Thursday, March 8, 2012

How Dudes Pack for Blogging Conferences

If you've ever been to a mommyblogging conference, or even if you just read lots of mommyblogs, you will be familiar with the "panicking about what to wear at the conference" trope.  There is much hand-wringing surrounding this topic whenever the big conferences roll around.

Well, I just wanted you to know that dadbloggers are pretty much the same way.  I'm heading off to Austin TX at 7:00 a.m. (five hours from now), where I'll be speaking, listening, and partying with a bunch of other bloggers and parents and marketing types at the biggest dad blogging conference in the history of forever, Dad 2.0 Summit.  You may have noticed the badge over in the right margin.  Check out the website to see what it's all about; and rest assured that I will be reporting in great detail when I get back.

Anyway, I just got done selecting my wardrobe for the conference, where I will be trying my darndest to impress people with my professionalism and stylishness, as you can imagine.  So picking out just the right thing to wear was essential.   I spent almost as much time agonizing over my sartorial decisions as I did working with the other guys on my panel (Jason Avant, Whit Honea, and Mike Adamick) to put together a seamless and pretentious presentation for the adoring multitudes that will attend.

This is what I came up with:


Pretty daring, I know.  But you really have to take some risks to get noticed.

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I know I haven't actually left the house yet, but I miss the kids already.  Even though for the last couple weeks I've been saying that we really need some time apart.

They've been pretty trying at times, as, no doubt, have I.  But they've also been hilarious.  I'm often surprised at how complicated they are for such little critters.  Take this video for instance.  Cobra is sitting on my lap after bathtime, talking about "dicky birds," a phrase that comes from the "Simple Simon" nursery rhyme.  They're really into nursery rhymes right now, and make me read literally for hours a day from this Disney-fied anthology that we got somewhere.  And then they repeat the silliest phrases from it throughout the day.  I haven't seen them so obsessed with anything since they got their first hit of Elmo.

When I took the video, all I wanted to do was get Cobra to say "water" in this particular way that always cracks me up.  I swear she sounds just like Christopher Walken when she does it.  That's another development I find impressive: the desire to get a laugh.

But she never really came through on that, because she got distracted by another preoccupation: potty related matters






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One last thing.  I wrote a little something on Aiming Low.  It's an actual parenting tip that could be helpful if you're trying to teach children to share.  Plus some complaining about triflin' kids.

A'ight.  I'm gonna try to shut my eyes a bit before I get on the big airplane.  Wish me luck!



11 comments:

  1. Good luck, have fun, don't pee on too many people!

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  2. Bath times are the most revealing, wouldn't u say? (no pun intended)... That was the time when my kids would tell me what was bothering them, as well as be silly like your little one.. Those were the bestest times.

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  3. Safe trip, have fun! Those are some swanky dudds. You're going to make a splash at the summit.

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  4. No matter how many times you silently plead for a break, whether it be in your head or in the fetal position in the back of your closet, you'll miss your kid/kids as soon as they either go to a sleepover for a night with your parents, or you leave for the grocery store.

    It's inevitable. No explanation needed. I feel you. Haha!

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  5. Is that a collar on that shirt? Fan-cy!

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  6. Glad you took the time to pack and come out to good ol' Texas.

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  7. I think about 50% of my wardrobe consists of black t-shirts.

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    1. Same here. And about 90% percent of what I actually wear.

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  8. I have to say, I thought your wardrobe choices this weekend were inspired.

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    1. Don't toy with me. I'm feeling very vulnerable.

      It was great to meet you this weekend!

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