Posted in Canada, Community, Daddy, family, Parenting, urbandaddyblog

The Urban Daddy in the News! Globe and Mail.


I had been meaning to share this link for a while now, but it is an article written by Dave McGinn of the Globe and Mail for father’s day.  globe and mail.png

It was a fun article to prepare for based on the questions asked of me, and getting answers from my family was even more fun.

I can say, however, that being in an article with the who’s who of the Canadian Daddy blogging scene is always an absolute honour; Buzz Bishop, Casey Palmer, Chris Read.

While I may be the longest-running Canadian Dad blogger, I am certainly far from the best, which is why I strongly recommend that each and every one of you read this article, then go check out these Daddy bloggers.  You will NOT be disappointed!!

Link to the original article can be found here; and below.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/fathers-day/dads-who-write-on-fatherhood-share-their-lessons-learned-and-happiest-moments/article30486620/

 

 

Posted in Community, Daddy, family, news, urbandaddyblog

The Urban Daddy’s 1000th Blog Post!!


Looks like we have reason to celebrate today as this is our 1000th blog post on The Urban Daddy.

1000th blog post

Coming up on 10 years and with over 150,000 views on this URL (I had a whole bunch more on my previous URL www.urbandaddy.blogger.ca) I want to say thank you to the many people who have made this blog possible through their actions, comments, or for just being who they are.

The main topics I have come to love to talk about here – aside from being a Dad – include politics, coffee, sports, the live-in caregiver program (nannies), government funding of IVF, government in general, stupidity and common sense and a lot of tax.

When I first started writing, 10 views a week was fantastic, but as the hits climbed, so did the pressure to produce content that made sense, that was edited and had no spelling mistakes.   I am far from a journalism major, so one of the reasons for blogging was practice writing sentences which made sense and to work on my spelling.   I knew early on that I could count on my sister to send me an email when there were spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, which she did A LOT, before I realized WordPress hasa kick-ass spell checker.  Thanks Sis.

So as The Urban Daddy began receiving nominations for year-end blogging awards, I came to realize how important Daddy Blogs are in cyber space however I chose to stay out of the limelight, using this blog instead as a forum to capture my parenting successes and failures as well as tracking my children’s progress and achievements.  While I like the concept of fame and fortune, deep down inside, I’ve always been reserved and would much rather others get the spotlight.  I can stand in the back and smile.

I’m the guy who values an assist as much as a goal in play and in work.

Professionally, after 17-years of working for others, I started my own business this past April – something I realized I should have been doing years ago.  I saw, experienced, and was frustrated by, so much in the workforce as I’m sure you have too, and keeping your mouth shut is always easier in theory than in practice.  If I see something wrong, I have to speak up, and I was certain that one day it was going to cost me my job.  It wasn’t until I realized my love and knowledge of taxation, of all things, that it was my true calling and I could help people and earn a living.  Now I get to do that AND spend valuable time with my wife and children.  Something I have come to see as being a very short window, sadly.

Back to the blogging… In 1000 posts I have said some nice things – a lot of nice things – but I have also said some dumb things and for those I have always apologized.  I’m a big fan of karma and if I piss somebody of, then I’m no better than they are.

To that point, I’ve been called a LOT of things, for a lot of interesting people.  I’ve been called stupid for my right-wing political views (always from anonymous posters, mind you) and I’ve been threatened.  I have had my blog hacked, email hacked and Twitter accounts taken over by aliens.  I have received hate mail, had my Facebook page cloned and hate messages sent from it to all my friends… More than once.  It reminded me of working in the government when people would send me hate mail which was written in gold glitter or included with the envelope would be a mysterious white powder.

It’s the price one pays for being open and for having an opinion and making it public.

Yes, I have pulled back a lot of the personal information on myself and my family as a result, and I do not post pictures of them, but I find it reduces my credibility in the parent blogging community to hide behind cute names.  I’m okay with that.

I’ve been on the radio, on TV, asked to start my own cable show and in the newspaper now more times that I could imagine.  My son once told his teacher that at parent-teacher interviews she should call me “The Urban Daddy”.  Others do.

I have also had the pleasure of being confused for urbandaddy.com, a much larger website out of New York which promotes the trendiest events and social items for the have or pretend to have community.  As a result I get my fair share of product pitches from very large corporations – and I’ve been offered to be flown around the world to attend events.  Obviously, I reject them all, and direct them to the right place.  I have no interest in being away from the family for something like that.  If I promote or recommend a product or service it is because I use it, and would use it.

