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Scavenging Up Some Fun With My Wife

Jun 10, 13 Scavenging Up Some Fun With My Wife

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It’s no secret: I don’t get out, sans kids, often. My wife works two different part time jobs and they are mostly at night and on weekends. We are frequently ships passing in the night; as I come home from work she’s on her way out the door. And, when we are both home, that is time that is usually spend together with the kids. However, there are some times, when the stars align just right, when my wife and I can get some alone time and enjoy each other’s company without hearing “Mom mom mom mom mom mom mom”.  This is a tale of one of those times. It all started when my wife saw this Groupon about a scavenger hunt in downtown Cleveland. We had recently been looking for something fun to do without the kids and this fit the bill. I also thought it might be a fun team building exercise for folks I work with. So, with my wife’s blessing, I pitched it to one of my peers at work and she thought it was a great idea. So, it was settled; my wife and I were going to be able to spend a few hours out on the town with people our own age (as long as we found a babysitter!). Once we found our babysitter and purchased our tickets (along with five other folks from work) all we had to do was wait for the fateful day to arrive. A few hours w/o children, out in the sun, with other adults doing silly things. The company running the scavenger hunt, Challenge Nation, runs scavenger hunts all over the country, so they are pretty old-hat at doing this by now. Everything was very well organized and, though there were 1300 people participating in the hunt, everything preceding the actual hunt ran very smoothly. Our team, Team BADAscii, showed up to register at noon, with a 1pm start time. One of our participants couldn’t make it so we were down...

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The Long Weekend Blues

May 28, 13 The Long Weekend Blues

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Memorial Day weekend went by entirely too fast. My parents were in town since Wednesday to see my daughter graduate from Pre-K.  They stuck around for the long weekend and entertained and watched their grandchildren, which was a big help to the wife and I. My parents took the kids to some local attractions; Artist For A Day, Great Lakes Science Center and The Cleveland Botanical Garden.  I’ve tried to persuade my mother to write a guest post for BEaLittleWeird to cover their adventures. I’m grateful for whenever my parents can get out to our house. They live six hours away and it’s not always an easy trip. But, when they do come out, they are always gracious enough to let Kim and I go out and enjoy the free babysitting. Plus, you know, I get to see my parents; they get to see their grandchildren; and all that mushy stuff… I got out to see Iron Man 3 this weekend, as well as Star Trek Into Darkness. We had a cookout and I smoked the first pork butt of the season. After my parents left on Sunday we had some friends over to watch the first few episodes of Arrested Development Season 4. And Monday was a “the whole family stayed in pajamas and hung out” kind of day. Wow, we haven’t been that kind of lazy in a long time (Don’t judge)! I frequently felt the need to remind the children that “this isn’t an everyday thing, but it’s nice to do once in a while.” And, as I write this, the kids are in bed for the night and the wife and I are enjoying a copy of “Behind The Candelabra” that a friend recorded for me and let me borrow. I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Now, back to reality. Feel free to leave a comment and share how you spent your Memorial Day holiday weekend.     Share...

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A Little Learning for the Kids

May 21, 13 A Little Learning for the Kids

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Two friends of mine recently asked me to write guest posts for their blogs. Both posts involved learning experiences for my kids and we all had a good time in the process. Please check out my guest post on iNeedaPlaydate where the kids and I review some learning software from Lakeshore Learning. When you’re done there, please see my post at Clue Into Cleveland where the kids and I take a trip to a local nature preserve. Please leave comments on those blogs to let them know what you thought. Heck, maybe they’ll invite me back for another round of guest posting sometime. Heck again, maybe you’ll see some other stuff you like on those blogs and stick around and hang out for a while. Enjoy! Share...

