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017 - Of Rats and Playgrounds...

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This week, Andrew talks about cleaning up after a rat frat party in the garden shed, watching the boys storm the local playground, and the interesting favorite character of Alton in the Mandalorian. Also, we ask the question -- what's your guilty pleasure?

Dad Ran Past. This is the well, hello and welcome to the dad do Lorian podcast, episode seventeen. Hope you guys are doing well. I hope that this is sounding good right now. I have been tinkering around with my audio settings on my soundboard this week and trying to just kind of boost the audio make it sound a little cleaner. All of that. I don't know if it's working, but I definitely wanted to just give a moment. If you notice anything different, that might be why. If it sounds terrible, I apologize, but here we are. Well, it's another week and can I just say we had a fantastic weekend this weekend because it was nice out. Boys got to go to the park not once but twice, and it was really definitely a fun experience that I didn't get to go the first time because I was still working, but I got to go on the second trip and it's fun to watch who the boys are when they're in their element, when they're playing on a play structure something like that, and that was really the most fun that I got to spend during the weekend because I spent most of my Saturday cleaning out our garden shed and for those of you who don't follow me over on the hesitant handyman, which is my diy blog instagram account. Yeah, Long Story Short, I had a situation several months back where we've got an exterminator on retainer that they come in and once every couple months and fill all of our aunt baits because we have an aunt problem. But they also do stuff like they plant out rodent bait, stuff like that, so that, you know, we don't wind up with mice or rats or anything like that. Well, a few months back our guy told me. He's like hey, just so you know, I noticed that some of the Rodent Bait is missing. He said I don't see any signs of any intrusions in the house, so that's different. But he said overall, I don't think there's anything to be worried about this point. They've just been taking the bait. I refilled the Bait Station, so we should be good to go. Is Like, Oh, okay, didn't think anything of it. And then about a month ago my wife needed some seeds for her class for a science project and I said, well, we've got some bean seeds out in the thing. We can go ahead, I'll grab those bring them to you all of that stuff. Well, I go out to my shed and Woa and behold, what I discover is it wooked like the Mafia had tossed the place. Basically, I had bags of grass seed that were open. I had every seed that I had been saving for the next time that we planted anything, just shredded open all over and there's little black things everywhere, everywhere. You guys, like I didn't know what it was. I knew that it didn't belong there and it wasn't seeds and that was about it. So I wind up calling the exterminator to come out and take a look and he takes one look at it goes yep, you at rats, or at least you had rats. So, long story short, my shed being the mess that it was meant that I couldn't really do anything in the shed, like I needed to get stuff out, and you know, it's been raining all of that, and so I'd been, to a certain extent, dreading the first weekend in which I was going to be having nice weather because I knew it meant I was going to have to go out and clean the shed. And Look, Lo and behold. That is what I spent my Saturday doing was cleaning that shed and it was three garbage but hurt cans full of just awfulness. So, like I was throwing stuff out, and the good news is, I mean it motivated me to throw some stuff out that I hadn't bothered to throw out yet but needed to. But it was definitely not a fun experience at all. So zero of five stars. Do not recommend having to clean up after rats, like it was basically like for I don't know how long they had been doing it, but they basically been throwing a Frat party in my garden shed. And so yeah, so my shed is cleaner than it has ever been, but also it is something that was not a fun thing. So getting to go to the park after I got done...