I don’t know on a daily basis what I am going to post or even if I am going to post.

It is because of that, why I appreciate each view, comment, like and re-tweet through this blog, and my Facebook, Twitter, Google + and email more than any of you could possibly imagine.  I follow each and every blogger than stops by and let’s me know they have stopped by.

I hope to again one day find the perfect balance between the person who writes this blog and person who saves peoples lives by solving their tax problems and setting them back on track, but until that time comes, I’m going to have to continue to post when I can, about whatever pops into my mind.

And thank you once again for coming by and for supporting this blog.  If I ever get to 2000 posts, I’ll have a giant party and you’re invited.  🙂

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Guest blogger post – Matt P of therealmattdaddy.com


It’s guest blogger time again on urban daddy, and today’s post is an wonderfully creative post from Matt P. of The Real Matt Daddy (his URL is below). This post compares Canada vs. The US from an American point of view and this is a must read post.

I did not edit or touch this post in any way, however, I will say that on the weather side, when Toronto was 50 degrees celcius (122 farenheit for our American friends) in July and the hottest place on the planet, I would dispute that Canada is “Cold”. Big yes, but not cold all the time. That’s all. 🙂

Please read. Enjoy, then drop by Matt’s blog and say hi.

Hello Urban Daddy readers, my name is Matt P. and I’m a blogger over at The Real Matt Daddy (link to www.therealmattdaddy.com). I was invited to guest post here, so I thought I would have a little fun with my neighbors to the north and create a pop-culture showdown between Canada and the USA. I have to admit, this idea came from the fact that I know next to nothing about Canada, other than it being big and cold.  So this post forced me to do a little bit of research.  I hope you enjoy, and feel free to debate my totally subjective Americentric point of view in the comments section below.

Television

Canada has had a few great shows that have truly made a cultural impact, and I have even seen a few of them! So, let’s compare each of these shows to its obvious American counterpart.

Degrassi vs. Saved by the Bell – Winner: Saved by the Bell – While Degrassi probably dealt with common issues in a more serious manner, Saved by the Bell was always used humor to make their point. It was a cultural “must” for any kid growing up in the ‘90’s. I also think the Saved by the Bell spinoffs were more successful than the Degrassi spinoffs, mostly because, although Wikipedia says they exist, I have never actually seen any of the Degrassi spinoffs.

The Red Green Show vs. Sanford & Son – Winner: The Red Green Show – This was really close. While I love Sanford & Son, I don’t think it was as widely appreciated as The Red Green Show is in Canada. The Red Green Show is just plain funny to watch, especially late at night, which is the only time it seems to come on in the US.

Kids in the Hall vs. Saturday Night Live –Winner: Saturday Night Live – You can’t argue with over 35 seasons of success. Had Kids in the Hall lasted that long, we would argue that there were weak points, but it only lasted five seasons. I do appreciate the Kids in the Hall series though, and I have seen many episodes that are funnier than the average SNL sketch.

Canada 1, USA 2

Movies

I could have debated about Canadian comedians versus American comedians all day. After all, Canada has given us greats like Jim Carrey, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Norm McDonald, Howie Mandel, Caroline Rhea, Dave Foley, Phil Hartman, and young talent like Will Arnett and Seth Rogen. But what I found was that for each great Canadian, there is also an American from the same time period that is at least as funny and successful, so I chose to ignore this category as it would most likely end in a draw.

David Cronenberg (kinda scary) vs. John Waters (kinda weird) – Winner: David Cronenberg – Canada, you don’t know how lucky you are to win this category. If I were judging solely on each individual’s most successful work, John Waters’ Hairspray blows away anything that Cronenberg has ever done, including Crash. I also think that John Waters is the better all-around artist, but if you look at pop-culture, you have to look at what is cool. I think that Cronenberg’s classic horror flicks like Shivers, Scanners and Videodrome outdo anything that Waters has on his résumé when it comes to “cool”. What Cronenberg wins with are his most recent works including Crash, A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. So, USA, blame it on Viggo Mortensen, because he made two out of those three movies totally awesome.

Strange Brew vs. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle – Winner: Strange Brew – The winner of this category mostly depends on if you are drunk or high. Both are awesome movies, but only one is a “classic.” Harold and Kumar made it close with Neil Patrick Harris, but not quite enough to win.

