Monthly Archives: July 2011

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 awkward pull-over

Have any of you ever found yourself victims of "the awkward pull-over?" Here's how the awkward pull-over goes down. The driver of a car pulls over to park against a curb. A pedestrian who happens to be walking on the sidewalk thinks the driver is pulling over to talk to him (or her). The pedestrian stands there all awkwardly looking at the driver, waiting for him to roll down his window or get out to talk to him (or her), wondering who this weirdo in the car is. The driver wonders what this crazy person is doing standing there staring at him (or her). After a nice long awkward moment, the driver gets out, and stares down the pedestrian, waiting for the pedestrian to explain his (or her) awkward behavior. The pedestrian suddenly realizes what's going on. The driver suddenly realizes what's going on. Both the driver and the pedestrian awkwardly laugh, give a half-nod, and walk away. That's happened to me three times in as many months. All...

When it’s cool NOT to like things…

I was musing with my buddy Dave a while back about things or people that become "the cool thing to not like." We came up with several of our own, but I decided to post it to the Facebook wall and see what the masses came up with and what most people agreed was cool to NOT like. The discussion which pursued had me rolling, so I thought I'd share that with you here on Single Dad Laughing. It also taught me not to knock New Kids on the Block. Ever. Enjoy... (oh, and just so you know, these are all screen captures. You can't actually click "like" on any of them.) Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing PS. What else is cool NOT to like? And an even better question, what do you like even though it's cool not to like it?

Why I Don’t Hunt

First off, let me start off this post by saying that it is not an anti-hunting post. I don't really have an opinion either way when it comes to hunting. It is simply the story leading to the reason why I don't hunt. I've only been hunting once in my life. My dad and uncle took me along on a guided bear hunt in the late summer of 2001 (some much more "portly" days) up in Northern Idaho. I was really excited at the thought of bringing down a black bear. Spilling the blood of a mighty and carnivorous beast would be thrilling, I was sure of it. We were bow hunting. I had practiced for months with my dad and uncle, shooting targets on hay bales and dirt mounds. I learned quick that I was a pretty damn good shot for having never done it before. If I could get close enough to a bear, it would be mine for...

Should you get divorced?

Today's post is one that attempts to answer a question many people ask me. Feel free to read it, though it won't hurt my feelings if you skip it and come back tomorrow. Believe me. I know how touchy a subject it is. If you do read it though, keep two things in mind. One, I've been divorced twice. Two, I've been divorced twice. In other words, I'm writing from the point of view of somebody who probably has a completely different outlook than somebody who just celebrated his golden anniversary with the love of his life. That being said... I get a lot of emails from readers asking my opinion about whether or not they should get divorced. It's by far the number one thing people write to me about (the second most frequently asked question is why I got divorced, which I discussed in my post Time vs. the Worthless Heart). While I'm not a counselor and I couldn't possibly...

Watch for Kitten Eating Bunnies

I recently went with this beautiful girl (Fabulous Wendy) on a hike to Timp Cave. The trail head to the cave is literally a 15 minute drive from my home, so I've been feeling guilty for years that I haven't been there since I was nine or ten years old. It's about a 2 mile hike to the cave from the bottom, so seriously... no excuse. First of all, I want you to realize just how treacherous this hike really is. Just look at this handful of signs I took pictures of that kept popping up all along the way (I won't mention that it was a nice paved trail in an effort to make myself stay super tough in your eyes)... And as if kitten eating bunnies wasn't bad enough, look at this sign which appeared 100 feet or so below the cave... Yep, that's when I knew I was in rough country. Anyway, here's the hike in a nutshell... After a couple miles......

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...

Backspacing

There's something I do, I do it all the time, and I can't figure out whether or not it's a simple quirk, if it's actually time efficient, or whether I actually end up wasting a lot of time in the long run. When I make a mistake while I'm typing, I almost always backspace to get to the mistake. Sometimes I'll delete twenty words or more just to insert a comma or fix the spelling of something. Because you see... actually reaching out for the mouse... ugh. I hate it. I'd rather retype till the cows come home than take my fingers off the keyboard. I don't know, maybe leaving the keyboard ruins my groove. Maybe it takes me out of the zone. Maybe I'm just lazy. I've done it for as long as I can remember. But see, part of me thinks that it saves me time, too. Can I backspace, fix an error, and retype faster than I can move my hands from the...

