November 13, 2014

The Polar Vortex and Your Car


What we used to call winter weather is finally on its way.  Nowadays we have to use fancy terms like "Polar Vortex" and "Bombo Genesis" to describe what we used to call cold and snow.  Cold and snow is boring and unsexy.  Polar Vortex?  Now you have me listening.

Everything has to have some sort catchy title, so I will call cleaning my car out to prepare for winter, "The Cleanse."  I really should do this more often, but when you have kids cleaning anything is like dumping a bucket of water on a forest fire.  You might be able to slow the spread of the mess, but it's really just a temporary band aid that won't really do that much.

I choose to clean my car out four times a year. Not surprisingly that coincides with the start of each season.  In the spring I can vacuum out any remaining salt, in the summer any mud gets cleaned up, in the fall all the beach sand goes away, and in the winter I prepare our car for the cold and snow.

To read more about this please click on over to Trusted Choice.  It's vital we all survive this winter unscathed.

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?


October 23, 2014

Celebrate 5000

Let's face, we all want a reason to party and not something stupid like announcing the gender of your child.  That is NOT a thing.  What I am proposing IS MOST DEFINITELY a thing, but most of us don't even know when that thing happens.

When our kids were little we always talked about how old they were in terms of months.  Someone would ask you how old your kids were and you always responded with some number between one and 23. Then their second birthday happened and months became fractions like 1/4 or 1/2.  Some time around their fourth birthday you dropped the fractions and their age became a whole number for the rest of their lives.

Why should we only celebrate every successful loop around the sun?

There is one unit of measure that seems to be forgotten about.  A day.  I would argue that a day is every bit as important as a year but we just don't seem to give the day the respect that it deserves.  The fact that the earth completes a rotation every 24 hours is just as amazing as going around the sun every year.  But since there are so many days and not as many years we choose to celebrate that latter.

No more.

I think we should celebrate a collection of days and not just 365 of them.  Sure we can continue to celebrate yearly, but why not throw another number into the mix... 5000.  You can pick your own number of days, but any multiple of 5000 seems like something we should be popping champagne over.  Why not?  This is only a day that you need to celebrate every 13.7 years or 13 years 255 days.

I'm not one to walk around telling people that I am X amount of days old.  I would never want to change the way that we celebrate birthdays... I just want to add to it a little bit.  I just had my 41st birthday last month and while 40 was a big deal, 41 isn't something that I can get excited over.  A number like 5000?  That sounds like WAY more of a big deal if you ask me.

Who's with me on this?  Let me know when your next big milestone is or how many days old you are on Twitter using the hashtag #Celebrate5000.  It's time to make this the next big thing.

Oh, by the way.


John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?