Category Archives: Random Cool

A Family in the City makes the news. Don’t worry. I’m not in trouble.

Here’s something cool: I got an email earlier today from a guy named David Crary, who writes for the Associated Press. He was working on an article about the changing attitudes relating to men and masculinity and he came across my contact info through the Good Men Project.

Anyway, I got a chance to talk with him for a couple of minutes and he was kind enough to include a bit of it in his article.

Here’s a link to the article:

The Blogologist Pieces Together a Winner of a LEGO System

Lego, Lego table, Blogologist, A Family in the City

The Blogologist has officially inspired me! He just put up a really cool post on building a simple, homemade LEGO table for his kids. Take a look for yourself here! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go build one!

Image: Puck777/Flickr

My Daughter’s Joke

At age 9, most of my daughter’s recent jokes have been of the knock-knock variety. There have been a lot of  “no, wait” and “hold on” and “ummm” type interjections in most of her jokes. Prior to that they were of the gleefully spontaneous shout of “I’m jumping on a hamburger!” variety. Actually, that one is her little brother’s, but hers were similar.

That’s why I’m pleased to announce that she hand-crafted and told a joke today that Wendy and I both legitimately laughed out loud at.

First, the set up. We have a neighbor upstairs – I guess it’s a family. We’ve never met them and I don’t know anything about them aside from that they have either wood or tile floors, they seem to drop a lot of loose change, and they apparently enjoy playing marbles. Also, the man sneezes twice every morning at around 7:00.

But it’s not just any sneeze. It’s like a screaming sneeze. Or a barking shout of a sneeze with the Ah, but no Choo. Like, “AAAAAH!….. AAAAAH!” So this morning he did his two shout sneezes at 6:50 and I turned to my daughter and did my (quieter) impression of them to make her laugh and she responded,

[insert drum roll here] “Maybe he’s afraid of the dark so when he wakes up he screams over and over until somebody turns on the light for him.” [insert ba-dum tssss here]

It was a great visual that’ll bring a smile to my face every morning at around 7:00 for the rest of the time they live above us!

Humor is one of the hardest things for kids to get a handle on, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. It’s often easy to make kids laugh, but harder for them to make adults laugh. When they really, honestly do it for the first time it’s like a great equalization.

A couple of new links for you.

I thought I’d let you know that I’ve added a couple of new links to the Links page. I thought about creating a brand new page called Grizzled Tricycles to add them to, but then I was all like, “That doesn’t make any sense. I’ll just put ’em on the Links page.”


First, I’ve added a link to It’s a new blog about blogging. Since I’m a new blogger who’s blogging it seemed appropriate. Perhaps you’re a new blogger who’s blogging as well, in which case, The Blogologist might be a useful blog to follow.

Second, I’ve added a link to the Honea Express (Honea is apparently pronounced to rhyme with Pony, which is what makes the name not be dumb). It’s an entertaining family type blog that you may think is worth a look.

The Good Men Project

A blog post from November 14, How We Talk to Kids, was just featured over at The Good Men Project, a really cool website that focuses on what it means to be a good man in the 21st century.  Go check ’em out!  They’ve got a lot of really great content.  Right now, for example, there’s a great article on marriage called Be Kind to Each Other and another called Parenting Without Gender Expectations Means Accepting All Outcomes

If you’ve clicked over to A Family in the City from The Good Men Project, welcome!  Kick off your shoes and make yourself comfortable.   I hope you find something you enjoy here!

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.

Offbeat Home & Life

October 9th’s post “The perils and glories of being a stay-at-home dad” was included on the Offbeat Home & Life blog!  I’m pretty excited about this because Offbeat Home & Life is one of my favorite websites – I even had an earlier post on equal parenting back in August about another article they featured.

Anyway, they always have interesting content from a really diverse array of perspectives on everything you can imagine relating to home and, um, life.  It’s not just limited to family stuff and I highly recommend giving it a look.

If you’ve clicked over to A Family in the City from the Offbeat Empire, welcome!  Feel free to browse around.  I hope you find something you enjoy!