Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Why Can't I Just Get a Camaro for My Mid-life Crisis?

I wrote a post on Aiming Low about how I got sucked into making an extravagant and impulsive purchase at the temple of consumerism, Costco.  Here's how it starts:

I don't know what the hell is going on with me.  Maybe it's just a one time deal.  Let's hope so.

For whatever reason, I was in a manic state when we went to Costco on Sunday.  Normally, I just push the cart and mind my own business, trying to entertain our 2-year-old twins while my wife collects the bushels and crates of provisions that will get us through the next couple weeks, or Armageddon, whichever comes first.

But somehow, on Sunday, Costco had developed an otherworldy sheen.  I swooned at the foot of the majestic towers of detergent, was rendered breathless by the acres of discount designer outerwear laid out on bed-high display tables, and was dazzled by shiny boxes of over-the-counter cold remedies.  It was like I was at a consumerist rave, up to the gills with ecstasy.

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In addition to my usual self-promotion, I wanted to offer readers a couple tips about some cool things a couple of my friends are doing.

One of my best buddies from grad school, who is now a mom and adjunct professor way down there in South Cackalacky, has a cool Etsy store where she sells handmade baby stuff.  Her specialties are swaddling sacks, slings, and burp cloths. 

Her site is called The Little Donkey, and she's offering 15% off for Beta Dad readers. Just enter the code BETADAD at checkout.

She asked me if I had ever used a sling to tote our young'uns around, because she's thinking of making some slings for dudes, in more manly colors and patterns, like crossed swords and skulls and stuff.  I used a sling every once in a while, mostly around the house, but it wasn't that practical because we have twins.  I would usually put them both in the stroller whenever we went out.  So what do you dads think?  Would you, or did you, or do you, use a sling to "wear" your baby?

Another really old friend, a guy I know from when I was in the 7th grade and living in Moscow, USSR, has a cool blog that you should check out.  He's been a big slacker about posting lately, but he's got a couple new posts up, and everything in the archives is worth checking out.  The blog is called A Little Light Writing, and Yash, the author, writes about language, posts amazing photos he has taken, and writes about photography as well.  This isn't dry, academic linguistics, but rather lots of fun wordplay, information, and speculation about word origins from a guy who has lived and worked all over the world.  You should go over there and encourage him, and learn something while you're at it!

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  1. "when I was in the 7th grade and living in Moscow, USSR"
    That's not really something you hear every day.

    Also, for the record, I think I'm lucky that I don't have a Costco near me. Something tells me I'd have a juicer too.

  2. I've tried using a sling a few times but I could never get them to feel comfortable enough to wear for any length of time.

    Plus I always felt like they made me look defeated.

  3. Boy do you have good taste in friends... Etsy and that fascinating photographer linguist! Thanks for the plug!


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