What Do You Say to Noisy Motorbike Neighbors at 11 pm?

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So it’s 11 pm and I’m finishing an article that’s due and the college-age/young professional “frat” boys renting the house next door are vroom-vroom-vrooming their ugly Akira-esque large cylinder Japanese motorbike while standing around with drinks in their hands. I march out and stand in our driveway with hands on my hips like a true adult dad and say in a rather loud but gruff (simultaneously frustrated and angry) voice: “Guys, it’s 11 o’ clock.”

One of them is walking to his car to lock it up for the night and I’m glaring at him and he has the audacity to say “What?” (as in “What are you glaring at?”)

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The Dangers of Falling Asleep Early

The Dangers of Falling Asleep Early

I am rudely awakened by my wife, who has just returned from working the evening shift at the hospital. She says in frustration: “You weren’t watching the kids?” I get up immediately shaking the sleep out of my eyes. 12:30 AM. And the two youngest kids are not in bed.

“What happened? What did they do?” I say. Grogginess disappears with the expectation of disaster.

“Take a look,” she says with hands indicating the stairway and the carpet.

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10 Tips for Surviving a Week-Long Cruise

10 Tips for Surviving a Week-Long Cruise

From July 24 to the 31st of this year, my family and the entire North America-based Iringan clan had the privilege to take a week-long cruise to sunny Alaska aboard the MV Amsterdam, one of the older ships in the Holland America Line. It was fun! There was food galore, different sights to see, different activities to fill your days, and lots of spending going on.

It was my wife and my mother-in-law’s second cruise, but it was my first (and my kids’ first as well) so I was experiencing things with new eyes. I purposely made sure that most all of my open loops at work were covered by my team if I hadn’t completed them myself so that I could ditch the laptop (for the first time in 3 years) and travel without thinking at all about work. But because work habits have been so ingrained in me, I ended up going around compiling a list article in my head of stuff I wish I’d known before I boarded. Here then are those 10 tips to better prepare for, and to survive your, week-long cruise.
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On Pancakes and Parenting

On Pancakes and Parenting

A reflection from May 4th, 2015:

An African American dad has a little girl with the cutest curly hair in McDonald’s. They’re having breakfast. He’s feeding her pancakes, eggs, and a carton of milk. And he’s having some eggs himself. I’m glancing at them as I work on my laptop, taking advantage of the free Wifi.

It’s a sweet image. And it’s heartbreaking as well.

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Finding Gadgets in The Land of Lost and Found

Finding Gadgets in The Land of Lost and Found

There’s something strange about Mountain View, CA. Aside from the fact that Google has headquarters there. Just in the last week, two of us in the office have found electronic gadgets laying about in the open, accessible to the general public. Mountain View is our own island of lost toys.

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Fixing a Flat Tire After a Moment of Revival

Fixing a Flat Tire After a Moment of Revival

I had found a used CD of Darrell Evans singing his Christian pop worship songs — songs I once played as part of a Catholic charismatic music ministry — and was just enjoying track 3, singing along at the top of my lungs, as I sped down the I-880 southbound freeway heading to work. There was abundant sunshine outside and joy in my heart.

And then there was a loud bang.

Whoah, I said to myself. That must’ve been a huge rock that hit me.

A few seconds later though, I noticed the flapping sound that could only come from a blown tire. I slowed down, put on the hazard lights, and made my way to the shoulder to assess the damage. True enough, my right rear tire was flat as an Olympic swimmer’s belly.

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Some Work Interruptions are Totally Worth It

Some Work Interruptions are Totally Worth It

Remote work has its pros and cons. One of its biggest pros is that you get to work away from the constant interruptions that occur in a typical cubcile in a corporation. Studies say you get interrupted once every 8 minutes!

But working from home has its own share of interruptions and distractions as well. For instance:

After picking up my son from school on Mondays and Wednesdays, I work from the garage — I stand with my laptop on top of a stomach-high bookshelf. I tell my kids to try not to bother me till I can finish my work. But today, for some reason, everyone wanted to poke their head in and ask me something.

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