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Geek Vs. Chic

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I have a love of pop culture.  I like to be up on (best as an almost 40 year old geezer can be) the latest coming and goings of celebrities I like, actors, musicians, all of that.  I have to add that I only give a hoot about the ones with real talent, not these pseudo-celebrities who have no talent other than being on reality tv, followed by millions of twitter followers or in tabloids every damn day…(I’m looking at you Kardashian/Jenner families)

So, with the constant media coverage of these idiots and their duckface selfies, I am growing ever concerned with the kind of role models my two daughters are going to be growing up with in the years to come.  I mean look at what it’s like now, I can only imagine how things are going to progress in the next 10-15 years. I just don’t get what the appeal is for the people who follow and emulate these idiots and copy their selfies, their fashion,  These girls who put all the value into physical appearance and having the latest and greatest cell phone, best clothes, coolest online personae.

As a parent this scares the poop out of me.  I don’t want kids who place more value on material or shallow things than they do on honour, honesty, bravery, willingness to fight for what’s right.

This is why I love the geek world and I have been showing my girls the geek world.  Many of the female characters tend to be strong, independant, tough, fighters, leaders.  They aren’t usually the type to wait for the man to save them.  No damsels in distress for my girls.  Granted…they’re only 5 and 3 so they still love Disney Princesses, Barbie, My little Pony and others.  But I always encourage exposure to strong female characters.  Anna and Elsa (Frozen), Astrid (How to Train a Dragon series), Merida (Brave) to name a few, as well as many of the characters in the Marvel and DC universes…well most of them…sorry kids..no Jessica Jones until you’re older.  Yes she’s a strong female character but a little dark for my kids’ age range…hehe.  When my youngest daughter’s Halloween choices were Maleficent and girly Darth Vader (she has a thing for villains) well I know I’m doing something a little bit right.

I can’t force them to like everything I like, Lord knows I’ve tried….but when I give them the choice between watching something fluffy and simple or something more in the “geek” vein and they choose to go geek…I always smile

Parker’s First Concert or “Kids are F’ing Weird”

So this past weekend I decided to surprise my youngest daughter to a live concert.  I’m a very musical person, I’ve sang my whole life, play guitar, played some tenor sax in Highschool Jazz Band, constantly have music on at home, all types (except Rap and Dance..yuck) Naturally my kids have picked up some of my musical love over the past few years.  In particular we’re talking about Parker in this story.  She watches Treehouse a lot when we do have TV on so she’s become quite enamored with the group Splash N’ Boots who seem to be on there a lot.  In case you don’t know who they are here’s the description from their website

Splash’N Boots was started as a class project at Queens University, in Kingston Ontario…After their first show (which had an audience of two people one of which was Boots’ Dad) they decided to take Splash’N Boots fulltime! Since then they have released 9 albums and 3 DVDs, have traveled across the world performing live shows, and live in their Big Yellow Boot on Treehouse TV!

I have to admit, they are fun to watch…Splash (the dude) is quite the musician and he’s also very funny.  And Boots?  Well she’s just a ball of energy…seriously I don’t know how she does it but it’s something to witness, I feel like I need a nap after watching her.  Also, if I can take off my “Dad Hat” for a minute and don my “Dude hat” for a minute, no disrespect, she’s kind of easy on the eyes too. (Sorry Splash, she’s just cuter than you)

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Anyway to continue the story.  Parker was very excited to go, had an outfit picked out (Yellow and Blue of course) and she kept bugging me asking if it was time to leave “Can we go dad” “Can we go now” “is it time yet” and on and on.  Finally the time came, we put on our shoes and coats, loaded into the car and went down to the show.  I was a bit excited too, both to see Parker’s reaction to seeing her favourite Treehouse duo live and in person, and because I love live music of any kind.

We arrive at the theatre that’s packed with kids, parents, grandparents.  Seriously I haven’t seen that many kids in one place outside of the girls’ school.  We check our coats, grab a booster seat and head inside.  First the obligatory photo with the blow up sign in the lobby. IMG_1880Aww look at her little face.  She’s so excited.  Rightfully so I’d have to say, I loved going to shows with my parents when I was a kid.  We then go inside the theatre to find our seats and wait for the show to start.  She starts again with the “Where’s Splash’N Boots Dad” “when’s it start” etc thing again, obviously excited.  To eat up some time we took a couple of selfies with my phone.  IMG_1881Aren’t we cute.  Please excuse the creepy mustache, I don’t usually have that on my face.  Usually I’m more of a nicely trimmed beard guy.  It’s there because I’m trying to raise money for Movember…to which you can donate to me HERE  (hint hint).

The show finally starts.  They enter from the rear of the theatre and come up the aisles singing and dancing away.  Parker was thrilled to be given a very enthusiastic High 5 from Boots as she passed.  Her little face lit right up and she was all smiles.  And then things kind of changed…in a 180 degrees kind of way.  I don’t know why, whether it was the volume or the noise of the crowd, the darkened room, the lights, if she was hungry, or tired or what, but her attitude changed completely..”Dad is it done” “Dad can we go now”  I explained we would leave when the show was over.  She got whiny and clingy.  Occasionally participating in the songs but for the most part after every single song finished she would ask if the show was done.  Poor kid, she was so looking forward to this and now she was acting like I was forcing her to watch documentaries.  I just kept telling myself “she’s only 3, she’s only 3” but I was kind of annoyed.  Like come on kid, Dad paid good money for these tickets and you don’t appear to be having any fun at all.  Grr.

The show was great too, they sang and danced, got the audience involved, Splash was Hilarious, and even threw in some Audience participation for the grown ups “If I had a million dollars” was a big hit.  Still through it all Parker continued with the whining and crying and kept asking to leave.  I should probably add that she wasn’t the only one who was crying, but there weren’t many.  I don’t get how a kid can go from excited to wanting to go in a nanosecond.  Kids are F*&@ing weird.  Can 3 year olds be Bi-polar?

The one bright side was after the show they did a little meet and greet where you could get a picture taken with them.  That Parker was up for.

IMG_1890“dad she held my hand” “dad she was so cool”…What?!? seriously?  Just spent almost the entire show asking if it was done, if we can go, is it over yet?

I will never understand women, and 3 year old women are even worse.