Tuesday, February 28, 2017

First Edition: My Favorite Kurt Vonnegut Commercial

Unfortunately, nothing like this has ever happened to me.



I do, however, have a signed, first edition of Timequake, which was given to me as a gift.


Still, I never did buy a Murano in spite of the endorsement of my favorite author. Yeah, it's a "family" automobile, but I guess I'm just not a minivan guy.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Super Secret Cheat: Band-Aid Waterproof Tough Strips

So, I had a minor surgery a few weeks ago. Out-patient. No big deal. No problem. Anyway, the surgeon need to make an incision that was a little more than an inch long on a part of my body that is almost always moving, muscles contracting, and so forth. As such, the stitches needed to stay in place for two weeks.

After the surgery, the nurse asked whether I wanted to clean and dress the wound every day or I wanted the "two-week dressing," which is the one that was supposed to stay on for two weeks. Easy. I chose the latter.

Of course, the two-week dressing came off in about three days, so I was forced to take care of the site myself for the next 11 days. I tried a couple different bandages, all by Band-Aid, which in my experience are the only one that will stick for longer than five minutes. Even so, most of the every-day use Band-Aid bandages fell off and I needed to apply new one two or three times a day.

Finally, I tried "Waterproof Tough Strips," also made by Band-Aid. This is the right one. The only time I had to remove this bandage was to clean the incision site. I can say with certainty, it wouldn't have come off had I not removed it. 

All of this begs the question, if the Waterproof Tough Strips won't come off, why not make all Band-Aid products with the same adhesive? I digress.

The ext time you or one of your children need first aid for a "boo-boo" and you need a bandage to stay, Band-Aid Waterproof Tough Strips is the one you want.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Favorite Son Saga: The Apprentice

The Favorite Son
A few weeks ago, The Favorite Son and I were discussing politics and current events. I mentioned an article in which the author made the point, in so many words, that people marching around and referring to Trump supporters as "deplorables," idiots, etc. weren't winning any friends or influencing any people.

Then, The Favorite Son suggested, "The reason I think I like Trump so much is because I wasn't old enough to see the first few seasons of 'The Apprentice.'"

#RealDonaldTrump

It wasn't easy to stop laughing.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dating Your Wife (or Committed Partner)

If you’re a regular reader of The Single Father’s Guide Blog, the chances are you’re a single dad. Based on the numbers, if you’re a single father, there is a 94% chance the relationship that produced your children ended in divorce, separation, or some other form of break-up. Maybe, you’ve read The Single Father’s Guide Blog consistently and have taken stock. Maybe, you’ve taken care of yourself emotionally and physically so you could be everything your children need you to be. Maybe, you’ve got your stuff together enough to have begun a romantic relationship. Well, maybe, it’s time now to take the next step and, well, have a successful relationship. One of the keys to having a successful relationship, I think, is to regularly date your wife or partner.

A few weeks ago, the business travel brought perhaps my oldest friend who I've known for more than four decades through the Village of Warwick, where I call home. (What are the odds?) While he was here, he, I and The Favorite Son had dinner at Fetch Bar & Grill (click to see TFSG Blog review) and, after returning The Favorite Son home, my friend and I stopped at Village Billiards for cocktails and a few games of pool.

A little while after my friend and I got a table and played a game or two, an attractive couple, probably around 40 years old, started to play right next to us. I knew to couple tangentially; I recognized them to the degree I could nod, “Hello,” but not enough refer to them by name. I did know for sure, however, that the two were married and had children together. It was also very clear that the two were on a “date.”

Both were pretty good pool players who evidently were very much enjoying themselves. I surreptitiously watched as each took their turn with the pool cue. One complemented the other on their shots or suggested other shots as both sipped their drinks. They laughed at the other’s jokes. Both had taken the time before they’d gone out that night and in the context of their lifestyle to look good for the other. Based on their comfortable affection the couple showed one another, each had a genuine fondness and respect for the other and were making the time to celebrate those special things they shared. Even though the bar was crowded and every pool table was occupied, the two were in a bubble at that table created by the love and affection each had for the other.

What better way can a guy show his committed partner how much he cares for her by caring for himself, dressing for her, and taking the time to spend the time with her? If time is the currency of love, then this guy made a significant investment in the relationship he has with his wife. I’d imagine he makes this sort of deposit regularly.

So, here’s the take-away, gentlemen. Whether you’re a single father who is starting a new relationship with a special woman or whether you’ve been married for years and would prefer not to become a divorced man and a single father, take a cue from the pool player. Find the time in your busy life as a parent, a breadwinner, the general contractor of your home, and all of your other responsibilities to date your committed partner. If she’s worth your attention, she’s worth making the investment of your time.

Trust me on this. You’ll both be happier in the short term and in the long term.