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Eric Horn and I went on a 70′s Super Van adventure yesterday, if you have 9 minutes to waste check it out.
Rock On, Jack
To the new home of Jack’s blog, and Thank You to Myspace, without it I may have lost contact with many of you. On it I have posted over 1300 blogs which were read over 5.5 million times, but it was time to move, so here we are.
Vacation was really fun, the kids and enjoyed ourselves! We took the Amtrak to San Diego, which was so nice… way more relaxed than driving, we got to color and draw, play and look out the window at the ocean. In SD we went to Balboa Park, hit the museums and IMAX theater and visited an aquarium, which is a Lucy Fave. All Bing cares about is the pool table at my Uncles… He would roll balls on it all day if we let him. We also got in a bunch of swimming pool time, today is their last lesson and they have greatly improved… I’d say Lucy is officially a swimmer and Bing is very close. We went to I.H.O.P. last night and it was good… Except we forgot Baby (Bing’s blanket), so I had to make an emergency run back before the CRN show to rescue him. Bing was upset, but he was thrilled when Baby beat me home by a couple minutes and rang the door bell and waited for him to open the door and discover him… Lucy asked me, “Daddy, you put him there right? He didn’t walk there by himself did he?” I really feel the pressure now of finding a regular full time job… I keep hoping radio will start paying, but I can’t afford to wait! Which leads to the question that has plagued me for the last year, what am I qualified to do? If I figure it out I’ll let you know. Anyway, we made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast this morning… I must highly recommend the Quaker Oat’s Oatmeal Pancake mix, it’s really good.
This is one way to get your kid to school! Blinds recalled! Which clunker do I serve red in? I like that he had a schedule. Fall Out Boy arrested. A new drinking spot? Don’t leave your wax kids here. X-Rated Andy! They can get anyone. The mayor is a panty thief!
You are a hero to your kids… No pressure!
Rock On, Jack
Life is unfair… We’ve all heard it, heck we’ve all experienced it. In the past year and a half I’ve had more disappointment than I care to recount, but you hate to see your kids realize this is how things go. You don’t want them to be spoiled, but you also don’t want to see their little hearts broken. So you try and handle the big ones as gently as possible… “Why can’t you and Mommy live together?” “Why did your Grandma in the wheel chair go to heaven?” And trust me, I’m not perfect, I answered them the best I could. But it seems lately there have been a wave of tiny disappointments, the type that put a damper on the fun you were looking forward too. Oddly, they have really surrounded food. I told you all on the CRN (and Twitter… and Myspace) how Mc Donald’s screwed the kids on the Happy Meals the other night… The toy is the draw for those otherwise boring meals, so when they leave the kids with a box only containing the crappy food it’s a let down. Then we went to Denny’s and they changed their kids menu, no more mini-hot dogs (Lucy’s favorite) or grilled cheese (A Bing must have), they were bummed, but I explained that sometimes they need to change the menu. Then last night, Bob’s Big Boy… The Bob’s that has been Lucy’s favorite place to go since she was old enough to have an opinion, the place she and I would go for a “Daddy and Me” dinner while her Mom worked, the first real place she recognized on sight (Which ended our meals at Mo’s, it’s across the street within eyesight of Bob’s, so Lucy would have no part of being in the hood and not hitting BBB.) When I asked them where the wanted to go eat last night the vote was 100% Bob’s. We walked in, Lucy and Bing requested different color balloons and then we were sat by the “Bob” inside. Two kids menus and one breakfast menu (I like their eggs)… And no more hot dog on the kids menu. I know hot dogs are unhealthy and generally full of gross stuff, but it was what Lucy ordered there for the last 4+ years. She was really bummed, but I think I was more upset… I know things change, we get unmarried, we grow older, we lose things, but why this? Why ruin the thing my children and I look forward too, an evening of laughs and full tummies at our favorite place. Lucy was a trooper, after quizzing the server on where the hot dogs were she ordered plain noodles she looked at me and said “at least we can have fudge cake.”
We will have other favorites and menus will continue to change, but on that Monday evening on a warm August day we lost a tiny family tradition.
Rock On, Jack
I glanced over my right shoulder, Lucy’s hair was blowing in the wind, I forgot a hair tie today (No matter how long I’ve been doing this single Dad thing, hair ties always escape my memory as we run out the door), and her hand was out the window sailing with the flow of the air. Bing was fast asleep, as I could see in the rear-view mirror, just 10 minutes earlier he was excitedly asking “Daddy window down?”, but he had since rolled it back up and drifted to sleep. We were listening to the new Third Eye Blind album (I know I’m old, no one calls them albums anymore), so Lucy wasn’t really paying attention (if it’s not Taylor Swift or Black Eyed Peas she’s not interested), but she was really enjoying herself, just letting her hand sail in the wind created from our travels on the 5. In her other hand was her Littlest Pet Shop lunch box… Which we all had some sense of satisfaction in finding, it took us two days and four Targets, but we finally found one that had it in stock (Burbank Target rules). I wanted her to have something special for when she starts Kindergarten in a few weeks… To be honest, I don’t even know if she will be bringing a lunch, but we both kind of decided she needed a new lunch box (mainly for me because I didn’t know what other supplies she may need, and I remember I first lunch box… it was steel and housed a plastic Thermos and was decorated with the band Kiss – I didn’t like Kiss, my Mom got it on sale and so it was mine. I wanted Lucy to have the exact one she wanted, thus 4 Targets we visited.) The sun was hot by mid-afternoon so driving with the windows down felt good. It was hard to not just stare at her, so young and happy just letting her hand fly (But someone had to drive!) And to be totally honest I think if I could have I just would have kept driving… We were all so happy, Bing peacefully resting, Lucy hair flowing, gazing out the window and me, my kids in tow without stress or worry at that moment. It’s amazing how just catching your kids at the right time, they not even knowing you see them, can warm your heart. We arrived at swim class, Bing awoke, the windows went back up, but that 30 minute drive was stuck in my head all day.
Tomorrow, we go on an adventure to San Diego… which just to start involves the subway and the train, and maybe later in the weekend, swimming with sharks. So I’m sure that next week I’ll have much more to post. The blog has been moved here from myspace so we can have more control and less problems… So hopefully that will be the way it works. I know it will take me a feww posts to get used to it, but I really think in the long run it will be much better. Have a great weekend… And if you get a chance, roll the windows down!
Rock On, Jack
P.S. Podcast, Crn Show and regular blog posts will return Thursday.