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My Kid Hacking Today

I love watching my kid doing what they love.


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Celebrating Cadence getting first place for the city. So proud!

   


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My favorite Christmas tradition: Last minute Christmas Eve shopping with my brother


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Halloween 2017

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Good luck, Cadence! I love you!!!

First day Of Kindergarten and then a fast forward to today…her first day of 7th grade.

   


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Who Americans spend their time with

Here is your oddly and subtly depressing data for the day.


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My daughter (12) is taking an airbrush art class this summer

   


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Enjoying a breakfast at Doc Taylor's with Denise


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On the way to Danville for Easter


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Another weekend - another show

   


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Waiting for my daughter's turn to compete


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Tonight, my daughter plays Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy on her viola


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Enjoying Sunday with Denise while Cadence is off riding at the barn


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Valentine’s Day

Denise, let's get illumi-naughty.


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Valentine’s Day

Denise, I can't stop chicken you out!


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Valentine’s Day

Denise, I wanna pizza that!


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Valentine’s Day

Denise, Are you Flappy Bird? Cuz I wanna tap that nonstop.Happy Valentine's Day!


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Before the Daddy/Daughter Dance

Tonight I was privileged to take my sweetheart, Cadence, to her school's Daddy/Daughter Dance. I love you.

   

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Good times

Enjoying a Christmas morning game of Catan Junior with my daughter.


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My brother and me out last minute shopping

It’s our Christmas Eve tradition.


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At Red Lobster

About to devour some cheesy biscuits.


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Walking The Mountain

Just helped my daughter walk the mountain (kung fu stance drill) for the first time. Proud dad moment!


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Christmas begins

The beginning of Christmas 2012 in Danville. Sweet, sweet basement bedroom…oh how I have missed you.


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The kind of rest that adults can only dream of…

I'm only jealous.


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Chilling at Manninos with my wife


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This is what I call a vacation!

Holed up in the basement away from people and noise, playing on my laptop.


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If you have a daughter, watch this.


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Reading is Fundamental


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Good times

More jams from my Sonos while we make acorn squash and cook our pumpkin. Awesome night!


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Andy Borowitz (@BorowitzReport)

Just once on Father's Day I wish my kids would give me a #1 Dad mug instead of one with my actual ranking.

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Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville 2012

These are the pictures from the latest trip to the Natural History Museum.  She is very interested in science and loves these trips.


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Learning To Ride A Bike

My wife and I took our daughter to the park to learn to ride without training wheels.

It was a reasonable success.  She's not all the way there, but she did well and will do better next time.  I'm proud.  She fell a few times and got right back up.

   

   


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Cadence is watching Scooby Doo and making a pillow/blanket fort


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Holiday Show 2010

Yep, I'm the proud parent who posts this sort of thing


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We are raising a champ, of course

Cadence won her bowling tournament.  Go girl!  You rock!


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Probably not the smartest Christmas wish list

I just told my wife that for Christmas I want eight maids a' milking.


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Surprised Denise with a night out at Saffron and the the Sadler Center for Merchants of Bollywood


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Finally!

has just put his incredibly hyperactive daughter to bed and is ready for some homemade pumpkin pie with whipped cream.


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Because Halloweeen Always!

I spent last night carving a pumpkin and making homemade pumpkin pie and pumpkin cookies with the family and two good friends. Fun night.


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Mall carousel with Cadence


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Gotcha Day!

Marking another year with Cadence in my life. My daughter is the best.

Love you sweetie.


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"You should plan ahead, BaBa"

So, yesterday was the third day of school for my daughter and already I’ve made her late to the bus. No, that didn’t take long at all.

As a consequence, I got to spend the next 25 minutes driving her to school while she lectured me about time management. Worse still, her advice was solid. Yeah, that stung a bit. I think I’ve learned my lesson…hopefully.


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School Bussing

She's ridden in them before, but not as a means to go to school.  Yay, Cadence!

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She's excited. I'm tired.

I'm up at 6am to drop Cadence off at the bus.


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Cadence

"A baby is eighty hundred forty percent payoff. That means give me all your money"

WTF is wrong with my daughter? Lol.


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Only Children Unite!

It is a widely held stereotype that children who grow up without brothers or sisters may be “oddballs” or “misfits.” But new research undermines that notion–suggesting that any deficiency that does exist in only children's social skills when they are young has disappeared by their teens.

The results of the new study also put social-science research under the spotlight.

via scientificamerican.com


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Sleep is for pansies!

I'm tired and have to get up at 3am to take my wife to the airport. Ugh.


