Why I Hate March Break!


I have to be honest with you, and with myself when I say that I hate March Break.  I always have, and to be honest, I likely always will.

Growing up, I attended public school and we had March Break, but my family was not big into travelling so we never went anywhere, never had programs to attend to and never did anything interesting which at the time suited me and my anxiety just fine!

Yes, I spent the week playing street hockey from morning until dark and that was awesome, but that was all that I needed.  The break from school was much needed.

Fast forward to having children, all of which attended private secular schools which did not celebrate March Break (we had our break over the holiday of Passover instead), so while we were working and the kids were in school, people were heading south to the warmth and sunshine while we shovelled snow and continued living life as normal.

Now, with one child left in a secular school and the others in public school, I have some of us in school and some of them on break and my wife and I hard at work.

So now, March break consists of driving the kids to, and from programs, work, work and more work, and whenever I check social media, I see friends and family living it up down south in the sun, sand and surf.

It’s very much like previous years’ where March Break is not a time to go down somewhere warm and sandy but couldn’t because the kids had school and we had work.

I’ve asked all the travellers to please bring back the sun and warmth…

They’ll all likely forget because they’re having such a great time, or at least their social media posts depict a great time.

On the positive side, I was able to spend a considerable amount of time this March Break with my middle child at his hockey camp.  He attended Creative Hockey Development’s (creativehockey.ca) March Break camp – which was put on by my friend, Dusan Kralik, and his new business partner Daniel Erlich.

The camp was incredible!

The hockey skills and pace of the camp were fast and the players even faster.  I think Dusan found a match in Danny as someone who possesses an incredible hockey IQ to go along with his world class skills and speed.

The camp was well run, the kids came off the ice tired and they learned more than just hockey this past week.

Now, as for March Break itself…

Going forward, I’m have to make sure that I refrain from checking social media that week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daddy… What Does Everyone Hate Donald Trump?


My 7-year-old daughter asked me this question in the car the other day;

“Daddy, why does everyone hate Donald Trump?”

Seeking an age appropriate response, I paused then said, “Because he is disrespectful to women.”

My daughter then replied; “Oh, so he’s like Miles in my class. He’s disrespectful to us. He calls all the girls monkeys.”

“Ummm… Yup.”

Powerful Getaways for the Power Ranger in All of Us


With the all-new big screen adaptation of the classic 90’s television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers set to premiere in a few weeks, nostalgia is in overdrive.

While I missed out on the Power Rangers phenomenon because of my age, one of my best friends growing up LOVED the Power Rangers and would totally love the love and all that goes with it.

I’m sharing this post because, to be honest, I loved it.  I like the creativity behind it, I like the tying in of the colours to the Power Rangers and I believe that creativity needs to be appreciated.

That being said…

To satisfy these fond memories of spandex-wearing superhumans, Booking.com, the world leader in connecting travellers with the widest variety of incredible places to stay, has put together the top accommodations inspired by their favourite colour-coded superheroes.

Whether you consider yourself brainy like Billy Cranston (the Blue Ranger) or kind-hearted like Kimberly Ann Hart (the Pink Ranger), you’ll discover your match with these inspired getaways. Go Go Power Rangers!

 

Blue Ranger – Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Sydney, Australia

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Billy might not be a social butterfly, but his quick wit and sharp mind, make him vital to the heroic team. Any fan of this ranger would opt for a stay at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo as the property’s location is practical and walking distance to the city’s must-go to locales. Of course, its bright blue exterior flush on the blue skies and clear blue water along the pier, matches his signature warrior outfit. After a long day exploring the city, escaping to your own private room complete with a free minibar, WiFi, luxurious bedding, a 27-inch LCD TV, is just what’s needed. Although it’s the awe-worthy views of the Sydney skyline that will make you want to book your stay here, the free happy hour is just the type of thing a nerdy superhero needs to make new friends.

 

Yellow Ranger – L7 Myeongdong by Lotte – Seoul, South Korea

Trini, the Yellow Power Ranger, is quirky, mysterious and extremely bright. If you find yourself relating to her qualities then stay at the L7 Myeongdong by Lotte where even the toilet paper is yellow! Relax in your spacious and brightly lit room and then unwind at the foot spa and enjoy a delicious meal at the Villa de Charlotte restaurant. Round off the evening with a cocktail at the roof-top bar or at the Bubble Lounge and Bar.

