Proud Papa Moment

In truth, I’m a proud papa pretty much all the time, but last week was particularly endearing and noteworthy. My son, Keiran (on the left) and his friend Luke performed Ozzy’s Crazy Train for their 5th grade talent show.

He’s been dragging me to see the annual talent show for the previous 3 years. And we’ve been building his expectations and confidence with weekly guitar lessons for much of the past 2 years.

It was no small battle to get to this point though. Video games make most accomplishments too easy to acquire. Mastering a few buttons and the wave of a remote takes little effort compared to mastering strings and frets, notes and chords. I’m not anti video games by any means. But is it too much to ask to limit screen time to a couple hours each day and make time for 20 minutes of practice and some outdoor play?

From today’s point of view, the best part of the whole deal was being able to remind him while driving home after the show, that the moment of success, the applause from over 100 peers and their parents, the feeling that they nailed it… the afterglow …could only happen because he stuck with the lessons and made time to practice.

In another few years I’ll ask him what video games he was playing during the spring of his 5th grade year. Then I’ll ask him about the talent show.

Knowing him he’ll shake his head, roll his eyes and say, “yeah dad, I get it.”

The Price-decision Threshold

At what price do you start belaboring the decision making process?

For me it’s about $25, which has nothing to do with how much money I have in the bank, but everything to do with Fuji vs. Gala vs. McIntosh vs. Delicious apples, then wondering if maybe a pear would be better…

But that example is well below my price-decision threshold, so boom! Into the cart goes two McIntoshes and a Bosc (along with some bananas and grapefruit).

Now that you’ve peered into my process I can switch objects to a different kind of Apple, the iPhone.

When they first came out I couldn’t get one. Durango belonged to Verizon and Alltel, and the AT&T website would just laugh at me when I put my zip code in their service finder.

But all that changed a month ago with the Verizon iPhone. Then the decision became iPhone 4 or wait for #5?

That’s a pretty easy one actually. The most likely improvement to version 5 is the addition of 4G connectivity. And who knows if Durango will ever get that service upgrade.

[singlepic id=41 w=300 float=right]I delayed gratification just long enough to savor the moment of arrival. And because we bought a used iPad a few weeks ago and I didn’t want to risk novelty-overload.

I also held off because I had to dig deep and really consider whether or not I needed an iPhone. Sure I wanted one, but did I need one enough to justify the added expense?

Ironically, my wife opened the door by requesting a new bit of tech for her bike — a Garmin 500. (Ever notice how technology has a way of begetting more technology?)

I’ve been using a Garmin 500 for the last year and it’s a brilliant bike computer with GPS for tracking rides. But here I am just itching to find a way to justify the iPhone purchase and a solution is presented on a garnished platter.

Little did I know just how challenging the subsequent decision would be… What’s the best way to turn your iPhone into a bike computer?

I’m going to save that for a followup post. I already have about 6 hours of research in on the subject and have yet to pull the trigger.

Soon though. I’m getting hungry.

Spring Cleaning the Ayurvedic Way

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I believe that a little spring cleaning is good for the body as well as the home. But my past attempts at de-gunking the plumbing haven’t always been successful. Whether it be through herbal teas, fasting or a bottle of colon blow, I lack the mental fortitude required to see things through to the end.

Either that or I just plain cave when the suggestion (inevitably) arises to get a pizza and pour a glass of wine.

Lucky for me I have a friend named Amita who practices Ayurveda and has put together a nice little package that makes it so much easier to get my cleanse on.

I’m only on day 2, which starts with a couple teaspoons of melted ghee (along with breakfast), and a nice helping of Kicharee (pictured above) split between lunch and dinner. The hardest part is refraining from snacking.

Day 3 and 4 increases the morning ghee, and there’s a fast at the end of day 4 leading up to the “big event” on day 5. I promise not to elaborate on that here. You’ll just have to call Ami if you want the details.