Scary Dad

Scarydad spends most of his time wishing he could be in his garage drinking beer and making things. The rest of the time he likes to hang out in his garage drinking beer and making things, and then writing about it on his blog. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook, and send him emails at  scarydad@scarydad.com 
  • How I Learned to Love Again

    I was born in 1975. That means that everything that everyone loves from the eighties was hitting right about the time I became a sentient human. And the 80’s was the best time to be a kid: We had two of the three original Star Wars movies. We had Masters of the Universe, Gi Joe, […]

  • Free Booze!

    I’ve always been interested in brewing my own beer. Hell, the wife even bought me one of those starter kits that are supposed to baby step you into the hobby. The problem with this is that the starter kit process makes a pretty big mess and with two small children running about, everything is already […]

  • TOYS! Wonder Woman Shield

    What happened was, a few months ago my daughter’s little friend across the street got some Ninja Turtle stuff for his birthday. Among other gear, he received two foam swords and some masks. When Spawn went over to play, she was handed a sword and a mask and told to get ready. Within a few […]

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  • The Appliance Apocalypse

    We speak in jest about the day that the machines will rise up and kill us, enslave us, or whatever. It’s been the subject of two decent Swarzenegger movies and one great Estevez film. We laugh and buy our tickets and our popcorn and, later, go to bed thinking how crazy that is. The machines […]

  • Apocalypse Review: This Is The End

    Review by Scarydad Okay, so I'm finding it difficult to write a review of This is the End. It's not because of writer's block or anything, it's because there is so much fun and scary stuff going on that to tell you much about it might lead to spoilers and this is certainly a movie you […]

  • Thunderpants Part 4: Jimmy quit, Jody got married…

    Scarydad shares what follows the words every man with a guitar utters at some point—Let’s Start a Band. Here’s Part 1,  Part 2 and Part 3. 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 or be Stupid: I am Legend

    Reading is important. It makes you less dumb, it improves your memory and it makes you less dumb. We want to encourage reading so we’ll be posting book reviews here from time to time. Check them out and read, or be stupid. Review by Scarydad Hello there all you happy people. Today we have a […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • Let's Start a Band: The Story of Thunderpants

    So you want to be in a band. Friday afternoon, around 5:30. I crack open the first beer of the weekend. The baby sits in her high-chair across the table. She flashes me a grin and waves her arms. She’s happy to see me. I make faces at her and she giggles. I’m happy to […]

  • Conspiracy in the Yard

    As fall approaches Scarydad has begun closing down his garden. While digging around in the flowerbeds he has uncovered something more than he expected. It's not a snake. Don't get squeamish. The past couple of weeks have been pretty nice here at Castle Scarydad. The kids have been good, nothing of consequence has fallen apart […]

  • Read or Be Stupid: Salem's Lot

    Reading is important. It makes you less dumb, it improves your memory and it makes you less dumb. We want to encourage reading so we'll be posting book reviews here from time to time. Check them out and read, or be stupid. Salem's Lot by Stephen KingReview by ScarydadI guess it's a throwback to my school […]

  • The Regenerating Degenerate

    Did It MyselfBeing handy is expected of a husband. In fact it’s written into most state wedding licenses because they don’t expect you to read the whole thing. Some husbands are naturals and for the rest there’s Scarydad. He’s always been handy and he’s here to share his tips on everything from appliance repair to […]

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  • Did It Myself: Homemade Child Bribes

    Did It MyselfBeing handy is expected of a husband. In fact it’s written into most state wedding licenses because they don’t expect you to read the whole thing. Some husbands are naturals and for the rest there’s Scarydad. He’s always been handy and he’s here to share his tips on everything from appliance repair to […]

  • D.I.M.: Backyard Archery Target

    Did It MyselfBeing handy is expected of a husband. In fact it’s written into most state wedding licenses because they don’t expect you to read the whole thing. Some husbands are naturals and for the rest there’s Scarydad. He’s always been handy and he’s here to share his tips on everything from appliance repair to […]

  • Gardening 101: Trouble in the garden

    Ugh. This is not going to be a fun story to tell. While I have had moderate to great success with perennials around the house, I have had more problems with what should be a simple vegetable garden than I think is normal. Yet, I am determined to get this thing working so I’ll tell […]

  • Garden 101: Perennials

    Last year I pulled apart an old deck and used the lumber to make a couple raised garden beds in my backyard. I filled them with various plantings to see what would take and, well, year one was a disaster. At the same time I planted several other things around the yard in various beds […]

  • What Fathers Really Want

    Ah, Father’s Day. A day when a couple people ask you what you want or what you might want to do and the answer is almost always, “I don’t know.” or “Whatever.” Not that I’m down on the day or anything. I like any day where I’m the one being celebrated. It’s just that I […]

  • …Made a graduation present

    This past weekend my sister graduated from high school. It was a nice ceremony and everyone was happy and celebratory and stuff. Sis had a stack of cards and presents and was fielding attention from several directions when she opened the little box I had given her. “Oh wow!” she said, looking at the earrings […]

  • Mother's Day ideas

    Hello there all you happy and healthy people. I’m coming at you live from the plague pit, as the family and I are all taking turns using up all the medicine. Ugh. Two sick kids and a sick wife. I managed to hold the line for a whole day, then this evening I fell too. […]

  • Musings on DIY

    About thirty minutes after I put the washing machine back together Bride asked me one of the more unfavorable of questions: “Does the dryer seem noisy to you?”“Why no, Beloved, it does not. It sounds just fine to me. Just close the laundry room door and all will be well.”Unfortunately she was right and over the […]

  • Made Art out of Trash

    There’s no two ways about it, lumber is expensive. It doesn’t seem that much when you’re walking by it at Home Depot, but it really is. Strangely, people will finish a project and throw away their scraps. Or someone will demolish something and actually pay a landfill to dump exotic and hardwood cabinetry there. As […]

  • Built a Sanctum

    One of the features that sold me on the house we live in was the awesome workspace in the garage. I immediately fell in love with the wall-to-wall pegboard, wide and deep storage cabinets, heavy-duty fans, and the sweet corner benches. I dreamed about the garage and all the col things I would do when […]

  • Got Yard Guys

    You read the title and say to yourself, “Huh?” It’s okay. Great ideas are often confusing at first. But since this is a story and I’m a storyteller, I’ll fill you in on how I came to one of the most liberating decisions I have ever made. A couple of weeks ago I discussed how […]

  • D.I.M. Alternator

    There’s a Viagra commercial in heavy rotation. It shows a grizzled old Viagra user driving an old car down a dusty highway. The car begins to steam and the guy pulls into a service station, buys a bottle of water and pours it into the radiator. The gravelly voiced narrator exclaims, “You’re at the age […]

  • Don’t Believe the Hype

    In 2007, Bride and I purchased our first home. It was a modest 3-bedroom that needed some work so we got it at a good price and set about doing interesting and fun projects to update it. We did a bit of landscaping and I found a textured paint to cover the brick fireplace which the […]

  • Scarydad vs. The Washing Machine

    Hello everyone and welcome to issue #1 of Scarydad’s D.I.M. column. Premiere issues go for a lot of money on the collector market so I suggest you buy several copies and keep them in mint condition. I’m pretty sure this will be worth lots of money some day.Let’s begin, shall we? I like to do stuff. […]

  • Easter Yard Art

    Holiday yard art is a fine Dumb White Husband tradition and though it's usually reserved for Halloween and Christmas, it's just as appropriate for Easter. We checked in with Scarydad to see what his plans were. Here's Scarydad.So I was out in my shop trying to combine just the right amount of brilliance and spare […]