Archive for August 2011

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: The Snotty Police

By Rick Kaempfer I absolutely loved Kim’s City Mom post this week about the uppity writing instructor. It was satisfying to see her get back at the teacher because he committed my favorite unpardonable sin: Unnecessary Snottiness. I’ve been fighting back against this my whole life; it’s a hobby of mine. Lest you think I’m... Read more »

A broken chair a small price to pay for trip down memory lane

“Do you want us to sit on your lap now?” This morning Ethan asked me this when he and Kyle had finished their Honey Nut Cheerios and I went all soft and teary-eyed, because I’d forgotten that was our after-breakfast routine for years. One boy on each knee for a hug and a cuddle before... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Ode to a Handshake

By Rick Kaempfer As I get older, I’m getting less and less comfortable in social situations. It’s not the small talk that gets to me, it’s the greetings. You see, I was brought up by Germans. Germans have one standard greeting that works in all situations. It’s called a handshake. It’s nothing fancy. I extend... Read more »
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Airline Pilot #1 Most Stressful Job in America

No kidding. Being under so much pressure could be the reason I didn’t hear about this study until now. But actually, I think it’s results from non-scientific studies that stress me out the most.   Thank you for reading A City Mom! Follow me on Twitter @acitymom and/or Like me on Facebook here.

Life Mirrors Comedy Routine

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Mirroring someone’s behavior is an important technique often employed by sales people, so I’ve learned. But the other day I was in a meeting with a woman whom I’d just met and she was trying to sell me a service. And she was mirroring me. Badly. I’m guessing when a good salesperson does this, it’s... Read more »

Chicago Wiener Wars

Chicago Wiener Wars
The wiener wars are being held in Chicago. As if we needed anything more to be proud of in our great city. And no, I’m not talking about the age-old battle of what defines a Chicago dog, you know catsup vs. no catsup (and let’s just get this on the record, if you say catsup,... Read more »
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A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Cold War Intrigue

By Rick Kaempfer Today is the 50th anniversary of the East Germans completing the Berlin Wall. I grew up in Germany during the Cold War years, and I have my own story of Cold War intrigue. This seems like a good day to share it. The year was 1980. A sixteen-year-old boy is attending his... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: We're going camping?

By Rick Kaempfer I was quite amused by A City Mom’s post about refusing to go camping with her family. I used to be the same way. I still hate it, but I do go along now once a year or so, as long as it is for one night only. This is how it... Read more »

My Dog is a Poser

My Dog is a Poser
At nine years old, my dog Wrigley has been my faithful running companion for almost eight years now. Most days she has more energy than I do, running out in front of me as if to say, “C’mon!”, pacing on anyone who passes us, which is just about everyone. Speed has never been my forte... Read more »
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I LOVE not camping

I LOVE not camping
Every August around this time, my husband takes our children camping. All of them.  This leaves me home alone for about five days. I LOVE not camping. The tradition started about eight or so years ago as the Men’s Camping Trip. My husband and our sons, his brother and his son. Then my niece, at... Read more »