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our monkeys, my circus: a dad's tale
16 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
Ep. 19: Talking Quarantine, Summer Plans and Going Back to School
18 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Ep. 18: Talking Big Brothers, Becoming a Better Athlete (!) and LEGOs (natch)
adrien rock city, august 2019 Hey hey hey, it took nearly 18 months but Episode 18 is finally here — thanks largely to the eight-year-old insisting that we fire up the podcast machine. This is the first time in OMMC history that we record a podcast without the now-12-year-old (though I imagine he’ll be back for subsequent episodes).This time around, I talk with the lil’ brother about life as a second grader, some of his third-grade hopes and dreams (playing an instrument and learning more math are the list, apparently), his desire to become a better athlete, and why it’s sometimes annoying to have a big brother.Alright, let’s get to it.
25 minutes | Nov 24, 2018
Ep. 17: Talking Birthdays, Beastie Boys and the Tour of Mythicality
art imitating link. november 2018 On latest podcast, we discuss the seven-year-old’s birthday and our recent Thanksgiving, and then recap our field trip to see Rhett and Link on the Tour of Mythicality that included an impromptu Beastie Boys flashback. We mentioned in the last episode that we had tickets to their next-to-last show and the experience exceeded everybody’s expectations.In case you’re wondering — and you almost certainly have to be — here’s the deal in the photo above: The 11-year-old was in the middle of one his now-frequent mood swings while the seven-year-old wanted to fix himself up to look like Link in the picture they’re both holding. (We play a brief clip from Rhett and Link’s podcast, Ear Biscuits, and if you want to hear that episode in its entirety, knock yourself out.)I wrote about it on Facebook a few weeks but I’ll recount the story here too…We drove seven hours through a driving rain storm to catch the next-to-last show ever in the Tour of Mythicality and it was worth every harrowing near-death experience. The seven-year-old was wide-eyed with excitement from start to finish, literally sitting on the edge of his seat, clapping furiously after every song and sketch, laughing uproariously -- even if he didn't totally get the joke -- and raising his hand with all the urgency of the know-it-all in class when Rhett and Link called on volunteers. The 11-year-old was much more understated in his appreciation of the show but I could hear him cackling, and every time I glanced over a huge smile was plastered across his face.And this was all DURING the show. Afterwards, we got to meet Rhett and Link.(We all grew up in the same small town back in the '80s; I'm four years older but they're the same age as my sister and they've all been friends since elementary school. But my kids only know Rhett and Link through the television. For them, it was like meeting Bruce Springsteen or Beyonce.)By the time show ends, it's 11:30 pm and we hadn't eaten since lunch. Under any other circumstances, the seven-year-old is passed out from the combination of sleep deprivation and hunger. But he was as alert as if he'd just gotten 12 hours sleep after the best meal of his life. So we were about four people deep in a line of 100 and the seven-year-old saw Rhett and Link as they appeared from behind a wall and made their way to the meet-and-greet area.HE WENT NUTS.The closest thing I can liken it to is when Oprah used to surprise her studio audience with those 'AND YOU GET A CAR! AND YOU GET A CAR!' announcements. The reaction of those women? Two minutes later, we're walking up to meet them. The seven-year-old leads the way, followed by 11-year-old, our 17-year-old nephew (who introduced us to Good Mythical Morning five years ago -- long before we knew about the show and long before he knew I grew up with them), and I'm bringing up the rear.The seven-year-old was very nervous about what to say, but he walks up to Link, extends his hand and introduces himself. You’ll have to listen to the podcast for all the details but I’ll leave you with these two nuggets:One: The drive home — and the weeks that followed — was a constant barrage of, "I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVED THE 'TOUR OF MYTHICALITY'! AND WE GOT TO MEET RHETT AND LINK!" Two: As a parent, there are few things better than seeing your kids truly and completely happy.
