How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

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Our commentary, our experiments, our failures (more often than not) and our experiences in the field. Except for the ones our wives won’t let us share. This is our lives as dads.

History’s Freakiest Baby Products

Posted by on January 19th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK, SNAPSHOTS

Sometimes we parents will come across ads or informercials for baby and kid-related products that seem silly or kinda useless. If we look back in time, though, when “men were men and women were women,” and both apparently didn’t seem overly concerned with infant or child safety, we can behold some very weird or outstandingly […]

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Back in the Saddle

Posted by on January 18th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Jan 18, 2017 at 1:48pm PST The next four days, kid. You and me. On our own. My wife and older son are heading to New York tomorrow for four days to go on an adventure. My wife rarely gets to travel let alone have time with […]

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Things I Wish I Had As A Kid: Nerf Armory

Posted by on January 6th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

Childhood is a time for dreams and imagination. For me, that included a heavy dose of lightsabers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles accessories and nerf weaponry. I’d battle my friends every day in various narratives and locations, dueling until the sun went down. But I never had something to house and organize all my cool gadgets. […]

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The Best Carrie Fisher Interview

Posted by on December 27th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I didn’t really know what to post today. I’m pretty stunned by the news that Carrie Fisher has passed away despite early reports of her improvement. In certain respects, I shouldn’t necessarily be entirely surprised. She liked to joke around a lot about her health, her addictions, the pitfalls she’d faced — and it just […]

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Twas The Night Before Rogue One

Posted by on December 15th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Twas The Night Before Rogue One Twas the night before Rogue One and all through my shack, Not a wampa was stirring not even a sarlacc. The lightsabers were hung by the moisture vaporator with care, In hopes that the Deathstar plans soon would be here. The fans were nestled all snug in their beds, […]

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Epic Target Black Friday Pep Talk

Posted by on November 25th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I know people in the US are a bit divided over Black Friday. Some are opting outside, while others still camp out overnight for the best deals. Meanwhile, other stores are starting ON Thanksgiving. So, it can be a confusing time for many Americans, especially for those bent on massive overconsumption and an obsession with […]

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The Rogue Ones

Posted by on November 11th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Thank you to Verizon for giving me the opportunity to geek out over Star Wars. Though this is a paid partnership, I would’ve been writing about it regardless because that’s just how big of a nerd I am. I am seriously just this excited about it. If you’re a Star Wars fan like me, you’ve […]

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Say Goodnight

Posted by on November 9th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

I don’t feel like being funny or clever or inspirational or right or wrong or angry or sad or political or fatherly or parental or protective or judgmental. Donald Trump is a joke. But it’s never been funny. Sorry, America. I’m tired. I’m going to pick my kids up from school. I’m going sit with […]

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Vote For Pizza!

Posted by on November 8th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

It’s Election Day! Hopefully you’re out there voting or already have. Whatever anyone’s political party or views are, I’m sure we can all agree that this election has been an emotional roller coaster ride through a carnival freak show. In light of that, I want to give you a break from the grim seriousness of […]

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Always With You

Posted by on October 20th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT FINN is lying in a bottom bunk, the faint glow of a nightlight on his face. His brother is already asleep in an adjacent crib. His father approaches to give him a kiss and a hug goodnight. Finn clasps his hands around his father’s neck, unremitting. FINN Don’t go. Finn stares […]

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