Parents and Kids
Etc. Guy Interviewed by Michigan blogger…Dads of Divas
September 30, 2015
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etcguy speech fistEven old guys can learn Twitter.

I made the baby-boomer cut by a year or two and don’t know what to think about social media.  Five years ago, when my kids began junior high school, I reluctantly set up a Facebook account to keep track of what they were doing.  I also wanted to know who they ran around with and what influenced them.  Before I started the Etc. Guy blog, I viewed social media as a waste of time.  At the time, a chimpanzee probably had a better understanding of social media than I did.  And I’m being generous.  Make that a sloth.  (more…)

Parents and Kids
Tour de Dad’s Classic Rock Transcends Multiple Life Stages
July 29, 2015
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etcguy bike racersThe Tour de France is composed of 21 stages, all in succession.  For the Tour de Dad I bounce between multiple stages, at the same time, with no apparent order.  I’m in my early 50’s which means I fall in the old-guy territory when it comes to my teenage daughters, Kate and Maggie.  Classic rock, though, seems to transcend age groups.  I received a lot of comments from the posts below after they appeared on the Etc. Guy Facebook page. (more…)

Quotes From Famous People
Quotes from Famous People – Teddy Roosevelt
June 30, 2015
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etcguy teddy roosevelt“When you are asked to do a job, tell ‘em ‘Certainly I can!’  Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

 Teddy Roosevelt, 1958 -1919 (26th President of the United States, 1901 to 1909)

5 (or More?) Gift Ideas for Dad on Father’s Day
June 17, 2015
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cam strapsHey kids, here’s a short and sweet Father’s Day list if you’re procrastinating.  The listed order is unimportant, except for #3.

  1. Cam-buckles and tie straps. These range in length from 12 inches to 24 feet.  They’re handy to secure loads for camping or landfill trips.  Cam buckles eliminate the need for dads to tie sophisticated knots which just frustrate us.  Color coded straps are best.  We’d rather spend time strapping things than untangling straps.  Find ‘em at Northwest River Supplies.


Hockey Tape and Old Trophies Bring Out Sentiments
May 5, 2015
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(Hockey Player Magazine, May 2015)

The line between frugality and nostalgia is not much wider than a skate blade.

Consider hockey tape, the adhesive that binds equipment, body parts, and adult recreation teams.  Players hoarding rolls of UHaul® tape to strap on shin guards are frugal.  They’re too cheap to buy real sports tape.  Thriftiness is admirable unless it interferes with selecting post-game beers. (more…)

Spider Man Gets No Credit for Chivalry in the Kitchen
April 10, 2015
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I don’t like spiders and snakes, and that ain’t what it takes to love me, you fool, you fool.

Jim Stafford, Comedian, musician and singer-songwriter

Maggie, my 9th grader, screamed louder than a jet engine.  Hun, my wife, shrieked “Get it out of there!”


Track Meet Timer Duty was a Challenging Time
March 31, 2015
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etc guy timersWe stood on the bleachers, eight of us squinting.  I was one of the eight, a volunteer  “timer” for Maggie’s track meet.  I was more stressed out than the athletes. The officials assigned us stopwatches.  I got timer #7 thinking that I’d time Lane #7. Nope. I was to track runners and time the runner who finished in 7th place.  All by eyeball and a quick twitching thumb muscle. Several volunteers fretted.  One asked if I wanted to trade for timer #3 , #4, or #5.

“No thanks, I’m a rookie,” I said.  “Plus, the LASIK eye-surgery I had seven years ago wore out.  I have mono-vision.  I’m both near and far-sighted, but mostly near.” (more…)

Parents and Kids
You’re Never Too Old to Not Tell Mom
February 24, 2015
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East Winnemucca signWhether you’re seven or seventy, there are secrets you simply don’t tell. My brother and I, free range boys who bored easily, exercised the “Don’t Tell Mom” rule well into high school.  Our pact survived a multitude of sins, including underage joy-riding.  Unless our parents checked the car odometer or fuel gauge, they never knew.  Dad was more forgiving.  We’d sometimes confess to him, but never to Mom.  I carried this trait into parenthood.

I had been on the road nearly two weeks, camping across Utah en route to Colorado with Maggie, then 7, and Kate, 10.  We bonded over miles of open desert and lonely highways.  Without Hun, my wife, I had carte blanche to break unwritten rules concerning diet, curfew and spending.  What Hun doesn’t find out, won’t hurt her. (more…)

Hockey Dad’s Love-Handle Saves the Game
January 30, 2015
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(Hockey Player Magazine, January 2015)

We lumbered inside the locker-room and grimaced as hockey bags slid down our shoulders. I hadn’t seen my Blazer teammates for over a month. Inside the guys slouched like dough-boys, suffering from extended tryptophan hangovers. None admitted to exercising over the holiday break. Crazy Eddie maintained his same pear shape. He’s tough in goal but outside the rink the man’s hide is thinner than tomato skin (it’s rumored that Pampers commercials make him cry). Blaze shrank since I last saw him, from hunching over golf clubs instead of hockey sticks. Curly braided his beard into dreadlocks. Mick grew his side-burns from ear to ear, which wrapped around his jaw. The holiday break suited my teammates. The guys appeared relaxed except for Stretch, a 6’ 3” beanpole who weighs 135 pounds. With a Body Mass Index of 15, the same as a starving coyote, Stretch is a bag of bones held together by a string of tattoos. I noticed new artwork. (more…)