26 minutes | Oct 13, 2018
Ep. 16: Talking James Earl Jones, Stranger Things and Rhett and Link
when you’re going for steve harrington but end up looking more like eleven with a perm. oct. 2018 On this episode, the 11-year-old and I talk about the fact that his voice has changed dramatically since the last podcast -- seriously, he's gone from fresh-faced, squeaky-voiced elementary school kid to James Earl Jones as Darth Vadar. We go on to discuss what it's like to now be in middle school and some of the freedom's that come with getting older. Like, say, us deciding to let him watch "Stranger Things." (So far, he loves it. I can't stress this enough.) We also touch on what we did over the summer (camping, traveling up and down the eastern seaboard, seeing out first live show) and our early Christmas plans, which is another way of saying: We're going to see Rhett and Link next month on their Tour of Mythicality. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, we get into the details on the podcast. But if you have kids, you're almost certainly nodding your head knowingly right now. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Tunein.
19 minutes | May 7, 2018
Ep. 15: Talking Daniel LaRusso, T'Challa and LeBron
a boy and his LEGO avatar. may 2018 Experience has taught us that the 11-year-old can sometimes be very grumpy. Usually it's because he's hungry, but during long breaks from school -- like holidays or, say, spring break -- boredom can quickly morph into irrational anger if there is no contingency plan. Which is why this spring break was one long exercises in keeping busy. It wasn't like we did anything exciting, we were just busy. And sometimes that's good enough. If nothing else, it gave us something to talk about on the latest podcast. We also discussed the breaking news out of Uranus, the 11-year-old's new-found love for his new old-school New Balance, the lost art of kids knowing how to talk on a telephone, and the man who calls himself LeBron James. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Tunein.
13 minutes | Sep 6, 2017
Ep. 14: Talking summer, little bros and kindergarten debuts
old school, new school. sept. 2017 Five years ago, our oldest began kindergarten. His little brother was a few days shy of his first birthday, and our mornings consisted of bus-stop drop-offs and figuring out how to co-exist; I worked while he played, ate and pooped. It wasn't exactly a symbiotic relationship -- or at least it didn't feel like it at the time. Now that the little one is in kindergarten -- we loaded him onto the bus an hour ago -- and it's just me and the dog, the mornings are weird. Weirdly quiet, weirdly ... boring. I can probably get used to boring -- it's my default setting, but it'll take some adjusting. In the meantime, the podcast is back, after a brief 10-month hiatus! And to commemorate the soon-to-be six-year-old's public-school debut, he makes a guest appearance. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Tunein.
25 minutes | Nov 11, 2016
Ep. 13: Be a good person
november 10, 2016 On the latest Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, I talk to the nine-year-old about the presidential election and what it all means -- for him, for us, for our family and for everybody else. Part of me is glad that he's just nine and was mostly clueless about all that transpired in the weeks and months leading up to election night. But part of me also feels like this is something we need to talk about, even if he isn't particularly interested in it.Put another way, this is probably more about me than him -- a way to try and make sense of what happened, and more importantly, talk about how we can learn from it. Because while despondency might be the initial reaction, and one that lingers for some time, ultimately, that isn't a solution. My message to my son is simple: Be a good person. Seems like as good a starting place as any. So while we talk about World War III (seriously, he brought it up), we also touch on other, happier topics, including our first official piece of fan mail (!), mathletics and other just-as-nerdy endeavors, rock climbing updates and something called Butt Lightyear. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
22 minutes | Aug 10, 2016
Ep. 12: Talking soccer retirement, rock climbing and homemade card games
partners in crime, august 2016 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the nine-year-old and I talk about his early retirement from soccer and how individual sports (like rock climbing, swimming and tennis) are more his thing. We also chat about as his non-sports-related summer endeavors, which include inventing a card game based on, sigh, Minecraft and recent developments in the world of LEGO Bionicles. So buckle up. Added bonus: The nine-year-old's latest Bionicle creation, which I'm just gonna call SkullFace Debilitator. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
22 minutes | May 31, 2016
Ep. 11: Talking kung fu, little brothers and 3rd grade science
