Building the Single Greatest Sand Castle Ever

This Labor Day weekend, we packed the whole family in the Odyssey and headed down to Point Pleasant Beach, NJ for a fun-in-the-sun getaway. Our friends have a beautiful beach house only a few blocks from the beach itself, and they were kind enough to let us stay with them. Free beach weekend with friends? Yes, please! I spent half the time riding the waves in the ocean. I just love doing that. It's fun and a seriously good cardio workout. I was actually out of breath when I came back to shore after about 15 or 20 minutes of jumping up and down. The kids loved jumping in and out ...

7 Ways College Life Has Changed Drastically Thanks to Technology

The only textbook I saved from college. This thing was heavy! Back in my day at SUNY Binghamton, we used to leave our dorm rooms, trudge through 19 feet of snow, and fight off packs of bloodthirsty wolves, just to make it to the campus lecture hall for Psych 101. Yes, college sure was tough back in the '90s. The 1990s I'm talking about. Okay, okay, so we had it pretty easy. College was a blast and a truly educational experience (both in book smarts and street smarts). This was back in the time before the World Wide Web changed everything. This was back when computers were just neat toys and ...

Win a Case of Bare Fruit Organic Cinnamon Apple Chips

When it comes to apples, I'm kind of ambivalent. I have nothing against them at all, I just don't go crazy for them. One of my wife's favorite desserts is apple pie. If I even think of talking to her while she's fork-deep into that gooey apple, cinnamon and crust mixture, I'll be spitting teeth for week. To this day, she still cannot fathom how apple pie does absolutely nothing for me. Blueberry pie or even cherry? Yeah, I'm listening. But apple pie, eh. Don't get me wrong, I like apples. Just apples. I eat one every day in fact. It's just apple-flavored things or apple cakes that don't do much for me. ...

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Even if the Yankees Lose

Yesterday, I took Jason to Yankee Stadium for the Yankees/Blue Jays afternoon game. We got tickets from my brother-in-law Steve, so we met him and his son Matthew at the stadium. (We recently had Steve's daughter Amanda over for a sleepover if you remember. We just can't get rid of these guys...) The day started with us getting to the train station just in time to catch an earlier train than expected! Bonus! Except... we soon realized that the earlier train was still in the station because something was mechanically wrong with the doors. So we sat in the train for a good 15 minutes until it finally took off. In ...