Any of you old enough to remember the cartoon episodes when Sylvester the Cat would attempt to teach his son the art of bird-catching, yet he would fail every time he tried to catch Tweety Bird? That was me at this skate park 20 years ago trying to teach my son how to skate inside of a bowl. I powered about 6 feet up the side of the bowl on a skateboard when I realized I had no clue what to do next. I tried to bail out and keep my dignity, but my foot planted in the cement on my fall downward and I landed at the bottom of the pool in the splits position. I felt my hip pop and remember limping for a good month.
I think every dad has one of those failed let-me-show-you-how-it’s-done-son moments. At least my son and the kids that were there had a good laugh. If there were cel phone cameras back then, I would’ve been a viral sensation and invited to be on Ellen’s show. Do you remember your “Sylvester” moment?
I just need one and I’m done
Started drinking black
But then I got hacked
By sweetener and cream
A sugar-tooth’s dream
I’ll do overpriced and try to look hip
But I’m really just fine with regular drip
Ok. Ok. This poem is done.
I remember capturing a video of my son riding his skateboard about 10 years ago. I used my Sony video camera to capture about ten seconds of footage of my son riding his skateboard towards me. Afterwards, I plugged my video camera into my laptop and uploaded the video from the camera to the computer. From there, I was able to edit the video on my computer then burn the finished video on DVD. The video wasn’t just about my son riding his skateboard, but I remember that segment took about 15 minutes from upload to editing.
It is amazing how much technology is advancing at a blazingly fast pace. I took this video of my daughters launching their rockets at a science camp last week. I used my iPhone, and yes, I realize I could also use an Android or Windows phone as well, but I own an iPhone. The video clips never left my phone. I assembled about 4 clips and added transitions and music. I finished the video in less than 10 minutes. I was ready to share my video with my family and friends via email, text, YouTube, FaceBook, and all the other social-media-video-sharing apps available.
When I finished I asked myself, “Did I really just make a home movie on my phone?” Yes, I did. I think I made my first video on my phone years ago, but it is just getting easier each year. No more looking for cables and discs. I believe it is important to record the moments for yourself and your loved ones. Technology is making it easier.
Showing off for #throwbackthursday handspinning on the set of Breakin’ 2 Electric Boogaloo in 1985.. or 86. Due my lack of blogging skills, I didn’t know how to upload the YouTube video. That’s me spinning at 1:08 wearing the pink, yes, pink shirt and black bandanna. After doing this scene over 15 times, I almost barfed in the scene. It was a fantastic experience for me at 17. I got paid to dance! The director didn’t let me do my best moves, but who cares? I got paid to dance! When the film was released, a dozen friends went with me to the theater to catch my 5 seconds of glory on film. How fun is that? I’m showing this to my son and friends right now. Good laughs.
This morning I came on an intersection congested with traffic. Cars weren’t moving and people were honking their horns. As the traffic began to clear, I saw that there were a couple of ducks walking casually through the middle of the intersection. The ducks cleared the intersection at their own very-slow pace and the street returned to being free-flowing as cars whizzed by. I learned something in my observation:
Don’t assume that honking your horn at a duck will get the duck to feel the same sense of urgency that you have.
At least the people in the front didn’t turn the ducks into road kill.