kung fu monkey. may 2016 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the nine-year-old and I talk about kung fu, (somehow) regressing basketball skills, Memorial Day, third-grade science and whether his grandfather took part in the Civil War. There's also the obligatory story about the four-year-old falling down and getting hurt because, well, that's what he does. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
18 minutes | May 7, 2016
Ep. 10: Talking birthdays, crazy little bros and infected big toes
A quiet moment, in between the random name-calling contests. may 2016 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the nine-year-old and I talk about his latest birthday, the joys of having an infected big toe and what it's like to deal with a sometimes-insane name-calling little brother. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
18 minutes | Jan 30, 2016
Ep. 9: Talking the Super Bowl, Dennis Rodman and Ben Franklin
One of these kids feels like the other thinks he's the king. Of what we're not certain. Jan. 2016 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the eight-year-old and I talk about Super Bowl 50. In a shocking development, he and his four-year-old brother didn't even know which teams were playing (one of them -- I won't say who -- thought it was a soccer game between four-legged animals). Which probably makes their predictions about as accurate as those folks who actually get paid to pretend they know what they're talking about.In other news, we get an update on the eight-year-old's basketball team, and why I've started calling him Dennis Rodman. (Fun fact: granddad once followed Rodman into a public bathroom to get an autograph. If that happened today he'd almost certainly be arrested.) Other topics: the magic of a late-night Chili's run, Harry Potter, video games that inevitably lead to one or two crying kids and the veracity behind those Ben Franklin farting memos (not a typo). Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
18 minutes | Jan 1, 2016
Ep. 8: Talking Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which was awesome)
Sad-faced Dark Helmet (Dec. 2015) It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the eight-year-old and I review Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are spoilers, obviously, so if you haven't seen the movie, please skip this episode until you have. Or, alternatively, if you have no intentions of ever seeing the movie but enjoy hearing two goofballs mindlessly flapping their gums, listen away. Either way, we talk about: the similarities between The Force Awakens and A New Hope; our favorite Star Wars droids (BB-8 v. R2-D2); the best Star Wars fighter pilot (Poe vs. Luke vs. Han); the mysteries that are Kylo Ren, Finn and Rey; the biggest shockers; and our theories about what will happen in future movies. Extra spoiler: I'm predicting that at some point Lando Calrissian will open a beauty salon and the mustache-perm combo will again become an intergalactic sensation. Added bonus: We mentioned it in the last podcast, but here's a Star Wars-themed origami how-to, courtesy of the eight-year-old's brain. You're welcome in advance. (Dec. 2015) Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
19 minutes | Dec 31, 2015
Ep. 7: Talking Christmas presents, angry letters and Uno domination
2 monkeys, General Grievous and Darth Vader with their game faces (Dec. 2015). It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the eight-year-old and I talk about how all Christmas presents aren't created equally (see, for example), the awesome power of Uno ATTACK!, why randomly firing arrows -- even toy ones -- without some forethought is a terrible idea, the unintentional comedy of angry letters from little people and even a little NFL news. We even tease (but no spoilers!) our next podcast, which will be about one thing: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
19 minutes | Nov 20, 2015
Ep. 6: Talking practical jokes, dinosaurs and jacking up your britches
keeping it real, april 2015 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the eight-year-old and I talk about practical jokes (specifically, the one he played on me, taking full advantage of my OCD in the process), what you're really saying when you say "darn" (this only applies to eight-year-olds, not potty-mouthed adults like, say, me), and Halloween treats that don't include candy (I was as confused as you).We also discuss dinosaurs, why jacking up your pants is hilarious, and I review my report card (courtesy of the eight-year-old, natch) before we play a new game: Three Questions. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
21 minutes | Oct 23, 2015
Ep. 5: Talking Star Wars, why 8-year-olds love fart-related humor and life before kids
monkeystaches, oct. 2015 It's another Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, and on the latest episode, the eight-year-old and I talk about the new Star Wars trailer (THERE ARE SPOILER ALERTS), life before kids, and an in-depth conversation about bodily functions (shocking development: eight-year-old boys love all fart-related topics).We also have a quick geography lesson, I get his thoughts on Landry Jones' Steelers' debut, and we end with a Halloween-costume update. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
