Single Dad Laughing http://www.danoah.com You! Keep being awesome! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:14:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 The Unexpected Group of People Who Saved Me http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/the-unexpected-group-of-people-who-saved-me.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/the-unexpected-group-of-people-who-saved-me.html#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:01:23 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43872 single-dad-laughing-health-club-eventThere's this very special group of people that recently came into my life. They have changed me forever. And I didn't even know I needed it until I met them...]]> single-dad-laughing-health-club-event

Two and a half months ago, I started the Single Dad Laughing Health Club on Facebook. I had no idea that in such a short time, it would save so many people in so many ways.

There are about six thousand of us in the group now. When I launched it, I was hoping for a few hundred at least. I also was just hoping for nothing more than a fun and uplifting place where we could share workout selfies and encourage each other in our quest to be healthy. In a million years, I couldn’t have imagined it becoming what it has become.

Today I am not writing to recruit new members. Numbers aren’t why I created the group. They never were. They never will be.

No, I take that back. At least the numbers part.

It’s all about the numbers.

It’s about the number one.

It’s about the one woman who lurked in the background of the group for seven weeks, then finally confessed that she hadn’t exercised once in over twelve years. With eyes clamped and a look that said kill me now, she posted her first workout selfie with the words, “I can’t believe I’m doing this. I walked a quarter mile today.”

It’s also about the number 302. That was the number of people who liked her picture by the time I saw it.

It’s also about the number 2. That’s how many more selfies I saw her upload after other workouts during the week.

It’s also about the number 1. That’s how many miles she walked on her third workout.

And, it’s also about the number 4. That’s how many selfies I saw her post in the group before I finally saw her smile a genuine smile as she came to believe in the love and support that she would get when she did so

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This is Beautiful You http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/this-is-beautiful-you-116.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/this-is-beautiful-you-116.html#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:01:49 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43815 This-Is-Beautiful-You-738Every Sunday I take the photos of you and the people you love, and I share them here because, well, I think we're all pretty dang beautiful.]]> This-Is-Beautiful-You-738

Finally, my favorite post of the week!

Every Sunday morning I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Single Dad Laughing Facebook wall, and I post them here.

I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everyone 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 community here at SDL. And, more than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each really are.

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.

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30 MORE Awesome Pictures of Your Kids Caught Red-Handed http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/30-more-awesome-pictures-of-your-kids-caught-red-handed.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/30-more-awesome-pictures-of-your-kids-caught-red-handed.html#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:01:00 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43732 6. My daughter, then around 18 months *somehow* managed to get to the facing on the sheet rock and peeled the paint off her wall! She was NOT impressed to have been found out and knew she was in trouble.You have three options as a parent. Panic. Cry. Get the camera. And I'm glad these parents made the *right* choice because these pictures are hilarious.]]> 6. My daughter, then around 18 months *somehow* managed to get to the facing on the sheet rock and peeled the paint off her wall! She was NOT impressed to have been found out and knew she was in trouble.

Over on the Single Dad Laughing Facebook Page I asked you to submit pictures of your kids caught red-handed.

The more mischief, the more mess, the more awesome, right?

Haha. I think so. Enjoy. Oh, and you’ll have to go to all three pages to see them all. For some reason the slideshow plugin limits it to ten pictures per slideshow

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The Awkward Missing Piece of the New Dating Puzzle http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/the-awkward-missing-piece-of-the-new-dating-puzzle.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/the-awkward-missing-piece-of-the-new-dating-puzzle.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:01:30 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43809 Love puzzleYep. The dating world is crumbling, and changing, and being rebuilt at a pace never before seen. Don't panic! It's a new puzzle, but can be a beautiful one...]]> Love puzzle

Love puzzle

In the last few months especially, I have been mentally dissecting dating in the here and now. More specifically, why it is so much harder today than when I was 20 years old and a very broken individual.

I mean come on… how was it so much easier to find love back at 300 lbs., without a dollar in my pocket, and a stack of insecurities that shadowed the Eiffel Tower?

For the past few years, I’ve been blaming all of it on the “new” dating game, social media, smart phones, and the liberalization of the human spirit in general.

