I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that. What did you say? No memory card in the camera??? Who the heck is responsible for checking the camera? Nothing more basic than a memory card in the camera. Heads will roll on this one. Oh, wait a second, that’s me, Mr. Technology, the Home IT Department, the man with the plan. Ooops.
We’ll just have to do it the old fashioned way on this one and actually remember the day, rather than broadcasting it to every corner of the globe on the internet. A blunder best saved for my Father’s Day…]]>
As I was watching Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations the other night, he was enjoying a meal in Austria and alluded to how you just “don’t cook bacon when you’re naked.” He was being quite literal, but it got me to thinking about how that phrase actually has a lot of wisdom wrapped up in it. I won’t spoil it for you and give you all the deep interpretations, but be sure the next time the Little Man comes to me with some vexing question, I’ll pause, put my hand to my chin and rock his world with “You just don’t cook bacon naked.”]]>
We hit the usual suspects (Yosemite) and some of the not so usual suspects (Eagle Lake, Lake Siskyou). There was fishing, hiking, swimming, campfires, smores and dirt. What more could you ask for as a kid?
I recently saw some new “lanterns” from Kelty that looked pretty cool and got my camping juices flowing. Of course “back when I was a kid” we actually had gas lanterns and cooktops, not these fancy LED lanterns and fusion powered camp stoves.
Nevertheless, childhood nostalgia aside, now that I’m the Pater Familias I’m feeling that the Who’s Your Daddy clan needs to put my many hours of watching Man vs. Wild and The Wild Within to good use and hit the backcountry. Plus, what better excuse to do what us dads do best and buy some new gear?
Be sure to share your favorite camping spots or memories in the comments below.]]>
My day started with the fabulous gift of a mixed set of giggle IOUs from the Little Man and mommy (I think the Little Man may have cherry picked a few of the “easier” ones to deliver on, but great nonetheless).
My second surprise was a hand made, custom Lego figure made in my image. It was pointed out to me by the creator that it was very accurate, right down to the gray hair. Apparently Count Dooku had to get scalped in the process – my gain, his loss.
With a start to my day like that, I’m already way ahead of the game. It’s all gravy from here…]]>
You probably also have a fancy camera, maybe a dSLR or maybe just some pocket camera that takes pretty amazing pictures. This is the family vacation, big soccer game, school play capturing camera. All life’s “staged” moments where everyone says “cheese!” I’m very diligent about downloading those photos from the camera, saving them to the computer, backing them up three different places and sharing them with family and friends.
On the other hand, my phone photos, just sit there on my phone, rarely viewed, never downloaded and never shared (until now). The moral of today’s story? Don’t forget the phone photos – they are your “real” life. A few of my favorites:]]>
Having a child in the house who is still a Believer is a magical thing and one that I surprise myself at how much more fun it makes the holiday. The countdown to Christmas, letters to Santa, spotting elves in windows plus all the other holiday nuances combine for some real Christmas magic. I am soaking it up as I fear that this may be the last year we get to revel in the magic, but then again I said that last year. If the Little Man can believe in well proportioned man and his reindeer powered ride, maybe I can believe that this won’t be the last year for Santa to visit our house.]]>
Somehow we got onto a tangent that involved managing through tough times or something like that. We avoided sounding like Charlie Brown’s teacher because the Little Man stayed engaged and listening to what we said. He put on his best thinking man face, paused and then said, “Be Awesome, that’s what I do” and off he went to the next activity. We looked at each other without another word. Enough said.]]>
Fast forward to about two weeks later and I’m sitting down to my third meeting of the day. Flip open my notebook to the next page ready to take notes and there it is, two simple and unexpected words that truly made my day: “Tyler day” written in the bottom corner in that familiar handwriting. I couldn’t stop smiling the rest of the day.
So if you want some random smiles thrown into your hectic work schedule, hand over your precious notebook, journal or whatever you use and have your little one add some hidden love for future dates. It will truly “make your day.”]]>