18 Aug 2009 I ran across this in a chain e-mail awhile ago. I normally hit the “delete” button as soon as I get these types of e-mails, but I thought it would be fun and interesting to answer these questions to allow you, Dear Reader, to get to know some of the quirky things about The Man. It started out as “44 Things”, but #5 is missing, so its actually 43 things. If you would like to let me learn a little more about you, simply copy and paste the questions below into your e-mail, delete my answers and fill in your own. E-mail yourRead More →

April 15, 2009  — P. J. Easter @ 9:39 pm   Last week when I got home from  work, Adi sat me down in front of the television and said, “Baby, your kids wanted you to see this commercial”. The moment she said “your kids”, I knew to expect something outlandish. I sat down and she played the following commercial: As I watched the commercial, I literally sat on my sofa with my mouth hanging open (and not because I was hungry for one of their flame-broiled burgers). I was actually dumbfounded and confused by what I just saw: the “Burger King” dancing around singing, “I likeRead 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 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 →

Q: Dear Mr. Man. I am struggling with temptation and I don’t know what to do. A: Sometimes there are things that run through your mind that, if heard aloud, would embarrass, shame, and dishonor you. As guilt-ridden as you may feel, you allow the decadent thoughts to run across your mind. You take silent pleasure in the moment. You long to taste the bittersweet succulence that you once enjoyed and long to savor again. You know that you shouldn’t. You know that nothing good could come of it, but you can’t seem to shake the desire.   You are a different person now (orRead More →

Image courtesy of: http://www.gimmiethescoop.com Q: Dear Mr. Man. Do you the Stimulus package will help the economy? Signed, Mocha Dad A: Anytime an entity such as the government spends over $1 trillion (including interest and fees), it is bound to help the economy. There are measures that will have an immediate impact (funding for police and fire departments to prevent layoffs, for example). However, the overall package will take too long to provide the stimulus as intended. What about the $400 tax credit being sent to 95% Americans. That equates to $7.69 per week by my math. I’m not an economist, so I may be missing something.Read More →

Filed under: Parenting — P. J. Easter @ 8:28 pm Tags: Life, parenthood   Image courtesy of www.chromasia.com Q: Dear Mr. Man, Why have my children become increasingly disrespectful lately? A: I decided to check out a new Sunday School class today. I am usually serving in another capacity at my church, but now have some free time during the last service. The class is in the middle of a session on parenting. We were watching a video that showed an eleven-year old boy being extremely disrespectful to his mother. Here is an example of the dialogue: “Mom, I’m gonna go to Aaron’s house to play Xbox.” “Sorry Jason. We agreedRead More →

Filed under: Politics,Uncategorized — P. J. Easter @ 8:47 pm Image courtesy of: www.parlourmagazine.com Q: Dear Mr. Man, What is going on with Roland Burris (D), the junior senator from Illinois? A: As most people are aware, Roland Burris is the U.S. Senator from Illinois appointed to replace Barack Obama by the embattled former governor, Rod Blagojevich.  He was initially denied entry to the most exclusive club  on earth, the U.S. Senate. After much embarrassment, the Senate leaders realized that they did not have a leg to stand on to deny Burris a seat and he was sworn in nine days later.  Now he admits that he triedRead More →