Monthly Archives: March 2011

Forgotten But Not Gone

"Dan, I just found a few photos in the storage room that you may want to look at." "What kind of photos?" I asked him. "The kind a guy with a blog like yours probably doesn't want getting out..."

Your kid… traumatized.

Sometimes the comments that come in after a post are far better than the post itself. I'd say the "Noah's Traumatization" post definitely fits into that category. The following "traumatizations" were stories that you submitted in the comments of that post or via email.I stuck a dried pea up my nose when I was little. My neighbor's kid stuck a Light-Bright peg up his nose. My sister once had a pinto bean stuck in her ear. She claimed she was doing a magic trick for our brothers. My daughter stuck an M&M up her nose. She came into the room and kept saying her nose hurt. Blue stuff was dripping from her nose. It took forever for her to blow it out, and she then wanted to eat the M&M. My four year old stuck a HUGE nerd candy up his nose and it started to melt in there, burning the inside of his nostril. My daughter stuck a polly pocket shoe up...

Rubbing Elbows with Movie Stars

If you missed yesterday's post, it explains how I ended up in Hollywood rubbing elbows with movie stars (and much more importantly, the Pink Berets). On to day two... The day where I was kissed by a famous man, snubbed by the "real" members of the press, and where I got a little too up close and personal with some of the movie characters. Oh, and let's not forget the part where I almost got eaten by a shark or when I survived crashing in a 747. So, bright and early we all met down in the lobby and once again boarded the "private coach," only this time we were headed to Universal Studio's backlot. They ushered us into a seemingly ordinary tent for breakfast (click any photo to enlarge). What they didn't tell us was what was on the breakfast menu... I gained four pounds that morning, and it didn't take long to realize that my mom has always been right when she said...

Just another day in Beverly Hills

Sometimes there are serious perks to doing what I do. A few weeks ago, for example, I received this email... Click to enlarge. I easily get 100-200 emails every day, many of which I sort through at lightning speed. When I opened this one, I thought it was junk mail, so I deleted it without reading it. Then, something (I don't know what) made me go into my trash folder and look at it again. I read over it a couple of times, wondering if it was for real. If it was, it sounded like a lot of fun, so I called the number listed in the email to find out more. Long story short, a couple weeks later I was sitting on an airplane, headed to Los Angeles to be a part of the press junket for a new movie coming out called Hop. To be honest, I had low expectations for the film. The previews that I watched beforehand didn't really...

This is beautiful you

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Facebook wall, and I post them here. I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everybody else) an incredible glimpse of who we all are. It puts a face on the awesome people coming here. It gives us a beautiful idea of the uniqueness and diversity of the followers here at SDL. More than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each can be. Anyway, thank you for sharing a small part of yourselves. It's my honor to put the spotlight on you today. This is beautiful you. Which photos made you the happiest today? If you'd like to send in photos to be considered for Sunday's "This is beautiful you" and other future blog posts, please post them on the Facebook wall (we need lots more!). Sorry, emailed photos will not be considered. Only upload photos...

A little more headroom please?

I'm not sure if today's post is written by the photographer in me, the inner geek, or the perfectionist. But I have this pet peeve. And this is it... What do all four of these random photos I just pulled from Facebook have in common? Check out how much headroom there is in each and every picture. Is that really necessary? Do the people taking the pictures really think that the world is just as interested in the twenty feet of space above me as they are in me? (please don't answer that) It seems that the majority of times that I hand my camera to somebody and say, "hey, will you snap a picture of us?" the result is as bad or worse as the images above when I finally go through my pics. There have been times when I've gotten my pictures back and our heads barely made it in. Sometime I'll teach you all the "rule of thirds" in photography....

Hibernation

Do you know what time of year it is? It's that time of year where animals start coming out of hibernation. Of course, when I think of animals hibernating, I think of bears. And, to be honest, I sometimes wish I was one.Think about how awesome hibernation is.You get to sleep without anybody bugging you. For months. No phones ringing. No dogs barking. No alarm clocks. You just sleep through... everything.You don't have to go out in the freezing cold snow. In fact, you get to skip winter altogether.You get to gorge on whatever unhealthy crap you want the entire rest of the year.You wake up one morning and you're magically skinny.No need for the gym. No need to fight an impossible diet. No need for new clothes.Seriously... the life of a bear ain't so bad. They've got a few things figured out, that's for sure.Imagine if everybody hibernated for just one winter. It would end the obesity problem and...

