So-So Dad Posts

May 8, 2017 / / Funny

We were driving to jiu-jitsu a couple weeks ago when I heard the loud, crystal-clear sound of someone taking a huge, long, bubbly bong hit coming from right behind my seat. Ezra was the culprit. I figured he was playing some sound on his phone (for a squeaky-clean kid, he…

May 5, 2017 / / Pensive

It’s been an anemic effort this week on So-So Dad…lack of sleep and NO lack of work has made for some shortcut articles, so I’m digging deep into my list of writing prompts here to end the week on an attempt at something meatier. Let’s start with a boldly contrarian…

May 4, 2017 / / Pensive

Last night was Ezra’s birthday, and while he was opening presents, I caught a rare opportunity to take a photo of them sitting close to each other. Usually this has to be arranged by force (unless I want a sprawling mid-three-way-combat photo, in which case it’s very easy). I wasn’t…

May 3, 2017 / / Dear Ezra

Dear Ezra, It’s your birthday today, and to the surprise of no one who knows you, you certainly made a dramatic entrance into the world. On May 2, 2006, I went to bed early. I was booked on a 7 a.m. flight to Salt Lake City, where I was pitching an…

May 2, 2017 / / Dear MEL

Dear MEL (Mia, Ezra & Lorenzo), Remember that Sunday that Mia and I spent all. day. long. building that awful bridge out of popsicle sticks last year? It was for Mia’s accelerated science class and there were a slew of restrictions on the bridge: only four sticks could be touching…

May 1, 2017 / / Money

This is one of many articles about the various ways our household saves money. I realize they may or may not work for you, but they work for us! When I was in graduate school and living hand-to-mouth on my $500/month teaching stipend, I developed a simple rule to save money.…

April 27, 2017 / / A Night In The Life
April 26, 2017 / / Money
April 25, 2017 / / Funny

Adults may still make all the world’s big decisions, but you should never doubt the collective power of millions of Internet-connected American children. In the past five days, their gazillion Snaps and Instagram posts drove us to spend several million dollars on the Unicorn Frappuccino, a Starbucks drink that looks like, tastes…

April 24, 2017 / / Dear MEL

(Note: THIMBLES is my tortured acronym for THIngs you Must Be LEarning Before Setting Sail. Or, in simpler terms, things the kids have to learn before they leave my nest.) Dear MEL (Mia, Ezra & Lorenzo), If you could time-travel back to the 1980s when I was your age, you surely would…