Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I are a Dad! and Other Tales

Time once more for Mama Kat's Writer's Challenge. This week the prompts are:

1.) Ask A Dad! Write a letter asking your husband for advice regarding any issue you might have and record his answer.
(inspired by Three Bay B Chicks)

2.) Describe a situation that forced you to confront a neighbor.
(inspired by Jori-O)

3.)Tell us about Grandpa.
(inspired by Heather at The Extraordinary Ordinary)

4.) Which appliance in your home would you most miss living without if you had to live without.
(inspired by Amy at Escape Into My Thoughts)

5.) What are three things we would love to know about you!
(inspired by Live. Laugh. Pull Your Hair Out)

My answers might be short and sweet tonight since I started with the radio show this morning, traveled the 125 miles to Denver to spend the afternoon in meetings with lawyers and then traveled back just in time to spend the evening in the EMS committee meeting. It will depend on how long I can keep my eyes open how much I write.

#1 - An easy one! Since I am a Dad, I can ask myself.
Q: Why does it take longer to clean up after cooking than it takes to eat?
A: I don't know - that is why I asked! Dummy!.

#2 - Many years ago when L and I lived in a suburb of Chicago, in an apartment complex. One Saturday night there came the sound of a woman screaming desperately for help in the hall. I stepped out the door just in time to see her pulled back into the apartment across the hall followed by the distinctive sounds of someone smacking someone else hard and whimpering cries for help. I sent L to call the police and knocked on the door, The man opened the door and told me to go away, he was busy. He then slammed the door in my face. A seemingly endless amount of time later the police arrived. The woman refused to press charges, so there wasn't much they could do. Needless to say, relations were a bit strained thereafter when I saw either of that couple in the hall.

#3 - I have talked about my grandfathers before at some length. Please check out Grandfathers.

#4 - Do you mean level 1 appliances or level 2 appliances? For level 1 appliances it would be a real toss-up between the stove and the refrigerator. The stove so I can cook and the refrigerator so that I don't have to buy my food within an hour of cooking and eating it. I kind of like cooking on my schedule and being able to store and preserve food. At level 2, I have to say the microwave. The speed and convenience of preparing food, especially leftovers in a microwave cannot be beat. And of course we wouldn't want to forget such conveniences as hot tea and microwave popcorn and ...

#5 - Well, that is a tough three. How about:
  1. I have a gray beard and hair
  2. I have a farmer tan
  3. I sometimes wear rather eye stretching Hawaiian shirts
Just to illustrate, here is a recent picture of me from the local paper as I addressed the Rotary club. Note the gray hair and beard, the farmer tan so evident on the right arm, and the Hawaiian shirt (muted to save your vision).


  1. It always gets me that it takes so long to clean up after a meal. I try to pick up as I go, but that just isn't always possible.
    And I liked your appliance answer. I quickly though stove when I read that one, and after thinking it through and reading yours, I thought, need frig to keep the food you are going to cook.

  2. Loved that you asked yourself the question and still couldn't answer it. That made me crack up.

  3. Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

    I now feel that I have chosen a frivolous appliance. Because really, how much will I care about a cup of coffee when there's no fridge to keep milk in?!

  4. You are a busy man...
    Too funny. I really did lol!
    I can't understand how people choose to be with someone like that. At least you guys called the police.
    Love the farmers tan...and you're right, you do look just like your avatar. {Well if your avatar was wearing a Hawaiian shirt I mean.}

    Enjoy your Thursday Dan!
    My Writers Workshop Post

  5. You're too hard on yourself, except for the farmer's tan. There's no denying that demarcation line.

    That's awfully scary about the domestic abuse you seem to have encountered while living in Chicago. Yikes.

  6. LOL @ the eye streaching haawaiian shirt!

    MY eyes...MY ONE GOOD EYE!!!

    I like the "levels" that you assign to the appliances!

    Stopped by way of Mama Kat.

  7. I love that your picture captures all three of the things you wrote about: farmer's tan, check! Hawaiian shirt, check! Grey beard, check!

    Visiting from Mama Kat's!

  8. 1. I didn't know appliances had levels, but that makes SO much sense.

    2.) I love your conversation with yourself! Laughed out loud on that one.

    3.) Whoever said the rotary club was for nerds?? Not me!

    4.) LOVE the Hawaiian shirts!! :)


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