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There are three half-bananas in the fridge, the system has failed us

When your kids are little, you look forward to holiday breaks where there will be two adults in the house to help manage things. When they’re older you just can’t wait for your house to stop looking and feeling like four people live in it.

A member of Trail Of Dead sent me this drawing of Larry Sanders-era Garry Shandling. This alone has rendered the year strange enough to make further comment pointless.

Good news, the perennial bedroom mildew has bloomed

we get used to hard days and then we teach our kids to

This month’s test of the family’s awareness that yes, some resident human has to actually empty the bathroom trash can, is reminding me of the toothpaste glob in the sink standoff of 2013, in that the problem got far worse before it got better.

Here is why, despite the constant warnings, having teenagers is cool: I had to go to the UK for work and I was like hey while I’m there why don’t I take a few extra days to hang out in Europe by myself and my wife was like yeah ok

tv spot just said “men with erectile dysfunction, now you can get treated anywhere” however 9/10 dentists still recommend you get treated in the penis

Number one thing we always taught our kids re: pedestrian safety: eye contact. As in, don’t believe they see you unless you get it. Autonomous cars need to simulate this, and it’s crazy to me that fact isn’t obvious to manufacturers.

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a nice little piece looking back on NPR's Car Talk, absolute Dad Culture legends, with surviving cohost Ray Magliozzi

My dad has developed an aversion to question marks. He either leaves them off altogether or uses a period instead. Is this a dad thing. Will this happen to me

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.

Big weekend for this dad. Installed a gas insert, including plumbing and electrical. Where "installed" means "signed a check."

For some reason at six years of age this video has suddenly started getting likes. Meeeeemoriiiiiies

I have found a weekly podcast called The Trap Set, about drummers, which has an astonishing list of guests for being only four years along. Worth looking at if that's interesting at all to you.

as part of this rant I do acknowledge that Bruce Fairbairn was probably the critical factor, but still

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About once a year I tie someone to a chair and make them listen to me rant for an hour about what an incredibly good band Bon Jovi was at their peak. Then I give them a hug and we put on some chill Eno and have tea.

Then I untie them

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.

First one to get a tattoo of the dad from Sally Forth wins

Show more is a Mastodon instance for dads, running the Hometown fork of Mastodon.