Although I'd like to think it was due to a sudden interest in rhetorical analysis of children's books, I'm pretty sure I landed on the "Blog of Note" list due to a kerfuffle concerning a wildly popular blog called "Single Dad Laughing." If you're interested in the drama of the last few days, check this out (the comments are especially interesting).
Did you read about the drama? Do you feel like you need to take a bath? Wait. Read some of the following posts first. You should find them as refreshing as a country lane after a spring shower.
Night at the park Ruminations on the urban ecosystem of the park near our house, where I spend a lot of time with my kids and dog. It also has a thriving hobo population and gay cruising scene. #trannyhookers
TV-free shorties The perils of raising children on a media diet of NPR, Tom Waits, and gansta rap.
My cruel wife and her cute babies Just an example of how my wife persecutes me, and some irresistible pictures of the twins when they were half their current age.
Five things for cynics to do at church How I got through a church service in order to get our kids on the waiting list for their preschool.
Rhetorical Analysis: The Wheels on the Bus A quasi-scholarly look at the iconic children's book/song. Warning: includes lactation-stimulating pictures. (I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but if you like it, check out the other posts with the tags "rhetorical analysis" and "literary analysis." I love writing these and wish people would demand that I do it more often.)
Butching it up for the daddy playdate The initial anxiety and eventual triumph on the occasion of my first encounter with the stay-at-home dad group, which, along with the Asian mommy group, constitutes my real world adult social life.
Large dog drags babies through park Our much-maligned Swissy dog doing what she does best--pulling a wagon and looking beautiful.
Pets from the past: Moscow '79 A visit to a back-alley vet after a car vs. dog collision on a winter night during the cold war, when my dad was posted at the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
Mother's Day fail and brilliant recovery My wife likes this one.
Happy Patriarchy Dad I like this one because it made my dad squirm.
Failing at feminist fathering Blah blah blah whatever. This has some really cute pictures of the girls in their girly party clothes.
Drugs have no effect on me During a recent surgery, I'm visited by Giant Demi Moore, who accuses me of having a crush on Seventies Cher.
Follicles for Algernon This was a guest post I wrote for Clark Kent's Lunchbox about going bald, and the shame spiral it creates. People with thick, luxurious hair thought it was a real riot. Jerks.
The Shiny: an animated short The twins try to pull off a heist on the Beta Family Dishwasher, using an ATV and a mustard bottle.
Greta and the Grief Stalker A crazy(ish) lady follows me around the park as I prepare to have my dog euthanized. Good times.
Or, if you don't want to read all those words, you could just check out this video of the twins running around like maniacs.
One more thing. I entered a contest at a cool new(ish) website called "Man of the House." It's called "The World's Greatest Dad Contest," and while I don't really consider myself to be even in the top quintile of greatest dads in my zip code, I certainly want the cash money prize they are offering. If anything would make me a better dad, it would be a couple thousand bucks.
Because I didn't know about the contest until moments before it ended, I just submitted a short video of my dog pulling the babies in a wagon. Anyway, my buddy John Cave Osborne is a shoe-in for the grand prize, and he plans to give the money away to a worthy charity. But there's a second prize, and I sure could apply that money toward a new laptop, so I could blog more efficiently. Even if my video is kind of lame, part of the idea of the promotion is simply to vote for your favorite dadblogger. So, I don't know...why don't you go over there and vote for me, or vote for John, or any of the other guys. Check out the site in any case. It's pretty cool. Here's the link. I'm listed as Beta D. Mine is the only video with a dog in a harness pulling babies in a Radio Flyer.
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Update 10:30 a.m. : You should just go ahead and vote for John Cave Osborn, because he's donating the money to a good cause, and he's in second place right now. Voting for me would be a wasted vote at this point. Here's the link