The Great Fifth of July Party at San Marino by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Party This post originally appeared on Lick the Fridge on July 5, 2011 As the sun began to rise, and as the occupants of the San Marino house made their way back to their respective bedrooms in a drunken and exhausted yet giddy daze, and as they maneuvered around the scores of people who … Continue reading

The Ballad of a Bully by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Warning Signs Ever since you were very young, you had an enormous sense of entitlement. It was almost as if the mere fact that you were born gave you the right to push people around and get all up in everyone’s business. Maybe it was a reaction to your traumatic birth, and you needed … Continue reading

Should I Just Take My Pants Off and Douse Myself in Thousand Island Dressing? by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Communication Throughout history, humans have waxed rhetorical on some of life’s most essential questions: How should I live? Why am I here? Does my butt look fat in these pants? Should I get the white Mercedes or the gray Mercedes? From professional philosophers to fall-down-in-the-gutter drunks to daytime talk show hosts, we all have … Continue reading

The Emergence of Daddy’s Little Girl by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Love Before I became a father, I had often observed that male friends of mine with daughters seemed to have that special relationship with their little girl that was somehow different—a relationship that is hard to describe, but one that is instantly recognizable as unique and beautiful. Their daughters were clearly Daddy’s Little Girls. … Continue reading

A Letter To My Brother by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Best Friends Dear Brother, Every day when I wake up and I come downstairs and see you playing with the blocks or reading books or sitting with Mommy in the rocking chair, I think how lucky I am to have you as a friend. And then I think of how it must be for … Continue reading

Big Plans for Today by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Intentions vs. Goals I had every intention of accomplishing many things today. I intended to have a good day with the kids, but that plan was derailed at five in the morning when I went in to get my son out of his crib and he cried hysterically for his mommy and flopped around … Continue reading

My Parenting Days Are Almost Over. . . But Not Quite by Lick the Fridge

Topic: What the %^&* Is Going On Here? I remember the day well. March of 2010. My wife and I were pushing our one-year-old twins in their single strollers, so as to not have to maneuver the behemoth double stroller through the narrow aisles of the pharmacy. The line was about four deep. The man … Continue reading

Things Haven’t Really Changed That Much by Lick the Fridge

Topic: Before Children My best friend had children a couple years before I did. I remember asking him how his life had changed. He said things hadn’t really changed that much, that he and his wife still do the things they like to do, but now they just do them with their children. Now that … Continue reading