Fatherhood Friday, a collection of awesome blogs by cool dads and moms, is hosted by Dad-Blogs. Stop by this site and check out some awesome reading material (among other wacky things). There have been some awesome TV dads over the years. Bill Cosby, Ward Cleaver, Homer Simpson (yes, Homer.), and Hank Hill immediately come to mind. The first father influence on television for me was James Evans from the 1970’s sitcom, Good Times. Good Times, based in Chicago, was about a poor African-American family living in the projects barely making ends meet. James and his wife, Florida, did the best they could to provide for their three children; Michael, Thelma,Read More →

Women on Wednesday…’nuff said. As I listen to this song, these thoughts flow from that in my mind, to the keys I tap on the keyboard. These words appear on my screen… How is it that men hold nearly all of the power positions in the world? Rarely does one see a study on the “Richest Woman in the World” or the “Most Powerful Woman in the World”. Sure, these studies exist, but they are the exception and somewhat of an anomaly. Women like Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pepsi- Cola CEO Indra Nooyi, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may conjure upRead More →

I have probably spent less than 20 hours with my family over the last week (including time spent sleeping) due to work and business obligations. In this time, both of my kids have gotten sick. Bae has come down with a case of the flu despite getting the shot. The Boy followed a few days later (funny thing…he was faking last night and then he really got sick). My wife is handling this like a stud. When I offered to make the two hour drive home to assist, she rebuked and reassured me that she had everything under control. She was concerned about me not gettingRead More →

Men, in general, are typically not overly concerned with fashion. We enjoy the fact that we are able to roll out of bed, throw on whatever is lying on the floor next to us, and be out and on the move in 15 minutes or less. However, there is an exception to that general statement. I think that men care very much when it comes to their shoes. Shoes provide men with both form, fashion, and functionality. This is why I didn’t feel I was at my best this morning. You see, I was not able to get a proper shoe shine. The plan was to take a pair to the shoeRead More →

26 Sep 2009 This is an ongoing series by a bunch of cool Moms and Dads called Fatherhood Friday. Check out Dad Blogs for more details and more great reading.  As I mentioned in my last post, last Saturday was the Upward Flag Football clinic. However, tonight was my first practice as head football coach for football. I have coached Upward basketball for several years, but my schedule has taken me away from it for the last two. I love football just as much, so I thought I would try my hand at this. Like most, I am an “armchair quarterback”. I haven’t played competitively since my teens andRead More →

27 Sep 2009 There is a half moon out on this twilight of a Sunday evening. Dragonflies swarm in a circular pattern over my backyard. A single bird lands in the grass and pecks around for an evening snack. What she finds, I’m not sure. She seems content. The new Los Blancos “Nine” will be lit and relished. My neighbors’ eldest son reminds me that he promised me something and calls me over to the fence. It’s a gordita. Not that gringo concoction from Taco Bell. This is the real deal. I take a bite. Lightly grilled corn tortilla shell stuffed with pico de gallo, chicken breast, refried beans, cilantro,Read More →

27 Aug 2009 Even with all of the insanity that goes on in our government, I have restrained myself from commenting publicly… Until now.  Check out this headline ( for the full story, click here). Part of the massive, back breaking, deficit busting economic stimulus package that was passed by Congress back in February of this year included  one-time payments to “about 52 million Social Security recipients, railroad retirees and those receiving Supplemental Security Income” of a whopping $250. Problem #1: What is $250 going to do for people in the long-run? Sure, I recognize that there are people who really could use that money toRead More →

26 Aug 2009 Country music. A year ago, you couldn’t have paid me to listen to it (well…maybe if you paid me). Although I have lived in Texas all my life and driven a Ford truck for years (is there any other kind?), I have been the consumate city boy. Until…I’m not quite sure when… I think it all start earlier this year when I finally acted upon my 2nd Amendment rights to purchase a handgun for home protection. My wife was adamantly against this until I taught her how to use it. Now she knows the awesome power of a firearm and it reinforcedRead More →

21 Aug 2009 This is part of an ongoing series of community blogging by dads like me. Check out Dad Blogs to join the cool kids. My oldest child is going into middle school effective next week. She will be a 6th grader. She has been acting “cooler” this summer because that’s how she thinks 6th graders act. She and The Boy will now be on different schedules, she gets her own locker (an honor not given to the “babies” in elementary). No matter how old she gets, she will always be my baby girl. To others, she will simply be known as “Fresh Meat”. At the middle school orientation, sheRead More →

19 Aug 2009 Welcome to the ”Women On Wednesday” post at Dear Mr. Man. This day is devoted to discussing topics that concern women from a man’s point of view. I will need a lot of help with this (topic ideas, comments, and other feedback). If I am way off base on a topic, you can electronically claw me or toss hot grits (or boiling water) at me through your computer. Together we can come to understand each other better. Maybe. I remember high school and being in love. With three girls at different times during the four years. I had more “girlfriends” than that, but three thatRead More →