Cirque du Soleil - Totem

Last night Ashley and I got to take Chandler to Cirque du Soleil’s showing of Totem. We’ve been to a few Cirque shows but this was Chandler’s first experience. Even though it was a late night for him (show starts at 7:30), Chandler was engaged and enjoyed the entire show.

As usual the show was filled with incredible feats of athleticism mixed with beautiful artistry. Some of it we had seen before and some of it was completely novel to us. The Amerindian hoop dancer was something I’d never seen and was spectacular.

While most of the routines featured amazing physical feats that most of us will never be capable of, one in particular made my jaw drop as I attempted to wrap my mind around how the heck it was being done. The Juggling Scientist (pictured in the cone above) did a juggling routine that just floored me. Rolling LED lit juggling balls around a transparent cone as he stands in the middle orchestrating the whole maniacal ordeal, Greg Kennedy uses physics and silliness to wow the crowd. Here’s an article I found where he talks about how he created this routine - and here’s a video of him practicing the routine.

Chandler’s favorite act was the group of monkeys who followed a business man around the stage in a formation that morphed into a depiction of evolution before eventually attacking the business man and taking his pants and jacket. After the show we got to go backstage and Chandler got a chance to see one of the handcrafted monkey masks up close. Each of those masks are made specifically to fit the measurements of a specific performer’s face and take about 55 hours to make. Chandler tried to pick its nose.

Being a comedian, my favorite acts were the clowns. Particularly, Misha the Clown (pictured at the bottom in the boat). His antics are the kind of humor that remind us that comedy doesn’t have to be edgy and mean to be really really good. On top of his hilarious buffoonery, Misha did a golf ball juggling act involving pots that ended with him bouncing a golf ball on one of those pots on his shoulder so precisely that he was able to bring it to a complete stop and rest it on the pot. Tiger Woods aint got nothing on Misha the Clown.

As usual, Cirque left me feeling inspired and happy. As the publicist told me, Totem will probably run for the next 20 years and they will travel across six continents never visiting a city more than once. So if they come to a city near you, I recommend you check it out.

Cirque du Soleil - Totem

Show photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil’s publicity team

And here’s a quick video of Stitch attacking my camera.

Here is the full video of our trip to Disneyland this year. We had so much fun. Special thanks to Mama BB and Papa for sponsoring our trip.

Ninja time!

Ninja time!

My hero in a half shell

I’ve already won an award at the Clorox Ick Awards! Super fun. Follow the hashtag #Ickies on Twitter.

I’ve already won an award at the Clorox Ick Awards! Super fun. Follow the hashtag #Ickies on Twitter.

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I just realized that if I identified as a sketch comedian instead of improv, my blog would be “Sketchy Fatherhood” which is much cooler.

thedaddycomplex:

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There’ll be prizes, a live webcast and, undoubtedly, chaos. It’s gonna be rad. So, be there tonight from 6-10pm ET. Share your story and follow the anarchy using #Ickies.
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I’m going to be following along with this event and tweeting my little fingers off. 

thedaddycomplex:

Got a story about a gross mess?

Join me and a bunch of other bloggers tonight on the Twitter machine for the #Ickies—an awards show celebrating your messes… basically.

During this one-of-a-kind event hosted by Rachel Dratch (yes, that Rachel Dratch), Second City communications performers (yes, that Second City) preform live sketches based on you tweets (yes, those tweets).

There’ll be prizes, a live webcast and, undoubtedly, chaos. It’s gonna be rad. So, be there tonight from 6-10pm ET. Share your story and follow the anarchy using #Ickies.

Disclosure: Clorox is sponsoring my involvement in the #Ickies. And don’t worry, Clorox, it’s chocolate… or is it?

I’m going to be following along with this event and tweeting my little fingers off. 

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I caught my 4yo singing Frozen’s “Let It Go” on the baby monitor.

Later on when I asked if that is what he was singing, he said, “Dad, I want an Elsa costume for Halloween.” 

I’m sure that will change about 50 times before October, but for now Elsa is top on the list.

  • Me: Should I read the book in Spanish?
  • 4yo: No.
  • Me: Ok, should I read it in English, then?
  • 4yo: No.
  • Me: Why not?
  • 4yo: Because then I wouldn't be able to understand it!
Came home to find this disturbing scene.

Came home to find this disturbing scene.

Anonymous asked: Your kids are adorable

Thanks! YOU CAN’T HAVE THEM

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I have a few qualms with this book Chandler has. In the first image it says Wolverine dunks it and then says “SWOOSH!” Swoosh is not a dunking sound.

In the second image it says the Super Hero Squad is down by three and then Wolverine makes a game winning shot. But…in that picture he is clearly taking a two-point shot. Even if it was a three-pointer, that only ties the game.

Don’t even get me started on how the premise of the story is that Magneto sneaks “liquid metal” into the basketballs so he can control them with his powers but is thwarted when the guy who has metal fused into his bones finds out.

Pouting contest!

He is his father’s son.

He is his father’s son.