Friday, October 27, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


To think that, at some point, each and every one of these was probably somebody's prized possession. And I'm also willing to bet that a pretty high percentage of them still work. But they just don't represent the dream anymore. And at the rate that technology is moving, it also makes me wonder... what will be here tomorrow... and where in the world are we going to keep putting this stuff?

Dang. We need a new planet.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


The day that almost was.

The Young Eagles program has dedicated 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane. Their mission is to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation... but there would be no inspiration nor introductions today. Clouds rolled in and grounded all flights. So we were stuck on the ground, making styrofoam plate planes and posing for pictures. But hey.. no worries. We've got a evening of backyard camping ahead.

... or not. As it turns out, nerves and the thought of being in an airplane took one kid (who shall remain nameless) completely out of the game, It'll probably take about a day or two to untie those stomach knots. And so... we settled for some hammock swinging and time around the fire ring. In the morning, we'll take down the tents and pretend that none of it ever happened.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Build and Grow

I picked up a Build and Grow kit from Lowe's as an opportunity for Jasmine and I to bond over a hammer and some nails. Honestly, I didn't even realize that I had stumbled into some extra bonus points by picking a kit that had a dog profile. And once Jasmine tied a leash to the car... err... I mean, to the dog... and proceeded to not just carry it around the house for days... but to also feed it and leave a water bowl out for her fictitious dog to sip from... I also had to accept another cold hard fact: It's finally time for her to have a dog of her own again...  Either that, or counseling.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pull Start

Somewhere Justin got the idea that mowing lawns would be a good way to make money. Today was the maiden voyage. He was excited. And it was fun to see him roll up his sleeves and dig into some manual labor. In the end, my guess is that by the time he's ready to mow lawns independently and for profit, he will have figured out that there are better ways that he can make money. At that point, he may also come to learn that there's a such thing as a self-propelled mower with electric start... and think to himself... yep... my dad's a bum.