 

Pink RangerDon CeSar Hotel – Clearwater, Florida

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Nicknamed the Pink Palace for its exterior and grandeur architecture, the Don CeSar Hotel is a fit for the Queen Bee of the Rangers, Ms. Kimberly. Like any teenager in with the “cool kids”, impressing your clique is of the utmost importance. This extravagant beachfront hotel certainly won’t disappoint. With two heated pools, three lounges, a world-class spa and remarkable unguarded views of the Gulf of Mexico, the property is sure to excite. And just like Kim, this property is no stranger to the limelight. The 227-room Gatsby-esque and fun locale has had its own starring role as the backdrop for several movie sets throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

 

Red Ranger – The Library – Koh Samui, Thailand

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Defeating arch nemesis Rita Repulsa is no easy task but thankfully these superheroes have a strong leader in the Red Ranger. Much like the principal fighter, The Library stands out from the crowd and makes you look twice. Against the stunning backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach, you’ll find the luxury beachfront property offering spacious suites complete with iMac computers and modern designs. But the real show stopper is the property’s dramatic centrepiece – the blood-red tiled pool. For an accomplished athlete like Jason, the Red Ranger, swimming laps is the ideal full body workout. Once you’ve exhausted yourself, its time to indulge in Thai culinary delights or fall deep into fiction at the property’s library.

 

 

Black Ranger – Armani Hotel Milano – Milan, Italy

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Bravado and swagger perfectly describe Zack, the Black Ranger. On the outside, he’s tough and keeps his cool but on the inside, there are many layers. Likewise, there’s more than meets the eyes of this famous Milano hotel. Behind the sleek façade and contemporary black and white designs, you’ll find state of the art facilities sure to appease your inner Black Ranger. Looking to get your heart pumping? The Armani/Spa is home to Technogym’s world-class equipment and impeccable service and features a Finnish sauna, steam bath, ice cascade and a relaxation pool. The rooftop relaxation area not only offers magnificent views of the city, but is also an ideal look out spot for incoming dangers.

 

Early Spring or 6-More Weeks of Winter? Groundhog Day vs. Spring Training:


Staten Island Chuck

Balzac Billy

Wiarton Willy

Shubenacadie Sam

Punxsutawney Phil

 

So many Groundhogs… So many predictions…

In this day and age of social media, weather mapping, satellite weather patterning, so we really believe that a groundhog looks for his shadow to predict whether or not the region will experience six more weeks of winter or the coming of spring.

My kids wanted to go somewhere… Anywhere… to hang with the crowds who will have gathered to see if groundhogs throughout the area see their shadow to signal another six weeks of winter, or if they call for an early spring.

This year, Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, predicted 6 more weeks of winter, while Staten Island Chuck, Wiarton Willie called for an early spring.

The tradition of Groundhog Day can be traced to a German myth on Candlemas Day.

It was believed that if any animal came out from hibernation on February 2nd and saw their shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter.

The myth was turned into a reality in the early 1880s, when Pennsylvanian settlers searched for a groundhog to see the shadow and local newspapers reported about the hunt.

Since that day, the celebration spread throughout the country, and other areas have hopped on board with rodents of their own.

While many people in the US focus on Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, Canadians like to focus on Ontario’s Wiarton Willie, and Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam, while Western Canadians can turn their focus to Balzac Billy.

Being close to the US, we know that New Yorkers pay attention to Staten Island Chuck – real name Charles G. Hogg – with an 80% accuracy prognostication.

Chuck / Hogg, was the groundhog who bit former Mayor Bloomberg and was dropped by then Mayor de Blasio.

Even in Long Island, they have their own groundhogs, yes, 2 of them, Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal.

So with so many groundhogs and so many predictions, we can be sure of this… Spring is coming, eventually.  Spring training for baseball has always been my sign that spring is around the corner and with pitchers and catchers reporting in less than 3 weeks, I cna get ready to break out the shorts and sandals, right?

But for the kids… it’s all about the groundhogs! Consensus rules!

 

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year, for all of us here at The Urban Daddy!  Okay, so that’s just me, but it sounds better when it’s coming for a bunch of people, right?

You might have noticed a few changes around here if you arrive at the blog via the URL http://www.urbandaddy.wordpress.com.  The theme and cover photo have been changed again and I’m taking this blog back to basics which means more content and less focus on what the heck I’m saying and how it’s being written.

I miss the old days when I would throw up a post and the only reader and only comment would be from my sister who would edit it for me in her comment.  LOL.

You might also have noticed that little “R” inside a circle after “The Urban Daddy” and that is because I have registered the trademark “The Urban Daddy”.  After 1200 posts covering over 12-years, it was only a matter of time, right?

Another new change is the URL.  You can access this blog via http://www.theurbandaddy.ca as well, as I finally had enough time to activate that URL which I’ve owned for the past 5-years.

I hope everyone has a healthy, wealthy and peaceful 2017, and I’d like to end this post with a tidbit of wisdom from my now 7-year-old daughter, who blurted this out on New Years’ Day for some unknown reason;

 

“In order to have money and not be poor when you are older, you need to earn and save money now when you are young!”

 

A fiscal conservative at the core!