I update the about me section of this blog and thought it might be time to post it in order to answer questions I frequently get sent to me via email and twitter. Who I am and what I do…
I am the urban daddy because my wife of 11 years who got me into blogging in 2004 was calling herself the urban mummy. It only made sense.
I am a father of two boys, Linus (because he carries around a security blanket and a white stuffed cat which is my avatar) who is 7 and Stewie (because we feel he’s trying to kill us) who is 5. Our baby girl, Berry (who makes us laugh) is 2-years-old. We live in mid-town urban Toronto where we live our lives as a laid back, no fuss family. We eat healthy (my wife was a vegetarian for 12 years when I met and converted her – but she has recently returned to the land of veggies). She is studying to be a holistic nutritionist.
Both her and I have our Master’s degrees, her in education, me a MBA which we completed with newborns preventing us from sleeping. Crazy, eh?
I love politics, especially Canadian, and have fundraised for Councillor Karen Stintz and was approached by the Conservative Party to run municipally or provincially in my riding. I would have, except I love my job as a taxation executive.
I’m also a sports junkie, love playing ball hockey (21 years in organized league play), and watching it on TV. I also love wrestling and Star Wars so my nerd side gets equal jock play too.
I have always been on the slightly more than I should weigh side, gained that with Linus’ birth and have yet to shed it. Yes, it’s my pregnancy weight! I have been described as being freakishly strong and can run 5K in my sleep, now.
I’ve been blogging since 2004 and have made some year-end award lists, been mentioned by CBS news, asked to be on a local Canadian TV show as their daddy blogger expert and been ripped for my views by some really great people and some real jerks. My views. My opinions.
You’ll find a lot of posts about my kids, about politics, coffee, Toronto, sports, pop culture, current events and things I endorse for free, and things I think people should steer clear of.
Everything here comes out of my head and this blog is meant to allow me to empty my head of thoughts and opinions and if you choose to read and like it or if you find something offensive let me know. Just nothing personal, racist or rude. I can delete them… And block you. 🙂
I have a great Thursday Thirteen for this week, however it comes with a story.
Thursday I began a new chapter in my career as I joined a new company. Wednesday was my last day at my previous employer. I’m happy, sad, nervous and excited… All the good stuff.
My son, Linus, told me on the way to Beavers that if I changed jobs one more time, then I get to be a Doctor in my following career move. Cool. Doctor of Taxation maybe, but that’s as close as I’ll get!
On Thursday, I went early to check out the neighbourhood and dropped into the Java Joe’s location in Mississauga – I’m going to miss the Richmond Hill location – and I started chatting with the owner who is really nice too. This location also opens at 7am, which works great for me and since there is no Tim Horton’s in sight this works great. So I ordered a large Highlander Cream and when I turned to put in cream and sugar I noticed they had posted my 2011 Urban Daddy Coffee rankings; https://urbandaddy.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/urban-daddys-3rd-annual-coffee-shop-rankings-2011/ right there the cream, sugar, lids and stir sticks are.
So I blurted out laughing which brought over the owner and I pointed to the lists (it was there on each side) and said; “That’s my ranking. I wrote this article”.
He seemed stunned, pointed to me and said, “you?”.
“Yes” I replied. “I wrote that” at which point I opened my iPad, flipped to my blog and showed him the post.
He thanked me, gave me his card, and wished me best of luck on my new position.
Anyways, here is the Thursday Thirteen. Again in case you, like I did, forgot. The 13 things allegedly, my staff will miss about me.
13. Brrraaaiiinnnnnnnsssssssssss – That is my Plants vs. Zombies chant I would regularly throw into conversations with the group.
12. Ice Cream bets – I have been known to bet my staff that they cannot finish food, or drinks… OR ice cream and lost. I’ve won too, but it’s all for fun, plus everyone always has room for ice cream!
11. “Don’t worry about It” and “Sure, no problem” – These must represent my laid back nature and my desire to remove the stress from some people and take the work into our area and have it done there. When I utter those catch phrases, I not only take care of the task but I educate so it hopefully doesn’t happen again.
