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December 27th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

Holiday Insanity

I am certainly not an exception. Who am I to think I would escape the frenzied pace at this time of year? It was more frenzied than I could have ever imagined leading up to and through this 2008 holiday season. I alluded to some of this insanity in my last post. Now I’m going to blog about it.

Has it got any sports in it?

Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…

Yes, it’s all true, except for the fencing, torture, and revenge.

I’ve Been Tagged Again

Down To Earth Mama has tagged me again, hoping to uncover more of what she calls an enigma. The last time she tagged me, I didn’t bite. This time, I must come through.

“Oh blogger, will you post a photo?”

As you wish.

The punk-ass that she is, she tagged me after I just spent 20 hours on a Greyhound bus!

No, this isn’t the first photo I took. Shooting into a mirror is tricky.  However, this photo is completely unedited except for resizing. I didn’t even fix the white balance or Photoshop out the convenient carrying handle attached to my head.

Here are the rules….

1) Take a picture of yourself right NOW!
2) DON’T change your clothes, DON’T fix your hair… Just take a picture.
3) Post that picture with NO editing.
4) Post these instruction with your picture.
5)Tag 10 8 people to do this..

I don’t want to tag 10 people either. That’s a LOT, unless you’re über-popular like Busy Dad. I see that he’s already been tagged by Joe.

Self Portrait

Dad of Divas

Building Camelot

Buddha Belle

Mom is Just a Nickname

Dad’s Workbench

Israeli Mom

Dad Thing

21st Century Parenting

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It’s Been A Very Good 15 Years

July 13th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad
Tagged by Buddha Belle

I’ve Been Tagged!

JoJo at BuddhaBelle has tagged me with this meme. When I hit her blog the other day, I could hear the rattle of the little metal ball and the swoosh swoosh of paint inside the can. In my long and illustrious blogging career, I’d only been tagged once before. If you see a Mongolian woman wearing a hoodie and carrying a backpack, tell her I said hi.

Think back on the last 15 years of your life. What would you tell someone that you hadn’t seen or talked to for 15 years? How would you sum up your life?

You get 10 bullet points. A list of 10 things to summarize you. At the end of your list, tag 5 more people and send on the love.

I found a ton of people I knew from high school on Facebook, but it’s still a great feeling to run into someone randomly while you’re out and about. It’s not such a great feeling when it’s at a place where the front windows have bright neon and are otherwise blacked out. I don’t know this from first-hand personal experience, but you get the idea.

15 years ago, I was in at the University of Maryland, living in the Zeta Psi fraternity house. We were the nerd frat, so I don’t have too many juicy stories.

  • I have a beautiful 11 month old baby girl and a 14 year old stepson. They’re the best! My daughter can say “dada dada babadaba dada abba.” She loves me and she loves Swedish pop music. She’s already cruisin’. Any day now…
  • I moved back home to Florida in ’95.
  • I live in Davie now. Yeah, the redneck part. Yeah, you know, where all the buildings have a western theme. There’s even a rodeo arena. When I met my wife, she experienced total culture shock.
  • Yup. Cut off all my hair. It was down past the middle of my back before I gave it to Locks of Love.
  • I got totally hooked on Dream Theater. They’ve become my favorite band.
  • Yeah, I still play a little guitar. My stepson plays, and it’s been fun teaching him a few things.
  • I got into photography again. I bought a digital camera so I could sell stuff on eBay, but I started taking more pictures. I hated how it takes forever after pressing the shutter to get a picture and I missed the creative control I had with my old SLR film camera. I bought a Nikon D70 a while back. Now I have the D80 and I love it.
  • My wife and I started a web and graphic design business a couple years ago. We’re changing things up a little, choosing to work with only a few select clients, diversifying our efforts to include PowerPoint presentations, photography, and blogging.
  • My wife and I both have parenting blogs. I write 21stCenturyDad.com and she writes at 21stCenturyParenting.com.
  • She’s also making baby carriers. She adapted a traditional Korean podegi, and incorporated some design features from the really pimped out Scandinavian style mei tais. Her unique selling proposition is to use vintage reclaimed fabric for the decorative parts. One of the best features is when she salvages old pants to make functional pockets. It’s so much better than using a stroller. She can multi-task like crazy and the baby loves it.

Tag. You’re it.

Tyler – Building Camelot

Renee – 21stCenturyParenting

Lori – Mama Nuggle

Surf Jedi – SurfJedi’s Musings

Chris – Dad of Divas

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Random Thoughts and Link Roundup: Early Adopters and Twitter Edition

July 12th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

Portnoy, the crazy kitty cat

This is Portnoy. He hasn’t been himself lately and I think something is wrong. I am taking him to the vet ASAP. Please send him some prayers and positive thoughts.

Twitter

I am an early adopter of many things. It’s a natural human desire to be the first person to do something. Dad of Divas prompted me to join Twitter and I am having a blast. I have already found several of my regular blogger buddies and made some new friends. The toilet seat spurred a lot of comments and tweets. I thought for sure the hand-fart guy would be more popular. Pragmatism wins over sheer laughs.

New Friends, New Sites

Finding great new sites is a high and a letdown. You find something really cool, blog about it, then 20 people tell you it’s old news! It’s all part of that natural desire to be the first one to find something cool. Discovering Dad, Joeprah, and The Busy Dad Blog would fall under the, “Guess what I found!!!! Oh….” category. But I’m cool. They’re following me on Twitter.

The Busy Dad Blog

Jim Lin writes a fine blog. Like many dad bloggers, he started offering parenting tips. Then he transitioned to his personal accounts of fatherhood when he discovered that his posts about Fury were so wildly popular. (Jared at DadThing.com made a similar shift on his blog.) We’re both Asian-American dudes with dad blogs. Our blogs are about the same age. We both like to cook. There are so many similarities, you’d think he was the Chinese knock-off of 21st Century Dad.

Mama Nuggle

A special thanks to Jeremy at Discovering Dad for introducing me to her. Mama Nuggle is brand new to blogging. You will definitely enjoy your visit to her site. I met them both on Twitter. Jeremy writes one of the best dad blogs around. His new site theme looks great. It’s a “magazine style” WordPress theme similar to what Tyler at Building Camelot has implemented. Tyler’s new blog design is awesome. Suddenly, the randomly changing header image on my blog doesn’t seem as cool anymore.

Old Friends, New Sites

I started reading Frugal Dad before he was popular. Nya nya nya. 😛 Frugal Dad is on FIRE!!! He got 72,766 page views in June! He just launched the Frugal Dad Forums earlier this week. Don’t fight your natural human urge to be an early adopter. Join the discussion and learn how to save money. In the last edition of Sunday Conversation, Frugal Dad answered the question I submitted.

Old Sites Looking for New Friends

Lori and Jeremy weren’t the first husband and wife blogging team. Neither was Renee and Elliott. Renee writes at 21st Century Parenting. I keep 21st Century Dad as on-topic as possible. Renee and Elliott is where I post off-topic stuff and experiment with blogging. A post about teaching your teenager how to use public transit is much more relevant to a dad blog than one that specifically addresses Broward County Transit Riders. Go ahead and read it because I show you how to use Google Transit. They update the list with new cities and transit systems regularly.

I may not have been an early adopter of Twitter, but I started riding the bus long before gas was even $3.00 a gallon.

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