...with that was kind of a nice let's get through with all of the grossness and get onto the good stuff. And so when I went to the park with my wife and kids, we went over there and it was funny because Alton is, for you know, he's coming up on five, will be in kindergarten next year and like I don't realize like he can be very particular about things. I just didn't realize how bossy he can be. And it was amusing to watch because at the park there was a kid who was climbing up on the slide when you're not supposed to climb up the slide, you're supposed to slide down the slide. Honestly, I don't know that there's been any kid that's ever not tried to climb up the slide, and I'm sure Alton's tried to do it once or twice and has been told no, we go down the slide because somebody might be coming down the side. It was one of the corkscrew slides to so you don't necessarily see what's down below you when you're getting into the slide, and so if somebody is trying to climb up it, there's plenty of opportunities for people to get hurt. And there was another group of parents that was there with this kid and they were awake telling him, Hey, you shouldn't do that, hey, you shouldn't do that, and like he's being an obnoxious pain in the butt, as kids of his age usually are. Like I think this kid probably was eight, maybe nine, I don't know, like I don't do well with figuring out how old kids are. I can tell you how old my kids are and that's going to have to be sufficient. So, regardless, this kid was bigger than my kid and Alton, bless his heart, like at one point tells this kid, Ya, you can't do that, like my four year old is trying to boss around a kid bigger than him. I'm going to see how this plays out. And like the kid didn't do anything mean to him other than say I'll do what I want kind of thing, like and his parents were telling him the exact opposite. So his parents just weren't doing a whole lot to get him to change his behavior. So, yeah, it was very, very interesting just watching him do that. And then Austin, like Austin is funny. Like I always talked about how counter Alton Austin really is, and that came out in no uncertain terms with the swings. And so growing up Alton hated the swings. Like Mama loves swings, Autumn not so much. She would take him to the park, put him in the swing and he be like didn't want to have anything to do any with it, so she would take him off the swing rather rapidly. Austin gets absolutely giddy on the swing and you know, he'll get tired of it after a little bit, but he was super excited and giggling and all of that. And then there's this other thing on the park that they have, like I don't know what to call this thing, but basically it's like a handle that the kid grabs onto and basically runs them self off of a ledge and they basically are dangling. It's like a zip line almost, but it's not obviously a zip line, like it's just something on a mechanical track with a handle on it. I don't know what the technical term for it is. I don't spend enough time on, you know, park equipment blogs. Is that even a thing? Are there park equip blogs? I don't know. Anyway. So, but it was something where Alton wanted to, quote unquote, try it, and by try it he just wanted to push it and like I had him hold onto it and I basically carried him across because he's still too short to be able to reach down and like he can. He's strong enough, he can dangle from it, but then he gets super nervous because his feet don't touch the ground, and so we didn't really push the issue on that. I ran him from one end to the other and back and that was it. But Austin wanted to do the same thing as his brother because, you know, he's sixteen months old now. I think I can't do math. He's old enough that he wants to do everything that he sees big brother do. And so he did it. Only he did it. You know, I'm holding on to him just like I was holding on to brother, because the little one, I don't know that he could actually hold on. But then he decided he was only going to hold on with one hand and so he was like looking like I'm a boss Dude, like...

