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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When the day is done, the day is done

, August 7, 2013

I’ve started doing this thing where I stop working at midnight. If you know me and/or follow this blog, then you know I’m a night owl, and you know I like to take on a bunch of fun and creative projects that tend to feel like obligations in the wee hours. So I’ve drawn a […]

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Big difficult day ahead

, August 6, 2013

I’ve mentioned before that one of the things I like about the jet lag you get coming back from the UK is that it basically compels you to get out of bed early. I usually try to maintain an early schedule for as long as I can, and I love the feeling of getting a […]

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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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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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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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Back in the old country

, July 22, 2013

We’ve landed safely in the UK. My kid got plenty of sleep on the plane, thanks in no small part to the airline bumping us up to a row of three seats instead of two. Remind me to send Air Transat my thanks about that one. It’s a good time to be here! My mother-in-law […]

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Flying out today

, July 19, 2013

Today’s the day we’re flying out to the UK to see the family. And it’s going to be a bit of a stressful day, because I didn’t do anything last night to help get ready. Man, I had a whole list of things I was going to do around the house, a bunch of stuff […]

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