Father’s Day 2016

This was my Father’s Day highlight… working with an inconsolable Arlo to build a device capable of retrieving his “laser” from the toilet.


Linette was in Florida this past weekend, and I just hung out with the kids. We ran around the sprinkler, hung out at the local pool, cooked out with neighbors, and stayed up late watching science fiction movies and eating nachos. I know, as a father, I’m supposed to say that the best Father’s Day present would be just a little peace and quiet, but I genuinely enjoyed the chaos these past few days with the kids, even with the inevitable sweaty melt-downs that come along with the first 90-degree temperatures of the year.

The photo above took place earlier this morning, as I was waiting patiently for the kids to remember that it was Father’s Day. [As it turns out, they wouldn’t remember until almost noon, when someone on the street wished me a “Happy Father’s Day,” at which point they assured me that they’d intended to make me a card or something.] I’m not sure what Arlo had been doing with his little blue LED light, which he calls his “laser,” in the toilet, but apparently he dropped it in. After a few minutes of screaming, we went outside to walk around the block, calm down, and devise a plan. We ultimately decided to tie some twigs together with twine, creating a kind of tiny basket, which we then lowered into the toilet to retrieve the laser. It wasn’t as much fun as taking Clementine and her 6th grade friends out for ice cream after their last day of school, like I got to do on Friday evening, but it was kind of lovely in its own way, working together to find a way to get something out of the toilet without using our hands, and then dousing it with rubbing alcohol to kill the “poop germs.”

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    It’s like one of those investigative news specials where they go into a motel room with a black light to look for blood, feces and sperm.

  2. jcp2
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I think I would have just reached in and pulled it out.

  3. Eel
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    He wipes with a laser? This kid is headed places.

  4. Ilana Houten
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    LOL! Brings me back to when my boys were little and would put little plastic toy boats in the toilet to see what would happen…and, would cry hysterically when they disappeared.

  5. Steve
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    good thing you don’t have a dog that drinks out of the toilet otherwise this couldve gotten way more complex…

  6. Elizabeth Riggs
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 10:51 am | Permalink


  7. Mr. X
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Are you suggesting copyright infringement, Elizabeth?

  8. Shappy Seasholtz
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I thought you guys were installing a BOWL-GLOW that I saw on the TV!

  9. Mountain Cow
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I love everything about this. Happy belated Father’s Day!

  10. jcp2
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I suggest going to either GFS to get a box of food service gloves or the auto store to get a box of sized nitrile gloves. They are all disposable to accommodate germaphobia, and handy for many things. I use them whenever I work under the hood of my car. No more grimy fingernails or greasy residue in sinks.

  11. grandma
    Posted June 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    He told me there was a rainbow in his toilet!!! Love that kid!!

  12. Ryan McGavock
    Posted June 21, 2016 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    But does it still work???

  13. Evan
    Posted June 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    You’re out of toilet paper.

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