But when it comes down to it, I don’t actually think it’s all that. Or even very much of that at all. I think it’s much bigger and much more complex, like one of those 2,000 piece jigsaw puzzles.

Sure, all of the new waves of technology and social media have changed the dating game. But they haven’t changed the human heart. If anything, we as a people are more lonely than ever before even though we’re more connected than ever before.

We all want to love and we all want to be loved. That human need will never change. And since it has always been a need for us, there is a simple reason why it used to be easier to get that need filled than it is now

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One Prank That’ll Just Make Your Heart Happy http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/one-prank-thatll-just-make-your-heart-happy.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/one-prank-thatll-just-make-your-heart-happy.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:08:21 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43878 positive-prankHow about something more positive and upbeat... A reader sent this to me. A positive prank played on a girl who really deserves it.]]> positive-prank

How about something more positive and upbeat… Something that should make anyone’s heart? After this morning’s post, I know I could use it!

Anyway, a reader sent this to me. A positive prank played on a girl who really deserves it

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The Non-Christian, Blue Collar, Neighbor Man http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/the-non-christian-blue-collar-neighbor-man.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/the-non-christian-blue-collar-neighbor-man.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:01:31 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43777 non-christian-coupleOnce upon a time, a non-Christian, blue collar, neighbor man overdosed on pain pills and nearly died. His wife was very sad. Their neighbor told everyone that...]]> non-christian-couple

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Based on a true story in a white collar, almost completely Christian neighborhood where I lived.

Once upon a time, a non-Christian, blue collar, neighbor man overdosed on pain pills and nearly died. His wife was very sad.

His next door neighbor told everyone it was scary to think that such drug abuse was going on in the house next to his.

His other next door neighbor told everyone he always knew something wasn’t quite right about those guys.

Another neighbor told everyone that she never felt comfortable letting her kids go there to play, and now she knew why

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This is Pretty Much All We Do to Fix Your Crap http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/this-is-pretty-much-all-we-do-to-fix-your-crap.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/this-is-pretty-much-all-we-do-to-fix-your-crap.html#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:01:26 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43773 technology frustrationI know, I know. You think we are super heroes when we fix your computers, or your phones, or your _____. But we're not. In fact, this... this is ALL we do...]]> technology frustration

technology frustration

Dear everyone, except for my grandma and my mom who I’m always happy to come help… And I mean always.

This is how we, the people who understand a bit about tech, fix your crap.

Your computers. Your phones. Your internet connections. Your cable. Your websites that break on you.

I know you think we’re super smart when you call us (at your wits end) and we make time to come help you, and we walk out of your house twenty minutes later, or two hours later, and your problem is magically gone and your crap is working again.

I know you think we’re super talented. And super knowledgeable. And super, well… plain ol’ super heroes.

But we’re not.

At least not when we’re fixing your crap. We may dress up as super heroes, and wait in line for super hero midnight movie releases, and tell those we are crushing on that we have super hero powers in the bedroom, but in your house, fixing your crap, we’re not really heroes at all.

Now, don’t be offended that I call your fancy gadgets and doodads crap. I call my own fancy doodads and gadgets crap. My own fancy doodads and gadgets have their own problems, and I often have to fix my own crap.

Which is what I want to help you do. I want to help you understand how to fix your own crap.

It’s very simple, what we superheroes do. I will take you step by step through each of the things I’ve mentioned above

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This is Beautiful You http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/this-is-beautiful-you-117.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/this-is-beautiful-you-117.html#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:01:50 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43816 This-Is-Beautiful-You-106Every Sunday I take the photos of you and the people you love, and I share them here because, well, I think we're all pretty dang beautiful.]]> This-Is-Beautiful-You-106

Finally, my favorite post of the week!

Every Sunday morning I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Single Dad Laughing Facebook wall, and I post them here.

I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everyone 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 community here at SDL. And, more than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each really are.

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.

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My Quarterly Confession Session http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/my-quarterly-confession-session-2.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/my-quarterly-confession-session-2.html#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:01:40 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43785 confession3Being human is more fun when we all do it together... These are the things I've done that I'm not *exactly* proud of... But I think are funnier than heck.]]> confession3

confession

This is my quarterly confession session. Because being human is more fun when we all do it together. And yes, sillies, I know this week I just barely confessed a small handful of things, but I can do better than that for sure!