...just chilling with one hand up, sliding across with daddy carrying him like it was hilarious. So the two of them are just fantastically funny to see in their kind of natural environment playing and it's one of those things too, like I had another moment with the two of them where Alton is very much the I'm going to tell on brother if I see him doing something wrong, which is good in some ways, in other ways you don't want him to be a tattletale. But the other day Austin was playing around in our front room where all my wife's craft supplies are and one of the things that's out there is the cricket and we have a problem with him going over and pushing buttons on the cricket, which he shouldn't do. So I'm in the other room doing something and I hear Alton Go Dad, Austin's playing with something he shouldn't, and I was like okay, and I come out and sure enough there's Austin and he's got his hands on the cricket and I walked over and I said Nope, we don't play with that. I closed it back up send him on his way. He gives me this look, and the look I can only describe as being a like half glare, like I shouldn't have gotten in trouble for that. I could have gotten away with that. He then proceeds to pivot, turn around and smacks his brother in the back of the head. And if that wasn't the biggest snitches get stitches moment that I have seen out of that child, like it was. It was one of those moments. You have those moments. We all have those moments as parents, where your kid does something you know that it was wrong of them to do it, but you have to stifle the laugh while you're disciplining them, because watching what they did in real time was hysterical and you're just like, son, we don't hit our brother like it. Just that's just the thing, like having to remind him constantly. Know, we don't hit, we don't hit, stop, let go. You know, it's been interesting, like and he he gets it, like he knows when he's in trouble because he puts on his cute face like, Oh am I in trouble, I am so sorry, sir, I did not realize that I was doing that. I think this kid is going to be an absolute pain as he gets older, because I'm thinking he's going to be the class clown type that decides to go and do things that he shouldn't and then play innocent. I don't know, we'll see how it turns out. We've got a lot of time before we get to worry about that, but we're still in those formative years where we're reminding him all of the things that he shouldn't be doing because he keeps trying to do them anyway. So we are going to head to our first break. When we come back, we're going to talk about what we watch this week. I'm also going to plug something that I forgot to mention, I think, in last week's episode when I was talking about all the streaming, and that is another thing that I'm excited for that's coming up relatively soon, not this week but the following week. So we'll be right back. Stay tuned and we are back. Thank you so much for tuning in to the Dad de Laurian podcast. Shout out to our current and Nogular Dad delorian covert member, Dave Sheryl. He is the first member of the DAD delriian covert and I'm super excited to have him a part of it. For those of you who don't know what the Dad Laurian covert is, that is our support program. If you want to join up, you can go to buy me a coffeecom slash the Dad Delian and you have the option you can go ahead and just submit a one time if you want to just go ahead and support the podcast. That's a way you can do that. there. You can also join the Dad Delian covert and the DAD laian covert is a group where basically we will get the opportunity to once a month, get together and discuss all things nerdy and streaming, and this month is going to be a good month because we've got so much to talk about between the end of one division, the beginning of Captain American in the winter soldier and just everything that's going to be out there, that it's going to be kind of having fun with properties that I have grown to love over the years. So one thing that I will say with the stuff that's coming up the mighty ducks. I don't think that I brought this up on last week's episode. I think I talked to a lot more about other stuff and then totally forgot this. But...

...the mighty ducks did I talked about this last week. I don't remember. I'm talking about it again because I just the more that I see about it, the more excited I'm getting for it. Okay, honestly, the mighty ducks growing up or some of my favorite movies. Like my mom always said, Emelio Estevez reminded her of my uncle and like my uncle coached hockey. It's also one of those things. Apparently my uncle choose aspirin and there's a scene in the first movie where he starts chewing aspirin on the sidelines, and so that was just like one of those things. It wait tied to the character in my mind, to my uncle, and that's how it's always been. You know, my uncle's from Alaska, so not Minnesota it bottom line. I married a Minnesota and so I've got some tie in back to that area. But the bottom line is like those movies were always really fun and I remember getting to the third movie and, like you know, at that point Gordon Bombay goes off and the kids go off to this private school and there's the whole new coach issue and all of that and it was very interesting storyline. Well, now we're getting to come back to Gordon Bombay many years later and on top of that we're getting Lauren Graham playing the quintessential hockey mom for a kid who gets cut by the ducks, who are now the powerhouse team. So think the Hawks during the first movie, like you know, they were kind of the state champion. Repeats all that and it just it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. It looks like it's going to play into a lot of the current kids sporting thing where everybody's trying to get their kids to play at their peak performance when they're like ten and you're just going what and like there's a fantastic moment where laring grahams like you brought two trainers to your kids hockey practice and one of them goes, Oh, I'm not a trainer, I'm a pediatric psychologist. Or what is it, Petiot, pediatric sports psychologist, like what really like? Okay, like there is an element of fun has been taken out of the game. And so you think back on the original mighty ducks and the original mighty ducks they were just a group of Ragtag kids who played hockey together and they were awful and they wind up learning how to play hockey from their mentor Gordon Bombay. Well, with this Eli west of as it looks like, is coming back as kind of jaded Gordon Bombay, and so we've gotten through all of these things with him where he's been the coach and then he went off to coach big time and now he's no longer coaching. He owns an ice arena and is just eating kids birthday cake after parties and doesn't like hockey, and so it's going to be very interesting to see how that all plays out. We kind of get to find out, I think, what happened to him after dthree and what happened with just that whole storyline, but then also the fact that he's getting to invest in another group of kids to help them learn hockey and be better at it, and it'll be very interesting to see how that all plays out. I may have briefly talked about it, I don't think I talked to it at that kind of length. If I did talk to it last week, I'd have to go back and check my notes and I don't have them in front of me right now. So, regardless, that was one thing that I think I forgot to talk about last week that I am super excited about because that was another part of my childhood that I probably wore vhs takes out on those movies. So what we watched this week? So we finished season one of the Mandalorian with Austin and Alton. And when I say Austin, like Austin wasn't really watching other than when baby Yoda showed up, and it's very interesting to see how the boys attached to different characters, because I mean Austin it's been all about baby Yoda the entire time. ALTEN has been enjoying the series, but I can't say that there was anybody that it's like, oh, he's really, really attached to that. And then it was very interesting because we get to the season finale and you have...

