Soccer and the ADHD Kid

No sport transcends religious, political and cultural boundaries quite like soccer. In fact, 9 out of 10 sociologists agree that before soccer existed, boys were already playing it — they just called it something else (football, maybe?). In remote, third world villages where kids are too poor to afford a real soccer ball, they make their…

On the road

I was driving Widget1 home from GameStop when we encountered a street evangelist at a busy intersection. The man waved a sign displaying a barely readable handwritten message, “God’ll never give up on you.” As we passed the evangelist, Widget1 rolled down his window from the backseat of the Dodge Charger and stuck his head out…

Hair ProTip

Why waste money on name brand hair products when you can just rub garlic bread on your head? As we learned today at IHOP, the stuff works better than gel or hairspray – at least on the hair of a 1-year-old. You can mold it any way you want, and it just stays that way…possibly…

Halloween Horror

7:24am. My alarm clock takes a second stab at jump-starting my heart, after the 7:14 call didn’t take. I roll over and find my 5-year-old son standing over my bed, silently watching. It’s October 31. Halloween. The wife under the covers shows no sign of life. I’m thinking: this is that scene in every horror…

It Belongs in a Bat Cave

If you’re ever in Miami, don’t pass up a chance to visit the Dezer Collection. The deceptively bland set of warehouse buildings tucked away in a hidden corner off of State Route 1 contains the world’s largest collection of famous Hollywood and classic cars. How did this come to be? It seems that after running…

Restaurant Adventure

Muscular Rule #2 – Restaurants and children don’t mix. When you’ve got a baby and a preschooler, going out to eat is like preparing for a military campaign through eastern Europe. Of course you need to pack the basics – diapers, wet wipes, and various unmentionables Mommy keeps in the diaper bag, which has gradually…