November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving 2014


Any number of ways to go here.
  • Poke fun at ourselves for our gluttony and the watching of football.
  •  Mock dysfunctional - except of course for mine - family dynamics.
  •  Historical criticism of celebrating for the extermination of our neighbors (rather than being exterminated by them).
  •  Rail against the commercial aspects of our holiday - the brutal consumer-on-consumer violence of the now-creeping-to-Thursday Black Friday.
  •  Revel in homey warming foods and the smells of our kitchens.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. 

No matter the flawed historical roots and the commercialized holiday creepiness, its a feel good pause. The season, leafy colorful autumn. The smells from the kitchen. Surrounded by family. Going to the Parade with my son, warm cider thermoses in hand. Frying a Turkey with my brother. A buzzy noisy crowd around the table. Throwing a football around. Lounging.

And we are all sharing some variant of this together with our friends and families. 

So to all my friends, wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.

November 24, 2013

Laurenisms - Messing with Me

After I returned from a 10 day business trip to Singapore and Korea:

Me: "I really missed you a lot."
Lauren: "Me too. I was crying everyday."
Me: "Really?"
Lauren (smiling): "No. But I just said that to make you feel good and so you don't go away again."

November 10, 2013

Laurenisms - Wisdom

Said by my daughter to my son over lunch today:

"Just because you wear a men's size shirt doesn't make you a man."

Oh man. 
Oh snap.  


November 9, 2013

Texting with the Kid (110720113)

Texting with the Kid:
(Allowing him to make my NFL picks for the week):

Me: pick wisely my son
JK: will do my dad. obe won canobi.

*   *   *

Me: if you win the week I'll give you five bucks
JK: $10
Me: don't push it kid

*   *   *

JK: $7 and we change the login from mikeykaz to jakeykaz
Me: dude. no.
JK: pretty please with a cherry on top

Inspiration from Paulo Coelho

"At every moment in our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss."-- Paulo Coelho

November 5, 2013

Daydreaming: The 501(c)(3) Justice League

What if all of the talented, creative dedicated people that I know who are focusing their time and energy on various social good causes through their non-profits, got together and picked one cause - the one with the most important widest ranging impact on the world - and joined forces, talents, and networks to create a sort of 501(c)(3) Justice League ?!

What could we build?

I'll give you that its not an idea without its problems:

  • Limited seats for women - slim pickings after Wonder Women
  • The Maginot Line between DC Comics and Marvel Comics would have to be crossed in order to bring in au currant superheroes like Thor, IronMan, and the X Men.
  • Not enough room in the Invisible Jet for everyone to get around.
  • Someone would get stuck as AquaMan.  Not my problem, as long as I get to be Flash... (AH-AH!!)

Its crazy.  But it might just be crazy enough to work.

The 501(c)(3) Justice League.  Now accepting applications....