What to do on a Rainy Day [These Kids are Climbing the Walls]

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It’s a rare Saturday that I am not running around from activity to activity with the kids.  Take a look at their activities:

My son:

  • Baseball
  • Piano

My daughter:

  • Gymnastics
  • Dance

They both take Karate.

Isaiah at Karate

This is actually a slower summer for them.  In the past, we also had other activities.  Of course, there are their friends birthday parties.  Yes they happen all year round but they seem to happen more in the summer

So Saturdays can be very busy, and I am usually more exhausted after a Saturday than I am during the week.  This particular Saturday though….

My son’s piano lesson was canceled because his teacher is going to a Yankee game (I would have canceled too).  There was supposed to be an awards banquet for baseball (my team finished in second place, and more importantly we had a blast) but it’s pouring….again.  There’s no gymnastics for my daughter over the summer (that won’t last but because she’s 4 this year they take a break), and we usually don’t go to karate on Saturdays though we could.

Seriously, this Connecticut Summer this year can be described in one word.  WET.

I have time to myself. And they let me sleep til 7:30 am.  WHAT?

Right now they’re running back and forth on the front porch, the only place outside our house that is covered.  They are very active children by nature.  I am OK with this but sometimes it can be annoying.

What to Do?

There’s always Skyzone.  I’m sure it’s packed today.  I could go to a movie.  My daughter is terrible at the movie theater.  She almost always has to go to the bathroom at the most critical point in the movie.  She did this when we went to see Hotel Transylvania a couple weeks ago, right at the moment when the EDM started.  Wait, I mean, I wasn’t paying attention to the movie.

They put a bouncy castle place in the local mall.  I loathe the mall.

Board Games, Video Games and some general roof-raising sounds like a plan.

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One thing I am trying to instill in my kids is it’s OK to be bored.  It’s OK to be creative with things to do.  There are a lot of parents who would just plop their kids in front of the TV or give them an iPad just so their kids leave them alone.

We do allow our kids to use iPads but there is a very strict time limit.  On non-school days it’s two hours.  On school days my son is allowed to use it on the bus ride (he has a long bus ride to school).

They will get their two hours and that’s it.  At the time I write this sentence they have not had them yet.  They have played with toys or run back and forth on the front porch.

This blog post has taken me over 3 hours to put together because while doing this I also worked with my 4-year-old daughter on sight words.   Did I mention she is very strong-willed?

So I will let them be bored for a while.  I am sure I will hear “I’m bored” multiple times today. Maybe I will get a wall knocked down today instead.

I know I won’t be bored though sometimes I wish I was.  I feel a nerf war coming on.  The nerf war might include lightsabers and powerbombs into the couch cushions.

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Where was I?  Oh, yeah.  It’s OK for your kids to be bored sometimes.  I believe kids can be overstimulated more than an adult.  Letting them veg out on an iPad or TV is not good for them.

They need exercise (definitely not an issue for my kids).  They need to think creatively.  They need to learn that 12-14 hours of being entertained is not going to happen.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

dad tax in the form of chicken nuggets

The Motivation Behind the Dad Tax [and What’s the Plan?]

dads rock at the dad tax

I imagine I am like most dads in the world.  At least I hope I am.  I hear some sad stories from time to time but I don’t personally know of any bad dads or deadbeat dads.  Well, just one but that’s another blog post for another time.

I do believe dads get a bad rap in general but I will get to that in a bit.  To be honest I have been thinking about doing this for a while.  I belong to numerous dad groups on Facebook.  They are all awesome.  I constantly share posts that put a dad’s role on display.

The post might be humorous, or it may be about something important to dads, and their children.

Here’s the deal.

Dads Are Important!

Statistics have proven that having a dad (figure) in a child’s life has a long-lasting, positive impact on that child.  They perform better in all aspects of their life, even into adulthood.

I don’t need statistics.  I have seen it first hand.  I have seen the negative impact of not having a father (figure) in a child’s life.

You might be asking why I keep adding (figure) after father.  It’s because I also know dads who are not biologically the father of the child but take care of the child as if it were their biological child.  This takes a big heart and a strong man.

About Me

What are you doing dad? I am a father to 3 children.  One of those children just had a child of her own so I am now a grandfather as well.  My children range in age from 4-23.  My grandchild is a newborn.

I have 2 girls aged 4 and 23.  My son is 8.

Beyond that I work…a lot.  I have been fortunate that most of my work can be done from my home office.  This affords me the opportunity to spend as much time as possible with my kids.

I run, sometimes.

