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RadioShack's days are numbered - Jul. 31, 2014
OlderTwin really has an affinity for animals, especially dogs. This has been clear for quite some time and was really driven home by the dog sledding tours we took during our vacation.

The psychiatrist believes a pet would be beneficial and therapeutic. So, after much consideration, we will soon be adding a pet to our family. We’ve selected a Golden Retriever puppy whose parents have produced several dogs that were used in therapy programs. The puppy won’t be ready to leave his mom until late August so I’ve got a few weeks to refresh my memory on housebreaking and puppy care. 

It’s been 5 years since our last dog died from old age. Dogs just don’t live long enough. It’s so hard to say goodbye when the time comes. But, we can’t live life afraid of goodbyes. Everyone eventually leaves for one reason or another. 

So, here we go. Life with a dog on the near horizon.

OlderTwin really has an affinity for animals, especially dogs. This has been clear for quite some time and was really driven home by the dog sledding tours we took during our vacation.

The psychiatrist believes a pet would be beneficial and therapeutic. So, after much consideration, we will soon be adding a pet to our family. We’ve selected a Golden Retriever puppy whose parents have produced several dogs that were used in therapy programs. The puppy won’t be ready to leave his mom until late August so I’ve got a few weeks to refresh my memory on housebreaking and puppy care.

It’s been 5 years since our last dog died from old age. Dogs just don’t live long enough. It’s so hard to say goodbye when the time comes. But, we can’t live life afraid of goodbyes. Everyone eventually leaves for one reason or another.

So, here we go. Life with a dog on the near horizon.

High court unanimously upholds Wisconsin domestic partner registry : Wsj

The folks at growinguplast had a superhero theme last week but since I’m always running a week behind I just learned about it. Hopefully, they won’t mind a late comment.

As a kid, I loved, loved, loved superheroes. And growing up in the 70s was a perfect time for such an infatuation. I gobbled up every SuperFriends episode I could on Saturday mornings. These mornings were also filled with Isis and Shazam.

I got my superhero fix in the evening, too, by watching shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and the two 1979 TV movies about Captain America. Heck, I even remember the short-lived show, Tabitha, which featured the kids from Bewitched as adults. And, of course, we can’t forget the TV show, The Greatest American Hero.

Afternoons were spent watching the Adam West version of Batman which was a popular syndicated show in the 70s. I also watched UnderDog in syndication - usually in the morning.

And if those weren’t enough I was also around to see Christopher Reeve appear as Superman in the 1978 movie.

My blog is a tribute to ElectraWoman and DynaGirl, my all time favorite 1970s crime fighting duo. So you could say superheroes have played an important role in my life.

I know comic book purists often criticize the goody-goody superhero depictions of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, preferring our current-day, darker superhero images. But, I’m so thankful for the happy, lighter superhero images of my youth.

It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized I enjoyed these shows not because of the character’s super powers but more so because I identified with the characters’ emotional struggles around maintaining a secret identity, a struggle I, too, experienced until I fully came out at 27. Seeing noble, strong, good people who were also plagued with tremendous insecurities about revealing their secret identity helped me cope with the years of loneliness and sadness that often accompany living in the closet.

I saw these slides in a Tumblr recommended post by psych-facts. I theorize they weren’t created by a parent. Let me explain. 

1. The desire to sleep may also reveal that you have a baby because apparently women have the phrase, “Don’t ever let your parents sleep,” tattooed inside their body and after staring at that sentence for 9 months, babies heed the advice.

2. The one about emotional pain was clearly written by someone who has never stepped on their kid’s toys with a bare foot in the middle of the night. I’m guessing it also wasn’t written by a dad who’s been sucker punched in the crotch region by their kid and/or one of the kid’s toys. 

3. That one about estrogen is for people without kids because no amount of estrogen can overcome the forgetfulness caused by having a young child, toddler, or baby. 

4. The one about attention span definitely only applies to adults. As most parents will tell you (because they’ve learned this fact the hard way), kids have an attention span of about one minute and for teens it’s about 10 seconds. 

