Tag: Rick Kaempfer

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: German Chicago

An out-of-town friend of ours was visiting not too long ago and asked me if I could take him to Chicago’s German neighborhood. We went to the only German neighborhood that still looks like a German neighborhood (Lincoln Square), but we both realized that it’s German-ness was hanging by a thread. In a few years... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: My Buddy's Incredible Streak of Bad Luck

By Rick Kaempfer My buddy Dave has three young daughters under the age of 10. His wife travels quite a bit for work, so Dave actually watches them most of the time. During the rare moments when he gets to run errands on days his wife is at home, he has run into an incredible... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Yet Another Reason I'm Not on the Short List for Father of the Year

By Rick Kaempfer Like most parents, I have a morning routine. I wake up the boys, make them breakfast, and then take them to school. The problem is that the boys wake up and go to school in shifts. They are attending three different schools right now and those schools start at three different times.... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Aging Rockers

By Rick Kaempfer I just watched the latest video by Van Halen and I had mixed emotions. On the one hand I love Van Halen–and I’m excited that they are back in the saddle again touring the world with David Lee Roth as the frontman. I’d love to see that concert. On the other hand…I’m... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: The Truth about So-Called Handymen

By Rick Kaempfer I used to feel guilty about my skills as a handyman. I don’t have any. I’m more of a “Wow your hands are really soft, do you use Palmolive?” kind of guy. If it’s broken, I can’t fix it. That’s not just being defeatist, that’s forty-plus years of experience saving me lots... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: LOUD!

By Rick Kaempfer My boys have been home for nearly two weeks now for Christmas vacation, and my ears are ringing. I really don’t think I’m particularly sensitive to loud noises. In fact, I’m nearly deaf after 20-plus years of working in rock and roll radio. But there’s no getting around it: my two youngest... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: A Twenty Five Year Old Bet

By Rick Kaempfer Two of my college roommates were named Dave and Steve. These two guys were more than just roommates; they were soul mates. They spent every waking hour with each other, generally doing absolutely nothing. (Full disclosure: I was often hanging around doing the same thing). Well, when two guys spend that much... Read more »

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 »

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 »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Dog Day Afternoons

By Rick Kaempfer When I tell people that I have three boys, they say: “That must be a zoo.” And while it does seem to be a little zoo-like at times, I think I have a more appropriate analogy. It’s really more like a kennel. Let me explain. Like dogs, boys can be man’s best... Read more »