Total bullshit I tell my baby

, August 12, 2013

James Brown was basically a benevolent dictator. On his records and in concert, he’d put questions like “Can I count it off?” or “Can we hit it and quit?” to a democratic vote among his backing band. But you’ll notice they were careful never to disagree with him. “Can we take it to the bridge?” […]


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We’ll be back

, August 4, 2013

Now that we’ve gotten to the last full day of the trip, we can’t help but take an inventory of all the things we didn’t get around to doing. It would have been nice to get to the fairground. We might have enjoyed another night at that restaurant where my kid was so well behaved. […]


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Congratulations, Nicole and Vince!

, August 4, 2013

My sister-in-law Nicole is marrying a terrific fellow named Vince today. They’ve picked a beautiful day for it, and it’s going to be an awesome way to end our two weeks on the island. We’re getting up insanely early tomorrow morning – or late tonight, Eastern Standard Time – to load a toddler onto an […]


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Getting down to the last few days

, August 2, 2013

It’s official, you guys. I’ve gotten to the point in my vacation at which it’s become as impossible as it is vital to pretend I’m not getting up at 4:30 AM on Monday morning to get on a transatlantic plane with a toddler.


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“He’s never run through an airport for me, except for that one time”

, July 30, 2013

My wife, who continuously gives me too much credit, shared a link to this post on her Facebook profile this morning. “Could not agree with this more,” she said. “And this is what Matt is to me.” In fairness, I actually did run through an airport for her once. It was the day she finally […]


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Two events in Toronto tonight

, July 27, 2013

If I were in Toronto tonight, instead of the UK, I’d be doing my best to check out a couple of parties. The first is Born to Run DMC, which makes its return to the Shop at Parts and Labour tonight. It’s been a long time since DJ Paul G and Caitlin Brown have worked […]


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Big city afternoons

, July 26, 2013

I’ve headed up to London with my wife today. We caught an early train out this morning, and we’ll be back on the south coast late tonight. Not bad for a lazy summer Friday. Whenever we head to the UK, we try to make time for a day or two in London. As much as […]


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Who will be my role model, now that my role model is an idiot?

, July 25, 2013

One of my most important job as a father, in addition to spouting terrible dad jokes, is screwing up the words to songs my daughter likes. It’s all part of a broader duty to be a giant goof for the sake of my kid’s amusement, and I think I’m off to a good start, if […]


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The best cup of coffee in the world

, July 24, 2013

I don’t know how he does it, but my father-in-law Graham┬ámakes the best cup of coffee around. I start each day of every trip here with a cup; it’s one of the little things I look forward to each time. I know that for most of you, that information is useless and this post was […]


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It’s a royal pain in the ass

, July 22, 2013

“I’m really glad we actually got to be in England during the birth of the royal baby,” my wife said this morning. “Really?” I replied. My wife misses the UK from time to time, but she’s no fan of the monarchy, let alone a news cycle flooded with one of their babies. “That’s why it’s […]


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