March 28, 2014

Bus Stop Pajamas

There is a growing problem in this country.  It doesn't involve poverty or lack of clean drinking water or even climate change.  The big problem with society now is that some parents feel it is OK to wear pajamas to the bus stop. It's not.  Wearing pajamas out of the house sets a bad example for the kids.  I have stopped countless teens at the mall that were wearing pajamas and asked why they feel it is OK to wear them out in public.  Their overwhelming response is that if it's OK for their dad to take them to the bus wearing pajamas then it is OK for them to wear them when they go shopping.

Pajamas at the bus can be blamed on many things.  It caused the downfall of the Mayan Empire, wiped out the dinosaurs, and was even the reason why World War I started.  Franz Ferdinand brought his son to the bus stop one morning wearing his pajamas and the next thing you know he gets assassinated and war spreads throughout the continent.

Pajamas at the bus stop are bad, and they just look ridiculous.

Where do you stand on this issue of great importance?

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?


March 20, 2014

The Stories We Tell

Whenever I get together with my friends we always tell the same jokes.  One guy is a year older than the rest of us, and we never let him forget that.  One didn't graduate college until five years after us even though he walked in the graduation ceremonies. Another has a part of his body that, well we will just leave it to your imagination.

Every single time we get together these stories get brought up and they never cease to be funny.

Depending on the situation my wife is the same way.  She has stories that I know she will tell based on the conversation that she is in.  I guess it's part of being together for almost 18(!) years, but I can tell when a story is rattling around in her head.

Her go to story goes back 18 years to when she was working in television news in Elmira, NY.  She did a story about a bee apiary and how they use bee venom therapy to cure a variety of aches and pains.  I don't think that it cures cancer, but by the way she tells the story it might as well.  She has never had the procedure done since the time she did that story, but it never fails that when she is in a conversation with someone about aches or illnesses - a common conversation when you get older - that bee venom therapy gets brought up.

That's my wife 18 years ago working her bee story for WENY

I have probably heard this story about 100 times and every time I have to roll my eyes.

Not that it's a bad thing, I find it kind of funny, but the point is that we all have stories that we tell ALL OF THE TIME.  Some just might be told more than others.

What is the story that you or your spouse tells all the time?

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?


March 14, 2014


There are a lot of things that people want to ban nowadays.

Cigarette smoking, oversized sodas, socks with sandals, the list goes on and on.  Last week it was that a mom wanted all of us to take a stand and not let our kids use handheld devices.  This week everyone is taking a stand against the word "bossy."  Every week there is something that someone just has to take a stand against.

Of course then all kinds of celebrities have to rally for the issue, because it really legitimizes something when Bono or Tina Fey gets behind it.  I base how much I don't care about something on who shows support for it.  If someone like Beyonce rallies for an issue then I have a tendency to look the other way.  It's not that I don't like Beyonce (I actually don't, I am sure she is really nice though) it's just that I don't think her opinion matters.  Nobody listens to me, why should I listen to her?  I know celebrities have a platform, but when they try to sound smart they really sound so dumb.

I applaud the average person when they take a stand against something.  When that lady wrote her article about banning handheld devices I could certain see where she was coming from, BUT she was totally wrong.  Things like handheld devices NEED to be embraced.  We have the technology, why wouldn't we use it.  Adults use these things for everything that they do, why can't a kid use it?  I am not going to give my son a pencil and a piece of paper and have that be his only form of entertainment.  We don't live in the dark ages anymore.

When they discovered fire were people up in arms that nobody was eating raw food anymore?  When they invented the wheel were there cavemen celebrities that said how wheels were going to ruin how things got done?  When electricity was discovered was there rioting in the streets over how we weren't using candles anymore? No.  No there was not.  We embraced technology and grew with it.

And now we want to ban words like bossy.  I can understand banning words like retard or the "N" word.  Those words hurt.  But a word like bossy?  I can see the point, but I don't necessarily agree.  Maybe it's because I am not a girl and never have been, but I don't see how bossy can be a bad word.  Everyone can be bossy, men and women.  I don't necessarily look at a "bossy" man and think that he is assertive or strong, if he comes across as an ass hole, he's an ass hole.  Same can be said of a woman.  I don't look at a "bossy" woman and look at that as a negative thing.  If she is acting like a bitch then she is a bitch.

Let's ban people being bitches and ass holes before we start banning bossy. Better yet, lets ban banning things.  

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?