Posted in Daddy, family, Life, Parenting

What Exactly Will You (They) Be Suing For?

As Canadians, I’ve always been told that we are much less litigious than our neighbours to the south, which means we don’t use the expression, “I’ll sue you” all that often.

To be honest, I think we are more likely as a society to apologize, take responsibility for the situation and then come to a common resolution than to add fuel to a situation, find a lawyer and haul everyone off to court.

So, as parents, it’s not all that common to hear any conversation including the words, “sue” or “sued” or “suing” or even the expression “suing their asses off”. (I’m not sure if that’s a real expression but if I were suing someone, I’d want them to know that I was going to sue their ass off!”

Yet I swear I heard my kids trying to figure out if they combined their allowances, if they had enough money to hire a lawyer…


Should I now put down some retainer funds on a lawyer?  I would if I knew that they were going to sue for, if it was even us, and where their grievances lie… Not enough treats?  Maybe they don’t like our “no electronics on school nights” rule, or maybe they want to stay up later than 7, 8 and 9 respectively.

Or maybe we just need to stop giving them allowance, or give them opportunity to buy more things with their money.

Got to love parenting!

Posted in Life, music

Shuffle and Stuff

I found this cute game, I guess, on Mapsgirl’s blog; and I wanted to see how it would look with my music… So here goes;



1. Put your iPod or MP3 player on shuffle.
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense. NO CHEATING PLEASE!

How do you feel today?
Good Life by 3 Days Grace 

What’s your outlook on life?
New York State of Mind – Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys 

What does your family think of you?
Jesus of Suburbia – Green Day

What do your friends think of you?
Love and Affection – Nelson (no comment!)

What do your exes think of you?
Bad Girlfriend – Theory of a Deadman (This might actually work!)

How’s your love life?
LOL.  Get the Funk Out – Extreme

How will your love life be in the future?
Pretty Vegas – INXS (Great lyrics, but does this mean I’m going to hang… Let’s not go there) 

Will you get married?
In Da Club – 50 Cent… huh?!?

Are you good at school?
I Walk Alone – Saliva

Will you be successful?
Evolution – Motorhead (Evolution is a mystery full of change that no one sees..)

What song should they play on your birthday?
Let the Bodies Hit the Floor – Drowning Pool

The soundtrack of your life?
Devil on My Shoulder – Billy Talent  🙂

You and your best friends are?
Aneurysm – Nirvana… Yup… Pretty much

Happy times:
Unsound – The Headstones… It gonna become (become) unsound… 

Sad times:
Careless Whisper – Seether (Should have known better than to cheat a friend)

What does next year have in store for me?
Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll – Saliva.  (You’re never too young,  you’re never too old)

What do I say when life gets too hard?
Push It – Static X. 

What do you want as your career?
Say it Ain’t So – Weezer.

Your favorite saying?
Them Bones – Alice and Chains.  (I feel so alone, gonna wind up a big ol’ pile of them bones).  This should have been the next one…

How will I die?
Death of it all – Rob Zombie

Thanks to Mapsgirl who has pretty cool tunes on her iPod!

Posted in Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things you probably did not know about this Urban Daddy

1. I have on several occasions walked from King Street or Front Street up to St. Clair or Davisville – takes me just over an hour.

2. I am really not passionate about anything but life and making people happy – which could be a double edged sword. I have been accused of trying to please others before pleasing myself or those close to me, and of not having anything to be passionate about. I used to be passionate about hockey – watching and playing – in my single days, but marriage cured me of that. Besides my family, I cannot think of anything else to really get me going.

3. I get overwhelmed with tasks quite easily – just ask my wife – and as a result, need to do bits and pieces of them until they are resolved. Or, I have to only focus on one at a time. Once that task is completed I can move on to others. I have good intentions – want to do a lot but cannot accomplish all that I set out to do.

4. I have always wondered how to really make a woman happy (me and 10 million men ask the same question) besides all that crap we do on a regular basis like telling them they are beautiful, bringing flowers, remembering special days, and pitching in around the house. All that other corny stuff – picnics, etc… been there, done that… I need to see long-term infatuation or something concrete.

5. I love to garden – I really do. I like to turn the soil with my hands, and really get those plants going, and usually to success, yet I have always wondered how to get brocolli and peppers to grow big (without miracle grow), when I can get tomato stakes that are at least 7 feet tall, and what the hell do I do with green tomatos at the end of the season.

6. My first sports idol that I remember is Pele, the soccer player. I remember as a kid being devestated when the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the old North American Soccer League beat the Toronto Blizzard in a playoff game 1-0. The game was at the old Exhibition Stadium and it was cold. Pele played for the New York Cosmos in that same league.

7. I love to cook. I really do, although I have not cooked in a while since UrbanMummy is a really great cook, but when I have some time I love to just do it. Just yesterday, for example, I made some yummy mashed potatoes for the family, then took the skins, tossed them in spices, a little oil and baked them till crisp. The cajun skins were as good, if not better, than the mashed.

8. I think everyone has a little Obsessive Compulsive in their – my schtick has to do with food. Especially junk food. I have to eat the entire thing in the shortest amount of time possible, otherwise I obsess about it. Drives me crazy. Same with new foods. Have to eat them right away. I need to overcome this before I 300 pounds.

9. I love watching Wrestling. Have since I was under 10 years old. It makes me laugh. I know it’s scripted but it is really funny. One of the few shows that really makes me laugh.

10. I have no idea what people think of me when they first meet me but I think I have an idea. People that know me find me cool and funny, and see past my super sarcasticness. I can go between sarcasm and genuine interest and caring at the drop of a hat. People disinterest me unless they are creative, quick witted and have depth. I can still be nice but it might seem patronizing to some, and it probably is.

11. The absolute greatest day of my life was my wedding day. Second was the birth of my first son, and third is a tie between the birth of our second son and the day I proposed to UrbanMummy (not in one of those super-romantic ways I would have liked) and she said yes. To make up for the crappy proposal, I surprised her and took her to Disney for our first Anniversary.

12. I really do see myself running for politics later in life once I’ve settled the home front and am ready to either retire or am ready for a change. I will also by that time have a unique platform in place that will guarantee victory, and it is based on the fact that each and every one of us are part of the human race. Original, eh?

13. Is my second favourite number, next to #18.