Monday, January 28, 2013

LEGO was patented 55 years ago

UPDATE: My cousin offers up this rough translation of the commercial:

"Everyone builds together; big and small. They all build with lego bricks...The possibilities are endless! But this is not just a toy... traffic workers and builders can use them for work....Watch out! No worries. They don't break!..." That's the jist anyway. Most importantly, they got the message across that THEY ARE NOT JUST FOR FUN. THEY ARE SENSIBLE."

This. Is. AWESOME.

One of the earliest commercials/films featuring LEGO and all its glory.

I love the idea of LEGO being used as part of a larger family night of games. Usually we think of only young kids playing by themselves building or maybe with a few friends.

I think when my kid is old enough, I am going to have introduce LEGO game night to the household. I am sure The Librarian would be thrilled.

All I need now is for my cousin over at Little Reminders of Love to translate it for me.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

40 Weeks to Fatherhood

Team, I have been posting my rambling off-and-on in this dump for close to 10 years.

In fact, July 2014 will mark the official anniversary. Although that date is a ways off, it still gives me a bit of pause to think that my kid will nearly be a one-year-old when this blog officially hits 10.

That is a lot of writing and self loathing that, honestly, no one should be forced to read — especially children.

So when I thought about what my kid would find when he/she finally understands that Dad has been blogging his life for the past decade, I was a bit... well, terrified.

Terrified that when he/she wants to read about what I was going through while The Librarian was pregnant, he/she will also find posts about wild road trips across the Kansas prairie to attend Hunter S. Thompson's funeral... you know, role model material (seriously, why am I not writing a book?).

So, I decided to open up shop on another space: 40 Weeks to Fatherhood.

Letters and missives to my soon-to-be kid with only a fraction of the self loathing you would get from a typical WW post.

Oh, but don't worry, there is still a ton a swearing. I would never give that up.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Inauguration Day 2013

Four years ago I watched the first inauguration of President Obama from the Teach for America offices.  Someone had set up one of the conference rooms to stream the ceremony over the web.

About 100 people from our floor packed into the room to watch the historic event.

Now, four years later, my wife and I are watching Obama's second inauguration form our home — just the two of us and our dog. The mood at home might be a bit more subdued, but the excitement and feeling of history in the making is still there as we watched.

Sure, I get excited on Election Day, it is one of the greatest holiday. But I think Inauguration Day might be a close second.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Two heartbeats

The Doctor confirmed on Friday that my wife has two heartbeats. She's not a Timelord, she's pregnant!