Billy Idol Breaks Spell Check


My post about fatherhood wasn't meant to be.  I attempted to retype the entry last night and then we lost power.  The winds outside finally got the best of our neighborhood after flickering for more than three hours.  Instead you're stuck with yet another random Monkey Boy post and my current favorite picture of the little one.


My wife brought up a great point.  McDonald's is proudly promoting their hamburgers as 100% beef on local billboards.  Why are they trying to convince us?  As opposed to what?  60% dead cow, 35% mystery meat, and 5% shit? 


Last night's power outage was our second one since Baby Singe has been with us.  The first one sucked ass since my wife was still breastfeeding.  Last night's wasn't so bad except it did get a little chilly in our house.  For the first time ever, we had our daughter sleep in our bed with us since her little hands were cold.  It was cute to see her sleeping in our bed, but I will say neither of the adults slept well.  Co-sleeping parents, you're either nuts or brilliant!  (Author note: we're not the "family bed" type) 


I'm thinking a $200 iPhone is very much to my liking.  My current cell phone contract expires in early September.  My current provider has already contacted me hoping to get me to add another two years to my contract.  One full month for free?  I'm not sure that's worth it.  I really want the want the iPhone, but it could be a conflict of interest since my wife's new job is a competitor.



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50 Responses to Billy Idol Breaks Spell Check

  1. sizzle says:

    That picture is so cute. Wasn’t the wind storm crazy? I managed to have power at home but I had to barracade the balcony door so the glass wouldn’t shatter.

  2. egan says:

    Sizzle – yeah, usually the wind last for an hour or two tops. It seemed like it was windy for 4-5 hours last night. Were your tenants freaking out?

  3. kirk says:

    I thought your wife was in marketing? Back in the 1970s preservatives were the big bad thing in foods. So companies that never ever had used preservatives would add a starburst to their packaged with “NO PRESERVATIVES” on it. You learn example like that and answers to “why does Coke need to advertise?” on the first day!
    Notice all the stuff in the grocery store proudly proclaiming they have no trans fat!! Well, some of those thing never had trans fat.
    McDonalds has always had 100% beef patties. And their crack research team probably found that people find the attribute important. And so they advertise the obvious. New successful products like Big Macs only come only once in a while. The rest of the time you have to generate excitement about nothing.
    I love the joke that that great coffeehouse chain has on their bottled water. Coffee Bean rules! Starbucks drools!

  4. Big Bro says:

    I mock your weather! Try 100 degrees (that’s 98 degrees + 2 other boy band singers) and no electricity! Talk about sweating it out!

  5. meno says:

    Our lights flickered all night too, but we didn’t lose power. Baby Anna has a great raspberry technique.

  6. brookem says:

    What a cutie she is! What’s she eating?
    Did you know there’s an iPhone 2 now? Or is that what you’re talking about?

  7. Christina says:

    We’ve been sequestered indoors for four days because our temps are around 100 and the humidity is a bitch. We’re about to get one hell of a thunder storm, though, and I’m hoping it cools things off (although not so cool we have to turn on the heat or use extra blankets — I’m still happy it’s almost summer!).
    That’s so cute you guys put Anna in bed with you. We’ve done that when Chase is sick, but none of us ever sleeps well and we’re all grumpy the next day.

  8. brandy says:

    Those cheeks! So damn cute. As for babies sleeping in the bed, you are a brave man. I remember dog sitting for my mom’s puppy and having it sleep with me and having the worst sleep of my life. I was so scared I was going to roll on it, or squish it, or push it out of the bed.
    And yes, I just compared your lovely and brilliant daughter to a puppy. It’s the best comparison this childless girl has. Please forgive me.

  9. again. I’m not happy about your wife’s break from her old company. and on cosleeping with the kids, I have no idea how people do it. I cant do it. If they come get in my bed, I lie there for 10 minutes and comfort them and have to move them back to my bed. CRAZY. The kids sleep while we dont.

  10. Darlene says:

    I heard that the whole ‘100% Beef’ was a copyright slogan and their burgers aren’t 100% beef after all….
    Your little girl is so cute – We had our son sleeping with us when he was a baby, and let me tell you from experience, training him to sleep in his own bed after having the taste of Mommy & Daddy’s was harder than anything I ever did.
    Amazing about the weather – I’m all the way up in northern Canada, and our power went out last evening as well. Scared my poor dog senseless. She has major anxiety issues & thunder sends her over the edge.

  11. Pants says:

    I almost like mystery meat as much as I like shit.

  12. Cléa says:

    Get the iPhone, then you’d have the entire collection, no?

