a nice little piece looking back on NPR's Car Talk, absolute Dad Culture legends, with surviving cohost Ray Magliozzi
Thanks to a work trip and some vacation days bolted on to the end of it, I have a real whirlwind solo survey of a few European cities coming up. All I have planned is "walk a lot". It feels really good. I love my family but I don't need them everywhere with me. I feel this is a healthy view.
Also: interested in your perspectives on can't-miss cities. The idea here is to get a taste for a few I want to see more of later.
For some reason at six years of age this video has suddenly started getting likes. Meeeeemoriiiiiies https://vimeo.com/63875421
My oldest has, as of this morning, a learner's permit. We have had to push her toward it simply because we're tired of all the driving that comes with increased teen activities, volunteering and jobs and whatnot. She's skilled with public transit, she has ride apps as an option, and perhaps most importantly the majority of her social life is online. "Getting your license" just ain't what it used to be.
Attention dads, one of the greatest films ever made turned 30 this year: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/feb/15/the-burbs-30th-anniversary-tom-hanks-joe-dante
dads of little ones, someday you'll have time for this sort of thing again, the dream is real https://mastodon.social/@shanecyr/102396893079283050
Hello, my band will be releasing new singles in the near future. The first, from last year, can be heard in these spaces which you may also watch/follow if you're interested.
I quickly noticed I was capable of setting her off with my own madnesses, every time I futzed with my bag or whatever could be a trigger for her, so I doubled down on my own way of dealing with flying: "quiet body, quiet mind." It's my way of dealing with most things tbh, but is particularly useful when I feel nutty on a plane. We never spoke, but I hope the approach at least kept me from making her trip worse. Travelling like that must be reeaaaaaally hard.
Oh and on the flight back home: my headphones jack was broken, the man behind me cleared his sinuses for six hours, and the woman next to me — bless her heart, she was obviously having a very difficult time herself — was clearly afflicted with OCD or something like it and spent the whole flight doing routines and diddling with everything around her. Such a tough way to live. also not a great thing to be next to.
I feel bad about this now, but: I shot the MOM the dirty look. They were obviously the assholes. But she was complicit. She *knew*. She let me sit between these two obviously insane morons on a cross-country flight. It's unfair to make her responsible. It's not her job to make them decent, and certainly not a woman's job to be sane for men. Still. There are no innocents in this situation. I found the one person capable of reason and with body language asked that person 'why?'
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