Minivan or SUV

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One of the ultimate dilemmas that most parents of more then one child runs into is “what kind of car do we get to haul all our clan around”. The choices generally are Minivan or SUV…okay there is also station wagon such as the Pacifica, the Ford Flex or even a Subaru. But in this article I can’t really factor those in. It might be something for the next article on what car to get. Both SUV and Minivan have their advantages. They range from price, fuel efficiency, safety, internal room and lets not forget looks. These are all very important things when buying a car for your babies.

We can start of by saying that minivans automatically start at a disadvantage just on account that it implies you are a parent and generally lose a lot of cool points. Also as a man you have to hand in your man card. Lets not forget the minivans of 80 and 90s, many of which were essentially easy bake ovens. Even with all of the body style changes and awesome additions that minivans have such as lots of leg room, sliding doors, rear air conditioning, multiple screens it can’t really over come the stereo type and memory of people who suffered through the 80’s and 90’s. The SUV on the other is a beast by itself. SUV’s have always been considered cool and definitely do not suffer from a bad image. Even though in the 80’s and 90’s they had their own issues such as blown out tires and because they rode high therefor they could flip relatively easy. Both have come a long way since then.

Lets lay out the upsides and down sides of both. Suv’s are generally considered safer then minivans or almost any other car on the road. This is largely due to their steel frame, steel engine and ofcourse their impressive physiques. There is a bit of truth to that though they are quite safe for those reasons. However minivans are also very safe and from having looked at safety ratings minivans get 5 star crash ratings which is the same as a lot of SUVs. Minivans also have higher ratings then Suv’s when it comes to roll overs. Just to clarify I am not an expert on this whole subject, so please don’t construe this as me saying hey you should get this or that car cause its safer or what ever.

Edmunds does a pretty good summary of Safety in Minivan. http://www.edmunds.com/minivan/before-buy.html

In the end it does come down to personnal preference and of course the fact the minivans have an added stigma to them. So I understand in buying an SUV. However I do drive a minivan myself largely because of the reasons I listed above even though an SUV would be great to have. Maybe one day when the kids are out of the house. Owait, no then I am going to buy a Porshe 911 Carera convertible.

(guest post) Homeschooling can go at an unhurried pace

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One of the many issues that parents run into with homeschooling is that they base their curriculum on how they were schooled. So instead of it being home schooled it is schooling at home. The beauty of children is that they are little sponges that love to learn and pay attention to new things. This means there isnt a massive push or rush to start education very early because they are learning so many things. They did just learn to walk and talk without having sat in a classroom. Here is a good article on the frustrations of feeling rushed as a parent.

Children can go at an unhurried pace

Death Proof Turtles

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This season of turtles has been great. There has been a lot of great episodes, ones that definitely point to the writers realizing that adults watch this show and they are adjusting the series to reflect. Every thing from great character development to doing a number of shout outs to great movies. The first homage was done to Napolean Dynamite a movie from the early 2000’s that became a cult classic. The episode was about a series of frogs who had been mutated, this was also a homage to the 90’s series, the main frog was named Napoleon Bonafrog. He talked just like the character Napolean Dynamite, in fact it was the same actor (Jon Heder). He makes references to the movie too and quotes some lines out of it. As a teenager in the early 2000’s I can definitely appreciate this.

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One of the other episodes of the 2014 Ninja Turtles, Season 3 episode 6 “Race with the Demon” and it was based on the movie “Death Proof. The reason I realized this is because I am a fan of Quentin Tarantino movies. Its maybe not as timeless as Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction but it does have all the hallmarks of Tarantinos greatness; great dialogue, some violence, great music and awesome characters. But it was pretty cool that they would base an episode on this obscure Tarantino movie. It leads me to an obvious conclusion that the new Turtles series is definitely written with parents in mind.

The new season also has a couple of other changes, one of the big ones being that Leonardos voice actor Jason Biggs is gone. Which is fine with me, however he has been replaced with Seth Green who has been in almost every movie you have ever heard off and produced Robot Chicken a great comedy series. This has led me to believe that the episodes are being influenced by him and that is why the series is being targeted more towards adults. Some of the episodes have gotten a bit darker such as the episode of the dream beavers and the race with the demon. My kids were a little bit scared because of it.

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I hope the series continues the course it has been going and keeping up social and pop culture references. To me it is what separates some series from others and it is what has really made me like the new Turtles. Although I would like to see the series continue picking up with the Shredder and Kra’ang again. Speaking of which, the whole thing with having Kra’ang be a race has been great, but that is a discussion for another time. The Leo and Karai love story has been great too and I would like to see that continue. But time will tell where things are headed.

References:                     Napolean Dynamite

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I didn’t do courtship (On The Fundamental Flaw with Courtship)

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I recently read the article “Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed” and I can tell you that it definitely resonated with me. This is cause I was raised in a conservative house hold and I experienced with full force the book “I kissed dating goodbye.” My dad even taught the course at my church. This is why this article struck home with me, it really put forward a lot of the issues that I had with the whole issue of courtship. That’s not to say that I completely disagree with courtship, however there is a healthy balance between dating and going steady. Also lets not forget that this article doesn’t dismiss courtship outright, it addresses some of the pitfalls that this form of relationship has.

