The First Father's Day

Okay, technically it was MY first Father's Day.

As most of you will remember, it was almost one year ago when that Cora and I got married, and I became a dad.  Step-dad, but dad none the less.

It's been a great learning experience as Wednesday and I have grown closer and closer.  When walk into the room and she's sprawled on the couch, but raises arms for a hug, well, it makes my day.

someecards.com - I hope your Father's Day is even more relaxing than every other day of your highly sedentary existence

So, we had a great Father's day weekend.  On Saturday, the 3 of us packed a picnic lunch and some blankets, and headed over to the lake front. 


My two gals.

I'm really not grumpy, just looking into the sun makes me seem grumpy.

After the picnic, we climbed the berm that separates the park area from the beach area.  We walked the long walk across the beach to the water's edge.  And Cora actually put her feet in the water.  (With the lake water hovering at about -30° F, I suspect Cora's feet felt right at home! :-) )

someecards.com - Happy Father's Day to a wonderful husband who no matter what having kids has done to my body still seems to want to nail me 
Sunday, I got me some presents!  No ties.  No underwear.  But I did get some DVDs, and



Break it down, hammer time!

Attention: My next blog post will be on Sunday, July 3rd.  It will be a VERY special post.  If you can, please come back over the holiday weekend.  I don't think you'll regret it.




So, these signs have popped up all over State street in Chicago. I, more than most, appreciate a good does of word play and a creative font. But I think they might have gone a bit too far.


If took me a few seconds to realize that it wasn't "GOOD GOOD" but "GO DO GOOD".

So, who is urging us to action?

What group is trying to stir our civicmindedness?

A religious organization?

The Boy Scouts.

Those hippies that are always on us about trees and whales and dolphins?

Nope, GoDoGoodChicago.com it's an art installation to help raise money to prepare Chicago's school children to succeed.


Want the kids to succeed? Here's a crazy thought. Chicago already has about the shortest school day in the year (8:50 – 2:45), and now they want to take another 10 minutes at the start of the school day to serve breakfast.


More Potter / Pottermore


Unless you've been locked up in Azkaban you know that Jo "J.K." Rowling is making an announcement today. Actually, if I've timed this post right, in about a minute.


So I'm gonna make a guess as to what has the Potterverse as twitchy as a pixie hopped up on Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. I suspect it's going to be an on-line site where fans can find MORE POTTER merchandise. Because what the world needs is a place on the web where people can find all the various bits of pottaphernalia under one roof.

Some place like: Lord Val*Demart's!

(Yes, he's picking his nose with his wand.)

Actually, I suspect it's a massive multiple player on-line game. Not "Farmville" but "Charmville".

And the wife is obsessed with the fact that the font of "Pottermore" isn't the "Harry Potter" font with the lightening bolt. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!?


If It's Monday, It Must Be The The Muppets

I could write some stuff and blather and blather and blather, but would you care? I'm bringing you Muppets! Did you know the Muppets had their own YouTube channel?

Why was I not informed of this? Here's some music to start things off:

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

The Muppets: Ode To Joy

The Muppets: Habanera

And while that's cool, what's hot is they also have "The Muppets Kitchen With Cat Cora".

Muppet-Kitchen Cat Cora

"Cat Cora", for those of you who aren't FoodNetwork devotees, is one of the favorite Iron Chefs in our household, for many reasons, not the least of which are:

1) She's the sole female Iron Chef.

2) She shares the name with my wonderful, awesome, amazing wife. Maybe not the same skillz in the kitchen.

3) She's a lot better looking than Julia Child was.

I hope that you aren't watching these as you are trying to run out the door to work. These things can be hypnotizing and before you know it, you've spent hours just gazing at them. The VIDEOS, not Cat Cora's legs. (Now MY Cora's legs, them things will hyp-MO-tize me for hours on end.)


Is it just me, or…

Separated @ Birth


US Representative Anthony Weiner

Dustin "Screech" Diamond

Is it just me, or do these two look a lot alike?

And have the same career prospects?

Dustin Diamond – Next job – Star of "Tetherball: The Movie"

Anthony Weiner – Next job – Member of "Sexual Congress"


What Do You Doo-Doo?

TPThe scene: You get up in the morning and head to the bathroom.  Before showering, you decide that it's a good idea to evacuate the old bowels.  After making your deposit and flushing it down, do you:

A – Perform the standard amount of "paperwork".

B – Just fill out the "short form".  No sense wasting too much paper, you're headed for the shower now anyway.

C – Pull the " 'Bama Bidet" routine, and just clean up in the shower.

Cora and I were lounging around last weekend, and I asked her that very question.

"THE STANDARD AMOUNT!  THE STANDARD AMOUNT!" was her hysterical reply.

Then she paused and asked, "What about you?"

-- Silence --

"You didn't respond right away!  You didn't respond right away!"

I just laid there grinning as she continued to squeal and squirm.

And I never did answer the question.