5. If the one about emotional intelligence is true then we all might as well as admit that our kids are emotionally stupid. I’ve yet to meet a young child who reasons with their emotions or uses emotions to enhance thought. Kids pretty much have emotions for one reason - to jump start temper tantrums or propel a tantrum into warp speed. 

6. If you’re a parent and you have a second to gaze into your soulmate’s eyes, your hearts aren’t synchronizing; your body is simply returning to a normal blood pressure because that’s what happens when you finally have a kid-free moment. 

7. Yeah. Of course they return a wallet if it has a baby picture in it. It’s called having sympathy for you. No need to make your life even more stressful by keeping your wallet. Plus your wallet won’t have any cash in it, any way, because you’ve spent it all on your kids. 

8. If the one about what we remember is true, then f*ck it I’m leaving my kids at home during my next vacation. If they’re only gonna remember my mistakes then I might as well stop trying to build good memories of fun family vacations.

To hell with filling my vacation days with fun activities for the kids. I’ll go on vacation and actually get some rest and sleep in past 6am. Yes. Even when on vacation, kids are still prone to waking up way too f*cking early. If only I had a quarter for every time I’ve yelled, “We’re on vacation. I’m not getting up at 6:03 in the morning. I’ll see you in two or three hours. Go back to bed,” I’d have enough money for an around-the-world cruise. I saw these slides in a Tumblr recommended post by psych-facts. I theorize they weren’t created by a parent. Let me explain. 

1. The desire to sleep may also reveal that you have a baby because apparently women have the phrase, “Don’t ever let your parents sleep,” tattooed inside their body and after staring at that sentence for 9 months, babies heed the advice.

2. The one about emotional pain was clearly written by someone who has never stepped on their kid’s toys with a bare foot in the middle of the night. I’m guessing it also wasn’t written by a dad who’s been sucker punched in the crotch region by their kid and/or one of the kid’s toys. 

3. That one about estrogen is for people without kids because no amount of estrogen can overcome the forgetfulness caused by having a young child, toddler, or baby. 

4. The one about attention span definitely only applies to adults. As most parents will tell you (because they’ve learned this fact the hard way), kids have an attention span of about one minute and for teens it’s about 10 seconds. 

5. If the one about emotional intelligence is true then we all might as well as admit that our kids are emotionally stupid. I’ve yet to meet a young child who reasons with their emotions or uses emotions to enhance thought. Kids pretty much have emotions for one reason - to jump start temper tantrums or propel a tantrum into warp speed. 

6. If you’re a parent and you have a second to gaze into your soulmate’s eyes, your hearts aren’t synchronizing; your body is simply returning to a normal blood pressure because that’s what happens when you finally have a kid-free moment. 

7. Yeah. Of course they return a wallet if it has a baby picture in it. It’s called having sympathy for you. No need to make your life even more stressful by keeping your wallet. Plus your wallet won’t have any cash in it, any way, because you’ve spent it all on your kids. 

8. If the one about what we remember is true, then f*ck it I’m leaving my kids at home during my next vacation. If they’re only gonna remember my mistakes then I might as well stop trying to build good memories of fun family vacations.

To hell with filling my vacation days with fun activities for the kids. I’ll go on vacation and actually get some rest and sleep in past 6am. Yes. Even when on vacation, kids are still prone to waking up way too f*cking early. If only I had a quarter for every time I’ve yelled, “We’re on vacation. I’m not getting up at 6:03 in the morning. I’ll see you in two or three hours. Go back to bed,” I’d have enough money for an around-the-world cruise. I saw these slides in a Tumblr recommended post by psych-facts. I theorize they weren’t created by a parent. Let me explain. 

1. The desire to sleep may also reveal that you have a baby because apparently women have the phrase, “Don’t ever let your parents sleep,” tattooed inside their body and after staring at that sentence for 9 months, babies heed the advice.

2. The one about emotional pain was clearly written by someone who has never stepped on their kid’s toys with a bare foot in the middle of the night. I’m guessing it also wasn’t written by a dad who’s been sucker punched in the crotch region by their kid and/or one of the kid’s toys. 