But… but… but…

You know, I have a lot of favorite books. Narrowing it down to a single most beloved would be impossible for me. There is one book though, that certainly ranks close to the top. Chances are you've read it, or at least heard of it. It's one of the most influential books of all time, and has been around since 1937. It's called, How to Win Friends and Influence People, written by Dale Carnegie. If you haven't read it, I seriously suggest you follow that link to Amazon and order a copy. I try to read it at least once a year.It's a basic guide to people skills, written in a simple and masterful way.Anyway, there is one lesson from it in particular that I have always loved. The "but vs. and" lesson.And, it's really this simple... Instead of saying the word "but" when you're talking to people, change the word to "and."Structure the rest of your statement exactly...

Sit Down and Write

When is the last time you just sat down and started writing about something heavy? You should try it sometime. It's one of the most powerful exercises you have the ability to put your mind through. Nothing will have the power to heal you from whatever hurt or darkness you carry like writing will.There is a reason why doctors and therapists recommend people keep journals when they're having a hard time or struggling. Writing about stressful, emotional, or traumatic events has been proven to improve both physical and mental health. There's actually a lot of science behind it. But to me, the science is all bla bla bla bla bla.It's also true.We're all jacked up in one way or another. Some of us minorly, some of us majorly. We all have secrets. We all have dark smudges tainting our own personal histories. We all have shame and embarrassment left over from things we've done, and from things that we've merely thought....

B.B. Shawshanked it Out of Here

B.B. is missing! He has been since last Thursday. At this point, I don't know whether to give into the side of me that is desperate to find him or the side of me that wants to wish him luck on his journey and wash my hands of him. That sounds horrible. I know. It is. But you have to understand... You'll remember from my Time for Spring to spring post that winter has been really crummy thanks to the fact that B.B. likes to hightail it through the cast iron fence posts any time he gets off of his leash. He also likes to bolt through the front door if I forget to barricade him from it, despite my best efforts to train him not to. I've spent many hours since we rescued him in December tracking him down through the neighborhood or chasing him from yard to yard. So, when it finally started warming up, I ran down to the hardware store and bought some...

55 on the Freeway

Sometimes I wonder. Why is everybody always in such a hurry? Just about any time I drive down the freeway with my cruise control set at the speed limit, the vast majority of people are flying by me, desperate to arrive at their destination as soon as possible. Because of this, I'm almost always in the slow lane, and I rarely have to get out of it to pass another vehicle. As I've gotten older, I've started setting my cruise control below the speed limit more and more often. I've began driving my truck at a comfortable and steady 55 mph. I pretty much never pass anybody when I do that. Not even the old folks. When I do have to go somewhere that requires the use of a freeway, I like my driving time. I like to turn on some quiet tunes and just sit there and think. I like the time away from everything electronic, away from the bustle...

This is Beautiful You

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Facebook wall, and I post them here. I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everybody else) an incredible glimpse of who we all are. It puts a face on the awesome people coming here. It gives us a beautiful idea of the uniqueness and diversity of the followers here at SDL. More than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each can be. Anyway, thank you for sharing a small part of yourselves. It's my honor to put the spotlight on you today. This is beautiful you. Which photos made you the happiest today? If you'd like to send in photos to be considered for Sunday's "This is beautiful you" and other future blog posts, please post them on the Facebook wall (we need lots more!). Sorry, emailed photos will not be considered. Only upload photos...

The Booger Bug Incident

After putting my child down for a nap, I heard the sound no parent wants to hear. Blood-curdling screaming... The kind of screaming that says, something is seriously wrong.

Comments!

I just wanted to say...THANK YOU!to everybody who has ever left a comment on this blog. I looked up the stats the other day, and there have been just under 50,000 comments left since I started Single Dad Laughing last July. That's pretty awesome.I get emails all the time from people saying they come to SDL for the comments as much as they do for the blog itself. Many people scroll faithfully through every page of comments when a topic interests them. They love the discussion. They love the perspectives and outlooks from different people. They love the debate.Every day I try to read through the comments as well. I love them for all the same reasons. I don't often comment back for two reasons. First, I like to leave the comments section as your forum and platform on here. Second, there's just not enough time in the day everyday to do the blog, read the comments, and then...

You are not the man she married

This is the third and final piece of a very important series of posts for me. While alone it may stand on its own, I very much suggest you read the first two posts as well. The first is called “Real Dads don’t leave” The second is “Mom pushed Daddy out the door.” As with the first two, I am very much aware that this post, and many things within it, doesn't come close to applying to everybody or every situation. It is simply a look at something that I hope we can all discuss together. Truth be told, the subject of broken families is so complex, so heartbreaking, and so different for everyone involved that it would be impossible for any person to cover it all.  With that being said, I believe there is a crucial piece to the puzzle that I still have not touched. Listen up men, because this very well might apply to you. I wish I...

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