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Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Great Foot Fiasco

It started out the way any normal day would; one full of hope and promise.  It was a Sunday, so the normal routine of motivating the troops into their appropriate attire and into our chosen mode of transportation, was the order of the day.

General Dad knew his two young soldiers could use some extra inspiration, so he put in a training film of sorts, highlighting where this afternoon's theater of operations would take place.  We would be doing some fun maneuvers later that day at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, a kind of a mini outdoor animal preserve.  Kid's motivated; mission accomplished.

The rest of the morning went well.  Before leaving the church, I changed into some more comfortable duds, ready for the day to begin.  That is where the fiasco began.  I had noticed that even though I had remembered shorts, shirt and socks, I had neglected to bring some tennis shoes.  No harm done, the house was on the way, and Mommy was quite willing to stop by there to let me pick them up.  (What she wasn't willing to do was to let me walk around in white sports socks and black dress shoes.  Her tolerance for nerdy attire only goes so far.)

We dropped by the house and went inside to play tennis shoe hunt.  It is a fun game where you look all around the house to no avail, returning to the original place you looked, to discover that there were merely camouflaged by an article of clothing.  Okay, zooming out the door with socks on and shoes in hand.  The voice of reason began to kick in.  I was in a hurry but, I knew that I should stop to put them on.

I glanced out the door.  The cement looked dry enough.  Aaaaaaaah, why not?  I locked the door, stepped out, SQUISH!  Oh, crumbs, that's why not.  Of course, I should have turned around right then and there, unlocked the door and gotten another pair.  Not today.  They weren't really too wet, so I sprinted to the car and once inside, removed the wet 'fellas.  My wife asked if I was going back in, but I told her that I had it under control.

On the highway.  Mad genius that I was, I put together the equation:

Wet Socks + Cracked Window X Highway Velocity = Semi Dry Socks

Mindful that I would be doing the very thing that I have told my sons that they should never do, I made a big speech about "Only Daddy's are allowed to do this, because if you stick things out of the window, you could lose them.  Only Daddy can hang on to them tight enough, not to lose them."

The plan began to work perfectly.  I cracked the window, and with a firm grasp, I let the little guy flap frantically in the wind.  After a short time, I pulled him back in to check the progress.  Still a bit wet.  No problem.  One more time in the jet stream, when of course an inevitable ffffffWHIP!!!!  In a split second, my lonely sock hurtled through the air, never to be seen again.

My wife was kind enough not to bust out laughing, but I still had to eat plenty of crow, while telling my boys that I had blown it.  All was not lost, as we stopped by a dollar store where I bought a $1 pair of socks.  We made it to the event where upon meeting up with some dear friends, I began to regale them with my foot tale.

Ready for the "kicker":  After my story was complete, I realized I was barefooted in my tennis shoes, new socks back in the car.   Ugggggghhhhhh!


One additional "foot" note.  I am wearing the socks right now as I am typing this blog, and they feel fantastic!  All's well that ends well.  Until next time...


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Look, Up In The Sky...It's Mobile Apps Super List!

I must admit that in June of this year, a wonderful little electronic friend came into my life.  Scraping together a portion of my tax refund and husband allowances, I purchased an Asus Eee Pad Transformer.  I have been in love ever since.  My wife calls it the "other woman", but she freely admits that her Apple iPad is the "boyfriend."

I love the fact that it is portable, powerful and with the myriad of apps available, extremely useful.  I am better organized and frequently entertained by my computerized companion.

I decided to start a page on this blog to list some of the neat apps that she and I have found for our respective toys.  Be sure to check out my new Mobile Apps Super List to see some of what we have found.  The list itself is, and will continue to be a work in progress.  Each of the app titles are linked to their respective landing pages, allowing for easy download access.

So what do you think?  Let me know.

Signing off...for now.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Of Bermuda Triangles and Amnesia

Just a quick observation that I had today at my dad job.

I have come to believe that the phenomena, affectionately known as the Bermuda Triangle, has mysteriously relocated to within the four walls of my home.  It is the only rational explanation of why "Blankies", toys and shoes are all where they should be before I leave for work, only to inexplicably vanish by the time I return again.

That unsolved mystery would be troublesome enough, if it were not complicated by the fact that their disappearing act is only discovered at the time when their use is required.  At bed time and leaving for the park, their loss is acutely and sorely felt.

Detective Dad, begins his questioning.  Where did you put them?  Where did you have them last?  What did you do when you came home from school?  The insidious amnesic side effects, undoubtedly a direct result of the Triangle kick in.  "I dunno, I dunno, I dunno"

Disturbing yet fascinating.  Perhaps science will someday uncover this amazing mystery.

At least being a dad is never boring.  I look forward to our next post.


Hello Fellow Geeky Dads

This hangout is dedicated to you.  Those of you who love God and your family and have fun playing with your gadgets.

You are the type of guy that actually does have "a nice bone in your body".  You love that newest toy, but still remember the important things in your life.  You always knew that you weren't the only one, and now here is the proof.  I hope that I can be an encouragement to you, and that you will encourage your fellow geeky christian dads.

Hey, I just did my first Geeky Christian Dad blog post.  How cool is that?

Such a geek!