Welcome to my adventure. This blog started out focused on parenting and school but now that Katie's nearly baked, it's way more about me these days. My experiences, more likely my point of view and good times to share.
Welcome! I'm glad to have you aboard.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Teen Driving: How We Shot Ourselves in the Head in California

At some point - and I could go figure out when this happened but it pretty much doesn't matter - at some point we took Driver's Education out of our schools. Stupidest move ever.

If you aren't aware, here's how our kids learn to drive today.

1. They take an online course to get a certificate. This is a joke because it can be gamed and passed really easily. So the only kids learning at this point are the ones who are earnest and naive. 

2. They study for their learner's permit, this is the written test at the DMV. Again. super easy. There are so many videos and online tests you are really in trouble if you can't memorize enough to pass the test.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Joys of Midlife: A Kid that Can Drive and Three Things…

Goldie was a great car. Thanks for the love!
Katie is finally a junior and this summer she got her license. That means I don’t have to drive her around anymore. That means I am free. The result, I’m trying new things and having so adult fun once again. And, in my 53rd year, I’ve discovered three things that are keeping me very happy.

What is the secret you ask? Why let me share. My three things.

1. Improv. I started in January at a Saturday drop in class at the Broadway Playhouse in Santa Cruz. Offered by The Fun Institute (that’s Santa Cruz code for Cliffordand Dixie), I met a great group of adults who come together to play and fail publicly (and with conviction dammit – go hard!). The experience had been great.