Kids/Family

Washington DC for an 18 year old

Calling people with experience in Washington DC! My eldest son, Ethan, is entering his first year of college at American University. He is new to Washington DC, new to college, new to life outside the nest. Although his major will be political science, he is interested in a little bit of everything. If you are in the DC area and are willing to let him treat you to lunch and...

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London Trip 2018

My youngest son and I just returned from visiting London for a week. Here are a few thoughts and highlights: Money Apparently, everyone in London takes credit card. We didn’t find one thing that required cash. Next time, I won’t bother with Pounds and instead just use Mastercard on my Google Pay phone. One interesting thing is that they don’t take your credit card to a central POS system. They...

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Two Ukulele Songs

Cute 4 year old My son Matthew at 4 years old Clearly, 4 years old is your maximum cuteness level.

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Rockband 2 – Jared 8yrs old

This is The Trees by Rush on Rockband 2 with Jared (8 yrs old) on drums.  Expert mode means that he is required to hit the drums exactly the same frequency as the real drummer Neil Peart.  He doesn’t get it perfect at all (89% accuracy), but still I am really impressed. He is just getting better and better. Soon, I will have a video of Ethan playing ukulele, which he...

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Ethan – School President

A non-UX post.  One of my kids, Ethan, ran for Student Body President of his elementary school.  He was up against a dozen other kids.  I don’t know the vote tallies, but I will just assume it was a victorious landslide!  (Why not?) He said, when he heard the news that he won, it hit him in the chest and he couldn’t breathe.  He didn’t stop smiling for 2 days....

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Kids are Exhausting

With Katie on the roadtrip with Ethan, that leaves me alone with the other 2.  Man, they are flat out exhausting.  It’s one thing after another.  Drive here, pick up that thing, drop off that other thing, feed, clean, drive to that other thing, rinse, repeat.  How the hell does Katie do this each day?  I’ve been doing it for about 24 hours and I am ready to quit. I...

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The UX of my Lake Tahoe Trip

The last 5 days I have been on a family trip to Lake Tahoe.  We stayed in a cabin with about 15 other people.  Some of them were family, some of them were friends of family. When going on a trip, what you are really buying are interesting memories.  You want to remember specific things and have great stories to tell.  Without great stories, trips are useless. (To me anyway)...

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Ethan’s Art (3rd Grade)

I had referenced this piece of art in a previous post.  I scanned it in. It’s a little hard to tell, but the layers are made out of tissue paper.  There is a third wave of waves that is faint in the picture.  It looks best on a window with natural light coming through.  Anyway, I am proud of him and this piece captured my imagination.  (Click to see higher...

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Tom & Jerry

The kids really like Spongebob Squarepants.  I find it pretty funny and I tolerate it.  It’s something “we both like”.  However, in general, we watch and don’t make any sounds. The kids love Tom & Jerry.  I can’t stand it, never could.  It’s just slapstick.  However, when the kids watch it, they laugh OUT LOUD every couple of minutes.  It’s quite disturbing.  It is very much like the Simpson‘s kids...

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My Family is Sick

All three kids are coughing with a fever.  What’s up with that?  It’s like a germ factory in here!  Next, Katie will get sick.  For some reason, it rarely affects me.  When I was a kid, I had to fake being sick the night before and then follow through in the morning.  That way my dad would let me stay home.  I was a great actor.  These contortions were required...

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