...ig eleven going to sacrifice himself and like my wife and I both look at Alton and he it starts bawling. For whatever reason. The character that Alton most connected with is the droid Igoleven, who heroically sacrifices himself for the good of the group. And like, I mean it was one of those things. You know, he saw the end of the seat episode before that where quill passes away because he gets taken out of the storm troopers, but it was one of those things where you knew the storm troopers were bad and they were going to get the child at all cost and so you kind of were like you didn't have to question it as much. He had like why did they do it? And it was just like well, because that's why with IG Eleven it was harder for him to understand, because he was basically using himself as kind of the sacrifice to make sure that the child escaped, which was a very fascinating scenario. But, like he was absolutely heartbroken over the death of the robot and so it was very interesting to see, like we talked with him and, you know, explained to him why it happened and but I g eleven was apparently my child's favorite character out of that particular episode and it was just not happy that he was gone. So it was it was definitely not something I expected. You know, you think about all of the different meaningful characters in the show and the one that you connect most with is the machine. It's like wait, what, seriously? So, but it was it was still really, really sweet because he was just like heartbroken over the death of the droid and you know with Star Wars you kind of have to explain well, you know, the droid could be like there are other droids like that one out there and I mean they're manufactured, they're not like humans. So it's interesting just kind of how he reacted to that. Another thing that I have been watching this week is that's been more me and my wife watching like and it was really more me and it was me while I was folding quandry the other night. But I was watching the office on Peacock and I get a peacock subscription with my exfinity, so like I don't have to pay for the peacock. On top of everything else, I've got a lot of free streaming services, like to the extent where I don't pay for much more than Disney plus and I guess technically Amazon Prime, although Amazon prime is included with my Amazon prime, so regardless. But the office is one of those shows where I understand most of the references from over the years because I've had them quoted at me or I've seen, you know, episode here or there, but I've never actually watched it all the way through, and so going back and watching it, I'm on season two right now and the episode with the Dundees and my wife and I were watching it and I mean we were just dying because it's one of those things you realize that Dwight is probably the worst in terms of like just like the way that he acts in a lot of ways, like you know he wants to be in control, but he really doesn't have any control, and you talk about all of the stuff that he does over it and his whole prank war with Jim like it's just one of those things where, like in the little glimpses that I've had. I knew that he's like Dwight is the worst, but the episode with the dundees where he goes into the ladies room and then it is basically trying to revoke the ladies room privileges and saying that they're going to make two mensers. Like that whole sequence, my wife and I were dying because it was just like it's called a ladies room and what's happening in there isn't very lady like and just, Oh man, I was just dying. It was great. And then Michael comes out. It's like Dwight's trying to take our bathroom privileges. Well, just don't listen to him because that's stupid, like...

