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The Day The Music Died

I remember seeing Purple Rain for the first time.  In the theater.   I loved that album and I remember listening to it on vinyl in my room. I have no idea where that album is now — Prince in the long coat on his motorcycle — probably […]

Alex takes a swing!

I Will Never Be That Dad

April is my favorite month.  Ever since I can remember.  The school year enters the home stretch.  The weather starts getting warm.  And the smell — oh that smell — of the freshly cut grass of a baseball field.   Just the thought of opening day…besides my family […]

At the ER, they ask Alex and I to wear masks so we don't get sick from other people.

Like A Bat Out of Hell

I’m standing in front of a security guard at Stanford Hospital Emergency Room waiting to go through their metal detector. I’m sweating. It’s 10pm. I’m holding a 50-pound mostly-asleep 5-year old dressed in his PJs and Minion-themed crocs in my arms, along with two iPads, two sweatshirts and […]

David Bowie

Only The Good Die Young

One of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies is when John Cusack’s character in High Fidelity is organizing his vast album collection “autobiographically.” Not alphabetically, chronologically or by genre, but by what each album meant to him at a certain time in his life. That […]

Alex ski

Skiing is Believing

We went to Tahoe for the week of Thanksgiving.  Our boys had never seen snow (well, Alex did when he was two but he didn’t remember). Alex could not have been more excited.  What’s better than throwing snowballs at Daddy and little brother? I’m not sure why we […]

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Thoughts on Paris

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting at the gym looking at my email and trying to get through my to-do list that consisted of paying bills and various other things when I saw a headline “above the fold” on Yahoo that there was an attack happening in Paris. Given […]

We were trying to take a selfie with the Hollywood sign.

I Still Like My Wife

18 years ago tomorrow, Amy and I started dating.  To put it another way, it’s the day I gave in. It was pretty clear by the time we got to October 28, 1997 that somehow, some way, I wasn’t going to escape her grasp, and I never really […]

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Welcome to Dad on Third

Thank you for visiting Dad on Third.  No, seriously, thank you.   If you’ve gotten this far, that hopefully means that you’ve liked something I’ve written or you’re a family member and feel compelled to read my blog to make sure I haven’t said something mean about you. Either way, […]

Alex and Ryan playing at the bounce house; October 2015

The Bounce House

The other day I took Alex and Ryan to the pumpkin patch.  Actually, it’s not a patch at all.  Sure, they have pumpkin patches pretty close to our house, but the one I took them to was a row of bounce houses and big slides, with a few […]

9/11 Memorial

On 9/11

I visited the 9/11 Memorial in May 2012. It was my mom’s birthday and we braved the long flight with our then two-year old to celebrate with the family. We had the rest of the weekend to spend in the city, and going to the memorial was something […]

Alex and Amy ride front seat on the roller coaster at Legoland.

Vacation…

Amy and I can barely walk. I’ve been limping around the house from a terrible pain in my back. Amy complains about how tired she is on an hourly basis. It’s been two days since we returned from a “vacation” to San Diego with the two boys and […]

My hands are full Alex Ryan

Things Moms Never Hear

The other day I was at Starbucks getting Amy her morning latte.  It was Monday.  Start of a long week.  And of course, Alex woke us up at 5am because he saw a ghost in his room and was scared, and needed some water, and his tooth hurt, […]

Brian Williams' mind plays tricks on him.

You Can’t Handle the Truth

“Credibility is like virginity. Once you lose it you can’t get it back.” As a person who has spent my entire working career in public relations, this is one of my favorite quotes, although I was always too nervous to use it in a corporate environment.  It so […]

Alex and Amy share a moment at the duck pond.

A Working Mom’s Day

Editor’s Note: My wife challenged me to write something from her perspective.  So, here is me — writing as her — about a day in the life of a working mom. Boo! Yes, that’s how my day starts.  Actually it started about 30 minutes ago as I snooze my […]

Excited for the game to begin

The Best Half Inning Ever

I couldn’t have been more excited.  We were going to take Alex to his first-ever San Francisco Giants game. Well, technically, it wasn’t his first game — he went once when he was 10 months old and once for a work event for Amy, but this was the […]

Alex and Ryan enjoy their nightly dance party

I Knew You Were Trouble

I’ve got another confession to make!  I love Taylor Swift.  (See what I did there? I used the opening line of a Foo Fighters song to try to make the second sentence sound cooler.) But, it’s true.  I love Taylor Swift.  I’ve actually seen her in concert.  Before […]

At the game.  There was a 100% chance of rain -- we never felt a drop.

Why It Mattered

Hi everyone, I’m back. It has been a while and I missed you all. More than that, I missed writing. I’m sitting here now on a United Airlines flight on the way back to San Francisco after witnessing history. I saw Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium. […]

Train selfie

Watching the Flamingos

I had one of those moments last weekend.  I had another one just the other day.  These moments happen a lot.  They are the ones that you hope you never forget.  Maybe the specifics of what happened will fade, but not how you felt, or more importantly the […]

Alex knows he can have one of these if he eats his dinner.  He takes all of about five licks before he's "done."

Parenting on the Margins

Last week, I attended our preschool’s monthly “night class” for parents, or as I like to refer to it, the “why I’m a terrible parent” class.  Every month I go in thinking “I got this” and I leave with my tail between my legs and the realization that […]

Alex Summer resting

The Worst Decision Ever

I’ve made some bad decisions in my life. I quit piano lessons when I was a kid because I wanted to play outside with my friends.  I probably should never have taken a job at eBay (even though I really enjoyed the people there).  The other night at […]

Please don't hurt me big brother!

Two the Hard Way

One year ago this past Saturday, Amy sent me a text that changed our lives forever, and that’s not an overstatement.  “I think I’m pregnant,” it said. It’s hard to believe that I wrote this when Amy was just 19 weeks pregnant, announcing to the “world” that we […]

A Crazy Year for Giving Thanks

Our little San Francisco-based family celebrates Thanksgiving every year with a nice walk and a yummy dinner with the help of Whole Foods.  We’re not that into sappy stuff but Amy and I do talk about what we’re thankful for over dinner. I thought I would share with […]

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Building the Perfect Nest

I’m nesting.  At least I think I am.  Do men nest when their partner is pregnant?  Google says yes, maybe.  Actually, it says we go out and buy safe cars and big TVs, but is that nesting? Why would my brain be telling me to fortify the nest?  […]

First responders tend to victims of the Boston marathon bombing

Wrong Place At the Wrong Time

As I sat down to write this post nearly two days following the terrorist attack in Boston, I realized that this is the third time since I started my blog in September 2012 that I’ve written about an unexpected national tragedy – Newtown and Hurricane Sandy being the […]

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