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"Murphy was an optimist!"

From the mouths of babes June 12, 2016 9:21 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad, Tommy
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Tommy: "You were typing on my keyboard the other night weren’t you?"

Me: “Yes, I just wanted to try it out. I’m thinking about buying one.”

Tommy: “The guys in my forum got a good laugh out of that.”

Me: “Oh, your monitors were off but your computer was still on wasn’t it?”

Tommy: “Yup. You typed your initials and part of your name. Then ‘This would be a good keyboard for programming.’ and some random characters. I told them ‘Oh, that was just my dad playing on the keyboard.’ They got a good laugh out of it.”

  1. I’ve become THAT dad.
  2. it is time to change that password.
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The Guilty Provider May 30, 2016 11:25 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
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Today is beautifully sunny. Apparently the children have a dental appointment in 2 hours (on Memorial Day?!). I’m at the computer programming and feeling guilty that I’m not spending time with the children.

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Lawnmower repairs May 8, 2016 8:50 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, House, Of Being Dad
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This time the carburetor rebuild worked…damn.

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From the mouths of babes May 7, 2016 5:11 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Cathy, Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes
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Her: What do you want for dinner?
Him: *something* *something* *9 1/2 weeks* *inappropriate* *something*
Her: Help me!
Him: What?
Her, holding up iPhone: Somehow, I don’t know how, it recorded that.
Him, grabbing iPhone sees an audio message sent to…Granny.
Him bolts out front door to see Granny fidgeting with her phone.
Him opens door to car and grabs phone.
Granny: I’ve never received an audio message before.
Him: I think it recorded silence.
13 year old, giggling: I think Dad recorded something by accident.
Him: It was your mother and it had secrets. *delete*
Her: I deleted it but it just took a while.
Him: That deletes it off your phone, not hers!
Him: Awkward.

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From the mouths of babes April 23, 2016 7:20 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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Me: "Do you want steak for dinner?"
Boy child: "Do we have barbecue sauce?"
Me: "Ok, sirloin for you."

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Today begins a new chapter in my children’s lives April 9, 2016 11:08 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Daily Life, Evan, Family, Of Being Dad
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The state of TN is at war with public education. They are out to destroy public education and my youngest two children are on the front lines. We are testing our children to stupidity. The teachers have no time to provide a quality education because we are constantly prepping for the next test. I am pro-gadget, pro-electronic and want my children absorbed in this fascinating digital world with their easy access to all of humanity’s knowledge. However, my ten year old’s generation is suffering as the first generation to be raised from birth with screens in front of them. Their craving for information and multitasking is on par with a cocaine addict, alcoholic, or gambler.

I personally have fallen. I have failed to dedicate time to my children. Today changes that. Today we began meditation and reading aloud (Jonathan Livingston Seagull). Today we began to learn about First Things First with a discussion of the four quadrants and how to live in Quad II. Today is a good day and will be followed by so many more.

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From the mouths of babes March 31, 2016 9:10 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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Me: "I love you Amy. You are awesome!"
Amy: "Thanks. It runs in the family."

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From the mouths of babes March 23, 2016 9:56 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes
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Evan, 10 years old: "Dad, I need you to do me a favor?"
Me: "Okay."
Evan: "My friends want you to draw one of those pictures on my lunch bag for the field trip tomorrow."

5th grade field trip lunch sack

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May the children and their children be so much better than me March 12, 2016 12:38 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
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At some point, I just need to accept that I’m a horrible person and hope that perhaps my children can rise above and not be anything like me.

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The great destructor of all happy March 12, 2016 12:22 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Daily Life, Evan, Family, Of Being Dad
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I fell…

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From the mouths of babes March 11, 2016 7:33 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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Me to wife: "You’ve made me old with snapchat."
Disembodied 10 year old voice from the back of the house: "Yeah, you are old" "hahaha!" "Get wrecked." "W-r-e-k-e-d"

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Today a great man died February 15, 2016 5:43 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family
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My father-in-law passed away today. This note will serve to hold this spot until I can wrangle the whirlwind of thoughts speeding through my mind and put them to words.

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From the mouths of babes February 13, 2016 9:50 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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We asked the 10.5 year old to watch something other than Futurama or Simpsons. He begins his breakdown as I try to find Animaniacs or Pinky and the Brain.

Me: "Do you want to play some cards with me?"
Evan: "No"
Me: "Do you want to play a board game with me?"
Evan: "No"
Me: "Do you want to be in the same room with me?"
Evan: "I’m going to go take a bath."

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Just once January 20, 2016 11:01 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Dharma, Family, Pets
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I’d really like to get through one day without uttering the words, "Goddamn dog."

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Genuine Dad September 13, 2015 8:02 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, Of Being Dad
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I played catch with my son with a football and discussed proper kicking technique. I leveled up as a dad today.

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