10. Buzzing music from my iPod – What can I say… I love my music loud and hard. Did I mention I love it loud???
9. My silly and funny comments – I have regularly thrown in comments like “sit on it”, or “take off, eh?” to keep my group on their toes and to educate them on stuff they should know. For example on my last day food was brought in to feed everyone and there were some people unhappy I was leaving, let alone for a higher position,when I blurted out that the food looked amazing and for dessert there would be “sour grapes”. A few got it. It went over the head of many others.
8. Political, sports and general news – I spent a lot of time on the Internet reading tax related items and general news to keep up to date on what’s going on in the finance world and what others are saying about it. Inevitably, I would come across something interesting like news about flooding in the Philippines, or the trading of players, or something stupid the Liberals would have done and I would blurt it out plus political commentary to keep everyone informed. Your welcome. 🙂
7. Cubicle to cubicle visits and chats – It’s not like I was just walking around wasting time, but I firmly believe that every now and then staff need to be engaged and feel connected to management so I would chat with them, see what they’re working on, find out what issues they are having and stay connected.
6. Lively greetings – Every morning I would walk in and say good morning to everyone who I would pass and who would look at me. Nothing wrong with that, right? I would also greet my taxation staff and do a pulse check person by person. My experience shows me this is much better than walking by them with my head down…
5. Acronyms, like “WLS” and “WWGD” – I’m a big fan of keeping things loose. People spend more time at the office than they do at home, so I want to make sure they enjoy themselves while getting the job done. These acronyms related to people.
4. Star Wars toys – I had a big collection of Star Wars toys on my cubicle which I started to take home when I knew I was leaving and now they’re all here. I loved having them out, but don’t see that opportunity in my new role for toys…
3. Social media updates of my family – When you blog and tweet and talk about your family, people either ask me for updates, or they read it here and tell me what they liked about it. Now they are going to have to read it. Hopefully this will mean more hits. 🙂
2. Coffee and bagels – Have I mentioned before that I appreciate all the hard work of my staff and the rest of the staff I worked with? Well I do and people like to eat so I would periodically bring in food… many types of food in order to keep spirits high and tummy’s full. Ice cream Thursday’s were a smash! A block of ice cream was $1.47. A box of waffles was $0.99 so for less than $5.00 I could feed a lot of folks a lot of ice cream. I even saw someone… Eat a super-sized ice cream sandwich with extra ice cream on top. Crazy.
1. Noisy food, like carrots, apples, but mostly when chomping on my nails – I’m always eating. Fruits, veggies, mainly things that crunch, but when I’m stressed, it’s my nails. Needless to say, I went through a lot of nails.
So I found a show on TV called, “Geeklove” and I managed to catch about 10 minutes of it while waiting for the cupcakes I was making for Linus’ birthday party on Wednesday to cook, and I found that while I was weirded out by the premise of the show, I was also strangely attracted to it.
The piece I saw centred around a geeky guy, a geeky girl and their love for typical “geeky” things like Star Wars and comic book superheroes and the show is all about finding love and finding someone who could appreciate and talk about these two things. As I was watching I kept wondering what that made me since I grew up loving Star Wars and those super heroes. Does that make me a geek? Yeah, probably.
The piece I watched had a 22-year-old woman meeting up with a 29-year-old guy at Comic Con and she was dressed as Batman’s side-kick Robin, she had her mother with her. I guess she needed the chaperone in case the guy she met… At the Comic convention no less, was weird.
So as this clip played out, the guy liked the girl and the girl liked the guy and they’re both geeks and it took the mother to ask those exact questions and set up the next date. It was awkward and, well, geeky.
The next clip had a guy and a girl meeting up in a restaurant and it was her first date too. She was 22-years-old as well, and she was really nervous but after finding her geek-charming both him and her found that there are others like them and it was okay to set up a second date. They were safe with each other.
I turned it off when the guy geek told the camera that he liked his date and “felt a disturbance in the force”. Yikes. Let’s hope he wasn’t making a reference to something happening in his pants.
I then turned to Jersey Shore… Why? Oh, yeah. T&A. 100% T&A.
I guess the only type of “reality” shows I like to watch are called “sports”. If I wanted to watch what I suspected was a true reality show, I’d watch something on the Food Network, or that show called Survivorman, but nothing else. To me, these other “reality” shows are about as real as wrestling, which I really enjoy as it satisfies my soap opera fetish.
What “reality” shows can you not get enough of and if you had the opportunity to be on any of them, which one(s) would it be?