Twice a year our neighborhood association hosts a neighborhood wide garage sale. Folks display all of their unwanted crap on the drive way and then other folks from all over the city come and buy this crap and take it back to their homes. This is a perfect relationship. It seems my family is really adept at collecting crap, so getting rid of it and making a few dollars in the process is wonderful.
This past Saturday I got up with the sun, gathered our families gently used items and set up my store on the front lawn. Since garage sales are more about purging junk than making money, everything was priced to go. To ensure a successful purge, if an item didn’t sell it was off to GoodWill. No questions asked. I sold a few things but still had a mini van full items to donate.
It is hard to describe the feeling of accomplishment and freedom that I felt as I drove away from the donation dock with an empty min van. Which makes what I did next absolutely insane. I went to a big box retail store and bought more crap! That’s right, I was on a mission to buy a birthday present and filling for the kids Easter Basket’s. Candy, toys, plastic crap. I used to get fruit and a chocolate bunny for Easter but times have changed. I am conflicted because I want my kids to experience magical holidays but I worry that we are teaching them to care more about the things than the day. It’s hard to strike a good balance.
During my errand, I joined in on the weekly Cast of Dad’s podcast. Take a listen and see if you can hear the cash registers ringing in the back ground!
Topics discussed on this episode:
- Media, Pennsylvania
- THE iPad
- Modern Family’s episode long Apple Ad
- iPad vs. iDad
- Netflix streaming
- Kindle vs. everything
- Kids & Tools
- Dr. Seuss apps
- The future of books
- Interactive Literature vs. Imagination
- Kids buying music
- iTunes LP
- YouTube, the music browser of choice?
- Gangster Wiggles
- Tape Recorders
- Will kids have a tangeble device that they talk about and remember back to?
- “T-Shirts are the future….”
Cast of Dads is a group of podcasting and blogging dads who gather to gab about fatherhood. The cast of dads includes C.C. Chapman, Jeffrey Sass, Max Kalehoff, Michael Sheehan, and Brad Powell, who collectively represent 13 kids from the youngest of babies to full grown adults. Each of them brings a unique perspective to being a father.