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UFC without Me

My wife, Katie, Christine, and Denise (not my Denise) are all enjoying a night of UFC tonight.

I got sent a pic as tangible proof of the fun they are having.  I'm jealous…but Gen Con is fun too.  :)


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From the mind of my child

My daughter just showed me a map that leads past a forest with "dead pirates, spooky trees, bats that fly, mean spiders, and … a cricket. He bites."


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Despicable Me

I just saw Despicable Me with Cadence and Denise. Great movie!


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Cadence has decided…

…that she and I will be spending our together time in that bastion of manhood known as AC Moore


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Denise got me some Tapout t shirts for Fathers Day

But she decided she needed to keep the sticker for her own laptop


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I am Daddy-Fly Killer!

Poems will be written. Songs sung. Let children everywhere rejoice in his heroic exploits.


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My daughter's first poem


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The Foul Muse

My daughter is often inspired by the Foul Muse. Later in life, this will cause me much consternation and her much amusement.


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Tonight

I'm enjoying a night with Bryan, John, Denise, Zdravka, Shep, and Berry.


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Jow Ga Kung Fu Lion Dance


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The buffet needs to open up soon


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Enter the Rat

In just two days, I'll be going to the House of the Rat with Denise and Cadence. It wil be Cadence's first trip to there. I'm really looking forward to it. It's not so much the Mouse, himself, that interests me. Indeed, I couldn't care less about a single Disney character property. Mostly, I just enjoy the way they have mastered the art of vacation. Hey, I can be as cynical as the next guy, but seriously, they make vacationing drop dead simple. Gotta love that!

The countdown begins.


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Happy 3rd Birthday, Cadence!

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday, dear Cadence
Happy Birthday to you


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Disaffection and the family

I suppose that when the father and the mother both worked on the farm and the children worked next to them in the field and in the house and in the workshop, familial relations were easier to maintain. The children knew what the father and mother did. They helped. They were a part of the process of running the house from an early age. Now we have a problem of our own creation. The father goes off to work in a factory or office. The mother often does as well. The child grows up disconnected from the parents who a century ago would have been her whole world.

And we wonder why our parents lack the bonds they need to be good parents and why our kids lack the bonds needed to be good children. Put your kids in daycare. Put your parents in a home. What's the difference?

So, why do we do it? I mean, if we know that the daily diaspora of the family creates a rift and teaches all the wrong lessons, why continue doing it?


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Cold Spaghetti and Late Nights Alone

Wife's out on the town with Meghan. I'm home with Cadence eating cold spaghetti and typing blog entries into a text editor.

"Bored Now"


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Is that legal in Virginia?

While at the zoo with my daughter and wife today, I spied this scene:

So, what exactly is that frog doing to that elephant and aren't their laws (of nature) against it?


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The hand of death creeps

So, last week I had some flu that put me down, then my wife got ill, then cadence got ill, the I had eye surgery, then I got better, then Cadence got better, then Denise got better, then Friday afternoon, I got ill again (stomach bug), then it goes away by Sunday only to have me with a sore throat Sunday night and this morning.

Damn you Bryan! You've poisoned me, haven't you?!? What is it? Polonium? Cianide? Crack and Tide? I hate you!

If I should die in the next week or so, let it be known that I point my (middle) finger Bryan-ward It was him. I know it. He did this to me---may he rot in that special hell reserved for child molesters and people who talk in the theater.


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The Virginia Aquarium

Cadence and I are going to the Virginia Aquarium today. She loves the aquarium. Apparently, she is good friends with the fish, the turtles, and the seals (at least that's how she tells it). Life is good. Here's a picture I took earlier this year from the aquarium:


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Happy Birthday, Cadence

OMG PONIES!!1!!!eleventy-one!!!11!!!!


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The Tropic of Cancer

I noticed on a map that Cadence's old hometown falls right at the Tropic of Cancer as it runs through mainland China. That's makes it easy to explain where to find it to others, but I still had no idea what a "Tropic of Cancer" was. Becuase I hate not knowing things, I looked it up. Turns out it, somewhat obviously, is the northern line between the tropics and the subtropics region of the planet. Why Cancer? Because the June solstice fell in the constellation of Cancer when this line was named. Currently, it falls in the constellation of Taurus.


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Cadence is sick

Just an fyi, I've not been blogging as much in the last few days because Cadence is a bit ill and I've not had much free time. Once she's better, I'm sure things will pick back up.


