Dad in the Box

  • Give Me Some Credit

    September 21, 2017

    I used to think I was special.  

     

    But it turns out I am not.  I am just one measly name in 143 million.  

     

    You see, that’s the number of lucky Americans ...

  • 23 Skidoo

    I am worried that my genetic Neanderthal variant might be embarrassingly high.

     

    Given my personality, this might not seem an unreasonable fear.  But I really don’t want it ...

  • The Road Trip Less Traveled

    “My cows,” announces my daughter. 

     

    From the passenger seat she is staring absently out the window at the lush farmland clipping by.  Her bare leg is pulled up tight ...

  • Staring at the Sun

    Sometime during the morning of August 21st, millions of Americans will crowd toe to toe on a narrow ribbon of land stretching across the continental United States for the opportunity to stand in the ...

  • Gone, But Not Forgotten

    Recently my dad showed me a plaque he had been awarded from his alma mater.  He graduated from a well-respected University in the Midwest after WWII.  It was where he met my mom.

  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    I read the other day that President Trump is handing out his personal cell phone number to world leaders encouraging them to call him directly whenever the need arises.

     

    While I ...

  • Air Boxing

    I went to a boxing match the other night and an overbooked flight broke out.

     

    It may be a new twist on an old joke, but it is no laughing matter.  

     

    OK, actually, it ...

  • Animal Husbandry

    My wife and I are in disagreement.

     

    She says she has trained our cat to sit on command.

     

    I say the cat has trained her to dole out treats.

     

    Unfortunately, like a ...

  • Good Egg Hunting

    Here lies Dad In The Box.  He was a good egg.

     

    I probably should have greater aspirations in life, but I suppose there are far worse ways to be remembered.

  • Of Ritual Importance

    I can’t think of a better way to kick off spring than drinking beer.

    Recently I attended the 56th annual Spring Rites and Beer Festival in Manhattan Beach, California.  This yearly ...

  • Snow Blows

    There is nothing quite so blissful as a snow day.  

     

    The quiet beauty of gently falling flakes swiftly accumulating on the trees and lawns and roadways preventing any sort of travel ...

  • Zen and the Art of Parallel Parking

    After a year of permit driving my daughter turned 17 and on her birthday, full of anticipation, went to the DMV to finally earn that most liberating article of identification; a driver’s ...

  • A Heartbreak Kid

    It hurts.

     

    She was sobbing pretty hard when she said it, so it came out more as a halting stutter.  It hu . . . hu . . . hu . . . rts. 

     

    My arms were wrapped around ...

  • Alternative Bowl

    Well, it is finally here.  Super Bowl LI.  Super Bowl 51.  

     

    This year the Super Bowl is expected to be watched by 100 million people worldwide over mainstream media.

  • Step Right Up

    Let’s make America the Greatest Show on Earth Again.

     

    I was very sad to learn that after 146 years of big-top entertainment the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ...

  • Man vs. Waze

    A lot of strange cars are traveling through my quiet neighborhood these days.  They are not driven by my neighbors.  Some mornings I even have trouble getting out of my driveway.

  • Believe It Or Not

    If we believe news reports these days, which apparently we can’t, it seems that nothing can be believed.  We are being told that the Internet and social media has become a cesspool of ...

  • What's in a Name?

    Sign here:   ________________________________

     

    And here and here and here.  Initial these five boxes.  Then sign right here and over here stating that you understand that ...

  • Getting a Handle on Thanksgiving

    This year, on our National Day of Thanks, I would like to express my gratitude for having hands.

    We typically don’t thank our body parts because they seldom leave us.  Most of us have ...

  • Hanging Over

    Well, It’s finally over.  And history has been made.

     

    Yes, it’s true.  The Cubs have won the World Series.

     

    Oh wait, that was last week. This week it was ...

  • The Price of Opportunity

    I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a World Series Ticket today.

    We are hearing a lot about “long suffering” Cubs fans.  Mainly because it’s been 71 years since the Cubs ...

  • Why Worry?

    The President of the United States and a designated Military Aide with top level security clearance are riding on Air Force One.

     

    President: Reluctantly, I have decided to drop the ...

  • Putting the Debate to Bed

    Like 80 million other Americans I watched the presidential debate the other night.  According to the news media, which supposedly fact checks bold assertions like this, the viewership numbers ...

  • Computers: A Love Story

    There can be no better feeling than hurling an uncooperative piece of electronics out a window.  It must satisfy our most basic human desire for revenge.  

     

    Oh yeah?  If ...

  • Going for Brass

    I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem ...

  • Cruise Control

    I just returned from a birthday party over the weekend.  It was totally out of control.

     

    At least according to my dad.  

     

    It was his birthday.  He turned the ...