3. That one about estrogen is for people without kids because no amount of estrogen can overcome the forgetfulness caused by having a young child, toddler, or baby. 

4. The one about attention span definitely only applies to adults. As most parents will tell you (because they’ve learned this fact the hard way), kids have an attention span of about one minute and for teens it’s about 10 seconds. 

5. If the one about emotional intelligence is true then we all might as well as admit that our kids are emotionally stupid. I’ve yet to meet a young child who reasons with their emotions or uses emotions to enhance thought. Kids pretty much have emotions for one reason - to jump start temper tantrums or propel a tantrum into warp speed. 

6. If you’re a parent and you have a second to gaze into your soulmate’s eyes, your hearts aren’t synchronizing; your body is simply returning to a normal blood pressure because that’s what happens when you finally have a kid-free moment. 

7. Yeah. Of course they return a wallet if it has a baby picture in it. It’s called having sympathy for you. No need to make your life even more stressful by keeping your wallet. Plus your wallet won’t have any cash in it, any way, because you’ve spent it all on your kids. 

8. If the one about what we remember is true, then f*ck it I’m leaving my kids at home during my next vacation. If they’re only gonna remember my mistakes then I might as well stop trying to build good memories of fun family vacations.

To hell with filling my vacation days with fun activities for the kids. I’ll go on vacation and actually get some rest and sleep in past 6am. Yes. Even when on vacation, kids are still prone to waking up way too f*cking early. If only I had a quarter for every time I’ve yelled, “We’re on vacation. I’m not getting up at 6:03 in the morning. I’ll see you in two or three hours. Go back to bed,” I’d have enough money for an around-the-world cruise. I saw these slides in a Tumblr recommended post by psych-facts. I theorize they weren’t created by a parent. Let me explain. 

1. The desire to sleep may also reveal that you have a baby because apparently women have the phrase, “Don’t ever let your parents sleep,” tattooed inside their body and after staring at that sentence for 9 months, babies heed the advice.

2. The one about emotional pain was clearly written by someone who has never stepped on their kid’s toys with a bare foot in the middle of the night. I’m guessing it also wasn’t written by a dad who’s been sucker punched in the crotch region by their kid and/or one of the kid’s toys. 

3. That one about estrogen is for people without kids because no amount of estrogen can overcome the forgetfulness caused by having a young child, toddler, or baby. 

4. The one about attention span definitely only applies to adults. As most parents will tell you (because they’ve learned this fact the hard way), kids have an attention span of about one minute and for teens it’s about 10 seconds. 

5. If the one about emotional intelligence is true then we all might as well as admit that our kids are emotionally stupid. I’ve yet to meet a young child who reasons with their emotions or uses emotions to enhance thought. Kids pretty much have emotions for one reason - to jump start temper tantrums or propel a tantrum into warp speed. 

6. If you’re a parent and you have a second to gaze into your soulmate’s eyes, your hearts aren’t synchronizing; your body is simply returning to a normal blood pressure because that’s what happens when you finally have a kid-free moment. 

7. Yeah. Of course they return a wallet if it has a baby picture in it. It’s called having sympathy for you. No need to make your life even more stressful by keeping your wallet. Plus your wallet won’t have any cash in it, any way, because you’ve spent it all on your kids. 

8. If the one about what we remember is true, then f*ck it I’m leaving my kids at home during my next vacation. If they’re only gonna remember my mistakes then I might as well stop trying to build good memories of fun family vacations.

To hell with filling my vacation days with fun activities for the kids. I’ll go on vacation and actually get some rest and sleep in past 6am. Yes. Even when on vacation, kids are still prone to waking up way too f*cking early. If only I had a quarter for every time I’ve yelled, “We’re on vacation. I’m not getting up at 6:03 in the morning. I’ll see you in two or three hours. Go back to bed,” I’d have enough money for an around-the-world cruise. I saw these slides in a Tumblr recommended post by psych-facts. I theorize they weren’t created by a parent. Let me explain. 

1. The desire to sleep may also reveal that you have a baby because apparently women have the phrase, “Don’t ever let your parents sleep,” tattooed inside their body and after staring at that sentence for 9 months, babies heed the advice.

