Taking your dog everywhere

People bring their dogs everywhere. Restaurants, libraries, grocery stores, the doctor, no not the vet. Tourist attractions are now putting up passive aggressive signs to drop subtle hints that no one likes your dog. There used to be a time when you’d see s stroller with a cute baby, but not it’s occupied by a dog. People will carry their dogs in a Baby Bjorn just so they don’t have to pay for a kennel.

What about socialization for homeschooled kids?

auditorium benches chairs class

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

One of the most frequently asked questions about home-schooling is socialization. I simply ask “Do you mean being allowed to talk and interact when and how they want like a normal human?”. I like to jog the public school parents memory of what their kids are experiencing in school right now.

  • Standing/Walking in single file down hallways
  • Sitting at a desk for 6 hours
  • Getting in trouble for doodling or passing notes
  • Having to raise your hand to speak (I understand the reason, it’s just not natural)
  • Asking permission for a drink of water
  • Asking permission to go to the toilet
  • Maybe if they are good and didn’t socialize they will get a 15-30 break to socialize outside under strict supervision.

Homeschool kids get plenty of socialization such as little league, co-ops, nature walks, and of course going to all the nice local parks while other kids are in school. Also, going to major theme parks when other kids are in school is nice too.

Amazon Echo Interrupting your TV shows


Amazon echo has many uses. It can order toilet paper by a simple voice command. It can also interrupt your television show by picking up anything that sounds like it’s wake command. So in the middle of a interesting segment of any of your favorite show you hear, “Hmm, I didn’t quite get that.” Really nice Alexa. It’s also nice that you pick up any conversation that Dexter Morgan says. I’m sure the police will show up any day and ask about Bay Harbor.

The new segregation

Privileged Prius Parking

If you really think about it, the hybrids and alternative fuel cars should be forced to park as far away as possible. Allowing them to park so close forces the gas guzzlers to burn more fuel looking for a spot thus forcing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Hybrids are already fuel efficient enough, you don’t need to reward them by giving them the same treatment as handicapped parking. I can understand electric cars being allowed to park close so they can plug into their USB chargers or swap out their D batteries.

Can we agree that segregation and privilege are wrong?

Waiting in traffic activities

40 minute wait 30 miles out

On a recent road trip, we were traveling back from a smaller road trip after visiting Mammoth Cave National Park. We were about 30 minutes away from our hotel in Nashville when we came to a complete stop. We could see there were only about 50 cars ahead of us and emergency workers scrambling to save someone. We waited about 40 minutes. So how do you redeem the time?

Pray for the people involved.
This is the easiest thing to do if you are not first on the scene and try to calm and help the people.

Get out and look
Get out of your car and see if you can see what happens. Cross your arms and pace, this should get things moving.

Bathroom break
Let your kids out to pee on the side of the road. You will never see these people again so it’s OK for a brief period of public urination. The cops are busy anyway.

Turn the event into a self-centered tirade about how much you are being inconvenienced. Say things like, “If they aren’t dead, then they should be in jail for causing such a horrible delay”. You know, terrible things like that.

For all those terrible thoughts you just had about the terrible wreck. But then rationalize that if it’s only a mere fender bender then they should at least perform community service.

Share the road?

I don’t know who I’m more afraid for. The guy on the bike or the two men putting their faith in that tailgate.

It’s fine if you want to ride your bicycle, but c’mon, across the twists and turns of the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway? You put your faith in people who text and drive around kiss your a$$ turns? You are a true adrenaline junkie if the odds of getting smeared all over the side of a mountain are this high.

Back to school anger


There you are enjoying your summer of sunburns, splinters, spider bites and then the back to school circular shows up. Your parents were so happy to show it to you just to let you know the end of summer fun is nigh.

The best part of back to school was getting a brand new trapper keeper to put your doodles in because the teacher was uninteresting. The worst part was showing up with your new clothes and sneakers only to be mocked for having last years models of Swede Pumas. How did seventh graders know this? I was happy to have name brands!