April 5, 2009 — P. J. Easter @ 10:02 pm    Q: Dear Mr. Man: I’ve been a longtime fan of hip hop. But, through the years, I’ve noticed a troubling trend of hip hop lyrics that objectify women to the point of being misogynistic. It seems like some of the songs that are played the most on the radio (“Blame it”, “One More Drink”, and “Crank Dat” come to mind right away) encourage men to see women only as sexual objects. While you see these types of lyrics in other genres, it does seem more extreme and pronounced in hip hop. Do you thinkRead More →

April 3, 2009  — P. J. Easter @ 2:13 pm When Bae was born, I was scared. When J.C. was born, I still didn’t have the fatherhood thing down. Plain and simple. I didn’t really have any idea on how to be a father. My father, like so many others fathers in my neighborhood, wasn’t around after a certain point in my life (another story for another time). I didn’t have a role model to follow for fatherhood. So all I really knew was that I didn’t want to be like him. I knew I had to provide for them and I knew that I lovedRead More →

April 1, 2009 — P. J. Easter @ 10:25 pm Q: Dear Mr. Man, I don’t think my wife finds me attractive anymore. What can I do to be sexier to her? A: Friends, if I had a sure-fire answer to that, Mr. Man would be in somewhere in the tropics, having a drink out of a coconut half-shell, and grilling anything I could catch. Alas, what I can say is that I understand that it is very easy to get bogged down with the realities of the career, parenthood, and other obligations. It is important that we never forget the glue that holds all of the piecesRead More →

March 24, 2009 — P. J. Easter @ 10:41 pm Q: Dear Mr. Man, I found you at the Ultimate Blog Party. What kind of fun are you bringing to the party? A: Thanks for checking in. I think it is very cool to be one of the select few “dad-bloggers” to be invited to this party comprised of mainly mom-bloggers.  Since this is a unique kind of party, I thought my contribution would be to take it back in time to the 1970’s. Here is a list of things I love from the ’70’s: You didn’t need an excuse to call someone a “Jive Turkey”.Read More →

March 22, 2009 — P. J. Easter @ 8:49 pm I was watching 60 Minutes this evening and received a very unexpected surprise. There was the facinating story of  Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless, schizophrenic, musical prodigy and Steve Lopez, a down and out reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Ayers and Mr. Lopez  do not refer to each other by their first names out of deep respect for each other, so I will proffer the same respect in this post. Although I included the trailer for the upcoming motion picture, The Soloist (starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.), I am not going to discuss the movie. WhatRead More →

March 19, 2009 — P. J. Easter @ 9:15 pm Q: Dear Mr. Man, I turn forty this year and I am starting to think I’m “over the hill”.  How can I recapture my youth? A: Sorry to be the one to break it to you, but attempting to recapture your youth is akin to Bobby Brown making a successful comeback. Sure, there are things you can do to ensure that you are living a healthy lifestyle. Physically there are lots of activities that we can do to maintain our vigor.  Aside from the physical aspects, I personally prefer my life today than where I was nearly 20Read More →

March 13, 2009  — P. J. Easter @ 7:56 pm Q: Dear Mr. Man, Do you have any jokes you can share? A: Some days when I get home from work, J.C. or Bae greets me with a “new” joke that they have heard. Many of the jokes are classics that have been around for years. Others I have never heard before. The kids usually run the anecdotes by Adi first, so she gets the benefit of “first laugh”. Here are a few of their favorites: Bae: Knock knock. Me: Who’s there? Bae: Noel. Me: Noel who? Bae: How many times do I have toRead More →

March 11, 2009 — P. J. Easter @ 12:34 pm Note: This post is out of the norm for the topics usually discussed on this blog. However, I think today’s subject is sufficient food for thought for us all. Please read. I hope it expands your horizons as it has mine. -Mr. Man A friend of mine asked me to provide feedback to an open letter she wrote on Facebook about animal endangerment and neglect . This was a huge step for her because she admits her insecurity about sharing her personal thoughts with others. Initially, I was looking at the letter with an editor’s eye,  but IRead More →

March 9, 2009 — P. J. Easter @ 9:22 pm Mr. Man has a question for R&B singer Chris Brown… HAVE YOU LOST YOUR DAMN MIND?!?!? Since when did Chris Brown become a thug? Is he hanging out with Suge Knight these days? I have to tell you, this story is incredulous to me. I don’t pretend to know much about Chris Brown or Rihanna (I couldn’t name a single song that either of them produced). I remember seeing him on the Grammys a year or two ago. I thought he was a talented performer with Michael Jackson-esque moves and boyish good looks. He was doingRead More →

March 6, 2009 Q: Dear Mr. Man, I like to do special “Daddy/Daughter Dates” with my little girl. Can you share something special that you and your daughter do? A: There are so many things that I enjoy doing  with my little girl. Bae is an avid sports fan (moreso than the boy when it comes to watching), so we enjoy hanging out and watching our local sports teams together. With college sports we enjoy talking trash to each other. I support the Texas A&M Aggies, she roots for the Texas Longhorns (I don’t know where I went wrong on that one). She likes it when I takeRead More →