Archive for December 2011

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: That's Why It's Called Scam "Artist"

By Rick Kaempfer When I was a youngster I met a boy named Sammy. Sammy was the younger brother of my friend, but he was much more than that. He was an artist. A scam artist. While the rest of us wasted our time and effort going to school and doing our homework, Sammy spent... Read more »

I will never go viral on social media

I read the following article  Jeff Bullas: 6 emotions you need to create to go viral on social media  and it occurred to me: “I will never go viral.” You see, according to the article, blogs and posts that do viralize tend to inspire awe. Or they elicit the following five emotions: Anxiety, Anger, Disgust,... Read more »

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport: "The Future that Never Came."

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport: "The Future that Never Came."
Have you seen this CNNGo article on the world’s worst airports? CNNGo: 10 most hated airports I love that Paris Charles de Gaulle had the ignominious honor of being ranked number one. In the words of my friend Fabrizio, who stood inside one of the crazy plastic Habitrail tubes as it moved us up to... Read more »
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A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Oddly Linked

By Rick Kaempfer I don’t know if either Kim or I have previously written about the odd coincidences that have linked us for the past thirty years or so. We met in college at the University of Illinois, at the campus radio station WPGU. Kim was doing news and I was the DJ. Shortly after... Read more »

Hanging Christmas lights is an important holiday frustration er, tradition

Hanging Christmas lights is an important holiday frustration er, tradition
The Christmas lights went up at our house this weekend, with a minimum of swearing, I might add, and as we stretched out string after burnt-out string of little white lights, I began to see the wisdom of all those people around us who just pay someone else to do it. But only for a... Read more »

Adoption and Autism lead to Action and The Northern Illinois Center for Autism

What happens when you try to get a couple of adoptive parents together to write a story for National Adoption Awareness Month in November? The story gets finished in December. As any parent, adoptive or otherwise, knows: kids keep you busy. However, when it’s discovered your child has autism, if you’re like my friend Arnie... Read more »
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