Canada 3, USA 2

Food & Beverage

Since I have never actually tasted a traditional Canadian dish (unless fries and gravy counts) I did not feel as though it would be fair to compare actual cuisine. In the same light, the USA has so many foods that are popular regionally, that it is hard to decide what the quintessential “American” food is (probably a hamburger or pizza, but neither were invented here). So, I picked several brands that each country likes to claim as their own, and I decided to compare them.

Nestlé vs. Hershey’s – Winner: Hershey’s – First of all, the only reason that Canadians claim Nestlé is because they have a huge plant there, and Nestlé purchased the European parent company that made Kit Kat and Smarties at this huge plant. This company used to make a lot of other candies that are famous in Canada and Europe as well. But if you’re going to go to war with Hershey’s, you have to bring more than Kit Kats and Smarties. Hershey dominates the candy market, second only to Mars, Inc., and also has an awesome theme park, a zoo, a gigantic garden, a children’s school, various charitable foundations, an creamery, a decent concert venue, not to mention the Hershey Bears, an AHL hockey team that has won eleven Calder Cups! You hockey fans have to appreciate that.

Molson vs. Yuengling – Winner: Yuengling – If I was voting on alcohol content alone, Molson wins with 5.1% to Yuengling’s 4.4%. Molson is North America’s oldest brewery and Yuengling is America’s oldest brewery, so the age argument is null and void, both are old. The first reason Yuengling wins is on taste. I have tasted both beers, and yes, Yuengling is superior. The other reason Yuengling wins is because the brewery is still family owned and it is the second-largest family-owned brewery in the U.S. (The Boston Beer Company, which makes Samuel Adams, is the largest. And for the record, Sam Adams would also slightly beat Molson. Sorry Canada, but at least your beer is better than any American beer giant like Bud, Miller, or Coors – the company that owns Molson.).

Red Rose Tea vs. Luzianne Tea – Winner: Red Rose Tea – Luzianne was the biggest US run tea company I could find. Honestly, I don’t know which tastes better, but you get a ceramic figurine with Red Rose Tea, and I used to collect those as a kid. Way cool, Canada, way cool.

Canada 4, USA 4

Sports

CFL vs. NFL – Winner: NFL, duh.

Hockey – Winner: Canada, eh. Even though there are some good American teams, Canadian kids are born with skates on, and their players dominate the NHL, AHL, and the Olympics too.

Blue Jays vs. Yankees – Winner: Yankees – As much as I hate to admit it, the Yankees are the best team in baseball history. The Blue Jays had a good run in the early 90’s, but most of the time, they are fighting for third or fourth in the AL East just like my home team, the Baltimore Orioles. Plus, the Blue Jays play on turf.

Basketball – Winner: USA – Raptors and, at one time, the Grizzlies… sorry, Canada, one of your guys might have invented it, but he did it in our country and we dominate you.

Curling – Winner: Canada – You guys do rock the rock. The US has only medaled once, and it was a bronze.

Canada 6, USA 7

Music

Canada’s Best vs. USA’s Best – Winner: USA – Canada, your top artists are Alanis Morisette, Justin Beiber, Nickelback, Celine Dion, and Avril Lavigne. I hate, and I mean literally hate, Alanis and Nickelback. I’m too old for Beiber, too young for Celine, and Avril is only good for karaoke. Sorry, Canada, Bryan Adams doesn’t win you any awards here and Neil Young is only good when he sings with those American dudes and that British bloke.

Canada 6, USA 8

War of 1812

Burned most of Washington DC to the ground vs. We won the war – Winner: Canada – We won the war, and we get to sing about it at sports games, but you guys actually came down here and burned our capital city. That’s pretty badass.

Canada 7, USA 8

90’s Female Hottie Then

Pamela Anderson vs. Cindy Crawford – Winner: Canada – Everybody in America had a C.J. Parker Baywatch poster on their wall or tucked under their mattress.

90’s Female Hottie Now

Pamela Anderson vs. Cindy Crawford – Winner: USA – Cindy Crawford still looks amazing. No kidding, check out her website. She’s still hot. After seeing what Tommy Lee did to Pamela on that boat, she just looks kind of “used”. Too bad, Canada.

Final Results – Canada 8, USA 9 – WINNER: USA!!!

Wow, that was closer than I thought it would be. Great job Canada! You totally surprised me. You’re not just a massive tract of land that is famous for lumberjacks, Mounties and beavers. The real winners here today are the Americans who read this list and discover some great Canadian culture. Thanks to Urbandaddy for letting me take over, and make sure to check out The Real Matt Daddy (link to www.therealmattdaddy.com) if you get a chance.