I posted the image of my wife and me cause I didn’t court my wife. We dated over the course of a couple of months before we actually started “going steady”. I did however ask her dad for her hand in marriage. I feel that it is a sign of respect, also it shows that you realize that you are joining families and that you are entering into his family. I have now been very happily married for almost 8 years and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

http://www.thomasumstattd.com/2014/08/courtship-fundamentally-flawed/

Counter articles to this article: http://thechristianpundit.org/2014/08/20/of-course-courtship-is-fundamentally-flawed/

http://truelovedates.com/is-courtship-fundamentally-flawed/

http://titus2homemaker.com/2014/08/why-courtship-is-not-fundamentally-flawed/

Zombucks: Starving Liberty

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For the last 2 years the precious metals dealership Provident metals has been producing these very awesome looking coins. They are called the Zombucks series and they play of of the whole zombie craze. The coin is based on an actual coin in circulation and it is modified with a zombie theme. A couple of weeks ago they introduced the latest one named Starving Liberty and it is based on the original Walking Liberty. The coins look phenomenal and come in gold, silver and copper. So if you decide you want to buy one you don’t have to go all in to buy the gold or silver one. So far I have bought all the ones that have been released, albeit in copper.

Read about all the coins released so far: https://libertariandad.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/what-zombucks-have-been-released-so-far/

Provident Metals Zombucks: http://www.providentmetals.com/zombucks-starving-liberty-silver-round.html

My take on: “What Taking My Daughter to a Comic Book Store Taught Me”

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This is the article that deals with a fathers experience of going to a comic book store and seeing a lot of scantily clad women on the front of comic books. As a father this subject is always a big deal do to me. The reason is that much of modern culture is hypersexualized with expectations of persons that are largely not realistic. My sons watch various comic book shows and they are generally toned down in both violence and sexual content. However it is the gateway that kids are brought into a lot of comic books such as the avengers, xmen and so on. My daughter is the youngest and she kind of watches this stuff too and as she gets older I am sure she will gain interest in comic books. But as this article points out where is the kid friendly stuff especially for little girls.

What Taking My Daughter to a Comic Book Store Taught Me

Please read and tell me your thoughts on this subject and where there are strong female heroines.

My motivation for not Smoking

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When I was 16 I started smoking cigarettes. I am not entirely sure why I even started, many of the people I knew smoked and also many of the people I worked with smoked. It was a way of just being able to relax and kick back. Especially when you work at a job that is busy and you need a quick break to calm down. Its sort of odd in a way that I even started smoking, I was into sports and I was concerned about my health.

Looking back on those days you realize that you don’t have a lot to worry about except go to school, go to work and hang out with friends. Most of my friends smoked and we would talk about how cool it was too smoke. But as time rolled it was harder and harder to quit. Whether it was just something to do or to wake up in the morning I had a cigarette with almost every routine. Its that first cigarette in the morning cigarette, the after lunch cigarette and the “I am driving home after a long day of work cigarette.” Also lets not forget much of your social life is going out and smoking with people. Its funny cause you can ask almost any other smoker about and they will tell you the same thing.

Personally I am not against smoking, I see many people do things to their bodies that I would say are worse then smoking. These things are eating too much candy and or being overweight. Too me they are not really different from smoking. But apparently these are accepted parts of life and smoking for the most part is not. I tell most people what I think of smoking that’s its not good for your health and that’s it. I wouldn’t force someone too quit through special rules.

I quit about 6 years ago after smoking close to ten years and yes it is one of the toughest things I have ever done. It is really really really tough! But I can tell you that after about 4 months I was very happy I did it. I think there really has to be a reason to quit. Otherwise you go back to it. My motivation was my first born son and that i wanted live a long life with him. I literally quit (went cold turkey) the day he was born and have never smoked since. If I can do it, I know that you can also do it. Its a matter of finding a reason to quit and you will never look back.

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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Draco went down to the ocean (How to deal with a fish’s death)

Our fish was flushed down the toilet. My son did not take it well at all.

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For the last couple of week my wife had been asking me to get rid of our Beta Fish, he was about 4 ½ years old and was looking old and haggard. However I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of the fish especially with how much my second child absolutely loved the fish. Yesterday though my wife went ahead and cleaned out the fish tank and flushed the fish down the toilet. She didn’t say anything about it to any one.

That evening as we were putting the children to bed my second oldest child (SOC) asked my wife and me about the fish. “Where is Draco?” (Draco is the name of the fish) My oldest child responds,”Mommy flushed him down the toilet.” At which point SOC’s eyes welled up with big tears and he asked if that was true. My wife told him that Draco was old and that he went away. He went to the ocean to go away. SOC hugged my wife with all of his might as the tears poured from his eyes.

He fell asleep in his bed still having tears streaming out of his eye and asking if he’d ever see Draco again.

The next morning SOC was eating breakfast with me and he asked me if we could go to the ocean. I said that it was too cold and there for we would not go to the ocean. “But I want to go see Draco” said SOC. I told him that Draco was to far away in the ocean to be seen. SOC told me he would rent a boat. I told him that the Beta fish would probably be too far down to actually see. He thought about that for a while. Then he asked me how much a submarine would cost to build. I told him that he would need to be older to build a submarine. Then I told him we were going to the petstore to buy a new Beta fish.

Fortunately for me the kids were very excited about this and decided to call the new Beta fish Metalbeard. (yes, like the pirate from the LEGO movie). In retrospect this whole situation with the fish could have been handled better. But he asked about it with any kind of warning. How would you handle that whole situation?

Tom Woods Show: The Origins of State Education: Myth and Reality

Alot of people may wonder why school is mandated and where it originated from. Here is a good break down of the history of the modern day public schools.