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I Hate Public Speaking Part 3

That’s Dad Stuff @thatsdadstuff As I have said many times, I Hate Public Speaking! The question now is… Do I still hate public speaking? Well, its time for an update! So, it’s been a few months since my last post about public speaking. I have done several speaking engagements over these past 4 months or so and I will say it is getting easier. I still don’t like it though! But the anxiety is slowing going away.  It didn’t hit me until my last presentation last month. Even though I still had the usual ache in my stomach, I still felt…

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Posted in The Sports Dad

5 Steps To Better Golf

What steps do you need to take in order to play better golf? Maybe you need to step back and think about what steps needed for better golf. Practice makes perfect, especially for golf. The more you play, the better you get. Are you a driving range hero? Love showing off how far you can hit the ball? How about on the course? Still hitting it long? 300 yards, straight like on the range, or 300 yards hook into the trees? Do you go to the driving range, get a large bucket and just crush your driver, over and over again?…

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Posted in The Techie Dad

Wannabe Audiophile – Vanatoo Transparent Zero

My biggest takeaway from the 2018 Capital Audio Fest was just how much of a spread there is between low priced high-quality speakers and the high end, crazy expensive speakers. There was one pair of speakers that really blew me away. The Vanatoo room had two pairs of speakers, the Vanatoo Transparent One Encore and the Vanatoo Transparent Zero speakers. They were a real eye-opener for me. After spending most of the day listening to speakers ranging from $4000-125,000, I walked into the Vanatoo room and after listening to their offerings, I was done. I didn’t need to listen to…

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Posted in The Techie Dad

Capital Audio Fest

I’m Not an Audiophile… But… Last year my Dad and I went to the Capital Audio Fest. I had so much fun, that I wanted to go again! This year’s Capital Audio Fest was a lot bigger than last year. (At least it seemed that way to me!) Even though I wanted to go again this year, I knew I was still out of my element a bit. This audio show is really for those that consider themselves as Audiophiles. I.. am… Not. As I write this I want to make sure you know, I am NOT an audiophile. Never…

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Cord Cutting
Posted in The Money Dad The Techie Dad

I’m a Cord Cutter, Are You?

What Started the Madness? There is a lot of hype over being a cord cutter. A little over 2 years ago I received my Verizon Fios bill and it went up over $50. From approximately $139 to $189. So I did the normal reactionary move, and called Verizon and asked for the latest discount, or to waive the new increase. The rep said my current pricing is the best they can do for me. Meanwhile, I had in my hand an ad they mailed me that said $79.99 for TV, Phone and Internet. “That’s for new customers.” The rep claimed….

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Posted in Dad Stuff

A Little Bit About Me…

Random Stuff about me… I use “…” A LOT I’m not a professional writer. Go Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks! I love golf…The best wood in my bag is my pencil. I love 80s music. Amazon > any other store. I like to sell stuff on eBay. I collect autographs and ball cards. I recently got my MBA. I love a good stereo system, but I’m not an audiophile. I’ll do anything for my kids… but I won’t pay for them to get on the crew team. I believe… whatever you’re going through, someone is or has gone through it…

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Bedtime strategies
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Bedtime Strategies #2– Plan Your Attack

Bedtime Strategies # 2 – Plan Your Attack. How often have you tried to initiate bedtime, only to be thwarted by the “I’m hungry” defense?  It’s easy to dismiss if we’re sure they ate a solid dinner, but on those nights, that dinner was light or a little early, and there’s a chance the kid is actually hungry and he/she may have a point.  Of course, we give them a bowl of cereal before bed, but you’ve just conditioned the child to get a 20-minute extension just by faking some hunger pangs.  Yes, Pangs… (I recently learned its pangs and…

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Clif Bar Math

Clif Bar Survival.: tidalwave-prince: Clif Bars Ok so one day in AP Environmental Science someone brought up the floating garbage island and started to wonder how many Clif Bars you would need to sustain yourself for your whole life. So being the person I am I calculated how many Clif Bars an average US male would need to survive for life (including infancy). Clif Bar Survival. The average US male lives for 81 years. 81 years is 29,565 days. 29,565 days X 3 (meals per day) = 88,695 meals. Average calorie intake for an adult is 2,000. There are 270…

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Posted in The Hobby Dad

Card Collecting Starts with Dad… Part 4

If you recall from my last collecting post, Card Collecting Stars with Dad … part 3, I did my first submission with PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator), I got a soul-crushing grade on a Jeter SP rookie, other low grades, but did score a nice Jordan Graded 10. For more on that submission check out the post. Thatsdadstuff.com @thatsdadstuff  After educating myself more on the grading process, what graders look for, how they grade, etc, I decided to put myself through this again and send a submission to SGC (Sportscard Guaranty Corporation). This time I submitted 20 cards to SGC. This…

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Brushing teeth is a big part of the getting to bed routine.
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Bedtime Strategies #1

Bedtime Strategies. Strategy # 1 – The Bell ~ From a Dad in North Carolina. Kids don’t like surrendering control of their situations.  Since they can’t tell time you can imagine how their stomachs drop when we announce “its bedtime!”  Sure, giving them a 5-minute warning helps, but when that 5-minutes turns into 30 minutes because we got distracted then you’ve conditioned the child to understand that “5-minutes before bedtime” could be 1 more commercial break or could be an entire episode start to finish.  So when you finally try to round them up for bed they are more likely…

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