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Making Life A Little Cheesier One Cheeto At A Time

My friends over at Life of Dad are holding a little unorthodox art contest. The Challenge: Create an art masterpiece with the contents in a bag(s) of Cheetos Mix-Ups snacks. The Payoff: A chance to win a trip to Dad 2.0 2014.  (Yes please!) I gathered my children around me (well, my child. The Boy refused to put down Skylanders but my Baby Girl was more than happy to help. We both washed our hands, rolled up our sleeves, and thunk. We thunk real hard about what to make. I originally thought about making a spiral galaxy, thinking that the “traditional” Cheetos puff curved shape would lend itself well to that.  However, my daughter had other designs… “Let’s make an oval with those shapes and then a circle inside the oval…” Me: “Huh”? She started making the oval with the curved puff pieces and I asked her if she thought it looked like a cloud. After a little while, we knew what we were going to do.   BEHOLD! That’s it. That’s our masterpiece. Will it win? Probably not but it was fun to create with my artsy daughter. It also helps that these taste pretty good. I’m a big fan of the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos snacks already, and I bring them home way too often. When I offered Samantha some of the Cheetos Mix-Ups, she declined (I’m guessing she could tell by the color of the deep red ones that they were spicy). Why don’t you head on over to the contest page on Life of Dad, and then come back here and let me know what you think of our masterpiece compared to that others…? Share...

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Something for Everyone – Free Comic Book Day!

I read comics (but it wasn’t always that way). I did not read comics as a child. Sure, the occasional comic here or there but I didn’t actively collect comics. It wasn’t until my friend Leonard suggested Ultimate Spider-man and The Walking Dead that I actively started reading and collecting comics. Still, those were the only two titles I bought until he forced me to read Identity Crisis. Well, I was hooked. Soon I was buying a lot of DC titles and I had a huge pull list. So, now, when I look in my wallet and moths come out, I silently “thank” Leonard. As Leonard is the resident comic book expert in my life, I asked him if he would like to write something up for Free Comic Book day and, again, he said he would love to (sucker!). Without further ado, here is Leonard F Chikarason, giving you a run down about Free Comic Book Day 2013.  If you like what he has to say, feel free to check Leonard out on The Weekly Longbox podcast. In becoming a father, I willingly and happily made many sacrifices in my previous selfish personal life. No more playing HeroClix twice a week, no more monthly trips to Philadelphia to watch old grindhouse movies on the big screen and busting the Netflix subscription down to streaming only. But the one hold out is comic books. I’ve been collecting comics since 1989 and as I got more disposable income, paper route, dish washing jobs, I got more comics. Now, I’m not one of these folks who think by buying 100 comics of Batman Inc. #9, where (spoilers everyone) the current Robin, Damian Wayne, kicks the bucket, I’ll be able to flip them for a Maserati in the future. I collect comics to read them, enjoy them and most importantly, share them with others. Comic are big business these days.  The Batman and Avengers movie franchises bringing in beaucoup bucks for the studios, many comic books are...

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Kickstart(er) my <3

I asked a friend of mine, Leonard, if he would like to write a guest article for this site and he said he would be more than happy to (sucker!) I’ve known Leonard since we were in short pants. Geography has separated us but no amount of distance can keep our nerdery from binding us together. This is the first of what I hope will be a regular spot from Leonard.  Please let us know what you think! Hello everyone and welcome to the first installment of (hopefully) many articles about Kickstarter, the most popular ‘crowd funding’ site today. The first question already raises a few questions: What’s a Kickstarter? What is ‘crowd funding’? What’s that rattle? Kickstarter is one of two major sites, the other being Indie Go-Go, where everyone from amateur film makers, professional writers, comic book creators to A list celebrities go to raise money for projects they cannot get made within the system. Crowd funding is when these afore mentioned parties make their pitch to you, John and Jane Q Blog Reader. Where in you pledge X amount of dollars towards getting this project made where the greater X is, the better your rewards is. (No one said there’d be math, sorry about that.) The big difference between Kickstarter and Indie Go-Go, if the goal for the project is not reached through Kickstarter, the project starter gets no money and you aren’t out a dime, whereas through Indie Go-Go, even if the goal is not met, the project starter still gets the money. Now, being that you are reading a blog, perhaps you already know about these crowd sourcing sites. But you’d be surprised of how many people who are ‘internet savvy’ have never listened to a podcast, never watched a video on Vine or never re-pinned a lovely bowl filled with decorative pine cones. I’m not a Kickstarter expert by any means, however, I have contributed to twelve different projects in the last three years, of varying amounts and...

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