July 31, 2009 -PJ Easter As the kids and I are lazying (new word) on the sofa one afternoon (it was probably a Sunday afternoon, I was teaching them the important Man Skill called “The Art of The Nap”. As they lazyed (another word I made up) on either side of me, The Boy looks up at me admiringly (because, you know, I’m his hero 🙂 ) and says, “Dad. You’re OLD.” What the heck brought THAT on? “What, son?” I asked. Somewhat amazed by his boldness. But he is my son. “You have a whole lot of gray hair in your beard”, he says.Read More →

July 29, 2009 -PJ Easter Welcome to the Women On Wednesday post at Dear Mr. Man. This day is devoted to discussing topics that concern women from a mans 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. Correct me if I’m wrong, but nearly every little girl dreams of a fairy tale wedding and then the happily ever afterRead More →

July 28, 2009 -PJ Easter I was sent this in an e-mail and thought I would share:   What have we learned in 2,064 years?    The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work,  instead of living on public assistance.                                                          –  Cicero   55 BC EvidentlyRead More →

  June 25, 2009 -PJ Easter Picture this scenario: “Have you ever dated a secret jerk? I certainly have. A Secret Jerk is a man who looks like Prince Charming on the outside and is little more than a snake charmer on the inside. My Secret Jerk was ten years older than I, then a mere twenty three, and I was dazzled by all his polished and academic affectations. Dazzled for three long years. (Later, I would realize why he dated a woman ten years his younger, but back then I was too naive to know about such concepts as Adult Male Inferiority Complex). MyRead More →

June 23, 2009 -P.J. Easter This past weekend, we celebrated Father’s Day, but I am using The Man’s prerogative to narrow the scope and extend the celebration. I am proposing that all of the real dads celebrate the following:  Happy Not Your Baby Daddy Week.  You see, too many people celebrate Father’s Day. I’ve heard too many baby daddies being honored for only meeting the minimum requirement. Impregnating a female. It concerns me greatly that there are so many single parents raising children because the dad chooses not to man up and handle his responsibility. The word father is thrown around too loosely at times Fatherhood is soRead More →

June 18, 2009 -P.J. Easter 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. I am writing this a day early for a very special occasion. Today is the birthday of the daughter of one of my friends. This is a friend that I have never met, but she is a friend nonetheless. Birthdays are supposed to be joyous times, but not in this case. You see, the daughter of this friend is no longer with us. Her daughter left this world two weeks after entering it.Read More →

June 16, 2009 -P.J. Easter There are days when I complain about my job. Not the industry (which I have fallen in love with), but my specific job. It’s not the most interesting job, nor is it the sexiest. However, I have been in the Engineering & Construction field for almost a year now. This job was my break into the industry. Overall, I’m happy.  We all have those days when we complain about our jobs. I often get on Twitter while I’m supposed to be working in the comfort of my home after work and tweet about how I’d rather be blogging, grilling, shooting targets, or hangingRead More →

June 12, 2009 -P.J. Easter Mentally, I’m still on vacation. Even though we have been back for five days, I’m still on a beach in Florida. The reason is simple Kids never stop being on vacation and, if you’re smart, you’ll let them bring you there. We are at one of the neighborhood swimming pools now. Adi and I just got back from the shooting range and Bae, The Boy, and Big Ant (the not-so-little boy from across the street) were waiting. It’s summertime and they wanted to be in the water. “Daddy, can you take us to the pool? And can Big Ant comeRead More →

June 11, 2009 -P.J. Easter Headline: Twitter Takes Over The World! Twitter is on the cover of Time Magazine. Two weeks ago, Time had another story about how Twitter is being used in churches. Time is not paying me for all of this free pub, but, lets face it: Twitter is something of a phenomena. Who woulda thunk it five years ago that people would actually want to express themselves to the world in 140 characters or less. Who would have thought that having followers was anything other than egocentric? Twitter has shrunk the world. You can know what @Shaq is up to at anyRead More →

June 07, 2009 -P.J. Easter I woke up this morning in a hotel room in Biloxi, Mississippi. Last night, there was no huge party. There was not a room full of friends at the V.I.P. Room at the Beau Rivage. I didn’t spend the night stuffing myself with seafood buffets and working the slots at one of the many casinos in the area (although I have been enjoying a little Texas Hold Em lately). There is no massive hangover. I cant blame it on the alcohol. I woke up this morning in a hotel room in Biloxi, Mississippi. My awesome family sang the birthday songRead More →