Michael Malgeri

Confidence

Confidence

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“What! I’m not good enough!”

What is it about overly cautious women? I mean if you ask a guy, “Hey! That doctor wants to take a lunch break. Would you step in and complete that brain surgery for him?” The dude, who barely graduated high school, would say, “SURE MAN! Hey! Can you wake him up so he can see my tattoo?” Stupidity is often boundless.

The Soaring Seahawk

The Soaring Seahawk

This was a special week for the Malgeri Family. Our son Michael was given the “Soaring Seahawk” award at the annual Cross Country Banquet. It’s an honor given to the Senior who’s demonstrated the most improvement since Freshman year. Naturally, when you enter high school on parole and manage to stay out of jail for…

The Video Maker

The Video Maker

As part of our daughter’s health class this summer, she was required to make a video. So we sought out investors, scouted a prime location in Costa Rica and hired a few out of work actors who auditioned well for disease symptom method acting. My how school has changed. What happened to the days when…

The House Burrito

The House Burrito

This Friday our kids campaigned hard for dinner at “El Burrito Jr.,” a local Mexican food stand favorite. “Why don’t you order in Spanish?” I challenged our son. “Dos burritos de frijoles y queso por favor.”

Los Frutos

Los Frutos

“What’s that?” Our son was pasting pictures and writing captions on a cardboard box and our daughter was curious. “It’s my Spanish project. I’m showing the produce section of a “Super Mercado,” which means “Super Market” for those of you who don’t speak Los Angeles, uh, Spanish. “Why is it ‘Las Naranjas’ and ‘Los Platanos’.”…

The Daily Dad Reminder

The Daily Dad Reminder

“If you don’t do your chores, you won’t be allowed to wear pants for a week!” Things weren’t quite that hard core when I was growing up, however our parents made it clear we had responsibilities and transgressions weren’t tolerated.

A Noble Cause

A Noble Cause

I was flattered not long ago when our daughter said, “Dad, today my gym teacher asked if I was embarrassed that my Dad wrote stories about me.” I surmised her teacher picked up a copy of “What’s Up For Kids.” Notice how I demonstrated not a smidgen of concern that perhaps I was causing her…

“Where’s Mom!”

“Where’s Mom!”

So as we enter the second decade of “On Dad’s Watch,” one thing is perfectly clear. Things just don’t work without Mom around, as was evident by her absence this week while on a business trip. Cases in point, by Thursday, the laundry pile was bigger than what you see in front of a Salvation…

Milestones

Milestones

This weekend, we’re reaching a major family milestone. Our daughter is on a 3-day retreat with a local youth group. That ought to free up a few megabytes per second of bandwidth on our cable modem for a few days. Times certainly have changed haven’t they? In days gone bye, the bathroom was typically the…

Believe!

Believe!

My favorite Christmas movie is “The Polar Express.” It’s an amazing work of animation that creates a magical mood nearly on par with the final scene in Terminator II. Seriously, it’s quite enchanting to watch a young Santa Claus doubter climb aboard a super train headed for the North Pole on a classic “big flake”…

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