...o. and then thinking about everything that Michael Scott does. You know that he is the manager and wit just in the first two seasons. I'm sitting here going, how is this man not been fired? Like, what does he hold over hr where they just don't go? NOPE, Michael. That was it. Like you know, there's so many things and you're just going really, really, so it just it was interesting and I think to an extent it was one of those things that made me laugh to thinking about it. Because, like he is the quintessential person who was in sales, who was then brought up to do management, who may not necessarily be the most qualified person to be in management, but yet somehow here they are. Like that's just my analysis, just an season and maybe three episodes into the series, but it's been funny. It's definitely one of those things that, like, I didn't watch it before and now I'm kind of like, Oh, what the heck? All it's something that I can watch and kind of in the background and I don't have to think about and so yeah, it's been interesting kind of getting to go back and watch that. All right, we're going to head to our last break and then when we come back it's going to be our pod deck question of the week. If you're not familiar with pod decks, that is something that I have been using for a few weeks now and I've been using questions out of the inner review deck and it's just different conversation starting questions that are used for podcast interviews. If you want to use them at the dinner table, you can do that too. You can find more about them on their website, pod dexcom. We are going to head to our last break and we are back. Thanks so much again for tuning in for another episode of the Dad Do Lorian podcast. As always, I am your host, Andrew, and I am just super excited to kind of have this opportunity to talk with you guys. Seventeen episodes and we are almost a twenty episodes, which is crazy to think about, but that we're there, we are like, I don't even know how to express it, like okay, we've done this. This will be twenty weeks, twenty one weeks technically, because I think I took a week off in there, but regardless. So a lot of me talking and you guys are showing up for it and I appreciate you showing up for it. So, yeah, this week's question is what is your guilty pleasure? And this was an easy question for me to come up with an answer too, because it is by far, without a doubt, the local community facebook groups, like and it's basically that, or like next door, like the things that you find on there are absolute comedy gold like I can't even begin to describe. So I live in Newburg, Oregon. New Burg is home to George Fox University and actually, when you think about it, George Fox University is probably the major reason that new brick exists, because the college was actually founded before the town was. So that being said, there seems to be a lot of animosity in our local group boards about anything that George Fox does to expand or anything like that. Like there was a few years back they were building a tennis facility and it's just up the street from where I'm at. It's a little bit further down the campus. I don't think it's actually tennally on campus, but it's property that the school has owned and I remember very distinctly about this particular situation where the announcement was made and it goes to the facebook groups and there's people who are going back and forth about all the college is taking over that. There is one in very specific terms, however, who she came on there and said there's not enough for teens to do. We need her. The school doesn't need something, we should use that for something to help combat teen pregnancy, and I remember going teen pregnancy. Really her solution to teen pregnancy was instead of building the tennis courts at George Fox's property, she thought...

...they needed to build and I kid you not, this was a real post a bowling alley. I have never heard of bowling alleys being considered a way to fight teen pregnancy, but it's just like it was one of those jaw drop moments and now it's one of those things to where people like it's become the recurring gag where anytime somebody asks anything in the community facebook group, it's always what are they building? One of the first ones on the list is always a bowling alley to combat teen pregnancy, and like it's become kind of this in gag for the people who were there. Like I took a small part in that. I just chuckled at it because I'm like wait, how are you combating team pregnancy with bowling? I just it doesn't make sense to me. But there's just so many other great types of post in there. There's the I'm sick of everything this group stands for, so I'm leaving post, where somebody gets offended that somebody said something about somebody else or something else going on in the community and so they're like, I'm quitting this group because it doesn't represent what this community stands for. And then they're hit with an end with stream of people saying don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Like there's people who find a loss dog and then all of a sudden it turns into people judging the person who lost the dog and all of that. And like, if you look at any good local community group, it is a treasure trove of just people being cranky about something or another and like, oh my gosh, you guys, like it's one of those things, the petty things that you see people getting bent out of shape over in these groups. I just can't even begin to describe how amazing it is. Like I sometimes consider just getting a thing of popcorn and pulling them up on my big screen and doing that for entertainment of the evenings, because it's phenomenal how weird people are about their stuff. So, any case, that is my guilty pleasure. What's your guilty pleasure? Hit me up on Instagram at the dead Dolrian podcast. You can shoot me an email the deadlirian podcast at gmailcom. There is our website, the dead Lairian DOTNET, still under construction, still working on it, but there's a contact form there you can use. There you can send us a voice message that way. There's just so much that you can do. Thank you so much again for tuning in. Hope you're having a great week. Will see you next time. With Falcon in the winter soldier inbound this weekend, you can bet there's going to be plenty to talk about. So have a great week and remember parenting is a complicated profession. Stay safe out there, my friends. Take care.

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