The Miser

Katie and I celebrated out 8th wedding anniversary by going to a nice French (Freedom) Restaurant and watching The Miser by French (Freedom) playwright Molière. The play, at the Berkeley Rep was fantastic. We enjoyed the costumes, the sets, the acting. It was the best play I have seen since “How to succeed in Business…

Matthew: Mine!

Matthew was carrying something he shouldn’t have. Can’t remember what. I said, "Matthew, put that down". Matthew: "Mine" (Matter of fact) Daddy: "No." Matthew: "Mine?" (Are you sure?) Daddy: "No." Matthew: "MINE!!!" (Screaming like a teradactyl) Daddy: "No." Matthew: "Miiiine" (Whining) Daddy: "No." Matthew: "mmmmmmmiiiiinnnneee" (Like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings…’precioussss’) Daddy: "No."…

Basketball

Ever since Shaq entered the league, I have hated basketball. It was all bump, bump, slam. The post was the worst play in the world. It was boring. What happened to the no-look pass? What happened to the 3-point shot? What happened to faked him out of his shoes that Michael Jordan made famous? Well,…

Ethan the entrepreneur

Yesterday, we had a great Mother’s Day. In the morning, we went over to Burlingame (a very nice community that we hope to live in one day). Ethan was petting someone’s dog and said that he could make the dog sit. The owner said, “Ok, give it a try, but he is only a puppy.”…

Cartoon Voices

I am watching cartoons with the boys. We are watching an old cartoon, I used to watch as a kid called Dungeons and Dragons. I heard Eric the Paladin’s voice and thought it was very familiar. So I looked it up on imdb. Check it out. For kicks I looked at what the other voices…

Ethan Song

He has been singing this pretty loudly for a few days now.I’ve got a song and it’s not very long and it goes like, you see; It’s kind of snappy and it makes me happy and it ends with Bo Ja Be! Jared has been chiming in too. Sort of related note: This week on…

Come from?

This is the third diaper I changed in 90 minutes. Matthew is a poop machine tonight. Daddy: Matthew, where did all this poop come from? Matt: Come from? Daddy: Yes, where did it come from? Matt: Come from? Daddy: Yes, where did it come from? Matt: Come from? Daddy: Yes, where did it come from?…

Jared 4

Today is Jared’s Birthday. He is 4 years old. Nana already sent a box of goodies. He is excited. His language is so good. He has grown so much, so quickly. Time is whipping past me. I can’t believe the last 11 years of my life. So much has happened. I feel like the same…

Happy Meet-iversary!

11 years ago today I met Katherine Elizabeth Peters in a Bar in NYC. She moved in by summer. We started a company by November. We got engaged and married. Had three babies and moved the California. And moved twice more. She has never let me down. She changed her name for me. She supports…

Kid Status Update

Jared: Almost 4. Making all kinds of expressive gestures. Shrugging his shoulders, wrinkling his brow. (Furrowing?) We are not sure where to have his birthday. He wants Chuck E. Cheese, but Katie thinks it might be geared for kids a little older. Jared is throwing a football with pretty good form. He weighs 37 lbs…

Amazing Grace

This morning I played the Ukelele. Amazing Grace, easy song. First Jared sang, then Ethan sang and then Mommy sang. And then we all sang. We were like the Von Trapp family singers. Except without only one person who sang well. Katie keeps saying I am playing 4/4 and the song is 3/4. I have…

No Problem

Lately Jared is being very sweet to me, although I hear not so sweet stories from Katie. This morning he said, “Daddy, I have something special to tell you… Thanks for throwing me on the bad, I liked it.” I said, “Your welcome, you are a good boy.” He replied, “No Problem!”. I like that…

Potty all the Time

This morning, something wonderful happened. Matthew (Age: one and a half) said to Katie: “Potty!” Katie brought the boy to the bathroom and had him sit down. The next thing you know… SLAM BAM THANK YOU MAMM! He did it! Matthew, I love you. Please keep it going. Let’s not make this a one-time thing.…

Because?