I love technology and baseball.  I do like other sports and right now is my favorite time of the year for sports.  Football is starting and baseball is approaching playoff season.  Go Yankees.

I have been married to my wife for just over 9 years now.

I am also a baseball coach (my son has been on my team for 4 years now and I hope to continue this for as many years as possible).  He is also coached by others.  We’ll get to him on another blog post.  Let’s just say Brian Cashman may come up in that post.  Baseball is definitely a passion of mine and so far it is for him too.  I hope that continues.

I am not without fault, for sure, but I try my hardest at everything I do.

I think I am funny.  I think most people think I am funny.  My wife does not.

Nothing gives me more pleasure than spending time with my kids.  From taking a nap on the couch with them (though that is very rare these days) to coaching, daddy-daughter dates, hiking, amusement parks, pizza night (that’s tonight, I am trying to finish this post before it gets here), life lessons (disguised as baseball lessons), and more.

Why This Blog?

Well, some of it is self-serving. I hope to monetize it like so many others are doing.  What I do not see as much of is male/dad type blogs that have affiliate links and are monetized.  I know they are out there.  I have seen them.  But there is definitely a lot more blogs for women.

So yes, there will be review blogs with affiliate links.  All of them will be stuff I personally use and would recommend without an affiliate link.

If other’s blog I will let them add their affiliate links to their blog post.  That’s probably a little way off.

I also believe, as I mentioned earlier, that dads do still get a bad wrap.  How many times as a dad have you been asked if you are babysitting, or do you need help with the kids?

How many dads get strange looks when out with your kids?  How many dads get asked where mommy is?

How many dads don’t get to see their kids only because mom is using the kid as leverage? Yes, moms, I know it happens both ways, and I know that sometimes there are legitimate reasons.

There’s a lot to be said for and about dads and that’s the real motivation behind this blog.  Plus I like to talk about my kids and dad related stuff.

Why The Dad Tax?

me and my youngest daughter. She loves playing with my beardI am glad you finally asked.  You’ve never heard of the Dad Tax?

OK, I will use tonight as an example.  We ordered pizza.  Each kid is good for one, maybe two slices.  (Believe it or not, my 4-year-old daughter eats more than my 8-year-old son).  My girls can eat.  My son, not so much.

When that pizza gets here I get some of their pizza off the top.  That’s the dad tax.  This isn’t really the best example.

Here’s another example.  My kids love those chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs.  Not sure who makes them off the top of my head but as parents we have all seen them.  If my son gets 10 (yes, these he will inhale most days), I get 2 of them.  That’s the dad tax.

Pretty sure most dads do this.  I think even a lot of moms do this.

I was explaining the dad tax to my kids one day and it hit me.  I said to myself there’s no way the domain is still available.  Well, guess what…

I am a web designer and SEO person by trade anyway so I routinely purchase domains that I think are cool.  Sometimes I use them, sometimes I don’t.  It’s not that I don’t want to.  It’s having the time/motivation to do something with it.

I own bxbombers.com (not sure if I would get sued), hustlefocus.com (which will be a project for my son and I), techsrus.com (I used to do IT, this was the name of my company) and a few other good names that I could probably flip.  Currently, none of these are being used but who knows…

I got lucky again with a domain name.

What’s Next?

I plan to blog often.  I plan to grow The Dad Tax as much as possible.  I plan to have guest bloggers, maybe even a podcast or something along those lines.

I also plan to support Movember through this site.  I have supported them in the past and I think it’s a very important cause.

I will include fantasy sports here.  Time to dust off those fantasy cleats.

I will review products/services I use..good and bad.

And of course dad stories.

I am still putting it all together.  There are about 283 ideas in my head right now.  I had to put something together so I can get rolling on it.

Now it’s time to go eat pizza, take a few pictures, watch a movie with the kids, and after they go to sleep..back to work.

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roku premier plus vs amazon fire stick

Which Streaming Media Player is Right for You? Roku or Amazon Firestick

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Roku Ultra

It was not long ago that cable companies dominated the market, providing hundreds of channels for millions of consumers. However, with the price of cable and satellite services like Dish and Direct TV skyrocketing, more people are turning to streaming media services. A streaming media player generally costs far less compared to cable or satellite services, but which one works best for you?

Today, three of the major streaming services, Roku, Amazon Firestick, and Apple TV all offer substantial programming, although there may be some limitations when compared to traditional cable and satellite services. So, it is important to choose the right one for your needs in getting the best value for what you spend.

