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Urban Daddy Exclusive: Father’s Day Giveaway

I’ve never done this before and I’m really excited to have my first every giveaway just in time for Father’s Day and this giveaway is actually something that if I got for father’s day, I would be pretty excited about.

2010 marked the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain‘s death and in celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain’s works, UC Press published the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1.  This book represents the first of a projected three-volume edition of the complete, uncensored autobiography.

To the surprise of many–but not us dads–the book became an immediate bestseller and was hailed as the capstone of the life’s work of America’s favorite author.

In its original form, the book could viewed as a bit “intimidating” for some readers, containing over 700 pages, significant scholarly notations, and weighs in at just over four pounds in weight!

So with the 100th anniversary just passing and in response to well-received feedback – just in time for Father’s Day – the publisher has released AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOLUME 1, READER’S EDITION (UC Press, March 2012) which provides the bestselling text in a form that is convenient for the general reader.

Here is what Dads will love about the new Reader’s Edition:

  • It’s portable
  • It is a paperback
  • It is written in larger type
  • It is without any editorial explanations
  • Includes an exclusive excerpt from Volume 2

Even with all these slimming changes, there is no downsizing in content. In addition to the full, uncensored biography, READER’S EDITION features a brief introduction describing the evolution of Mark Twain’s ideas about writing his autobiography, a chronology of his life, and brief family biographies.

Readers will also get an exclusive look at what is to come with an excerpt from the highly anticipated Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2-a controversial but characteristically humorous attack on Christian doctrine.

This updated major literary event brings to readers, admirers, and scholars the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended.

Here is what Esquire had to say about this book; “So the Autobiography of Mark Twain, what with being The Dad Book of the Year and all, is apparently flying off the shelves faster than bookstores can stock it.”

I have a copy of the MARK TWAIN, VOLUME 1, READER’S EDITION, for one lucky reader and all you have to do if jump through a ring of fire and walk across a tightrope over an active volcano.

No seriously…  All you need to do is comment as to why you would like the copy I received  to giveaway and then either go to twitter and re-tweet this post or like my Facebook page.  If you don’t have twitter of Facebook that’s okay too.  My Facebook page is!/pages/Urban-Daddy/109554365740659 and there is a link to it on the right side of my blog.  My twitter account is @urbandaddyblog.

I’m going to be diving into my copy soon and hopefully I can get the copy off to the winner on this weekend, so please if you are interested, let me know on this blog post by midnight Saturday night, June 9th, 2012.  I will put all those interested into a hat and have one of my kids pull out the winner so it will be totally random, then I will reach out to that winner for their address.

Good luck to all.

Posted in family, Life, Linus, Stewie, urbandaddyblog

Come follow my 4-year-old son on Twitter

Come follow my 4-year-old boy on Twitter @littleboypurple

He only has 7 tweets (he talks, we type) but he comes in to our room in the morning (2:30am this morning) and he’s usually ready to provide a message to the world.

It’s too hard for me to remember all the clever / crazy / funny / inquisitive stuff that comes out of his mouth so my wife opened the account for him.

Our 6-year-old wanted to know why he doesn’t have a Twitter account – and when prompted for something to say to the world, he responded with “Fou Fou Banana”… Nuff said.

So please sign in and follow the little (not so little) guy.

And if you have a twitter account or know some good ones, post them here and I’ll make sure to follow you from my account @urbandaddyblog


… and also check out my wife, @naomicatgirl

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Happy 5th Birthday Twitter

Hey, Twitter is 5 years old today.

What do you get for a social networking program, in 140 word or less, that has absolutely everything?

Really?  I do not know.

Will there be cake?

But seriously, Twitter, in the 2 years I’ve known you, you have allowed some 725 people to read my nonsensical ramblings, my “tweets” about life, tax, sports and general random thoughts about nothing.  You have taught me about the correct use of a “#” sign and the “@” sign.  You show up on the right column of this blog and you post each and every blog post I write. 

We’ve bonded.

I’m still not sure what you’re all about, and why 140 characters?  Why not 141?  Or 139? 

And why again do I care what Tom Cruise, Ashton Kutcher or Lindsay Lohan are doing at any point in the day?  You’ve got that edgy, digital voyeurism aspect that kind of creeps me out but kind of keeps me coming back for more. 

My wife dislikes you, unless she is using you as evidence as to what time I am going to bed.  Hard to deny a 2:25am tweet.  I tell her you are misunderstood, but we all know that’s a lie.  I still like Facebook more, but you’re good in a pinch.

Well happy birthday anyways… I’m off to play Cityville or Jedi Vs Sith on Facebook.

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How to keep in touch with this urban daddy’s blog

I recommend subscribing to this blog.


That way you get an email or notification whenever something changes around here.  When a new blog post hits, an older post is re-posted or edited, or when a comment prompts me to post a disclaimer at the bottom of the post, maybe with some comments.

To be honest, since I do most of my posting for the week late at night, subscribing allows you to see my posts once I’ve had a chance to run the spell checker and check the grammar.

As well, if you have not already done this, you should go to Facebook and type in urbandaddy, find the trademark yucky stuffed offwhite kitty (that’s Linus’ “friend” Zoey) and “like” this blog. I foresee in the future posting there only, and not on my regular facebook page.

Right now people who “like” urban daddy and are friends with me get the posts twice.

You can also follow me on twitter @urbandaddyblog

So many choices!!!

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Thank you readers for a record month!

Thank you for making January (with one day left) the best month for this blog… EVER.

Hits this month were a quarter more than my previous best month, which was December, and comments this month were a staggering 65% more than my previous best.

I really appreciate each time someone takes the time to read, or comment on something I have written. 

Whether you are reading it directly at, or on Facebook under my profile, or my urbandaddy page (come “like” me), or on Twitter @urbandaddyblog. You have taken the time to click through and I appreciate it.

Let’s have a kick-ass February!


This urban daddy