The Boy Who Trucked With Crows

The Boy Who Trucked With Crows Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a village called Brightsbane, where it was always nighttime, even at the height of day. A wizard, you see, had stolen the sun from the sky many years before. The stories said that he swallowed it right down. […] Read more

A Broken Halloween

Halloween is tomorrow. I love it. Not just because of the horror aspect of the holiday either. Of course I must admit, the candy is awesome. I have so many great memories from around this time of year. Trick or treating with my sister, getting to stay out after the street lights came on and […] Read more

Let’s Start a Band—The Story of Thunderpants part 3

Scarydad shares what follows the words every man with a guitar utters at some point—Let’s Start a Band. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2. So you want to be in a band? 5:50 PM Friday. Wife calls and asks if we need anything other than milk. “Beer.” is the response. Three-year-old is now upset because […] Read more

Pocket Copiers

In the last piece, Frickin’ Lasers, I wrote about ditching your inkjet printer and switching to a color laser printer. I’ve heard from a few people that they just couldn’t get rid of their current “all in one” printer because it doubles as a photocopier. So I get asked about buying an “all in one […] Read more

“Happy Halloween, ‘Merica!”

We can all agree that Halloween, as we know it, is straight up weird, right? It took the awkwardness of explaining why we do what we do at Halloween to my 6 year old for it to sink in how little sense it makes. He was asking the most basic, softball questions and I was […] Read more

The Power Rangers School Of Fashion

I will never be on the cover of GQ. My fashion sense is quite similar to that of many other geeky folk, consisting of some pop-culture T-shirt and a pair of jeans or shorts. If it’s cold, maybe a themed hoodie or something. But that doesn’t mean I don’t put any thought behind it. About […] Read more

“Trick or Treat, Pervert.”

Being on the homeowner side of trick-or-treating makes me uncomfortable. I don’t know the rules. I do know that 364 days out of the year, if a child rang my bell and I offered it a fun size candy bar, I’d have police at my door within seconds. But here we are, the one day […] Read more

Simply Dinner

Pasta. Simple. Delicious. Easy. And one of my go to dishes. If I’m ever stuck on what to cook for dinner I know I can always count on pasta to pull me out of a pinch.           Another great thing about pasta is that you can pretty much put anything in […] Read more

10 Minutes of X-Men: Days of Future Past

Let’s face it. As grownups, we don’t have a lot of extra time on our hands. And if I’ve got two hours to spare I’d rather spend it napping than watching a movie that sucks. But, I’m willing to give any movie ten minutes to grab me.              X-Men: Days […] Read more

The Scariest Books We’ve Read

It’s October. The weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter and all basic cable programming has turned to grainy nightvision footage. Even Animal Planet. It’s the second scariest time of year next to the last day of school. To celebrate we’re going to share with you the scariest books we’ve ever read. Click the […] Read more

A Ponderance

A Ponderance:(In which the Dad must relay thoughts upon bad behavior of his spawn and the validity of punishmental conundrums) What does One do when One discovers that One’s teenaged child has been misappropriating the truth and acting dubiously behind One’s backside? One might choose to journey through the behind property thickets for a thorny […] Read more

Waffling Standards

NOTE: This article was SUPPOSED to be about Highlander Grogg, but I ordered it too late. So in its stead we’ll revisit the first cup of coffee I ever enjoyed. Just a friendly reminder, kids: I am NOT some coffee diva who took tasting courses in France in order to gain a surgical palate when […] Read more

Frickin’ Lasers

Quick question: what kind of printer do you have at home? Inkjet Black and white laser Color laser If you answered anything but “color laser” then get ready, because Christmas shopping will be upon us in a few weeks and you should be ready to pounce on a deal when it comes. But I’m jumping […] Read more

Free Words from a Dumb White Husband

We live in a time of miracles, you guys. A time when you can march right into a hospital, shout, “Give me a new heart!” at the top of your lungs, and tuck yourself in for a comfortable operation that’ll replace your clogged, sickly heart with a brand new, shiny, much-less-likely-to-explode heart. Ah, yes. These […] Read more

10 Minutes of Edge of Tomorrow

Let’s face it. As grownups, we don’t have a lot of extra time on our hands. And if I’ve got two hours to spare I’d rather spend it napping than watching a movie that sucks. But, I’m willing to give any movie ten minutes to grab me.              10 Minutes […] Read more

Let’s Start a Band: The Story of Thunderpants Part 2

Last week, Scarydad began to share what follows the words every man with a guitar utters at some point—Let’s Start a Band. Here’s Part 2. Part 2: Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend I’ve always been more of a solo singer/songwriter type. I dabbled in bands in younger days but they always ended up crashing and […] Read more

Adjacent to Affluence

When you go to the beach with your kids, it is a “family trip.” When you go to the beach with your spouse, it is a “vacation.” A sweet, succulent and somewhat elusive event where you are able to actually relax and not have your head on a swivel to make sure kids don’t brain […] Read more

Overcoming My Own Personal Jill Sandwich

In the 90s, I worked at a small mom & pop game store in Orlando by the name of Video Game Trader. It was a fascinating time for the industry as games gradually moved to disc format, allowing for more content, larger play worlds, full-motion video and… characters that talk. There had been some speech […] Read more

The Sweet Stuff

Luna’s got special treat for us all today. It’s an excerpt from his latest story, Joe Vampire: Halloweenie. One aspect of Halloween that even vampiration couldn’t mow over for me is the edibles, naturally. Now that I own a home, I’ve been on both sides of the trick-or-treating door, and of course, I’ve overthought the […] Read more

Back to Basics: Knives

Special note: We are not responsible for anything stupid you do. Ever. -ben It’s time for something different here at Eat, Play, Shove. Now don’t be scared, this different is good… I hope. I have been doing this little shin-dig for quite a while now and I realized that I haven’t done any how-to videos. […] Read more

The Rusted Corridor: True Stories from the Amtrak Lincoln Service

Amtrak runs a route between my original home, St. Louis, and my adopted home, Chicago. That route is called the Lincoln Service. I’ve ridden it quite a lot in the five years since I moved to Chicago. It is always awful. Here’s another true story from my travels. -Clayton It is nighttime, and I am […] Read more

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