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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, […] Read more


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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


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 more


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 […] 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


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


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


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 […] Read more


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 more


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 King Review by Scarydad I guess it’s a throwback […] Read more


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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


…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 […] Read more


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. […] Read more