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cool parents

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c’mon, who doesn’t want to be cool parents?

it’s been really interesting now that one of my best friends has a daughter.  i mean, i’ve seen babies and held them and stuff, but it’s really different watching your close friend be a parent.  i mean, there’s a lot of love involved in taking care of a kid.  it made me think of how my parents must’ve taken care of me.  and as i was thinking about my parents, i thought of a couple of the coolest things they’ve done in my life:

when i was a little chubby kid in 3rd or 4th grade, i loooooved mcdonalds.  for one of their toy promotions, they were giving looney tunes figures dressed in superhero costumes.  back then, it wasn’t a random toy in your happy meal.  each week the toy would change in the series (i think that’s how it worked).  so if you wanted the next toy, you had to wait a week.  we didn’t eat out that often but for some reason, my parents were all for helping me get all 4 or 5 toys.  so for those 4 or 5 weeks, my parents would take the family out to mcdonalds just so that i could get the next toy.  looking back, i’m really shocked they did that.

i have this messenger bag i use to put my guitar stuff in (cables, tuner, direct box, etc.).  if you’ve seen it, you’ll know that it has a bunch of buttons on it of punk, emo, and hardcore bands that i used to listen to when i was in high school/college.  there’s even a couple patches on there.  i remember when i bought those patches, i was at a concert and hoped to put them on my bag.  so i brought the bag to my mom since she does alterations.  i mean, who better to trust with sewing patches than a seamstress?  now, my mom is very particular about clothes, dress, fabrics, and whatnot.  growing up, she wouldn’t let me wear what i wanted because of the color, cut, fabric, style of the clothes.  so when i brought the messenger bag to my mom, i thought for sure she’d tell me how i should get rid of the bag because it was getting old, or that i should get rid of the ugly buttons.  she didn’t.  she took the bag, sewed the patches on, and gave it back to me no questions asked.  her lack of criticism for my bag was one of the coolest things she’s ever done.  (however, when i asked her to sew the shoulder strap back on after it broke, she told me to get rid of it, but i still have it).

what’s the coolest thing your parents have done?

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Written by enoch

May 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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DIY closet light

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so my roommate comes into my room the other day while i was starting to pack my clothes and takes a look at my closet.  “whoa!  that is so cool!” he says.  “what is?”  “your closet lights!  you should totally write a blog about that.”  and here it is.

so what’s so cool about my closet lights?  well, they’re christmas lights.  i hung up christmas lights around the inside door frame of my closet since my closet doesn’t have lights in it, so before, it looked like this:

and now it looks like this:

this is how it looks on the inside:

i even installed this foot switch to turn it on and off so that i didn’t have to keep plugging and unplugging it:

that’s it.  if your closet is dark with no lights and you have some old christmas lights lying around, it’s a great way to light up your closet in style so you can find your clothes.

do you have any household diy projects?

Written by enoch

May 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

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the big city

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i went to savannah with my girlfriend on monday for her birthday and we visited a restaurant called mrs. wilkes.  it’s a very quaint place where you sit in tables of ten and they just feed you mass quantities of southern comfort food.  what i liked most was not the food, but the experience.  we got to sit with other out-of-towners such as ourselves and enjoy a meal together as we passed mashed potatoes and collard greens to each other.

as we were enjoying our meal, we chatted about where we were all from.  we had lunch with an older married couple form michigan, another married couple from alabama, and a family from rural georgia.  when they learned that we were from atlanta, the conversation went straight to how big the city was.  “i could never live in a big city like that” said one couple.  “what’s up with that lane on the left side of the interstate?” was one of the next questions a couple asked.  so we explained as best as we could what the high occupancy vehicle (hov) lane was for and after they were satisfied that we weren’t crazy, we talked about how bad traffic was.

if you’re from atlanta, it’s hard to comprehend that we live in a “big city”.  i think of places like new york, la, chicago, etc.  not atlanta.  i felt a kind of sophistication knowing that i lived in a “big city”.  i wasn’t being condescending or anything, it just felt different knowing that they thought of us as city folk.

do you consider yourself a “big city” person?

Written by enoch

May 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

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