Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Boys are Keeping It Real

The Women are out having fun, and the boys are keeping it real – playing quietly and without making a mess…

Right Kipling:


And you too Nicholas, you’re keeping it nice and neat…


Sure Dad … Keeping it nice and neat like your desk…


Yup, we are keeping it nice and neat!





Fun with trains

Took Nicholas to the Tech Museum where we saw the Rocky Mountain Express an IMAX movie. The movie is shot from the point of view of a steam engine. The scene feels as life like as it gets…

Nicholas loves trains and was simply not true expecting this. He kept going this is awesome and I have never seen a movie like this…

Here is Nick’s reaction :IMG_0200.JPG

Jaw dropped, requiring his hand to support the jaw from falling to the floor …

This is a good day

Lessons in parenting in hockey

My son and I have been going to hockey games for three years. He’s four!

Last year we had the moment of insight that the kid couldn’t actually see the game because he was too small. He never thought to say anything, and I never thought to ask. The poor kid went to something like 20+ games before we realized he wasn’t actually watching the game. No wonder he was bored!

One thing that always surprised me was why when the Sharks scored did he look terrified?

Last night I figured it out. A goal in a hockey game is like a random loud event to Nicholas. He has no idea why or how the goal got scored. The whole sequence appears random.

How did the least observant parent of the year figure this one out? Because Marleau scored on a break-a-way and Nicholas was standing and cheering. More importantly he was proud of the fact that he had raised his hands like everybody else at the same time! He was going: I raised my hands like everyone else…

The poor kid had been trying to figure out why all of these adults simultaneously stood up and cheered! And the reason he was freaked out was because it was like this room full that suddenly erupts – for no apparent reason – in a loud shout… I would be freaked out as well… And he was frustrated, I think, that he didn’t understand.

This is why baseball and soccer have such a broader following. A baseball game event is obvious. The ball is hit, the player runs. In soccer the pace is sufficiently slower that a neophyte fan can follow what happens. A hockey game, on the other hand, is a sequence of bounces, abrupt changes in motion followed by a goal and appears to inscrutable.

I think, maybe, now my kid is going to start enjoying the game.



Ice Girls No! Tight Pants Yes!

The Sharks caused a stir when they decided to add tits and ass to the in-game entertainment… They thankfully backed away from that, kind of.


Notice the women are wearing tight fitting pants and the men are not. Unlike last year when both were wearing loose pants.

We are making progress but still so much to be done….