20 minutes | Oct 14, 2015
Ep. 4: Talking T-Rex arms, woolly mammoths, selfie sticks, Halloween and Peyton vs. Eli
a walk in the woods, oct. 2015 On the latest Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, the eight-year-old and I start off by talking about things that scare us. (Related: the eight-year-old admits to being scared by Scrubbing Bubbles when he was younger. I got nothing.) We then talk to the four-year-old about things that "kinda creeps him out." This all leads to a predictable conversation about Halloween costumes (Ninajo-themed, naturally).We then discuss a little NFL news -- Eli vs. Peyton (Eli wins out because, in the immortal words of the eight-year-old, "a kid in my class is named Eli"), nicknames for Andy Dalton (Carrot Top Cannon prevails), and the Steelers' last-second win. Finally, the conversation turns to school-bus barfing noises, stinky kids, selfie sticks, birthdays, woolly mammoths and humans with T-Rex arms. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
21 minutes | Oct 6, 2015
Ep. 3: Talking rotary phones, geography, why ninjas are cool and more NFL news
Bubblehead, oct. 2015 On the latest Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, the eight-year-old and I talk geography (I found out we have listeners in Indonesia and England), and how how podcasts were a technological impossibility 15 years ago. That leads to a discussion about rotary phones and VCRs -- and invariably, a "That must've been a terrible time to live" assessment from the eight-year-old.We also talk more NFL news -- Are the Rams moving to LA?! Can you believe the Dolphins fired their coach?! The Browns lost in heartbreaking fashion?! -- before returning to more important topics: the eight-year-old has started a Ninjas Are Cool Club and they're accepting members (related: good luck with that), we revisit the dangers of planning to scheme against neighborhood girls, and we end things with a pop-culture pop quiz where Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber get name-checks. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes (you can even leave us a comment), Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.
18 minutes | Sep 29, 2015
Ep. 2: Talking NFL, annoying girls, and soccer dads (that's me!)
dog-walkin', sept. 2015 On the latest Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, I'm joined by the eight-year-old to talk about the devastating news that Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a knee injury and will miss 4-6 weeks. (Related: the eight-year-old doesn't know Ben Roethlisberger from Ben Franklin -- Ben Kenobi is another story, however.)We also get into how weird it is that a grown man (me) can get so invested in a glorified game of dress-up (football) that it ruins his week. These emotional roller coasters don't exist in the world of Ninjago. Maybe there's something to be said for that.We cover everything from drawing life lessons from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" to scheming to annoy the girls on the bus (pro tip: don't let those plans fall into the wrong hands -- mine) to how I almost (not really) got fired this week to updates on the soccer season, violin lessons and excursions in dog-walking. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes (you can even leave us a comment), Stitcher, Tunein or SoundCloud.Oh, and the eight-year-old also sketched this -- his Star Wars mashup -- which we discuss. Sept. 2015
19 minutes | Sep 19, 2015
Ep. 1: Talking Ninjago, NFL and life lessons
Ninja training, May 2015 On the very first Our Monkeys, My Circus Podcast, I'm joined by the eight-year-old, who promptly calls it "Monkey Hour" -- which, honestly, might be a more apt description.Either way, I thought it would be fun to ask him about things going on his his life (all Ninjago-related, by the way) and get his thoughts about things going on in my life (mostly work-related). Basically, sit across from each other and talk since we don't do that nearly enough. Never miss an episode -- subscribe via iTunes using the button below.We covered everything from Ninjago vs. Star Wars, the eight-year-old's guess at what I do for a living (he wasn't really close), what it's like to be a big brother, and the one time he outsmarted his old man. And even though I write about the NFL for a living, the eight-year-old has zero interest in football, or sports in general. That's fine by me. And in fact, it worked out perfectly when I read him some of the biggest NFL headlines of the week to get his take. The topics: Johnny Manziel vs. Merril Hoge, Gronk, Rex Ryan vs. the Patriots, Old Man Peyton Manning, and Jason Pierre-Paul vs. fireworks. Tag Cloud Block This is an example. Double-click here and select a page to create a cloud of its tags or categories. Learn more Inspired Portrait Theories Things to Do Yummy
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