Monthly Archives: October 2013

The New England Aquarium’s Fish, Fun, & Fright Night (or, how museum-type memberships are a way better investment than some crappy old IRA)


Fish Fun and Fright Sign

Whenever we visit the New England Aquarium, I always tell Wendy and the kids that my favorite fish are the ugliest, scariest looking ones.  I know I say this every time because every time we go to the aquarium Wendy sighs and says, “I know.  You say that every time we’re here.”  Now that I think about it, she says that in more places than just the aquarium… Continue reading The New England Aquarium’s Fish, Fun, & Fright Night (or, how museum-type memberships are a way better investment than some crappy old IRA)


World Series Wrap-up: It’s been fun saying “Go Sox!” all the time

There are so many things to argue about when you get a few million people living in really close quarters.  It's cool to find something to agree on.
There are so many things to argue about when you get a few million people living in really close quarters. It’s cool to find something to agree on.

You know what’s not especially fun?  Talking to strangers about politics and the hot button issues of the day.  Seriously.  No matter how good an idea it seems like at the time, don’t do it.  I know, I know.  You have a very good point to make.  Everyone will see once you finish explaining.  You know this point is amazing because, when you’ve brought it out in the past, everyone stops talking and people just sort of nod their head in what is surely agreement.  There’s really no way people are just uncomfortable and hoping that understated “agreement” will give someone an opening to change the subject.  To baseball.

On the other hand, you know what’s so much fun it’ll make you want to slap your momma?  Shouting “Go Sox!” with other people and talking to strangers about how awesome Big Papi is. Continue reading World Series Wrap-up: It’s been fun saying “Go Sox!” all the time

The never-ending, ever-changing quest for consistent parenting

First, click this link:

The Onion: Dad’s been on a parenting kick lately

Did you click it?  You didn’t click it did you.  Nobody ever listens to me.  Alright, fine.  It’s an article from The Onion that describes an area dad who’s been on a parenting kick.  They interview his daughter who confirms that he’s really been into the parenting stuff for the last week.  But seriously, just click it.  It’s better when you read it.

Next, please tell me I’m not alone in going on various parenting kicks.  (This is called “upping the ask”.) Continue reading The never-ending, ever-changing quest for consistent parenting

Franklin Park Zoo wants help naming their new baby Grevy Zebra!

According to the Boston Globe, the Franklin Park Zoo has opened up a poll to help decide on a name for their new baby Grevy Zebra.  The baby zebra was born at the zoo on October 16.  Grevy Zebras are endangered, so it’s pretty exciting that the breeding program at the zoo is so successful.

The zoo has narrowed the potential names down to 4: Jakobi, Hodari, Papi, and Koji.  To vote for your favorite just like the Franklin Park Zoo on facebook and then vote!  The poll closes at 11:30 on Friday.

Parenting real kids works better than parenting imaginary ones

Has anyone else spent an hour of their life in a conversation about the things that “set us apart from the animals”?  You may have to think back.  This is usually one of those senior year of high school type topics (right around the time someone in English class pipes up with the idea that maybe this world is just an illusion!).  In the humans-are-different-from-animals discussion, somebody says opposable thumbs.  Then somebody points out that a bunch of apes and monkeys and raccoons already did that.  Then somebody says language only to set up the scene for a brief argument about whether Coco the Gorilla and vervet monkeys and dolphins and forest elephants are really using language.  Then somebody says a soul and everybody else has to get solemn and nod respectfully.  Well, that’s my recollection of how that conversation goes, anyway. Continue reading Parenting real kids works better than parenting imaginary ones

Be cool, dude. The fuzz is coming.

I was doing laundry in my building the other day when I saw this note on top of one of 3 unplugged dryers:

"If you turn on machine, I will call police."
“If you turn on machine, I will call police.”

I was so tempted to turn it on, but I was able to control myself.  It really might have been worth the $1.75 to know that someone called the police.  I could almost picture it.  In my imagination, the police caller was lobster-red angry with little bit’s of spit in the corner of his/her mouth and was shouting into the handset of an old rotary phone, “You people need to get an officer here immediately!  Someone turned on the dryer!  Right here in my building’s laundry room!  I left a note telling them very clearly not to do that!”

But then I got worried that the police would come and haul me away, so I just used one of the other dryers.