You have seen him in movies and on TV but have you talked to him up close. Of all the Dads that joined us on our Mancave Night, Daniel certainly was the biggest name. But that didn’t mean that he knew any better. Ideas and responses flew around the room as we debated how to introduce our children to Religion. We tossed about a few family stories. Danny won those hands down. I mean none of us could talk about a one on one with Bob De Niro. But when you have a group of Dads who are honestly interested in becoming better fathers, it can lead to great conversation, and there is no doubt that this one was one of the best we have had.
Work vs Life? Which wins in your existence? Work/Life balance. It’s been a struggle forever and with technology it may be even a more difficult struggle now.
How often do you take home work with you? Do you proclaim you are present with your family and you really aren’t?
Todd and Kent brought up this topic at a recent Mancave night where they unveiled their own thoughts and invited other Dads to talk about it as well. Mix it all together and you have one hell of a night of introspection. Moms may even want to listen to this one, because it will shed some light on what all Dads are thinking about.
When it comes to talking about Public schools everyone has an opinion. One teacher in NYC decided to someone else’s money where his mouth is.
TEP, The Equity Project Charter school is paying their teachers $125,000 per year. They say they are holding everyone to higher standards even their students. Is it working? Would that work in your hometown?
Kent (Public schooling) and Todd (Private schooling) debate whether this is a good idea. Can it fix the issues that are derailing public schools and therefore the education of our children?
With Charlie Sheen grabbing headlines for being one heck of a Dad, Todd and Kent thought who else is a horrible Dad? Not just on TV, but in real life? There are plenty to go around.
That inspired a conversation that talked about what it really takes to be a good Dad and how more men around the country can take certain steps to be better. What’s the one thing you do everyday to be the best father possible?
With Kent in Toronto eh, Todd had centerstage and a soap box. Good Lord!
This was an episode that women should hear as well. He touched on plenty: The Uterus Police trying to make something happen in Georgia; a Mom who went way too far and may have caused some long term damage to her son; the New Zealand earthquake aftermath and of course there is Rush Limbaugh looking like Homer Simpson and painting a big red bullseye on his plump belly, except he wasn’t saying, “Here T-shirt, T-shirt, T-shirt” Don’t take shots at our first lady Rush, who by the way could probably whoop Rush’s large butt even with a mouthful of ribs.
I say Valentine’s Day and you say…Roses, Chocolate, Diamonds. Which one of those three can actually kill her? Diamonds? No way! Chocolate? Well, if she chokes on it I guess. Roses? Those deliciously looking, beautifully smelling red roses? Yup, those are the ones.
How can something so pure and so green hurt the one you love? Do you actually know the process that flowers go through before you buy them at a supermarket and at many Floral shops? You will after this show and you will not want to buy certain types of flowers again.
Josef Reiter, the owner of Botanica Floral Design joined us to talk about the difference between flowers grown in Portland or in your home town vs the ones that are imported into our country, which most are. This won’t stop you from getting her flowers or even roses, but it will make you think twice before lazily grabbing some on the way home Monday night.
Two completely different discussions on this episode.
1st: Kent returned from his Hawaiian vacation with some tips about how to travel with a group, save TONS of money and have a great time in a HUGE house. The Big Island was ideal!
2nd: Asked if they want our kids to grow up and be just like them? Todd stunned Kent when he said “No way!” Plus what traits do they and don’t they want them to have? Even those answers from these two dads will surprise you.
Look at your schedule. Do you find it difficult to even have the time to sit down and enjoy lunch peacefully now? If you live in the Northwest, it’s not easy. The weather outside is horrble, forcing you inside to eat. There is usually a line and that makes it worse. So what to do? Portland and some of the amazing people here decided to start making great meals out of Food Carts. They are everywhere. But are they good? Yes. They are. Have I eaten at all of them? No. But as a business man who is trying to get the most out of his day before having to pick up the kids, it’s important to know where I can get great food at a good price and have it Take Out style.
On this edition of Dads Unplugged, Kelly McNiece, our IT and food connoisseur filled in for Kent Lewis who was out on assignment. We decided to try the whole “Take Out” scene, except we were too busy to go pick up the take out. So how did we do it? Portland Pedal Power. What was our experience? That’s what today’s show is about. Can a businessman get what he wants, when he wants it and have it still be hot and extra delicious when it arrives? I guess you will just have to listen and if you do, you will learn about one cart in Portland that may have the best sandwiches you have ever tasted.
While Kent is away the rest of will play. Kelly McNiece steps in and brings an order of something with him. We are going to be doing thing a little different. With Kelly’s love of food, there seems to be no better reason to find out if a great restaurant can serve great Take Out. Can it hold on to its delectable deliciousness even after being delivered? This should be fun, filling and a bit messy. Find out on this episode of Dads Unplugged at 3:30pm
How did your dad, grandpa and/or great grandpa influence you and your path? The question was posed by Kent and answered by both. Did they influence you positively or negatively? How have you gotten past that? How have you used it to your advantage.
Most Dads say they idolized theirs and while that may be true that is putting undue pressure on yourself and might be too tall an order. There are some wonderful things about everyone’s dad, but not all Dads were wonderful.
Our history tells us a great deal about our future and it starts with fathers. Tell us about yours. Kent and Todd are honest about their feelings towards their own influences. It’s a episode that dads can’t afford to miss.