Monthly Archives: March 2008

A Dad’s Internal Dialogue on Video Games

Hey Inner Me, how you been? Hey, I’ve been good. Thanks for helping me to think through the issue of kids playing video games. Ah, no problem. Anytime. Lets begin by admitting that most of us played some type of video game growing up. Sure, they certainly don’t compare to the quality of today’s video games and we typically had to go to an arcade to play them.  But, the reality is, however, we played and enjoyed them when we were much younger. Somewhere along the way, and certainly after we became dads, we lost touch with video games and began to think of them as evil.  The thought of our children wasting away their lives indoors with their heads stuck in a video game fills us with dread and concern.  Going outside to play ball and run around is so much healthier. Right? Huh? Well, I think so. Video

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The I Follow Movement

I recently found out about the I Follow Movement from Dad Balance.  The movement is about what made the Internet great. Its true power- a sharing of ideas and information. So, I’ve decided to implement it here. I’ve added the Commentluv plugin that will show the last post you’ve made in your blog when you leave a comment on mine.  This is a great way for us to highlight each other’s writings and spread the good word throughout the Internet. Of course, because the Internet is also full of people trying to take advantage of its openness (i.e., spammers), I’ve added Lucia’s Linky Love plugin.  This will allow me to remove the nofollow tag for people who are regular contributors to my comments (3+ comments) while maintaining the nofollow for those that the program deems are spammers. If you have a blog, I encourage you to consider doing something similar. 

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Thief ruins a little girl’s day

Yesterday, the wife took my daughter and her best friend to soccer practice. The girls practice at a local public park at 4 p.m. It’s a big open place in the middle of the city. As the girls are off for spring break, the best friend came over to the house earlier for some play time. She brought her pink Nintendo DS lite, her pink iPod Nano, some games and her life’s savings ($80). They had a grand time. As they pulled into the park and got ready to dash out to the field, the best friend left all of her things on the backseat of the wife’s car. A few minutes later, she runs up to the wife and asks her to go to the car to get her water that she forgot. The wife goes back in a hurry and forgets to lock the car when she returns.

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The midlife medical check up list

They say that 40 is the new 30 but my body doesn’t seem to have heard that.  At least, it certainly doesn’t seem to agree.  I’m 40 this year and I’m approaching midlife. Doing some research on the net, I was found a site that presented some interesting thoughts on the subject: We have two major identity crises. The first, occurring in adolescence, is to establish an identity. You must get a sense of who you are. The second identity crisis is at midlife when you must give up who you think you are so you can become who you were meant to be. I like that.  “Become who you were meant to be.“  There does come a time when we do let go of some of the dreams we had and come to grips with life’s realities.  This, presumably, helps you become the person you’re supposed to be.  Hmm.  I don’t

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Happy Easter!

  Happy Easter to all! Enjoy being alive and with your families. Take the time to be present today. All the best

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