If “wearing many hats” is the metaphor for chronic multi-tasking, my virtual hat rack is full -- something that’s probably fairly obvious to anyone that’s followed my adventures on the social networks these past few years. On the surface, my #1 gig is being a parent - my wife and I raising The Rock Daughters™ with me as the (mostly) work-from-home parent while she maintains a career outside of the home. Thing is, as the years roll on, my travel has increased - the necessity of adventures in far-off locales… places where staying connected might not always be easy. On top of that, one of my lesser-known gigs involves my “other kids” - five of them. I serve as co-manager of the metal band Product of Hate - a gig that’s special to me as the boys are very much like my brothers, though on the artist management side there’s sometimes a “parental” vibe in looking out for their best interests, and part of that is helping to keep them connected to friends and family while out on the road. For their latest U.S. Tour, the AT&T Unite Explore by NETGEAR became a new tool in our arsenal - a Mobile WiFi Hotspot to put #RuggedWiFi* wherever the guys might be, as long as there’s a cell phone signal (4G LTE/4G where available).
As parents, we always want the best for our kids - that's an undeniable fact. There are times, however, when the scale of "good" vs "convenient" can sometimes tip in the wrong direction, and let's face it - we all hit that point. No matter how noble the intentions, nor how "perfect" we might try to be, a trip to the proverbial "dark side" can happen, so when new things enter our daily lives that help assist and accentuate what we're trying to do, we appreciate it - and it's little things, in this case, a juice drink. Sure, thinking of what kind of beverage to serve with a morning snack, a lunch break, or during outdoor play might not seem like a big deal, but when you go out of your way (and spend a premium price) to buy only organic fruits and such for the kids, why muck-up the vibe with some junky juice drink that's probably loaded with stuff like high fructose corn syrup? Capri Sun Organic helps strike the perfect balance between what kids love, and what parents love to give them. It's a certified USDA organic juice drink that also packs one full serving of fruit* in every convenient pouch.
This edition of Rock Father Rides is brought to you by Collective Bias and #Pennzoil...
When you're a daily driver like me, chances are you're not giving a ton of thought to the motor oil in your engine. After all, as parents, the bulk of our driving is spent running kids to-and-from school and activities. Thing is, that stop-and-go can put a lot of stress on a car, and when you factor in my wife's 80-mile round-trip to-and-from work every day, then you've got a high-mileage vehicle in the mix as well. So what does that daily driving have to do with NASCAR? Well, if you use Pennzoil Platinum with PurePlus Technology (a full synthetic motor oil forged from Natural Gas), you're helping infuse your car with the same total protection that helps keep Team Penske, and Joey Logano's #22 Pennzoil-sponsored Ford racing in top shape every Sunday. I spent some time with Team Penske at the recent Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas to get the full details on the relationship between their team and the folks at Pennzoil and Shell, along with how that translates into knowledge we can all use in our everyday rides. Check out the latest video episode of Rock Father Rides below to learn more!
As I write this, it’s the height of “Award Season” in the entertainment world, and having worked in that realm before, I can’t avoid thinking about how the season might equate to life at home, as a parent. Surely there could be trophies dished-out for just about everything, from “Best Daily Performance of a Theme Song from an Animated Motion Picture that You’ve Heard 4,000 times,” to “Best Original Song About a Wrestler” (our three-year-old wrote one), to “Best Bedtime Stall Tactic,” “Best Dramatic Performance at a Kitchen Table (Breakfast or Dinner),” and even “Best Performance by a Stainmaker.” Ah yes, that later category is a real wild card… one in which the race to even become a nominee is a battle fought valiantly with an arsenal of colorful armaments.
Living in Northern Illinois, the weather is often unpredictable, with winter weather a particularly daunting challenge. The seasons have shifted by weeks, and the thermostat swings to and fro with an often schizophrenic level of irregularity. One day the wind chill is -27°, while the next swings upward to nearly 40°. From unbearable risk of frostbite to melting snow and back down below freezing once more, the winter months wreak havoc upon your body, and while I've not spent the winters at sea, I can imagine what it might be like (especially after visiting the shores of Lake Michigan in December), and I do enjoy unleashing the power of Fisherman's Friend lozenges to fight the inevitable sore throats and coughs that come with the winter months.
With the Holiday Season behind us, here I sit just days into the new year thinking back that the past few weeks have been, well, exhausting. Months of planning for events both personal and professional, and once December actually hits, it's like a complete blur until January. Now that the dust has settled a bit, I have to think about what settled my stomach: Pepto-Bismol. Sure, if Ralphie was here reading this website with his little decoder ring, he'd probably think of this post as "a crummy commercial" - but I'm completely serious when I say that the one time of the year that is completely ripe with overindulgence for me is Christmas. For some folks it's Thanksgiving (largely regarded as the biggest "eating" holiday of them all), but for me it's always from around December 20-31st each year. I should (and do) know better, but with munchies just sitting in the open around every corner, Holiday "grazing" leads to some big time stomach aches and indigestion. That's where #PinkRelief comes in.