June 19th, 2011

As Father’s Day draws to a close, I’m reflecting on, and thankful of, my father. I was looking for a father’s day cards for him, and finding far too many celebrating a stereotypical inability to cook, the pride of the barbeque, and an infatuation with sports; none of these really fit him (or me) except that he’s great with a steak and excellent with salmon. So I wrote my own card. The image at right is of him last summer, on a family camping trip.

I am not a biological father, but 50 percent of the time I get to play one on TV. That doesn’t mean I have any fewer responsibilities; I’m sure there are many step-parents, or divorced parents, who could nod in agreement. Parenting seems to be easy, but being a good parent is an incredible amount of work requiring commitment and unconditional love. I strive to be good.

Getting to know T was fairly easy, as he’s a great kid, but becoming part of his life was a little more complicated. I’m reposting my “instant parent” video as a reflection of this. It’s a couple years old now which, in kid-terms, is forever. I’m throwing in a few pix of that “forever” time; I hope to make the time for a second Instant Parent video. You really do learn a lot about yourself, from your kids.

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there, biological or otherwise.

The Instant Parent

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October 11th, 2010

His practice stroke swung high, then he stepped toward the tee. Adjusting his stance with small steps, hips rocking in a salsa-esque dance, he paused for a second, then in one, swift motion the tension released with an oddly satisfying thwack. He sent the golf ball hurtling down the green.

Adjusting my feet on the balcony rail, I took another sip of coffee. He dropped the club in the bag and sped after his ball, the quiet whine of the electric cart disappearing. It was 7:00 in the morning and carts were spaced out on the course like inbound airliners at an international airport. Though the shadows were still long, everyone was trying to beat the oncoming heat, forecast at 104 degrees.

It was September 11, my birthday, and I was in Palm Springs, California, one of my least expected places to be on this day. There are things we find in our partners, in our relationships, that we never knew we wanted but when we have it we realize what was missing. Maybe it’s the small pleasure of coffee in the morning, a small treat in our lunch bag at work, flowers on the table, or a sink scrubbed sparkling clean. The details, as Lu says.

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July 7th, 2010

This is a story about a love for music and the strength of friendship. Sasquatch is a three-day music festival in eastern Washington, just 2.5 hours from Seattle. Thousands travel to the Gorge Amphitheater for the live bands, to camp on the grass, and celebrate with friends.

Spike Kane grew up immersed in the world of live music, witnessing the rise of bands such as The Clash and Echo and the Bunnymen. Many of his old friends in Liverpool are still musicians. For the last five years, Spike was unable to go to shows or even appreciate the music so vital to his existence.

In June, 2010, Spike returned to the Gorge with the help of his friends, to once again participate in a music festival.

Read more About “Sasquatch or Bust” including tech tips after the jump!

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Seattle Zombie Walk Breaks World Record

July 5th, 2010

20100703_ZMB_060Saturday, on the third of July, the Center of the Universe (Fremont) was crowded with thousands of zombies as Seattle broke the world record for the zombie walk. According to organizers there were 4900 signed entries and 4233 solid entries.

I had no idea there was a world record for zombies, nor that there was such a zombie following, but I remember seeing zombies last year around Fremont. Then, on Friday, Lu saw the notice for the zombie walk and Saturday morning we made a run to the local thrift store…along with our costumes we scored on a shirt, bathrobe, and tuxedo for T!

Out came the costume makeup kit and in short order we were the zombie family.

According to organizers, Zombies have gathered in Seattle since 2005, and in 2009 set the world record for the largest gathering. In short order, the record was broken in the UK at a rave. Proud of its oddities, Seattle decided to take it back this year.

If you’re into zombies check out the links, photos and video on the jump.

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