Adventures of Darth Daddy

Monday, June 25, 2007

Anniversary of my blog

I was looking over at the "old posts" list, and saw that my first blog entrywas

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

5 days from now, it'll be the blog's 3 year anniversary.

A lot sure can happen in 3 years.

Dad, this pole is BOKKEN

He was actually casting better and farther BEFORE I tried to show him how. I tried to show him how to cast from over the right shoulder.

He was much more effective at performing shomen uchi (overhead strike to the front). I guess he really IS paying attention in sword class!


Fishing on Father's Day 2007

Logan had been asking for so long to go fishing - I figured Father's Day was the perfect time. Off to the ocean we went.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Good daddy, good sensei, bad blogger

As a blogger, I have recently been a failure. Selfish, I guess. I spend so much time devoting myself to the boys, trying to salvage my marriage, develop goals and teaching plans for the dojo - that I seldom get any time for myself. When I do get a break at night to go online, I'm usually taking the opportunity to research "stuff" or just watch a movie.

By "stuff" I mean all that "I wonder" stuff that crosses the mind throughout the day. Why do the wind patterns of Jupiter rotate both clockwise and counter clockwise? What kind of bug was that I saw in the garden this afternoon? What's the difference between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks? What advances have been made in the area of plasma, as related to 'states of being'? Why the hell does my HP m425 camera INSIST on focusing on the things 10ft behind my son, and not on his face? That kinda stuff.

I recently got to go on a mini vacation. I got to officiate (and compete) in a big karate tournament in Tennessee. Quite a drive. 8 hours. But it was well worth it. Gonna make a post about it - too much to go into and keep anyones interest.


I actually got published. A long time ago (about 3 years) I got interviewed by someone for some parenting magazine. I'd long since forgot about it, until 3 months ago. I got a call from an editor that wanted to confirm my remarks. I obliged, and didn't think much of it, cept for how outdated it was. When I first became a full time dad, I had a Boba Fett diaper bag /backpack that would have rivaled even Dora the Explorers backpack. You name, I had it. But as time went on, I started to realize what was needed, what could be left in the car, and slowly downgraded to my current equipement (1 diaper, a zip lock bag with 3 wipes in it, and about 6 bandaids). This will undoubtedly increase once the new baby arrives, but not anywhere near what I started off carrying.
Anyways, I didn't ask the name of the magazine, and soon forgot about the call. Last week, I'm sitting in the waiting room (baby dr appt), and between wrangling the boys, I started browsing thru a magazine. A saw a picture of a guy with with a big ol backpack, and I thought "Hey, that looks like me". It wasn't me in the picture, but a quick scan of the article revealed my own name, and my quote. WOOHOO. I published! (kinda)

I'll update the blog with some new pictures soon, and tell more about that Tenn trip, and what's going on at the dojo.

If you're reading this, thanks to all for hanging in there.

Sunday, June 17, 2007



Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Funny quote from the 4 yr old

We went on a quest for about a month to find Logan some "dojo underwear" with the cup in them (in his size), just like daddy wears. Finally found them at The Sports Authority, and he's been wearing them ever since (at the dojo, that is). Now we have matching gis' (white outfits with patches), matching hakama (samurai puffy pants), matching bokken (wooden training sword), and matching shinai (bamboo kendo swords). Add to this a pair of white briefs with a cup to protect "Pepi".

Tonight, we decided after class to wear his dojo pants and his cup home. After a late stop off at McDonalds, he was getting in the car seat and sat down on one of the metal clasps. He started to yell and complain, and told me what happened. I said "Well son, ya gotta be careful", to which he replied:

"Soon, dad, I will have to get a cup to put on my butt too. A big one, so I don't get hurt when I sit on things".

(Should I just duct tape a pillow to his tooshie???)
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