Cinderella Man

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Kids are funny creatures when it comes to a lot of things, but none moreso than their movie tastes. For a few weeks Lexie and Christian will totally obsess over one movie to the exclusion of all others, and then BAM–you couldn’t pay them to watch it again. Luckily this kind of thing goes in cycles, so once enough time passes I can get the old favorites back into rotation again. Even the Baby Einstein videos get resurrected every now ...

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Double Your Standards

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By now, you might have heard rumblings about Al Gore’s robust use of electricity at his home in Nashville, Tennessee. It seems that the place has a rather healthy appetite for power–twenty times the annual rate of Joe Sixpack’s average home, which adds up to around $30,000 per year give or take. Now I’m not sure how that compares to your normal millionaire’s energy consumption, but I would probably guess that it’s in the same neighborhood as a Bill ...

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Only in Florida

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If there was ever any doubt about the state of weirdness in Florida, the argument got settled flat last week. In the space of less than four days, we not witnessed the nervous crackup of a NASA astronaut at an Orlando airport, but also the sudden end of a certain tabloid celebrity’s life in a Hollywood hotel. Hot on the heels of our hurricane problems, election debacles and inexplicable attraction for serial killers, it seems that the Sunshine ...

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Adult Education

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I swear, it’s just like that Rodney Dangerfield movie Back to School–except that I’m not the wealthy owner of a bunch of Tall & Fat men’s clothing stores. Plus I’m not throwing hot tub parties in my dorm room. . .or accidentally crashing a sorority house. . .or getting the dean to name a business school after me. Come to think of it, it’s not really like that movie at all–except in the sense that I’m the oldest ...

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Texas Twisters

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The kids and I have started a new tradition in the Giller household. After dinner’s all done and the dishes put away, and after we’ve all been on our walk and gotten cleaned up, Lexie and Christian settle in with dear old dad and watch a bit of a movie before going to bed. I have to admit, it’s become a bit addictive as I get lots of good cuddle time–and who could resist such a thing with these two ...

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Old Dog, New Tricks

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Welcome to 2007! Man, that still sounds weird. If you’re anything like me, you spent the better part of the 80s calculating how old you’d be when the year 2000 rolled around and what life might be like–and now here we are, getting close to a decade past that. Remember all the hysteria over the whole Y2K thing? It seems like a long time ago–and not just because most of those cheesy predictions turned out to ...

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