2. The one about emotional pain was clearly written by someone who has never stepped on their kid’s toys with a bare foot in the middle of the night. I’m guessing it also wasn’t written by a dad who’s been sucker punched in the crotch region by their kid and/or one of the kid’s toys. 

3. That one about estrogen is for people without kids because no amount of estrogen can overcome the forgetfulness caused by having a young child, toddler, or baby. 

4. The one about attention span definitely only applies to adults. As most parents will tell you (because they’ve learned this fact the hard way), kids have an attention span of about one minute and for teens it’s about 10 seconds. 

5. If the one about emotional intelligence is true then we all might as well as admit that our kids are emotionally stupid. I’ve yet to meet a young child who reasons with their emotions or uses emotions to enhance thought. Kids pretty much have emotions for one reason - to jump start temper tantrums or propel a tantrum into warp speed. 

6. If you’re a parent and you have a second to gaze into your soulmate’s eyes, your hearts aren’t synchronizing; your body is simply returning to a normal blood pressure because that’s what happens when you finally have a kid-free moment. 

7. Yeah. Of course they return a wallet if it has a baby picture in it. It’s called having sympathy for you. No need to make your life even more stressful by keeping your wallet. Plus your wallet won’t have any cash in it, any way, because you’ve spent it all on your kids. 

8. If the one about what we remember is true, then f*ck it I’m leaving my kids at home during my next vacation. If they’re only gonna remember my mistakes then I might as well stop trying to build good memories of fun family vacations.

To hell with filling my vacation days with fun activities for the kids. I’ll go on vacation and actually get some rest and sleep in past 6am. Yes. Even when on vacation, kids are still prone to waking up way too f*cking early. If only I had a quarter for every time I’ve yelled, “We’re on vacation. I’m not getting up at 6:03 in the morning. I’ll see you in two or three hours. Go back to bed,” I’d have enough money for an around-the-world cruise. I saw these slides in a Tumblr recommended post by psych-facts. I theorize they weren’t created by a parent. Let me explain. 

1. The desire to sleep may also reveal that you have a baby because apparently women have the phrase, “Don’t ever let your parents sleep,” tattooed inside their body and after staring at that sentence for 9 months, babies heed the advice.

2. The one about emotional pain was clearly written by someone who has never stepped on their kid’s toys with a bare foot in the middle of the night. I’m guessing it also wasn’t written by a dad who’s been sucker punched in the crotch region by their kid and/or one of the kid’s toys. 

3. That one about estrogen is for people without kids because no amount of estrogen can overcome the forgetfulness caused by having a young child, toddler, or baby. 

4. The one about attention span definitely only applies to adults. As most parents will tell you (because they’ve learned this fact the hard way), kids have an attention span of about one minute and for teens it’s about 10 seconds. 

5. If the one about emotional intelligence is true then we all might as well as admit that our kids are emotionally stupid. I’ve yet to meet a young child who reasons with their emotions or uses emotions to enhance thought. Kids pretty much have emotions for one reason - to jump start temper tantrums or propel a tantrum into warp speed. 

6. If you’re a parent and you have a second to gaze into your soulmate’s eyes, your hearts aren’t synchronizing; your body is simply returning to a normal blood pressure because that’s what happens when you finally have a kid-free moment. 

7. Yeah. Of course they return a wallet if it has a baby picture in it. It’s called having sympathy for you. No need to make your life even more stressful by keeping your wallet. Plus your wallet won’t have any cash in it, any way, because you’ve spent it all on your kids. 

8. If the one about what we remember is true, then f*ck it I’m leaving my kids at home during my next vacation. If they’re only gonna remember my mistakes then I might as well stop trying to build good memories of fun family vacations.

To hell with filling my vacation days with fun activities for the kids. I’ll go on vacation and actually get some rest and sleep in past 6am. Yes. Even when on vacation, kids are still prone to waking up way too f*cking early. If only I had a quarter for every time I’ve yelled, “We’re on vacation. I’m not getting up at 6:03 in the morning. I’ll see you in two or three hours. Go back to bed,” I’d have enough money for an around-the-world cruise. I saw these slides in a Tumblr recommended post by psych-facts. I theorize they weren’t created by a parent. Let me explain. 

