We have a new magnet to add to the Man Cave! Thank you so much Laura.

Curiously….how is it possible that there was a fatality the day you went to the zoo and you didn’t run out of there as fast as humanly possible??? I would have thrown my children at the lions as “snacks” in order to get away. There are many ways to die, but I promise you – I will never be eaten to death!

I’m a Good Father, but a Sore Loser!

GameMy parents were in town this weekend and they spoiled the boys with gifts and games. Justin was fascinated by a magnetic Checker board they bought him. Without knowing the first thing about how to play Checkers, he challenged my mother to a “friendly” game.

I sat next to him and guiding him on how to play the game while (at the same time) reminding my mother that he was only six years old and had never played before. Basically, I told her to “take a dive” and let the kid win. It’s not easy to purposely lose at anything, but my mother was gracious and allowed my son to triple jump her pieces for the win!

The following day, Justin was feeling confidant in his Checkers skills and challenged me to a game as well. In all honesty, I was not able to take my own advice. I am a grown man with a competitive nature, an inability to accept failure, and the Grinch-like heartlessness to cheat against a child when it comes to boardgames. Was I about to lose to a loud-mouth, six year old? Nope. (I tried. I really tried. But, Justin was taunting me verbally and I had to “knock him down a peg.”) Needless to say, I destroyed him.

Since the rules of Checkers have not changed much in the past 100 years, Justin and I took it upon ourselves to add a few updated “allowances” to the game. They are as follows:

1) As long as your finger is on the opponent’s checker, they cannot move it.

2) If your opponent gets up for a glass of water or a pee break, you are allowed to remove two of their pieces from the board. If they don’t notice within 10 seconds of returning to the game, they don’t deserve to have them returned.

3) And finally, “King Me” is the least of your worries. I am introducing the checker piece entitled, the “King Of Pain.” I explained to Justin that if I stack 7 pieces on top of one another, my “King of Pain” can move as many spaces as it wants and in any direction and at any time – red spaces included!!

King of Pain

You may read this and think to yourself, “What kind of a monster can’t let a child win a game of Checkers?” I promise – one or two taunts from a 6 year old and you’ll be reaching for the “King of Pain” as well!!

Magnet Mania

MagnetNew magnets for the Man Shed, courtesy of Julie Stone from New York City. (NEW YORK CITY!?!?!?) One is from Alaska, one is from Key West, one is a cool whale, and there are four little men!

Thanks Julie!!

Magnet Mania!

More magnets have arrived for the Man Cave!
Mag1This is from GWE and it’s from the Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas. One of the problems with being related to me is that you must (by default) become a “Parrothead.” I’ve got two little Parrotheads in training and it’s nice to have a visual reminder in the Man Cave! “Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame”…but, since there are no girls allowed in the Man Cave – it’s kinda difficult to assign blame like that!

Mag2These wonderful magnet additions are from MoGWE and FoGWE. It’s been a little too cold recently to add them to the Man Cave, but they will be going in before the end of the week!!

Thanks again, and keep the magnets coming!!

Mancave Magnets: Turn & Learn

A special THANK YOU to Cello, Bella, and Kathleen Domino of Los Angeles, CA.! While on a playdate, they surprised Justin and I with their contribution to our Mancave. These are magnets AND interlocking gears! We love them! Thanks guys!

*If you are interested in adding a magnet to the Mancave, please email us at!