When Kids Evolve…

Well, if there is one thing I can always be sure of as a parent, it's that my child will adapt. He will study me and learn my best moves and my tricky maneuvers. He will dissect my most awesome of tactics. And... he will evolve. Clear back a year ago, I wrote a post called The mother duck tactic about a parenting technique I learned in a Love & Logic course. It was the 12th post I ever wrote. The idea was that mother ducks don't sit there and gather their ducklings every time they need to change locations. Their ducklings follow because they know she's not going to wait around for them to dawdle. Likewise, if I'm out shopping, the same should apply. I should be more like a mother duck and less like a mother. It's been a great parenting tactic... one that has done wonders to keep Noah from wandering off while we're at the store. Or,...

Real Dad Moments #3 of 3

Well, the Real Dad Moments photo contest ended a couple weeks ago, and was the most participated in contest yet. The day before yesterday, yesterday, and today I'd like to share my favorite 90 entries in the competition (30 each day as bonus afternoon posts). There were so many great photos. So many beautiful moments. So many tender and awesome bits of your lives that you shared. Looking through the 800 or so photos made me so happy because it was a beautiful reminder of all the real dads out there. It was a poignant reminder that fatherhood is not defined by race, beliefs, or social status. Good and real dads come in every shape, color, and size. I hope these photos make your day just a little brighter. I know they did mine. Enjoy. Thanks to everybody who participated! I'll be launching a new contest in the next little bit, so stay tuned! Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing PS. Which of these Real Dad Moments brought...

You said WHAT to your kid? (#5)

On SDL's Facebook page, I posted a simple question. "What is something you've found yourself saying to a child that you never thought you would? The answers that came in have had me rolling on the floor ever since. Here are a few of them for your uninhibited laughing pleasure. You cannot ride your sister! Please stop playing with mommy's bottom. We don't pee on animals or people. Please stop dancing like a stripper! Stop brushing your hair with the toilet brush. We don't dance while we're eating pickles. Cat's have whiskers for a reason. Please don't cut them off. It's wrong to give mommy a wedge. Put that squirrel down! Where did you get that?! Honey, we don't choke our cousin. Keep it up and you won't get to read tonight! Yes, we have to wear pants while guests are over. We do not put our private parts on the kitty! Don't pick your nose with your toes. If you eat your booger again, it's going to be all you get for snack! Why...

Real Dad Moments #2 of 3

Well, the Real Dad Moments photo contest ended a couple weeks ago, and was the most participated in contest yet. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow I'd like to share my favorite 90 entries in the competition (30 each day as bonus afternoon posts). There were so many great photos. So many beautiful moments. So many tender and awesome bits of your lives that you shared. Looking through the 800 or so photos made me so happy because it was a beautiful reminder of all the real dads out there. It was a poignant reminder that fatherhood is not defined by race, beliefs, or social status. Good and real dads come in every shape, color, and size. I hope these photos make your day just a little brighter. I know they did mine. Enjoy. Thanks to everybody who participated! I'll be launching a new contest in the next little bit, so stay tuned! Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing PS. Which of these Real Dad Moments brought a smile to...

I Bet You Can’t NOT Laugh When You Hear This

Having the worst day ever? Best day ever? No matter what kind of day you’re having, I guarantee it will be made a lot better after you listen to these sound clips of Noah… laughing his face off.

Real Dad Moments #1 of 3

Well, the Real Dad Moments photo contest ended a couple weeks ago, and was the most participated in contest yet. Today, tomorrow, and the next day I'd like to share my favorite 90 entries in the competition (30 each day as bonus afternoon posts). There were so many great photos. So many beautiful moments. So many tender and awesome bits of your lives that you shared. Looking through the 800 or so photos made me so happy because it was a beautiful reminder of all the real dads out there. It was a poignant reminder that fatherhood is not defined by race, beliefs, or social status. Good and real dads come in every shape, color, and size. I hope these photos make your day just a little brighter. I know they did mine. Enjoy.                                                           Thanks to everybody who participated! I'll be launching a new contest in the next little bit, so stay tuned! Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing PS. Which of these Real...

Planking. Everybody’s Doing It?

Planking. Everybody's doing it. Celebrities... Random Joes... How am just now learning about planking and all its awesomeness? I dunno. But let's try it...

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