Here we go…

  • I still haven’t setup my robot vacuum that I confessed to never having setup in the last confession session. You know. The one you all yelled at me about? Yeah, I just kind of forgot I had it altogether.confession4
  • Speaking of such things… I bought a decorative camera at Z Gallerie and it’s been sitting in the box inside the bag they put it in for, oh, I don’t know… a month and a half?confession5
  • I sent my ex a picture of me shirtless and looking better than I ever have in my life and told her it was an accident. I did it for literally no reason than that I thought it was funny.
  • I picked up a bag of Doritos on one end of the store, and then in my what am I doing?! panic, I ditched them on a random shelf in the cosmetics aisle clear on the other side of the store.
  • I bought mascara while in that cosmetics aisle, in case I ever have an important photo to take and can’t go see my eyelash tinter. I still haven’t opened it. But I’m kind of excited to use it the first time I need it.confession2
  • I get my eyelashes tinted. Hey. I’m not totally straight. It’s legit.
  • I went faster and harder than I ever have during the first big group workout I hosted, and I paid the price with some very sore legs the next day.
  • Also while at Z Gallerie, I paid $80 for a fantastically epic magnifying glass, and it has been sitting in the corner ever since our first couple days of fun with it because I have no idea what to do with it now.IMG_4275
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  • I burned through four episodes of Game of Thrones in one night. I started at 12:30.
  • I kissed a girl even though I had a cold. She got sick two days later and I felt like a jerk but I didn’t tell her it was probably from me.
  • I took something back to Costco that I had had for more than a year.
  • I accidentally left a box cutter out on my porch and it disappeared. I was just sure I was going to hear about some child in our neighborhood who found it accidentally slicing themselves open and bleeding out.
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Your secrets! Ugh. http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/your-secrets-ugh.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/your-secrets-ugh.html#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:01:49 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43708 secretsToday I want to be pretty blunt, if I may. Tough love today just might mean having everything you want tomorrow.]]> secrets

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Dear friends. Dear family members. Dear aunts and uncles. Dear neighbors. Dear readers.

Free yourself, already!

Your secrets! Ugh. Free yourself of them! Please! If I’m being honest, it’s simply too much burden for the secret sharers to carry for you.

I’m a secret sharer. I have found SO much power the last few years in letting go of my secrets and embracing everything I am, and everything that has made me, well me. It’s been liberating. It’s been exonerating. And it has made me feel both free and unburdened by any judgments that might come my way.

But… if I’m being honest, it has a real downside. I have learned that when one embraces himself as he is, without judgment or need of approval, others share their burdens with him openly and freely. Always with an insistent, “please don’t tell anyone, I’m still not ready for that.”

What have been my major secrets… let’s see… Oh yes. I came out as something other than straight. That was a big one. What else… hmm… oh, yeah. I shared that I was sexually abused as a child. Also, I told you all about nearly taking my own life. Also, I shared my reasons for leaving the Mormon church. I also shared many other weak moments of my life, crappy things I did, and thoughts and feelings I struggle with still and always

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Not EVERY First Date is a Winner… But These *Almost* Were! http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/not-every-first-date-is-a-winner.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/not-every-first-date-is-a-winner.html#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:01:15 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43724 Confident nerd in eyeglasses adjusting his bow-tieThese 36 stories are prime examples to remind us that maybe we should be at least a *little* more selective of who we agree to meet for a quick dinner. LOL.]]> Confident nerd in eyeglasses adjusting his bow-tie

Confident nerd in eyeglasses adjusting his bow-tieYou’ve delivered, once again. I asked you all on the SDL Facebook Wall, “knowing that I might use it in a blog post, what is the craziest, creepiest, weirdest, or worst thing that ever happened to you on a first date? Be sure to like your favorites!

Oh, and if you missed my post yesterday about the most traumatizing first kiss I’ve ever had, catch it here!

36 Amazing Stories that Prove Not EVERY First Date is a Winner.

1. The most amazing guy in my music theory class *finally* asked me out, and we were having a fabulous time… until we figured out that he was my cousin.