Roku Ultra

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Roku was one of the first and is arguably the most recognizable name in streaming services. First released in 2008, Roku offers a small stick that can be plugged into any compatible TV so that you can access online programming which currently consists of the following services;

  • Amazon Prime Video, CinemaNow, and Google Play
  • HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix, and more

The device works on any HDTV that offers an HDMI interface and is compatible with Apple iOS and Android systems. You can access over 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Plus, it uses a voice remote with easy navigation to find what you want quickly.


  • Offers HD, HDR, and 4K
  • Send content from mobile device to TV, including photos
  • Provides a wide range of content, including popular online video and music services


About the only reported disadvantage is that Roku has a higher than the usual number of defective sticks or streaming media players compared to the competition. However, the number is still relatively small, and Roku offers free replacement for defective devices.

Get the Roku Ultra for just $99

Amazon Firestick with Alexa Voice Assistance

The classic Amazon Firestick offers an exceptional amount of programming which can be accessed by the Alexa assistant for voice control. The stick was designed to access channels, apps, and even play games all using the voice commands that Alexa provides. Some of the services the firestick offers include the following;

  • Amazon Video, HBO Now, and Hulu
  • Netflix, YouTube, and more

The app that comes with the Amazon Firestick can turn an Android, iOS, or Fire device into a remote using Alexa. If your TV has an HDMI interface, then you can plug in the Firestick.

Amazon Firestick


  • Alexa voice control is easy to use
  • Firestick provides a wide range of content


About the only real disadvantage, especially considering the low price, is that the device only goes up to 1080p resolution at 60 fps. This means for ultra-high-quality signals, this device will not provide full resolution.

Note: There is the advanced version, Fire TV with 4K resolution that offers the Alexa Voice Remote. Plus, it is designed to deliver 4K with built-in Dolby Atmos. Its cost is $69.99.

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As for Me?

I prefer the Roku, hands down.  I have been using the Roku since the original one came out.  I now have several Roku boxes and a Roku TV in my office.  I can load all of my streaming services easily and the kids are able to use it without issue.

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Gatorade Recover Protein Shake (For Runners)

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OK, let’s call it like it is.  I am a runner.  Sometimes.

I love the feeling I have after an exhausting run.  If you run you know that feeling.  The feeling of accomplishment.  The feeling of the endorphins being released into your body. Being covered in sweat never felt so good.

There’s only one problem that does not creep up until the next day usually.  Muscle soreness.  And that’s where Gatorade Recover Protein Drink comes in.

I always feel so much lighter and better after a run but…

gatorade recover chocolate

Am I capitalizing on the gains from that run or am I going to go destroy the accomplishment with a crappy meal?

Will I run again tomorrow or the next day?  Will the soreness derail me for a few days?

How do I know I operated at peak performance?  I do use a heart rate monitor and step counter but the heart rate is a wrist monitor and not working 100% accurately.

The problem is I am not the greatest eater in the world.  I do love snacks.  Now I know where my kids get it from.

For the most part, I eat clean and healthy.  I drink at least a gallon of water a day.  I am the guy at BJs or Restaurant Depot stocking up on the cases of Poland Springs one gallon jugs and I drink at least one of those a day.  I love leafy greens, especially spinach and broccoli.

My weaknesses are things like cannolis and pasta.  We have Friday night pizza as a family (I do limit myself these days).

I tell you these things because I believe I am like a lot of fathers out there.  I am pulled in a million directions when I am with the kids.  I work.  I play.  I coach.  And I try to run and/or work out (mostly cardio) when I can.  I try to be healthy but it’s not always possible.

The purpose of this blog is to create a community of dads who understand what the dad tax is, and if I can make a few bucks along the way that’s great.

After 3 miles or more on the treadmill, I am almost ready for some replenishment.  I know that eating solids, even protein, is not the best course of action after a run.

But it takes forever (it seems that way when you also want to get in the shower) to make a protein shake.  That’s why I started drinking Gatorade Recover Protein Shakes.

I prefer chocolate but have tried all of the flavors and they all taste great.  I can drink one in a few seconds and this replenishes me.  It also provides the protein you should get after a good cardio workout.  Here’s the nutrition info.

  • Waste nothing; Get the protein you need to help rebuild your muscles so you can recover and come back strong
  • 20 grams of protein per serving
  • Drink what the pros drink
  • 11.6 Ounce Bottles, 12 Pack
  • After workout shake available in chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream, chocolate peanut butter, and strawberry.
  • Each shake is 280 calories.

It comes from a brand that we have all grown to trust over the years and it tastes great.

By the way, that hot shower after a run is AMAZING!