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Helping Dad With Technology

Posted in Random Stuff with tags , , , , , , , on November 7, 2012 by Dustin

I am helping my Dad this coming weekend with a new phone. He’s been talking to me for some time about getting a working smart phone and decided on the iPhone 5.  I will be making the trek to his house (2 hour drive) and trying my best to teach him how to use it. He has had issues with his portable phone at his house so this could be a challenge. He is up for it though and I know he’ll like the phone and all of its features.

iPhone5

iPhone5

 

I don’t get out much to see him but we talk on the phone about once a week or so. Since he lives so far away and I have such a busy schedule it makes it hard for me to stop by for quick visits and I have to plan full day trips. I try my best to get as much done for him while I’m out there since he won’t see me for a few months once I leave. He is technologically challenged though and will have lots of questions once I’m gone so hopefully the iPhone is simple enough for him to deal with on his own and not make him feel like he is wasting the 40 a month he is paying for it through my plan.

The one bummer about going up there this weekend is that the gallery I have written about in the past, the Walking Gallery, is being filmed by a local documentarian that night and I will miss it. I am ok with missing it due to the reason, helping my dad, but it’s still a bummer. Hopefully she will also be out the next month to witness what I have to offer. Until then I will be showing a 60 year old what an App is and how to reboot the phone if it freezes. Se la vie. I hope your weekend is good and thanks for stopping by.

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New Experiences For My Kid

Posted in Stuff With My Kid with tags , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Dustin

My Little Princess

I have always tried to expose my daughter to new things. I want her to live her life without the fear that plagued me as a child. I believe I have done a pretty good job and she is fearless compared to where I was at her age and what I had experienced by this time in my childhood. She has been an actor in my short movies, she currently runs the radio show with me that we produce online, she is taking acting classes at school and plans to be a voice actor when she is an adult. She has never been afraid to try something to eat, vegetables were never a problem, she loves sushi, and she is very adventurous with meals. She has some kind of weird aversion to riding a bike that I don’t understand but for the most part new experiences haven’t been a problem for her. When we’re in public I make her ask for directions and assistance to get used to not being afraid to talk to people. For some reason though she doesn’t want to go to a dance at her school.

There is a Sadie Hawkins dance coming up and the girls are supposed to ask the boys to go. It’s not a formal dance so she wouldn’t have to dress up with the gowns and the corsage or anything like that. People at school were bugging her to ask her friend to go and she was not about to do that. Now my kid is kind of a tom boy and not the most dance it up and act girly kind of chick, so a dance is not in her natural desires. Being the parent I am I will try my best to encourage her to have all the experiences in life possible without fear, even the ones she thinks are stupid. Case in point: I haven’t shown her one movie from my childhood that she didn’t complain about watching before she even started watching it. Every one of them, ok maybe not every one but most of them, she has enjoyed and had fun with all the way through it. The problem is getting her to sit down and stop complaining long enough to start enjoying the movie.

I tried to tell her that she should experience at least one dance even if the experience is negative because it will be a memory from her childhood that she can take with her forever. She won’t have to wonder what it would have been like because she will have experienced it for herself. She can’t get over the fact that it is a dance and she doesn’t want to dance. I will keep working on her and see if I can get this thing to happen. I would love to hear how it went after she got out of her comfort zone and tried something new. Knowing her once she gets there she will have fun and forget that she didn’t want to go in the first place. My job is to keep encouraging her to try new things and not be afraid of them. Maybe I need to be like the parents in 16 Candles that brought their kid to the dance and forced him through the door.

Me At 16 With My Acid Wash Jacket

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