In discussions about a website, I had said that the word “downloads” on a software site would make the user think the page that followed with have links to download something, probably the software itself. The reply was, “Well, how do you know what the user would think?” This is a very tough question. This…

Holiday Cheer

The holidays went without a hitch. Everyone was happy. The boys had their orgy of sugar, fat, family and presents. They watched holiday stop-motion animation. They rode their new bikes, we played tennis. It rained and drizzled alot of the time. Ben, Darcie and Claire stayed over. Matt and Claire got along well. Overall, a…

Tummy hurts

Jared has been sick for the last 40 hours or so. He says his tummy hurts. He kept repeating it, “My tummy hurts, my tummy hurts!?” I told him, “I know sweetie.” He replied, “Listen to my WORDS! MY TUMMY HURTS!” I felt so bad for him. In Talbots Toy and Cyclery, he threw up…

Fantasy

Ethan’s bike was stolen from his school the other day. Katie and I have decided to wait until Solstice to replace it. So I said to Ethan, “Mommy and Daddy spoke to Santa…”. Ethan interrupted with a long discussion about whether or not Santa is real. I told him that Santa is a concept like…

Uke Master

Katie got me a new Uke songbook with songs from the 60’s. Right now, I am practicing Daydream Believer and Moon River and Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. The book has many Beatles songs. One day I hope to be this good. This guy has mad uke skills. Check out the ending, about…

East Coast Trip

The trip to the East Coast started off poorly. We had decided to attempt public transportation to get to SFO. Unfortunately, I had read the CalTrain schedule incorrectly. We waited for 45 minutes at the train station wondering where the train was. I re-checked the schedule and realized the next train didn’t come for another…

Pirate Joke for Ethan

The pirate captain was standing in his treasure pile. He didn’t have very much: his booty was only shin-deep.

My wife’s sense of humor and Beta News

My wife’s sense of humor: Glen: “There were two peanuts walking down the street. One was assaulted.” Katie: “My goodness. I hope everyone was ok.” Beta News: Yahoo Maps has launched a Google Maps knock off with their Yahoo Maps. The interface is strikingly similar, except they are using Flash rather than Ajax. I think…

Halloween

Halloween. We left the house for a solid 90 minutes of trick or treating fun. Ethan and Jared ran, sprinted, from house to house. Matthew running as fast as his little frog legs would carry him in pursuit. Matthew was screaming, “TREAT! TREAT! TREAT!” He would climb up the 3 stairs to the door as…

Learning

Where is your nose? Where is your ear? Where is your brain? Big hug? Kiss? Say Thank You. Matthew responds correctly to every one of these tests. He is a good boy. Yesterday, we took the training wheels off Jared’s bike. He rode very well. He doesn’t exactly knowhow to stop or turn or start…

New Chart

Today I suggested to Ethan that we start a new chart. We would use a calendar to mark down the values. Each day, in the morning we would say, “How is today going to be? (Scale 1-10, 10 being the best)”. Then, in the evening, I would ask, “How was today? (Same Scale)”. And we…

Weekend Party

This weekend, Ethan, Jared and I had a bachelors fiesta. We saw a movie (Wallace and Grommit, not bad, very clever), we went to mini golf, boat bumper cars, batting cage, tennis, walks to Lunch, milk shakes, toy stores. We had a grand old time. However, the fun and excitement is growing old. We want…

Today is going to be a Birth Day!

Happy Birthday to Ethan. He is six today. Ethan is so friendly, he says Hi to everyone. I love him so much. His smile lights up my soul. When he hugs me, I feel it to my bones. I remember when we was so little. His first steps. His first two-wheeler bicycling. His first stay…

My wife, The Swan

I am looking for a link, but I can’t find it. This morning, on NPR, they had a guy on with a perspective. He talked about an experience he had years ago watching a woman on a bike doing ballet movements with her arms while she biked through Berkeley. She rode no-hands in this manner…

Chrismahanukwanzikah

Happy Solstice everybody! This is the time of year that Katie and Glen try to explain our holiday celebrations. Usually we fail to make people understand. But, hey, there is always next year. Here is my synopsis in bullet point form: We are celebrating the Winter Solstice on Dec 25, despite the fact that the…

3 boys

Today my wife and I went to the ultrasound. Its a man-child! That will make 3 boys. Do I have ANY x chromosomes???