1. The desire to sleep may also reveal that you have a baby because apparently women have the phrase, “Don’t ever let your parents sleep,” tattooed inside their body and after staring at that sentence for 9 months, babies heed the advice.

2. The one about emotional pain was clearly written by someone who has never stepped on their kid’s toys with a bare foot in the middle of the night. I’m guessing it also wasn’t written by a dad who’s been sucker punched in the crotch region by their kid and/or one of the kid’s toys. 

3. That one about estrogen is for people without kids because no amount of estrogen can overcome the forgetfulness caused by having a young child, toddler, or baby. 

4. The one about attention span definitely only applies to adults. As most parents will tell you (because they’ve learned this fact the hard way), kids have an attention span of about one minute and for teens it’s about 10 seconds. 

5. If the one about emotional intelligence is true then we all might as well as admit that our kids are emotionally stupid. I’ve yet to meet a young child who reasons with their emotions or uses emotions to enhance thought. Kids pretty much have emotions for one reason - to jump start temper tantrums or propel a tantrum into warp speed. 

6. If you’re a parent and you have a second to gaze into your soulmate’s eyes, your hearts aren’t synchronizing; your body is simply returning to a normal blood pressure because that’s what happens when you finally have a kid-free moment. 

7. Yeah. Of course they return a wallet if it has a baby picture in it. It’s called having sympathy for you. No need to make your life even more stressful by keeping your wallet. Plus your wallet won’t have any cash in it, any way, because you’ve spent it all on your kids. 

8. If the one about what we remember is true, then f*ck it I’m leaving my kids at home during my next vacation. If they’re only gonna remember my mistakes then I might as well stop trying to build good memories of fun family vacations.

To hell with filling my vacation days with fun activities for the kids. I’ll go on vacation and actually get some rest and sleep in past 6am. Yes. Even when on vacation, kids are still prone to waking up way too f*cking early. If only I had a quarter for every time I’ve yelled, “We’re on vacation. I’m not getting up at 6:03 in the morning. I’ll see you in two or three hours. Go back to bed,” I’d have enough money for an around-the-world cruise. I saw these slides in a Tumblr recommended post by psych-facts. I theorize they weren’t created by a parent. Let me explain. 

1. The desire to sleep may also reveal that you have a baby because apparently women have the phrase, “Don’t ever let your parents sleep,” tattooed inside their body and after staring at that sentence for 9 months, babies heed the advice.

2. The one about emotional pain was clearly written by someone who has never stepped on their kid’s toys with a bare foot in the middle of the night. I’m guessing it also wasn’t written by a dad who’s been sucker punched in the crotch region by their kid and/or one of the kid’s toys. 

3. That one about estrogen is for people without kids because no amount of estrogen can overcome the forgetfulness caused by having a young child, toddler, or baby. 

4. The one about attention span definitely only applies to adults. As most parents will tell you (because they’ve learned this fact the hard way), kids have an attention span of about one minute and for teens it’s about 10 seconds. 

5. If the one about emotional intelligence is true then we all might as well as admit that our kids are emotionally stupid. I’ve yet to meet a young child who reasons with their emotions or uses emotions to enhance thought. Kids pretty much have emotions for one reason - to jump start temper tantrums or propel a tantrum into warp speed. 

6. If you’re a parent and you have a second to gaze into your soulmate’s eyes, your hearts aren’t synchronizing; your body is simply returning to a normal blood pressure because that’s what happens when you finally have a kid-free moment. 

7. Yeah. Of course they return a wallet if it has a baby picture in it. It’s called having sympathy for you. No need to make your life even more stressful by keeping your wallet. Plus your wallet won’t have any cash in it, any way, because you’ve spent it all on your kids. 

8. If the one about what we remember is true, then f*ck it I’m leaving my kids at home during my next vacation. If they’re only gonna remember my mistakes then I might as well stop trying to build good memories of fun family vacations.

