Monthly Archives: October 2011

NO PETS ALLOWED!!!

How do people do it?Time is starting to run out for Noah and me to find a new place to live. The short sale on our house is going through and it looks like we'll have to be out before the end of November. This whole thing happened much sooner than I anticipated, and it's been a real wake-up call to the vicious reality that so many renters have to go through. Being that I've owned my own home since I was 22 years old, this whole process is more or less new for me.As it turns out, finding a decent place with recently destroyed credit (thanks, housing market!) makes the process tough. As Noah and I have begun looking for new places, we've had one real requirement. Find a place where Buddha can come with us.Who knows. If that weren't a requirement of ours, finding a new home to live in might be easy.As I go through all the...

Paintin’ Butts on Pumpkins

Last week, Noah and I went to the grocery store looking for pumpkins to carve. Five days before Halloween and they were completely sold out. Now, I don't want to rat this store out for destroying every chance we had at being happy, but I will. It was Walmart.So, we headed five miles down the road to the next closest store where they had giant bins full of pumpkins. The pumpkins were absolutely gorgeous. Symmetrical and sexy. Exactly what every professional pumpkin carver wants.I pulled Noah out of the cart and told him to pick any pumpkin he wanted.You'd have thought I was letting him choose his future wife or something. He studied each pumpkin for flaws, broken handles, and scuff marks. Whenever he found one he liked, he would insist that I show him the other side so that he could make sure it also was perfect. We must have walked around that stand (which was freezing, I...

Don’t go gettin’ a big head or anything…

This is me with one of my best friends, Dave. You'll remember him from the big Hillbilly Hoe-Down (and lots of other posts).We switched hats one night at the request of others that wanted to laugh at us were hanging out with us.Yeah, our heads are THAT different in size.I have a freakishly HUGE head. Dave has a little teeny tiny head. We both like our own heads for our own reasons.I mean, Dave can do this weird thing where he puts his hands in some weird pretzel shape over his head. You can only do that if you have a little tiny head.And me, I can take a 2x4 to the head and not even be phased. This skill comes in extra handy when you're at a bank or something and robbers come in swinging 2x4s. You can only take a 2x4 to the head if you have a freakishly huge head.Dave can fit his head into gopher holes....

A few changes ’round these parts…

Hey everybody! I've got some great news and some bad news. We'll start with the great news...So, I'm officially on board with BlogHer for advertising here on SDL, and because of that I'm needing to make a few changes 'round these parts. Just thought I'd give you a heads up since, you know... changes sometimes scare people (shoot, they scare me!).First of all, some of the posts here on Single Dad Laughing will be split up into multiple pages.How does that work? Well... if you wanna read what other changes I've made... click on page 2 here. You know, just for fun.Yay, we're on page 2!And that's how it will be on some of the posts here at SDL, particularly the longer posts. This will help pages load faster (especially on mobile devices) and will also help break up the text so that it's not so overwhelming (let's be honest, I can get long-winded sometimes!).I understand this might not...

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!). Only upload photos that you don't mind me using, and that you have...

Buddha’s Day – A Mighty Big Yawn

I have made an executive decision that Saturdays shall hereby be named "Buddah's Day" here on Single Dad Laughing! Poor Buddha hasn't gotten enough attention 'round these digital parts since he joined our family, and I think it's time we change that. So, every Saturday I'm going to post anywhere from one to a zillion of my favorite Buddha pics from the week. After all, what's better than a fat, lazy, gassy, wrinkly, high-spirited-low-energy Bulldog doing whatever it is he feels like doing?Today's pics are called "A Mighty Big Yawn"Not much story behind this one. I had this great idea to get a picture of Buddha chilling in front of my parents' mailbox, because it said "Pearce" on it, and whatever... it would have been cool. Then I realized it would also have their address and maybe that wasn't the best thing to shoot out to the entire world. So, we just took a couple pics down at street...

An Entire Lifetime

You know, I don't look at the numbers coming through SDL very often. When I do, it becomes too easy to lose focus on the reason I write, the reason I have this blog in the first place, and all that I still hope to achieve. Looking at numbers will so quickly elate me or depress me. Looking at numbers will also sometimes push me to start writing things that are meant more for driving traffic than they are for serving myself or my readers, which is the last thing I want to be doing.And so, I steer clear of looking at the numbers. At all, if I can help it.I went months and months without looking at my numbers. And then I was finally forced to pull them up as I got my site ready for advertising. Apparently how many people you get to your site is important to advertisers. Who'da thunk?And as I pulled the numbers up,...

OMG. Funny Babies! Cute Babies! Mad Babies!

So, the cute baby picture contest just ended. Nearly 600 of the most spectacularly funny, cute, and pissed off babies had me laughing for hours while I sorted through and edited my favorites for today's post. When I was done, I had 223 that I couldn't live without. Then I somehow slashed that down to 174. And then eventually I gritted my teeth and got it down to 150 even.The problem is, I LOVE BABIES. And every single one of the pics I wanted to keep and share in an SDL post. But let's be honest... 600 pictures... that's a lot to sort through as a reader.But before I share them, guess what!? Ceiva, the company that was giving away those spectacular sharable digital picture frames... they gave me a coupon code you can use if you wanna, you know, get one for somebody for Christmas or something. $25 off. Not too shabby, especially considering that they don't do...

