If your world is anything like mine your phone is dinging, chirping, ringing or vibrating off the table all day long. While these digital burps feel like an electronic leash at times, they are a great way to stay productive and connect with people who live in other states- as I do with my extended family and close friends. There is certainly a ‘risk vs reward’ equation Continue reading “When The Situation Calls For Awareness”
As a father, consumer & self proclaimed tech geek I’m always fascinated by the different ways companies use technology to encourage and increase the ease of commerce. So much so that at times I’m so preoccupied Continue reading “Mickey Needs A New Watch”
If you live near downtown you have probably met Sam – our majestic white & rust colored Husky. I’m often recognized as “Sam’s Dad”. The two and four legged boys in my house have completely overshadowed any identity of my own I once might have had… Continue reading “With the right tech you could “rule the galaxy as Father and Son””
It’s no secret to those that read this column that our kids appear to be born with the innate ability to just ‘get’ a lot of things that we don’t. It’s a natural evolution I suppose – just as it was hard to teach your parents how to use email, the next generation Continue reading “…Just say thanks & enjoy”
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Gentlemen: As the holidays’ approach and your plans for family dinners and out of town guests start to mature, I’d like to do my part to help you make it through another year unscathed.
I am lucky enough to have wonderful in-laws who stop in at least twice a year as they pass through Atlanta on their snowbird migration. They are, truly, wonderful people – and fantastic Grandparents. The irony is that the more successful they are at being Grandparents, the more at odds they are with my role as a Father. While my role is to discipline, enlighten and mold my Son, their job – and rightfully so – is to spoil the kid and encourage juvenile anarchy. Whether enacted out of pure love or recompense for my Wife’s youth is unknown at this point, but the fact remains- our missions are at odds. I’m guessing I’m not alone here…
Much to the behest of my lovely bride, I apparently have this autoimmune type of response each time my in-laws visit. Parenting is an ever-moving fine line of love, discipline, and the art of Parents hiding the fact that they rarely agree on where the line should be. Naturally, when one force increases, the other rises to compensate…. Anyway, it’s been brought to my attention that I, the boy from Detroit who never wants to be caught with a knife at a gun fight, tend to overcompensate. Why wouldn’t I? My harmonious home life has quickly migrated into a Little Big Horn-esque power struggle that I have absolutely no hope of winning.
To solve this problem, My Wife would like me to develop an app. Just a simple ‘one click’ button that she can pull up at family dinners when my righteous indignation kicks into a high gear. This command overrides the vibration feature on my phone, emitting instead a shocking (but G-d willing non-lethal) charge dangerously close to my private parts. Her thought here isn’t electroshock therapy. Rather, she knows that I keep my phone in my front pocket and wants an easy way to remind me that if I continue on this path, the part of my body that has just received this jolt is the same one I will not be using that evening…
Ladies: should you care to make this training method a reality, I’m told a Kickstarter campaign is planned for next spring.
previously published in AroundWoodstock Magazine October 2015