Dad in the Box

  • The Thought that Counts

    December 8, 2017

    The other day I was talking to our cat . . .  

    Hmmm.  It says here that dogs are smarter than cats.

    What are you reading, Mad Magazine?

    No seriously, this article in the Times ...

  • The Price of Priceless

    I have a public admission to make.

     

    I am the buyer who purchased Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi at auction. 

     

    OK, I realize it is preposterous to think that I ...

  • The Last Game

    My daughter recently played the last soccer game of her career.  

     

    Yippee!  No more practices!  No more tournaments!  No more long drives to obscure fields!  ...

  • A Day at the Spa

    Recently I treated myself to a day at a spa, complete with mud baths, ice therapy, natural skin exfoliates, and ultra hyper-electrolysis.   Unfortunately, this particular spa treatment also ...

  • Wait. What?

    Don’t you have homework to do?

     

    My teenage daughter is watching TV, texting, facetiming, instagramming, listening to music, and typing on a laptop all at the same ...

  • I Got This

    I thought I was done with school projects.

     

    You know, the kind of projects that involve cardboard and paint and glue and styrofoam and a panicked run to the hobby store the night before ...

  • Give Me Some Credit

    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 ...

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Katie Ogden is a shining example that proves that twist on an age-old adage.

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The Thought that Counts

The other day I was talking to our cat . . .  

Hmmm.  It says here that dogs are smarter than cats.

What are you reading, Mad Magazine?

No seriously, this article in the Times claims that a scientific study conducted at Vanderbilt University recently discovered that dogs have twice as many neurons as cats in the analytic part of their brains.

Yeah, but they only use a ...