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Grandpa Nick

If there was ever anyone in this world that I wanted to be when I grew up it was my grandfather. My mother’s father, Nick Nickles, was always the host of our family functions. Easter, in my mind, is searching for eggs in his backyard. Independence day is making ice cream on his driveway. The […]

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All Growned Up

I remember when I got the last payment for my Kia Rio in the mail. It was autumn 2006, and we were still living at Versailles on the Lake, which meant I picked up the mail on my way to the apartment after work. In autumn 2006, Sonja was pregnant, we were looking to buy […]

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Good Idea, Bad Idea

Good Idea Setting up a family tree on Geni. It’s like a little Facebook for your relatives. You click and add your siblings, your parents, their siblings, etc. Then you can post what’s new, share photos, plan events, and all that fun stuff. Bad Idea Doing this when you’re my coworker from Hungary, whose wife […]

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Ode to a Mug

I first met Mitchell in 1998 at my local AM PM. I’m not sure what brought me in that fateful day, but I know that I left with 52 ounces of Mountain Dew and a new companion. From the day forward, Mitchell and I would be inseparable. Here’s a picture of Mikayla and Mitchell. He’s […]

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Daniel Jacob

Daniel Jacob: My nephew, aged 5 days. Congratulations, Fred!

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Disneyland Nostalgia

W.E.D. ON WED: “The idea of Disneyland is a simple one. It will be a place for people to find happiness and knowledge. It will be a place for parents and children to share pleasant times in one another’s company; a place for teachers and pupils to discover greater ways of understanding and education. Here […]

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Seth’s Award-Winning Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Gabe and Deborah had a party last week and part of it was a Iron Chef-style cooking competition with the secret ingredient of Peanut Butter. I made Ice Cream, loosely based on this recipe, but modified for size and the ingredients I had. Seth’s Award-Winning Peanut Butter Ice Cream Ingredients 3/4 can Skippy Natural Peanut […]

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Christmas Video

Here’s a video we made from shots we took on Christmas last year. It’s been sitting on my desktop for months, and I finally figured I should actually, like, put it up here. Or download it by option-clicking here.

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Uno Cracko

Sonja and I got bored with a deck of Uno cards and this is the result. We’ve only play-tested this with two players, but it could theoretically work with more. At some point you’d probably need to add another deck of cards into the mix, but we don’t know when that point would be; six […]

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Fist of Dragonstones: Alternate Rules

A few years ago, Sonja and I bought a little box game called Fist of Dragonstones (whose webpage is mysterious inoperative at the time of this writing). Each player is a prince who is trying to score fame by racking up Dragonstones, which you do by hiring a bunch of characters who do stuff for […]

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