In response to my post mentioning Grace Slick, breakthecitysky left me this note. 

To her I say, don’t worry I’m not classy. Coca-Cola makes me burp so I avoid it. Grace and I would have to stick to milkshakes. 

Something tells me your dad is probably a lot more fun than me which is why he’ll get to sing the Mickey Thomas part during their rendition of “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”. As for me, always drinking that two-straw milkshake alone, while oddly enough everyone else is, for some reason, snipping their straws to a much a shorter length. What’s up with that?

(Seriously, one day I’m gonna get a Tumblr person to feel sorry for me and lip sync that duet with me so I can post it on my blog.)

In response to my post mentioning Grace Slick, breakthecitysky left me this note.

To her I say, don’t worry I’m not classy. Coca-Cola makes me burp so I avoid it. Grace and I would have to stick to milkshakes.

Something tells me your dad is probably a lot more fun than me which is why he’ll get to sing the Mickey Thomas part during their rendition of “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”. As for me, always drinking that two-straw milkshake alone, while oddly enough everyone else is, for some reason, snipping their straws to a much a shorter length. What’s up with that?

(Seriously, one day I’m gonna get a Tumblr person to feel sorry for me and lip sync that duet with me so I can post it on my blog.)

As someone who is watching his 40s fly by, I try to remember what Grace Slick said over the course of several interviews.

All rock-and-rollers over the age of 50 look stupid and should retire. You can do jazz, classical, blues, opera, country until you’re 150, but rap and rock and roll are really a way for young people to get that anger out. It’s silly to perform a song that has no relevance to the present or expresses feelings you no longer have.

This is one reason why I try to show as little skin in public as possible. Bikinis, speedos, and going shirtless are for the young, so enjoy it while you can.

I don’t care what size body you have. Your youth makes you beautiful. Don’t let it pass you by.

For the day will come when you’ll be old like me, look in the mirror, and realize a Darth Vader costume, mask & all, is the only thing that really suits you, anymore. You’ll also ask your husband, “Is this black Darth Vader cape slimming or does it make me look fat?”

Same-sex "marriage" is a pestilence that... - Anthony P Culler | Facebook

If I see you working out and you’re not doing something, like listening to music or reading your Tumblr dash, I say to myself, “What is wrong with that person? How can anybody exercise without something to distract them from the mind-numbing and body-horrifying pain that is exercise?”

Yep, if you’re one of those people I see jogging down the road without earbuds in your ear, then I’m pretty sure you’re probably going to snap and go postal at any moment. I’m staying out of your way.

8
David Hasselhoff - Rhinestone Cowboy - YouTube
And, of course, I can’t let a post like this one come across my dash without saying that growinguplast is correct. Fear the people you know the most if you’re going to fear anyone. 

Also, soap box time. Stop listening to those kooks who try to tell you that gay men pose a sexual threat to your children. It’s simply not true. Studies don’t support that nonsensical theory. What studies do show is that fixated child molesters are neither straight nor gay because they are repulsed by adults, being only attracted to children, and often molest boys and girls. Regressed child molesters who target boys are often in heterosexual adult relationships. 

So, yeah, to hell with that Boy Scouts nonsense about gay adult leaders. And, frankly, I wonder what motive the Boy Scouts has to falsely cast suspicion on openly gay men. This distraction behavior on its part just allows the real dangers to hide in their ranks and continue harming kids. An unsettling realization in my mind.

And, of course, I can’t let a post like this one come across my dash without saying that growinguplast is correct. Fear the people you know the most if you’re going to fear anyone.

Also, soap box time. Stop listening to those kooks who try to tell you that gay men pose a sexual threat to your children. It’s simply not true. Studies don’t support that nonsensical theory. What studies do show is that fixated child molesters are neither straight nor gay because they are repulsed by adults, being only attracted to children, and often molest boys and girls. Regressed child molesters who target boys are often in heterosexual adult relationships.

So, yeah, to hell with that Boy Scouts nonsense about gay adult leaders. And, frankly, I wonder what motive the Boy Scouts has to falsely cast suspicion on openly gay men. This distraction behavior on its part just allows the real dangers to hide in their ranks and continue harming kids. An unsettling realization in my mind.