To hell with filling my vacation days with fun activities for the kids. I’ll go on vacation and actually get some rest and sleep in past 6am. Yes. Even when on vacation, kids are still prone to waking up way too f*cking early. If only I had a quarter for every time I’ve yelled, “We’re on vacation. I’m not getting up at 6:03 in the morning. I’ll see you in two or three hours. Go back to bed,” I’d have enough money for an around-the-world cruise.

I saw these slides in a Tumblr recommended post by psych-facts. I theorize they weren’t created by a parent. Let me explain.

1. The desire to sleep may also reveal that you have a baby because apparently women have the phrase, “Don’t ever let your parents sleep,” tattooed inside their body and after staring at that sentence for 9 months, babies heed the advice.

2. The one about emotional pain was clearly written by someone who has never stepped on their kid’s toys with a bare foot in the middle of the night. I’m guessing it also wasn’t written by a dad who’s been sucker punched in the crotch region by their kid and/or one of the kid’s toys.

3. That one about estrogen is for people without kids because no amount of estrogen can overcome the forgetfulness caused by having a young child, toddler, or baby.

4. The one about attention span definitely only applies to adults. As most parents will tell you (because they’ve learned this fact the hard way), kids have an attention span of about one minute and for teens it’s about 10 seconds.

5. If the one about emotional intelligence is true then we all might as well as admit that our kids are emotionally stupid. I’ve yet to meet a young child who reasons with their emotions or uses emotions to enhance thought. Kids pretty much have emotions for one reason - to jump start temper tantrums or propel a tantrum into warp speed.

6. If you’re a parent and you have a second to gaze into your soulmate’s eyes, your hearts aren’t synchronizing; your body is simply returning to a normal blood pressure because that’s what happens when you finally have a kid-free moment.

7. Yeah. Of course they return a wallet if it has a baby picture in it. It’s called having sympathy for you. No need to make your life even more stressful by keeping your wallet. Plus your wallet won’t have any cash in it, any way, because you’ve spent it all on your kids.

8. If the one about what we remember is true, then f*ck it I’m leaving my kids at home during my next vacation. If they’re only gonna remember my mistakes then I might as well stop trying to build good memories of fun family vacations.

To hell with filling my vacation days with fun activities for the kids. I’ll go on vacation and actually get some rest and sleep in past 6am. Yes. Even when on vacation, kids are still prone to waking up way too f*cking early. If only I had a quarter for every time I’ve yelled, “We’re on vacation. I’m not getting up at 6:03 in the morning. I’ll see you in two or three hours. Go back to bed,” I’d have enough money for an around-the-world cruise.

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The Oldest Kid just wrapped up 3 days of new teacher orientation. He was telling us that because he’s single with no dependents the premium for his PPO health insurance is completely paid for by the school district.

I tried to impress upon him what a tremendous fringe benefit free health insurance is. However, like many healthy males in their mid-20s who don’t have kids, he just doesn’t “get it.”

I’m glad that he’s been fortunate enough to have lived a life where needing health care hasn’t been a reality for him. But, as someone who understands how important health insurance is, I kinda wanna whack him on the head so he has a need to use his insurance. On second thought, I don’t want him missing a day of work cuz your child’s financial independence is a happy, happy day.

We also talked about his retirement plan. Since he still thinks 30 will mean he’s old, the concept of retirement went right over his head like a jet plane.

Technically that button with the red triangle on it is known as the hazard light button. 

However have you ever noticed how many people think it’s a magical I-Can-Do-Whatever-The-Hell-I-Want-As-Long-As-I-Use-It button?

I’ve seen people double park, park in the road, and even illegitimately use a handicap space. But it was all ok because they turned on their emergency flashers. Except magic isn’t real and that button doesn’t mean you get to do whatever the hell you want.

Technically that button with the red triangle on it is known as the hazard light button.

However have you ever noticed how many people think it’s a magical I-Can-Do-Whatever-The-Hell-I-Want-As-Long-As-I-Use-It button?

I’ve seen people double park, park in the road, and even illegitimately use a handicap space. But it was all ok because they turned on their emergency flashers. Except magic isn’t real and that button doesn’t mean you get to do whatever the hell you want.

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