In this installment of steal-your-dad’s-phone and record an inspirational velfie (video-selfie), AT provides some words of wisdom on how to be good. Give it a listen and do some learning. It’s really not that hard, plus you’ll be a gooder person for it.
I started writing this post when she was 3 because of her propensity for gender stereotyping herself, but then, like all kids, she transitioned to a new phase and suddenly it felt irrelevant. Now as she has immersed herself in Kindergarten and seemingly become much more well-rounded. She loves sports and has sworn off wearing dresses, and I wanted to remind myself of what she was once like. My little princess.
Her favorite color is gold or sparkly. I guess I can be happy she didn’t say platinum.
Her favorite type of food could definitely be qualified as “artisan” (read expensive, locally produced and probably grass fed or free range uber-organics).
Her favorite accessory is flashy, albeit currently plastic, jewelry. And lot’s of it.
She wants to be dripping in bling.
The girl likes money.
She only deviates from expensive things when it comes to transportation. Her preferred method of transportation is a city bus. She is still a 3 year old after all, and giving up the social interaction and weirdness that occurs on a city bus for more luxurious confines would be a major sacrifice for someone her age.
She did however, really seem to enjoy the private plane ride she took with her mom a couple of weeks ago. In the photo her mom sent me, she looked like she was waiting for the flashbulbs to go off.
If you’ve seen the opening scene La Dolce Vita, the model’s face as she exits the plane is pretty analogous to the face AT was making in the photo. I’d call it subdued beaming, the ultimate oxymoron for the elite, and extremely prideful. Yikes. She looked both thrilled and like it was completely de rigeur.
I’m pretty nervous about this, as I was really planning on her making all the money for our family. The pageant circuit is too slow and arduous. Sending her down to Los Angeles to go on auditions seems too tedious and a long-sighted (never my style). I’m going to have to keep thinking about what I can do to simultaneously create a life for her that is as opulent as she desires, while also teaching her the valuable lesson that she is the one that should be making the money for her old man. It’s a conundrum, for sure.
This week’s episode (as opposed to the last episode which occurred close to 15 weeks ago) covers some pretty neat and highly deep topics like: early childhood education, the Japanese language immersion project, Soccer (Fùtbol Kindergartneränø), and other amazingly interesting topics for you. Thanks for listening to our podcast and we hope you enjoy (nnnñññññññññyoy) it!!
— James Taylor (@kungfoolery) October 8, 2015
Our 11th Rockstar Podcast is in honor of the Grateful Dead’s “last shows” this coming weekend in Chicago. Though really, are these their last shows? Weren’t the Stones saying that 20 years ago?? And like any good Dead song, it goes on and on and there is neither a “hook”, a bridge, or discernible point, and with any luck, afterwards you’ll remember none of it. It is one long glorious rambling rose – please enjoy responsibly.
— James Taylor (@kungfoolery) July 1, 2015
Grateful Dead, “Ramble On Rose” – Just before Jerry died.
Rich Stadium Orchard Park NY – 6/26/1994
I really have to start taking my own advice. Frequently, when AT gets frustrated or confused (or denied her precious “shows”) she lashes out and gets really upset, and I always try to calm her down by saying “take a deep breath”. My mom taught me this one and it works for pretty much any scenario where you feel stress. With AT, it works most of the time. Sometimes she even realizes that she has overreacted and apologizes for her misbehavior, which I think is pretty great for a newly minted 5-year-old. I’m really proud of her when she does that.
That being said, it feels like I’m constantly repeating myself, trying to get her to listen and pay attention and sometimes I break and I yell. I hate myself when I do that and I also feel like they are completely avoidable if I just “take a deep breath” before reacting to what I feel like is the end of my rope.
Warning: The first take of this edition of the Rockstar Podcast had to be removed for extreme language (AT), fits of extreme crying (JT), and because it was terribly boring.
Here in our 2nd take I feel we did a much better job. It certainly isn’t worse. In this episode we tackle the following topics: Coachella and personal Music Tastes and Abilities (Hello Glockenspiel!), Cycling in both the personal (Barbie Bikes) and global sense, and we “start the conversation” on the taboo subject of Heightism that affects us all (or at least those of us over 6’6″ or in the 90th percentile for our age).
— James Taylor (@kungfoolery) April 12, 2015
This Rockstar Podcast 10.1 is dedicated to the Seattle Seahawks — who will compete agains the New England Patriots tomorrow at 3 pm our time, here in Seattle. Tay-Tay is the ultimate 12th man and let’s us all know what it’s like and the emotional toll that it takes on a 4 year-old. She also explains football and life, with plenty of metaphors, cliches, and inspirational jargon (but doesn’t “spike the football” too early) — and tells us a bit about her favorite player, Brussel Wilson (no relation to the brussels sprout fortune). Enjoy and always feel free to leave your comments or requests on our contact us page – someone will respond within 24-36 months, we guarantee that.
Rockstar Podcast 10.1. Discussing Super Bowl with Brussel Wilson. https://t.co/qCBj3MVlhl
— James Taylor (@kungfoolery) January 31, 2015