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My Wife Just Said… #321

Posted by on June 19th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

When you’re a parent, sometimes milestones come in the form of poop, smiling, throwing up and even your kid’s choice of underwear. Finn has always had the coolest clothes. We wears stuff I wish they had in adult sizes. So when he said he was “done with character underwear” — that one hurt. I mean, […]

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The Care Baes: A Childhood-Ruining Remake

Posted by on May 11th, 2017, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS, SNAPSHOTS

Modernized classics tend to be pretty awful. But like, ugly awful. There, I said it. It might be because we’re used to them a certain way, like knowing someone with a beard and them looking like a creepy failed clone experiment after they shave. Maybe we hate a remake because we’re old and set in […]

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Miss You Extra

Posted by on February 27th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

Missing you a bit extra today, Dad. Thank you for finding this, @ithrowtp. A post shared by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:25pm PST Drinking coffee. Laughing at old movies. Waking up early. Looking around the room when someone farts as if accusing everyone else. A warm hand on my shoulder. These […]

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The Valentine’s Day Curse

Posted by on February 13th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

I have complicated feelings about Valentine’s Day and kids. I don’t want to be a curmudgeon but I feel like it’s bit strange to celebrate. First, it’s an invented moment every year that seems to benefit card companies and flower cartels more than anyone. Second, people without partners or close friends can feel pretty bummed […]

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The Side Effects Of Childhood: Embarrassment

Posted by on February 3rd, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

My childhood is littered with moments that I look back on with fondness and sympathy. Yes, I wore glasses, braces, and sweatpants at the same time. Or as I call it, “The Trifecta of Nerd Lifeforce.” My sons, now, carry on this tradition of doing and saying things they will regret one day. But God […]

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I’ll Have a Large Childhood Memory with a Side of Chili, Please

Posted by on February 2nd, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

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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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BB-8 Takes Manhattan

Posted by on December 7th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

There’s nothing my nerd-heart loves more than seeing fantasy and fiction come to life in… real life. It’s what our imaginations were made for. All our play as kids, every time we imagined something fantastic happening to us — those moments were our minds calling out for something magic in our everyday. Star Wars is […]

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The Coolest Museum Ever

Posted by on November 15th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

I want my kids to love and admire art. It’s an important mission of mine as a father because art teaches us so much about ourselves and the world. In that effort, I’ve tried to expose my boys to as many kinds of art as I can. Sometimes these trips impinge and sometimes my kids […]

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