Are Boys Broken?

  Last week, in the wake of the latest mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day, I found myself doing what I always do when one of these shootings occur: devouring all the information I could on Twitter and trying not to let rage take over. […]

He Woke the Sleeping Giant

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Ellie Wiesel I’ve spent the last 24 hours trying to think of an example – in real life or fiction – where the team that is supposed to win relaxes and doesn’t prepare enough, and the underdog comes […]

“When They Go Low, We Go High”

It feels like it’s been forever since I wrote about Brock Turner.  Remember him? Stanford swimmer who got off way to easy for raping an unconscious young woman.  How many terrorist attacks have there been since then? Orlando, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Nice. How many unbelievable things has Donald […]

All My Friends Are Moms

Earlier this week The New York Times ran a story about a new father, who when his wife became pregnant with their first child, realized quickly that there are many groups and networks for moms to get to know each other, but very few — if any — […]

On Gorillas…And Other Stuff

When I first started blogging, I wrote a story that I called “Daddy Dating” which was supposed to be a funny look into what it’s like to be a stay-at-home dad meeting other dads at the park.  It was picked up by the Huffington Post, and to this […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]