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Playing the banana lottery

Playing the banana lottery

I have four guys in my family. Nobody really cooks much, so I try to keep reasonably healthy and easy-to-eat (read: no actual cooks are used in the making of this item) foods around for them. Bananas are on the list. But my family is funny about bananas. They will love them, devour them, never […]

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haiku kid

I finally figured out that if I don’t have time to write a blog post, I can get my seven-year-old to do it for me. Here are three haikus he wrote for me: I go down the hillFeeling the wind on my face.Flying on my skates. Inside when it’s coolPlaying on the computerFreeonlinegames Riding on […]

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board game hell

board game hell

I hated board games when I was growing up. If I could toy with the gadgety stuff alone (Mousetrap or Operation, even the nifty dice popper on Trouble), that was fine, but when played with others board games seemed designed to ratchet up my stress level and proclaim to the world I was a loser […]

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The 2007 Pre-Teen Boy Gift Trifecta

The 2007 Pre-Teen Boy Gift Trifecta

The gift thing is kind of low-key in our house compared to most people I know. However, the gifts our boys do receive get preferentially ranked by them in ways I would never predict. 3. Digital Entertainment: Pokemon and Pirates Well, this one I can predict; what surprised me was that it turned up at […]

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digital false alarm

Last week I heard the First, age 12, discussing his YouTube video upload of “Runescape Ownage” (as in “Dude, I totally owned that level!”). I got really excited, thinking that one of the coming-of-age-in-the-new-millennium milestones had just been reached, and that he had finally learned not JUST how to record online gaming action with a […]

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current avatars

The First’s current avatars:1. A thief-ninja named Skydove, skilled with throwing stars (on Maple Story)2. A warrior named Googleman80, building archery skills in order to become a ranger (on Runescape) The Ice’s current avatars:1. A penguin named Gargoyle1303 (on Club Penguin)2. A warrior named Flameboomer with lots of rare weapons like a chief axe worth […]

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The Marvelous Magic Snowflake

Is this little silver metal ornament for your tree. Plug it in to the outlet, plug your Christmas tree lights into it’s plug, then hang the snowflake. Touch the snowflake, tink! the lights go on. Touch it again, tink! the lights go off. The ad says it “captivates holiday guests,” but our focus group did […]

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