Stupid men, Stupid Parents, Stupid Madison Avenue

My son Buster's pet peeve is the way fathers and young men are portrayed on television either by advertisers or in sitcoms. Overall it seems to Buster that in sitcoms men are fat, sloppy, stupid, lazy, sex-obsessed and unable to function without the help of the fit, very together, stylish, driven, educated and sex-sensible woman. In ads, young men are brain-dead, game-playing couch-potato louts or stupid, monosyllabic Jeff Spicoli knock-offs, and in ads fathers are routinely portrayed as … [Read more...]

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Sometimes I feel like Rose Castorini

Rose Castorini is a wonderful character in the film Moonstruck. Beautifully played by Olympia Dukakis (she won an Oscar for the role) Rose is the long-suffering wife of Cosmo (Vincent Gardenia), who is going through a mid-life crisis, and the mother of Loretta (Cher), a woman approaching her 40's with a case of the dowdies and a practical idea about becoming a bride.I've always loved the character of Rose because she is so real. Her first lines are uttered when she is awakened from a sound … [Read more...]

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Dog days of August – UPDATED

I've gotten a few emails from folks concerned that I've been laid up with another ailment. Sorry I've been so quiet or raised concern. I'm well...it's just been very busy. (And of course really backed up on email, again).So, we left Buster at dorm on Friday night, came home Saturday. I gave myself Sat/Sun/Monday to cry, be depressed and eat chocolate (I can't seem to get enough...I feel too young to be at this "next" stage - the empty nester - of my life) and yesterday it was errand-running … [Read more...]

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My dog likes bananas; Buster is confounded by girls

Alle missing mommy

So, I did a stupid thing today and decided I would make "something delicious" for supper instead of the same old, same old. I would fry chicken!Buster, who mostly doesn't like my cooking unless it's hamburgers or steak, was thrilled.Stupid, stupid. Now I know why I never make fried chicken. The house reeked of oil. Thank goodness for a fair-weather snap, because I had to open the windows and turn on the ceiling fans to get the ghastly smell out of the place. And the cleanup...no … [Read more...]

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Lileks on Bumperstickers

I just love the James Lileks' wry voice and the way he can lay someone out quite nicely without ever baring the teeth. Wish I could do it. Today he muses on people who slap bumperstickers all over their cars as a sort of 24/7 angry finger thrust in the face of whoever might be behind them. (H/T: Birds Eye View)I have no bumperstickers, for the same reason I do not paste editorials with which I agree on the seat of my pants. I’m always fascinated by people who load up the bumper with so many … [Read more...]

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Buster the Delicate

I should have anticipated it, of course. When we spent time in the ER the other day, I should have realized that there would likely be an opportunistic bug somewhere on the premises, which meant that - of course - we'd be spending time at the doctor's today, because Buster gets absolutely everything he is exposed to.Yes. He's 6' 1", 200 lbs of brawn, and he's as delicate as Camille. Sneeze on him and you take him out. Cough on him, and he's in bed for a week.This time it's the old … [Read more...]

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Playing to the cameras; a theory about why

In response to my revealing my utter disinterest in growing the blog much beyond "playful primate" status or getting this Irish mug on camera somewhere, Dirty Harry has written a very funny personal confession (and some nice remarks in between the laughs).But you know, it is a very interesting thing, to consider how others reacted to my being contacted by the BBC. The assumption that everyone made was, "well of COURSE you'd want to be part of that - anyone would..."But would anyone? And why? Why … [Read more...]

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Hope for Buster and J: Grammy Winner bypasses Music Stores

When my sons were little, we would ask them what they wanted to be when they grew up and they'd say, "a daddy" or "a firefighter" or "an army guy" or (alarmingly) "a writer."Then one day, one of them, the quiet dreamer - the thoughtful brainiac with terrifyingly high test scores and so many interests that he can't seem to settle on one - comes to you at age 14 says, "I'm thinking of studying bio-medical engineering...maybe at MIT" and you think...wow...kid's got some direction. He'll have a job … [Read more...]

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To the point on Nipplegate

Frank Rich is a prejudiced boob of staggering proportions. Mickey Kaus, while no boob, doesn't quite have his finger on it, either, although the objections his "non-evangelical, non-moralistic dads who were uniformly horrified" by the goings on at last years Super Bowl Halftime Show...are quite legitimate, and have the added benefit of being politically correct.People were not offended by Janet Jackson's nipple because they're joyless prudes and simpletons, no matter how much the "tolerant and … [Read more...]

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No greater love…

Many have heard the story of the rather newly named saint, Gianna Beretta Molla and the story of how she, diagnosed with cancer and advised to abort, chose to deliver the new life and accept having "run the race and finished [her] course."It is an astonishing story of love in an age where woman are routinely counseled to put themselves first. And now we read this tremendous love has happened again in Vancouver. (Hattip: KJL at NRO's The Corner )Vancouver Woman Chooses Life for Her Baby just … [Read more...]

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