Let’s get it out of the way. Yes, my last name is Liberal. It sounds just like that other word “liberal” and it’s Portuguese. I was born in Brazil. Although my last name might align with most of my political views, this blog isn’t about that, so quit whining already.
I live in the blurred line between a person with a nat-like attention span and a Renaissance-man. I have many hobbies and interests, all subject to change at any moment, but never prior to my investing a considerable amount of time and, sometimes, money into them.
I speak 2 languages extremely poorly (French and German), 2 mildly convincingly (Spanish and Portuguese), and 1 over-confidently (this one, of course).
Starting at the age of 15, I moved to a foreign country, moved out of the house, learned my first foreign language (English) and started on a bumpy road towards adulthood.
By 18, I had dropped out of High School and had worked 16 different jobs, from dish washer to chef to magazine art editor to software developer, and many in-between.
I then met my future wife, Jody. She told me to either finish school and get a real job or else. I didn’t want to know what else was, so I did what she said and been doing it ever since.
She didn’t, however, stop me from jumping out of a plane, climbing the Grand Teton, missing out on a free seat in the World Series of Poker and embarking on my greatest adventure yet: having children!
Actually, she helped with that one.
You still there???
My life revolves around my family, my work, and my hobbies… so, very much like most people, there hardly is enough hours in the day to accomplish all my goals, so most things don’t really get done. I pay someone to mow my lawn. I can’t wait for one of the kids to grow up so they can do it and I can save money. I also wish they’d not grow up.
Kai is our bookworm and all around good guy. He’s an introvert and a foodie. You’ll find him most of the time reading, building lego’s, or watching Myth Busters. He freakin’ loves that show! I think he’d die if he met Adam Savage and the other guy.
Brennan is our freebird child. I think he was born in the 70′s and time-travelled to my wife’s womb. He showed up on my birthday, so now I get cool toys again. And good cake.
By the way, whenever we need to leave the house on a rainy day, this kid will make us all move the worms out of the driveway before we pull the car out of the garage. Got it? He’s that type of kid.
Easton is basically Ellen. Yeah, DeGeneres. He’s really happy and funny and you just want to hang out with him. He loves to dance, too. He also gets a lot of attention from his older brothers. They make him his breakfast every morning and spend a lot of playtime with him. We rarely see him, really. The doctor said he’s still growing, so I’m not worried.
We also have a Golden Retriever. His name is Takoda and we were told he’d lose his “pupiness,” which is just another word for incessant playfulness, by the age of 3. He’s 11. I think somebody lied to my face.
They are the drive behind this blog and you’ll get to know them here. Not in a “oh, look how awesome my kids are” kinda way. More like a “wow, you guys are playing so nicely… eh… HEY! DON’T TAKE THAT FROM HIM! No!! Wait! Yeah, take it from him. TAKE IT! QUICK!!!” kinda way.
As the years fly by and I watch them grow, I too grow highly concerned with their mental, physical, emotional, and social development. I’m extremely interested in education and the effect current media has in the lives of kids, here and in the rest of the world, for better or for worse.
Here are some things you didn’t want to know about me:
- I judge people who mix peanut butter with jelly
- I often lie about my height and when they say “what? you’re not 6’5″” I say I am too in metric. It works about a centimeter to a meter of the time.
- I have never worn a watch. Ever.
- I’ve learned you can blow kids’ minds away just by carrying around a powerful magnet with you.
(Oh, I also got struck by lightning once. You can read about it up top… somewhere.)
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