Worthless Women and the Men Who Make Them (One Year Later)

One year ago today I posted what was at that time, the most controversial work I'd ever written, Worthless Women and the Men Who Make Them. I just reread it. It probably still is the most controversial of all my posts here on SDL.I made some pretty bold statements. I made some pretty intrepid requests for men to own up to their role in the “I am a woman and therefore I hate myself” phenomenon. I also was brazen enough to ask women to put their boobs back in their shirts and make things a little easier for us as men. Dang. I sometimes can’t believe I wrote that.The fury that erupted after that post was insane. Men were pissed off because I didn’t bring up all the horrible things women do to our gender. Women were pissed off because… well... some of them apparently don’t like giving men credit for anything that has to do with them… good or bad. A...

Get that out of my face!

I am not old.Well, I'm kind of old. 31.I guess it's all relative.But I'm definitely not old enough to need reading glasses. No, I can see things perfectly that are as close as five inches from my face.The only reason I tell you that is so that nobody responds to this blog with the inevitable "it's because you are old now and need reading glasses!"I am not old.No way.Anyway... Now that we've cleared that up...You know what drives me nuts?When somebody sticks something that they want me to read or look at it right in my face. I'm talking an inch or two away from my eyes. I mean, do they really think I'll be able to focus on it?This has been a pet peeve of mine for as long as I can remember, and I think what drives me most nuts about it is that it always takes me off guard, and I always try to focus on it. I...

That Crazy Uncle Dan

"Let's make a shopping list!" I told Noah and his two cousins who were all crowded around me, asking what we were going to do for fun on our big sleep-over. "Sam, what do you want?""I want a giant movie box of Runts!" he squealed.I raised my eyebrow. "Would your mom let you get a giant box of Runts?""No.""Okay, I'm putting it on the list!"That's what uncles do.I turned to Noah. "What do you want to put on the list, Noah?""Popcorn!"Noah always needs popcorn when we have sleep-overs."Okay, I'm putting it on the list!"I turned to Joshy. "How about you, Joshy? What should I add to our list?""Pancakes!" There was no hesitation."Hmmmm, I think pancakes would be good. They're going on the list!"I also added pizza, cause we needed some "real food" for dinner. By the time we got back from our trip to the store we had added a bag of donuts and chocolate milk to wash it...

My freaky half-fall tree.

So, there's this Maple tree in my front yard that kinda freaks me out. Every year, only half of it changes colors before the autumn leaves fall off. And the half that changes doesn't just change a little bit. It turns blazing red while the other half remains green.Weird.Dan Pearce, Single Dad LaughingPS. Anything weird in your yard? Anybody else have a freaky tree like this?

And you thought YOUR dreams were weird?

Dreams. I've had a lot of weird ones. Some that were absolutely insane. Like the time I dreamed that I was sitting with an ostrich, a hippo, and a giraffe in a hot tub, and the hippo turned to me and said, "dude, somebody's gotta tell the ostrich to scram." I was too chicken because this particular ostrich was well known for pecking people's eyes out. The giraffe told me to man up and grabbed the ostrich by the neck, swung him around his head, and threw him across the parking lot. Oh, did I mention the hot tub was in the middle of a parking lot?And that got me to thinking... would it be as funny or weird to hear about other people's "craziest dreams?" So, I asked you on Facebook to share your craziest dream in 40 words or less. These are the first half of your hilarious, weird, and somewhat disturbing replies.When I was pregnant. I dreamt...

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!). Only upload photos that you don't mind me using, and...

Buddha’s Day – Autumn Chillin’

I have made an executive decision that Saturdays shall hereby be named "Buddah's Day" here on Single Dad Laughing! Poor Buddha hasn't gotten enough attention 'round these digital parts since he joined our family, and I think it's time we change that. So, every Saturday I'm going to post anywhere from one to a zillion of my favorite Buddha pics from the week. After all, what's better than a fat, lazy, gassy, wrinkly, high-spirited-low-energy Bulldog doing whatever it is he feels like doing?Today's pics are called "Autum Chillin'"Ever since the temperature started cooling down, Buddha hasn't been too interested in coming inside the house. At least not when the sun is out. He loves to find big piles of leaves, plop himself down, and just... chill.Here's Buddha. Chillin' in the Autumn Leaves.And that... is Buddha, chillin' in the autumn leaves. Doing what Buddha does.Dan Pearce, Single Dad LaughingPS. Buddha would love to hear your comments. Like I said, he's...

Glass Half Empty, Glass Half Full

This popped up on my Facebook wall yesterday. I thought it was awesome. And, you know, I like to pass along the awesomeness of others.What do you think? Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

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