2. It was a date set up via Match.com. I met him at a bowling alley bar with a friend. I also met his friend, aka, his baby mama. It was her birthday. And she was mucho preggos with their child. And he got mad at me that I wouldn’t go to dinner with him the next night. Um…. whaaaat???

3. I left a guy alone in my car while I ran into a store to get something on a first date. I had a bag with a dirty change of clothes from spending the night at a friends house in my backseat… The next day when I brought it in to wash, I discovered the (dirty) underwear were no longer there. He admitted to taking it and asked if he could buy any more of my dirty panties. Gross!

4. This girl tells me she only eats store bought frozen cheese pizzas, pizza pops and waffles…… Im a chef, food is my life. I couldn’t head for the door fast enough. Scariest moment of my life.

5. He used the washroom in my house and came out with his pants around the ankles and said, “I pooed and there is no toilet paper.”

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Most Traumatizing First Kiss Ever http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/most-traumatizing-first-kiss-ever.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/most-traumatizing-first-kiss-ever.html#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:01:18 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43718 traumatic-first-kissGosh. Everything was going so well with her. Until I went in for that first kiss and soon would be fearing for my life...]]> traumatic-first-kiss

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It was a first kiss from the movies, I tell you.

And I’m talking more of the National Lampoon’s variety. Not a Nicholas Spark film.

It happened exactly one year ago. And by exactly, I mean anywhere from 9 months to 15 months ago. I have no idea. I just know that I’ve been waiting to write about it until enough time had passed that this girl has to have long stopped caring about me or my blog because I don’t want her to think it was a, ummm… I don’t know… bad experience for me?

And it wasn’t a bad experience. At all. It was a fantastic experience because it has given me a funny story to tell for life, even if in the moment I nearly cried from trying not to choke on the awkwardness of it

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The Woman Who Has Had Me Under Her Power http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/the-woman-who-has-me-under-her-power.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/the-woman-who-has-me-under-her-power.html#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 06:01:13 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43567 under-her-powerThere is a woman who has me under her power, and there's nothing I can seemingly do about it. And I don't like that...]]> under-her-power

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This is a discussion only for all you single people, and for all you once-single people.

Oh. I guess that’s everyone. Except you weirdoes who were born with boyfriends and girlfriends.

I have been polling my single friends, and in 100% of the discussions I’ve had (which is four of them), this situation either exists or has existed, and I want to know if you have all experienced it, too, or if it’s just a Utah thing.

It seems everyone has one.

That one person. That one man. That one woman. That person who has you under her power, and as unhealthy as it is, there’s seemingly nothing you can do about it.

Someone who you shouldn’t like.

Someone who you shouldn’t want to be with.

Someone who you shouldn’t care about because she doesn’t really care about you the same way.

Someone who disappears without a word and is always gone for long periods of time.

Someone who obviously doesn’t think about you as often as you think about her.

Someone who does crappy things when you’re apart that make you feel crappy.

Someone who treats you as an insignificant part of her life.

Someone who you know, deep down, will probably never reciprocate.

That one person. That one man. That one woman.

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This is Beautiful You http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/this-is-beautiful-you-115.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/this-is-beautiful-you-115.html#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:01:06 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43662 This-Is-Beautiful-You-769Every Sunday I take the photos of you and the people you love, and I share them here because, well, I think we're all pretty dang beautiful.]]> This-Is-Beautiful-You-769

Finally, my favorite post of the week!

Every Sunday morning I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Single Dad Laughing Facebook wall, and I post them here.

I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everyone 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 community here at SDL. And, more than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each really are.

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.

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Super Short Post http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/super-short-post.html http://www.danoah.com/2014/04/super-short-post.html#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:01:14 +0000 http://www.danoah.com/?p=43695 danpearce-short-postCan I just do a super short SDL post today? Like super short?]]> danpearce-short-post

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Can I just do a super short SDL post today?

Like super short? Just for one day?

Like the shortest post I’ve ever done because I’m running out the door, and I stubbed my toe really bad yesterday, and somehow that derailed my plans for the entire rest of the day, and I didn’t get an actual blog post written for today

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