Sweden has political problems too


(Be sure to read the caption on the photo. I wouldn’t want this weasel to be blamed for anything.)

Stock Footage Man, you will die!

News from Swedish researchers today claim that tall people are more prone to developing cancer. All I could think of in this article was this poor tall man in the stock footage photo the paper chose to run with the story. How do you think he feels seeing his picture and a headline below that basically says he’s going to die of cancer? “I was just walking down the street, man!”

In other news, I may not be able to see over people’s heads at crowded concerts, but maybe I’ll at least outlive them!

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I got teachers to see and sandwiches to eat!

My 10-year old travels by himself on the subway to school each morning along with many other 10+ year olds. I usually walk him to the station each morning to see him off.

At first, I worried that he and the other children would be confused and nervous traveling on the subway alone. But on days like today, when I look around, the children seem to be fitting in just fine. This morning I saw one kid, with his cup of coffee, dashing up the stairs to the platform. Another one of my son’s 10-year old friends was reading the newspaper.

Now I don’t worry about the kids being confused or nervous anymore, I just worry about them turning into little rushed adults. I fully expect to start seeing them with briefcases and talking into phone headsets, “Bill, we’ve gotta move the red stone in Minecraft. I’ll meet you by the swings at 2:30.”


The elk did it!

I knew it! It’s always the elk. You can’t hide those antlers in a security video!

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The Beatles broke up?!

Today I had to deliver news to my kids that no parent wants to have to say……

Oh wait, I meant that no parent in 1970 wants to say.

“The Beatles broke up.”

A Paul McCartney song came on the radio this morning and my youngest son said, “That doesn’t really sound like the Beatles.”

So I said, “No, that’s just Paul McCartney. After they broke up, they all went on to other bands and solo careers.”

The look of horror and shock on my children’s faces were awful.  “The Beatles broke up?!!!!”  They were extremely angry.

I figured this wasn’t the time to tell them that only 2 are still alive. I think I’ll wait for that news until they’re at least 21.


U2’s Adam Clayton is Dr. Who



Why kids love medical books

My youngest son was asked to do a short book report the other day on any book he wanted.  He chose the book about sickness and diseases that he got from the doctor’s office. I remember that he read that book for weeks after he got it. I had thoughts that maybe he would become a doctor or a researcher.  I asked him what he liked so much about the book and he said, “The pictures.”  So I took a look.

So, maybe not a doctor – but perhaps a comedian?


Swedish news is the best

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Cheesus Crust Superstar

This is an actual ad from Pizza Hut in the newspaper in Stockholm. I think it’s funny but I wonder how well it would go over in the U.S.?

I’m interested to see if this is going to go the religious way in further ads or the musical way. I’m waiting for “Red Sauce Story,” “The Sound of Meatballs,” “Sweeny Todd’s Mystery Meat Pizza” (wait, that last one might not work).



Up, up and away in my beautiful baboon

This is what I thought was being played on the radio back when I was about 8 years old. “Wouldn’t you like to ride in my beautiful baboon?” I would fall into hysterical laughter every time it was played.

I think we’ve all been victim to misinterpreting a song. A friend of mine used to sing the 80s hit, “Everytime you go away, you take a piece of MEAT with you.” I’m not sure if he thought the song was about a butcher or arguments at the dinner table. Either way, his interpretation ruined the song for me.  Well, maybe it’s not the greatest song. In fact, I take that back. I think it improved it.

My children are now the ones who ruin songs for me. Last week “Under the Boardwalk” somehow turned into “I am a Glorblock.” I was told this was some sort of space worm by my confused children who couldn’t figure out why a space worm would be singing.

But the worst was in the car this weekend. As Dean Martin crooned out “Sway,” my 8 year old started to giggle madly.  By the third time, we had to ask and then received the line, “Other dancers may PEE on the floor, dear but my eyes will see only you.”

I’ll never get that picture out of my head the next time that song plays. I guess it’s just payback from my mom not being able to listen to “My Beautiful Balloon” without picturing a lot of small people riding on the back of a giant baboon.



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