox 360, but then I got the Xbox One and installed it. Then I got the collection set digitally when I got my Series X (launch day) and I bought it on Switch when it was on a big sale at GameStop. I will play through at least 1 and 2 this year. Infinite if I have time and energy.

Finish Fallout 4 maybe. I realized after watching a Triple Jump video on YouTube (games for people with too much time on their hands) the game came out in 2015. I borrowed my brother’s PS4 and played some ungodly number of hours before I got my Xbox One. I think I have like 50 hours into the game but last time I played I could not remember what I was doing/ where I was going for the life of me.

Ren & Stimpy: Space Madness. I bought this game boy game in 1996? I will get past the 2nd level this year.

I will leave this open for future additions. Starting small.

The Best of Christmas

Ok. So I complained about it a lot. There’s some good Christmas stuff too.

Best movies:

Die Hard- even before it was trendy. I remember watching it with my dad. It’s festive, it’s fun, it’s a classic.
Love Actually- yes, it’s considered to be pop fluff but nearly everything in the movie is perfect.
Simpsons Christmas Special- much like Charlie Brown the underdog comes through.
Scrooged- the best telling of A Christmas Carol.
Muppets Christmas Carol- almost as good as Scrooged.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas- the original.

Best music :

12 days of Christmas- tie between the muppets/ John Denver and Straight No Chaser.
Dominic the Donkey- Lou Monte.
Pentatonix Christmas albums.

so there. I’m a huge grinch, but I said something nice about it.

Alexa… Play Classic Rock

♪I get up! And nothin’ ever gets me down…♪

Stupid computer. Alexa! Play CLASSIC ROCK…

♪She’s a good girl. Loves her mama…♪


♪She’s got a smile that seems to me…♪

How does this thing not understand what classic rock is? ♪Where do we go now?♪ It keeps playing contemporary hit…. ♪Where do we go?♪ oh no…. you don’t think…

No, it MUST be Alexa. I can’t possibly be that old.

Super Bowl party except without the party

  • I think it’s odd that the back of Tom Brady’s helmet says “end racism” when the front of his hat has historically said “racism is awesome” (paraphrasing)
  • I laughed at two commercials so far: the lemons and Drake from State Farm.
  • I should have bet on Tampa Bay -3 (maybe -6 which would have been 9 points against the spread
  • The last time Tampa Bay won the super bowl I stopped watching the nfl until the rams drafted Mannion and came back to LA
  • halftime: meh. It was ok. Points for creativity I guess.
  • I enjoyed seeing Brady bobble the ball. Tremendously.
  • The It Wasn’t Me commercial made me groan / chuckle.
  • it’s shocking that we are going on 3 hours now. Pat Mahomes has a lot of potential and I’m sure he will get another ring. The first one wasn’t a fluke, it was seized opportunities that didn’t present themselves this time around.
  • Bruce Arians’ mama so old she watched the first football game. Ever.
  • I also wish I had put $20 on nachos. Nachos are always a good bet.
  • Please retire, Tom Brady.

Chaotic Energy

I wish I had the level of energy that my kids have & take for granted every day. Whether it is running laps instead of learning at Cub Scouts or throwing down like a world star video upon winning at candy land.

Children and Politics

Just a moment ago, it became obvious to me that the children are being affected by the political bickering that they are exposed to on the news daily. For the last week, my 5 year old has been complaining that the only thing on TV is the “President Numbers Show” and that there was no possible way that Spongebob would be on since the President Numbers were on EVERY CHANNEL (he’s dramatic).

I knew they were affected slightly because the little one asks questions like, “Why is Donald Trump’s face orange but the rest of him isn’t?” Good question child, good question. Anyway… this morning I was sitting at my desk “working” and he was in the office because he does his distance-learning kindergarten in here… He asked a very important, informed question…

“Dad, do you know how a dog could be the president?” I paused, thought about the order of succession and wondered if it would require a King Ralph level situation. “Well dude, I don’t really think that a…” and then he told me, “Only if it’s in Animal world where everyone is an Animal.” So relieved that he gets that concept.

Kool-Aid is for Closers

My 8 year old, sitting at the table, screwing around instead of doing his (distance-learning) Language Arts to the chagrin of his mother and likely his teacher: “Can I have some Kool-Aid?”

Me: “No. Kool-Aid is for closers.”

Him: Stares at me blankly.

Me: “It’s from a movie (and a play, but he has no concept of theater) called Glengarry Glenn Ross. “

Him: “Is that the same movie, ‘Stop looking at me sawaaaaan.’ is from?”

Me: “No. Not at all.”