President Obama’s address: are your kids going to listen?

I’m a bit confused by the reaction to the upcoming speech that President Obama is planning on delivering to school children on September 8th, encouraging them to stay in school and, no doubt, mirroring JFK’s “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” According to the Department of Education, “the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school….Read More

The sublime pleasures of hot summer days and a pool

We’ve been on a holiday in Southern California this week and it’s been pretty darn hot, I gotta say. Typical mid-afternoon temps are in the 90s and that just gets beastly, with the heat just lingering and wearing everyone out. Between sweating and getting cranky, it’s dangerous to be out in public around 3pm in this kind of weather, and short stints in air conditioned buildings don’t seem to help. What is helping with the…Read More

Surviving the summer with my kids

I don’t get it. When I was a kid I remember summer as the time when I was up and out of the house every morning, cruising on my bike to my pal Mitchell’s house about 2/3 mile away, or, later, my friend Ivan’s house to get into some trouble or other (if one or the other of us wasn’t working). Sometimes they’d come over to my house and we’d spend the day building strange…Read More

Memories of our Journey to NYC on the Queen Mary

I mentioned a while ago on Twitter that when my family emigrated from England to the United States, we actually took the rather famous ship The Queen Mary, and to my surprise, the PR team at the Queen Mary (which is now a floating museum permanently docked in Long Beach, California) contacted me and asked if we had any pictures. We took the trip in 1963, so I have no memories of it, so I…Read More

Fun, random photographs from our Hawaiian Holiday

First off, I will apologize that I’m not going to post any pictures of my kids here. I know that most daddy bloggers and mommy bloggers have a different perspective on things, but I don’t have pics of my kids online because it’s important to me that I put in all possible effort to protect their privacy. That’s also why I don’t refer to them by name but rather by using the admittedly Victorian convention…Read More

We heard back from Norwegian Cruise Lines. Sorta

If you’re a faithful reader of our blog, you know that it wasn’t two months ago that we took a terrific Mexican Riviera cruise with my parents, sister and brother in law. We had a good time until we tried to get off the ship, and that disembarkation experience was so terrible that I not only blogged about it (see Norwegian Star Cruise Embarkation, Yech!), but wrote a letter to Colin Veitch, President and CEO…Read More

The dark side of our Norwegian Star cruise: embarkation and disembarkation

It’s been a few weeks since we returned from our Norwegian Star cruise to the Mexican Riviera and we still have lots of great memories and have enjoyed looking at the over 800 photos we took between the four of us who had cameras. If you haven’t read my previous articles, I encourage you to start there before you read this one, however: Part I: Our Cruise to Mexico and Part II: Food, Norovirus and…Read More

Of Food, Norovirus and Excursions on our Norwegian Star Cruise…

Hopefully you’ve already read the first installment of my writeup of our recent 8-day cruise on the Norwegian Star to the Mexican Riviera. If not, you should probably read it first… Avoiding Norovirus and Scary Germson our NCL Cruise This time I want to talk a bit more about our dining experiences, about our one organized trip off the boat in Puerto Vallarta, and most especially about germs. Yes, if you haven’t been paying attention…Read More

Our Norwegian Star Cruise to the Mexican Riviera

A few days ago we returned from a totally unique experience: we boarded the massive, beautiful Norwegian Star ship and embarked on an 8-day cruise out of San Pedro, California (LA harbor) to the so-called Mexican Riviera. Our ports of call were Acapulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, and also on board were my LA-based parents (who are cruise experts: this was their 17th cruise by their count) and my sister and brother-in-law,…Read More

Internet access and cell phone service on the Norwegian Star?

Okay, so we’re planning a big adventure in the near future: we’re going on an 8-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera on the Norwegian Star cruise ship. Should be fun, my parents and my sister and her husband are joining us for a true family reunion cruise! Since I like to plan at least a bit in advance, however, I’ve been digging around trying to figure out both Internet and cellphone access, and, oh, how…Read More

Adventures in Weather: The Blizzard of 2006

When I helped organize an Internet marketing event in San Antonio in mid-December (the very well received Elite Retreat) I had no idea what an adventure it’d become… While we were sitting in a cozy room sharing our inside marketing secrets with attendees, a big storm was wreaking havoc on the Pacific Northwest and barreling down on Colorado. By the time I was ready to leave San Antonio I knew we’d be flying into some…Read More

I survived my day at the zoo with five 9yo girls!

I’m fairly confident in my ability to be a good Dad, I have a good rapport with children and just enough whimsy and wackiness to usually do a good job of keeping them amused. I’ve also learned to not take myself too seriously – most of the time, at least – when around kids because, after all, they’re going to be blunt with you anyway, so ya better not be too touchy. Even with this,…Read More