Yeah, thedaddycomplex wrote, “non-profit” and everybody went, “Awwww,” thinking unicorns, puppy dogs, and rainbows. 

Of course, nobody read further along and asked him what he meant by “doing web content.” 

Mike Kulich founded Boys Town Studios, a nonprofit that will produce and distribute gay pornos, then donate all proceeds to LGBT charities. 

As they say in TheDaddyComplex’s profession, “don’t judge a book by its cover. Gotta look at the whole salami, so to speak, before grading.”

Yeah, thedaddycomplex wrote, “non-profit” and everybody went, “Awwww,” thinking unicorns, puppy dogs, and rainbows.

Of course, nobody read further along and asked him what he meant by “doing web content.”

Mike Kulich founded Boys Town Studios, a nonprofit that will produce and distribute gay pornos, then donate all proceeds to LGBT charities.

As they say in TheDaddyComplex’s profession, “don’t judge a book by its cover. Gotta look at the whole salami, so to speak, before grading.”

Amid Marriage Victories, Antigay Lawyer Grows Increasingly Desparate

At this week’s parenting class for kids with special needs, we got solid advice on setting and enforcing rules.

I often fall into the trap of explaining rules at the moment I’m trying to enforce one, which is really rather silly on my part, a huge time-waster, and a tactic that usually just ends in screaming and yelling by me, OlderTwin, or both us.

Me (from across the room): Please go brush your teeth.
OlderTwin: No!
Me: You have to brush your teeth.
OlderTwin: Go away, Daddy!
Me: You don’t want to get zombie teeth. And, that’s what will happen if you don’t brush.
OlderTwin: I hate you and I’m not listening. (He even covers up his ears at this point, for full effect.)
Me (voice reflecting my agitation): Look. You’re going to brush your teeth because I’m your father and I f*cking said so.
OlderTwin (screaming at the top of his lungs): GO AWAY!!!! I WANT PAPA!!!!
Me (now yelling, too): Go brush your teeth now or I will throw out every toy you own.
OlderTwin: I just want to watch 10 more minutes of TV and then I will.
Me (because I feel guilty about yelling): Fine. Then we brush teeth. Ok?

Ugh. So many problems, besides me explaining the rule which allows him to eventually negotiate and me agreeing to his stall tactic, with that scenario. I’m yelling which only ratchets up a child’s resistance. I’m making a threat (throwing out the toys) I’ll never actually carry-out. And, at the very end, I’m asking him to do something by saying, “Ok?” This gives him the option to say, “No”, a classic parenting misstep.

That scenario is gone from our lives, never to return. Now, the rule is stated no more than twice with the second time including the word always and is followed by guiding the child through the activity.

Me (walking over to OlderTwin and offering him my hand): Time to go brush your teeth. Shall we use your bathroom or mine? (Notice I’m giving him a choice but the end result is brushing his teeth.)
OlderTwin: No. Go away.
Me (perfectly calm): We always brush our teeth before bed.

I’m now picking him up and guiding his feet across the floor to the bathroom.

Once in the bathroom:

Me: Blueberry or orange toothpaste?
OlderTwin: I’m not brushing my teeth.
Me: Then, I’ll wait.

I now calmly plop down on the bathroom floor, blocking his exit, and wait. The first night he screamed and yelled for 30 minutes, but then finally accepted that I said it was time to brush his teeth and I meant it and we weren’t moving on to something else until he did.

Was it hard sitting there for 30 minutes? Sure. Remaining calm during that time is a challenge. To help me stay focused & calm, I kept telling myself, “Everything is copy. You will get a funny blog story out of this one day.”

All in all, the new method is easier and much calmer, especially for me, than our nightly screaming match. After several days, he still initially refuses but the duration of time he screams while lying on the bathroom floor has dropped to 7 minutes. And I’m still repeating in my head, “Everything is copy. You will think this is funny one day and blog about it.” (Thank Gawd for Nora Ephron’s famous line.)

He seems to be learning that I will not engage in an argument. I stated the rule - brushing his teeth - and will calmly wait it out because we’re not moving on to other activities until teeth are brushed.

Parenting kids is hard work. Parenting special needs kids is exponentially more difficult. But there are some tactics that work and improve the quality of your parenting experience. Victory!

Real Time Web Analytics