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This gift-getting stuff is serious business

I've centered my chi and I am prepared for the excess of presents that you have purchased for me. Commence with your offerings so that I may show you that I am pleased:


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I miss Jow Ga

I need to start thinking about how I'm gonna get back to Jow Ga. I miss it. Financially, I think it's doable with some serious planning, but in terms of time, I'm gonna have to get creative to fit it all in and still spend time with Cadence. It'll be better when she's old enough to go with me and take classes.


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All Hallow's Eve

Tonight will be Cadence's first Halloween. She will go dressed as a ladybug. She will beg the neighbors for candy that her mother and I will then take from her and eat. This is the way of Halloween. Don't judge us.


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The Case of the Haunted Hayride

I, Denise, Cadence, Brent, Kyoko, Hanna, Chris Susko, and Chris Susko's woman all went to the Hunt Club Halloween thingy last night.

Firstly, regardless of what lies others might spread in the wake of this event, I carried myself with dignity and respect.

Secondly, much fun was had by all. There were long lines and stupid, lying pizza men, but once you get past that, the night was brisk but not cold and the events were well done. Those that didn't go are worse for having abstained.

Denise and Kyoko and the children (Hanna and Cadence) spent most of their time in the main barn area with the music and dancing and *GASP* karaoke! You haven't lived til you've seen a drunk dude in a poor wolfman costume singing along to Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London. It hurt my ears and soul in ways unspeakable.


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Cadence

She's doing great. Still a bit ill, but adjusting well to her new life.


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Babies don't need sleep?

I mean seriously, wtf?!? Up all night for two nights now. I now it's just because her internal clock is set to China time and all, but DAMN I need a nap!


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The baby

The baby is happy and healthy, if a bit confused about the change of scenery and schedule.


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Baby Ragnarok

Rock-a-bye baby
In the tree tops
When the wind blows
The cradle will rock
When the bough breaks
The cradle will fall
And down will come baby
Cradle and all

Who in their right minds thought this would make a good children's bedtime song?!? It's description of some sort of baby armegeddon practically designed to induce nightmares. Here you go baby. Sweet dreams, and remember that if all goes well you won't fall from 30 feet up in a storm to crack your skull. WTF?


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Words won't do


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We are in Guangzhou

For the curious, we've made it into Guangzhou and are getting settled into our rooms. This is the final stop in China before leaving. We will be meeting our daughter for the first time tomorrow. I honestly have no idea how much time I'll have for blogging after that. Maybe plenty (we are here for 11 days to finalize paperwork and such). Maybe none (we are taking care of a new child!).


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Leaving for China in about 20 hours

I expect to have internet access for at least the last two weeks of the trip, but the first week is sketchy. I don't know that I'll have access. Once I do, I'll be posting blog entries and checking email as time permits.


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The details emerge (UPDATED!)

My wife and I leave on Sunday (the 4th of September) at some preternaturally early time in the morning. We will be returning on Thursday the 22nd of September around 10 PM.

When we come back, we will have our daughter, Cadence, with us. The notice is short, but I want to get there as soon as possible, so I'm fine with leaving right away.


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Going to China!

I just received the preliminary itinerary for my trip to China. Looks like I'll be leaving here this weekend (OhMyGodThatsSoQuickImFreakingOut!) and won't be coming back until the 22nd of September. Specifically, I'm set to leave on September 7th (next Wednesday) but because Denise and I plan to hit Beijing first for 3 days, that means leaving Saturday or Sunday. Seems like I have almost no time at all now.

Current mood: Wow!

Now Playing: Willis Alan Ramsey's "Muskrat Love" Nibbling on bacon, chewin' on cheese (Hey I'm on hold. Don't blame me!)


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Happy Birthday!

Today is my daughter's birthday. she's not here yet, so I can't celebrate it with her, but I can do this. :)


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I'm somebody's dad!

Her name is Yong Ni Dong (Dong is the name of the orphanage, Ni means "girl", and Yong means "Expressed In Poetic Form").

She was born on August 4th, 2004 and currently resides in the Yang Dong orphanage in the Guangdong province of China in the city of Guangzhou.

As of March 30th, 2005---when the attached picture was taken---she was 25.2 inches tall and 14.75 lbs with both a head and chest diameter of 16 inches...and she had 2 teeth.


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Today should be the day!

I expect to here something today from the adoption agency. By the close of business, I might be someone's dad. WeirdCool.


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Jason Returns

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Disney

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A New House

Denise and I are looking to move soon. We need a bigger house in a nicer neighborhood now that we plan on adopting from China. The big question for us now is whether to build or buy. A lot will likely depend on how much money I make over the next year or so. We'll see. I hate change, and this year is looking to be the year of change!


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