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I Have Resurfaced

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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Tag, I’m It

April 22nd, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

Mike over at From Mike tagged me with this simple meme.

According to the rules, I have to:

1. Write my own six word memoir
2. Post it to my blog, with visual aide if desired
3. Link to the person who tagged me in my post
4. Infect Tag 5 more blogs
5. Leave a comment on the infected tagged blogs to let them know

So, my own six word memoir: “I’m here to do something unique.”

I knew from an early age that I would contribute something to this world that no one else could. Would it be in the visual arts? Writing? A million dollar idea? I don’t know. In 4th grade, I thought it would be cool to write a bestselling novel. Most parents think their children have celebrity potential. I’m one of them. Does that count?

I hereby tag the following:

  1. Geek Mom Mashup
  2. Mom is Just a Nickname
  3. Dad Thing
  4. 21st Century Parenting
  5. Operation Bob