24 Hours In Chicago

    They say that the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.  Now, I haven’t planned anything with a mouse lately (or ever), but I have with my family,  and, to paraphrase Lizzo: why plans great til they gotta be great? For example, we recently got to spend 24 hours in Chicago. Having never been to […]

The 2018 Wrap Up

What up, my dudes! Another year has almost come and gone, and looking back on it, I see that it’s been an interesting one, for real.  Through the many trials, tribulations and experiences (some of which I’ve written about here), I’ve really learned a lot. For example: – I spent some time behind the scenes, in the audience, and in […]

Top 7 Cruising Songs (According to a One Year Old)

The best cruising songs, according to a one year old? How did we arrive at this point?! See, one of the big developments in the ol’ Daddy Realness household these last few months has been the ever improving vocabulary of little KJ. Between the indecipherable baby babble is the odd word or two that you can actually understand. And not […]

This Is Awesome! WWE Smackdown LIVE in Toronto!

    AWWWW,  Smackdown Live, don’t you dare be sour! There really is nothing like watching wrestling live, especially when it’s a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) show. Having been to a few cards in my life, I can honestly say that they put on a good show, and the events that transpire during them are always interesting, to say the […]

Dad’s Night Out – Toronto Festival Of Beer

  Despite how the saying goes, you can have too much a good thing. Take, for example,  the  Toronto Festival Of Beer (TFOB). Now, in theory, a festival dedicated to all things brewed sounds pretty freakin’ glorious. And make no mistake about, the Toronto Festival Of Beer is pretty sweet, especially as an option for a dad/mom night out sans […]

How Not To Chaperone A Field Trip

One thing I’ve learned about being a parent is that sometimes, you have to put yourself out there, and do stuff way outside your comfort zone. That’s how I found myself as a volunteer field trip chaperone for my daughter’s kindergarten class trip to the zoo recently. See, when it comes to being in charge of a group of children, […]

Stolen Cars and Kidnapping Rabbits – An Easter Story

  In terms of holidays, Easter is definitely on the “Mt. Rushmore of Best Days Of The Year”, for my kids.  Now, how this holiday has evolved from its origins to what it represents today is a thinkpiece subject for a far more intellectually stimulating site than this one. In our house, while Easter is mainly about family, it’s also […]

Dear Retail Stores

    Dear Retail Stores, You and I, we’ve spent a lot of time together over the years. Things feel different now, though, and I’ve felt this way for a while. Shoot, you look as nice as ever. That’s not the problem. It’s just….. I’ve changed. I got three small kids now, and I don’t have the time for you […]

The Push – Dad 2.0 Summit

  I remember being told once that sometimes in life, you’ll feel a little nudge, like something or someone is gently pushing you in a direction. And when you do get that feeling, don’t resist, just go with it. I felt that nudge recently, and that’s how I ended up at the Dad 2.0 Summit. For the uninitiated, Dad 2.0 is […]