  13. egan says:

    Kirk – I know how advertising works, but it does seem foolish to state the obvious. Good thing they have OnStar to save their asses. Already digging on Starbucks eh?
    BigBro – so it’s Hotlanta? Sucks to be you. You’ve seen the sun though right?
    Meno – in a condo, you’d never ever lose power. That’s something to think about.
    Brookem – she was eating a cookie i fed her because I’m a rebel. We also have her eating honey, ice cream, caramel, and Gobstoppers. She sure is a cute little girl.
    Christina – I’ve heard about the heat wave. I guess I can’t complain too much because I much prefer cooler weather to heat and humidity. Grumpy is right. She did pretty well, but she was right back in her crib when we got power back. The co-sleeping isn’t for us.
    Brandy – I forgive you for making that comparison. It’s a valid comparison though. We did worry about rolling over on her, but thankfully she’s old enough now she’d be able to alert us. She’s got some cheeks and a good little belly.
    Stepping Over the Junk – I honestly don’t get how parents cosleep with their kids either. It seems hard to imagine anyone getting a solid night of sleep in that situation. To each their own I guess. I know, leaving Starbucks is going to be an adjustment for our family.
    Darlene – it does sound like it was rough to break your child of sleeping in your bed. Our daughter hasn’t slept in our bed at all. Last night she started out in her crib and then she woke up cold. We brought her into our room to keep her warm though. I think wind storms are cool with all the noises they make, but I’m not a fan of the lack of heat. I do like candles.
    Pants – mystery meat is like the secret sauce isn’t it?
    Clea – well I guess it would mean I’d have three or more iPods, a MacBook, the iPhone and a hard on for Steve Jobs. We’ll see, the price for service with my wife’s new company could be so great it wouldn’t make it worth it. Plus my iPod touch does much of what the iPhone does. We’ll see.

  14. mez says:

    iphone schmy-phone! Why don’t you go ahead and get yourself one of these beauties. I hear they are the latest thing.

  15. Amanda says:

    What a cute photo!!
    I’m a co-sleeping parent and I absolutely love it. Its the only way I would have survived. My husband sleeps the same whether or not Aaron is in the bed….sleeps like a log.
    While I love it, I do realize that the day is coming closer when I’ll have to put Aaron in his own bed. I wonder which of us will have a harder time?

  16. K. says:

    I noticed the 100% beef billboards too. After seeing them I started remembering when I was younger being told that their hamburgers were made from earthworms. So for an instant I thought that was the reason.

  17. Chris says:

    Dude, here is MA, AT&T cell service really blows so before taking the plunge, make sure you are going to get a decent signal where you’ll be using your phone most often.
    I wish they’d open up that phone to Verizon and that Verizon would be less of a whore to their overpriced extra charges for services.

  18. Sicilian Mama says:

    I don’t even want to think about what’s in a McD’s burger. BEcause I’ve had a couple of cravings for them during this pregnancy and have given in to said cravings. Like last night…whatever that meat is, it sure tasted good!
    I’m excited about the iPhone being cheaper. My contract expires this fall and since I’m already with their provider, I just have to switch phones. Unless I get the iPod Touch before hand. Like you said in a comment to Cléa, the Touch has pretty much the same capabilities as the iPhone (except the phone and the camera). We’ll see.
    Funny…I’m actually pro co-sleeping.

  19. JLee says:

    Such an adorable picture! I could never sleep with my daughter in the bed either. I always thought I would roll over on her.

  20. qt says:

    Dude – sleep is sacred, whatever works, but I can’t imagine having a baby in bed with me…said the childless wench.

  21. tori says:

    I only have one kid that I could actually sleep if he is in bed with me. I don’t know how people co sleep because as much as I wish my kids could sleep in my bed I just can’t sleep when they are there!
    My daughter was just talking about McDonalds the other day and her friend told her there is up to 5% manure in their burgers. Did you just make up your statistics or is that something people are saying now? What a funny coincidence that both you and her friend mentioned 5% shit/manure.

  22. Sicilian Mama says:

    Also…quick question about your last sentence. Does your wife’s new employer have some stipulation that all phone contracts in her household be with them? I’m confused how that is a conflict of interest unless it’s an employment requirement. I mean, I work for one fairly large insurance company, but our vehicle and home owners insurance is with a competing insurance company.
    Just curious is all.

  23. egan says:

    Mez – now that’s a cool phone. Put a rubber band around it and you have a hands free device.
    Amanda – what exactly is it that you love about co-sleeping? Do you sleep well? I’m interested to see how well Aaron does when you move him to his own bed. I know everyone has their own preferences, I just can’t imagine having our daughter in bed with us every night.
    K. – hello and welcome to my blog. Earthworms are good to eat aren’t they? McDonalds hamburgers, yum. Kidding. I had one about two months ago for the first time in about ten years. I think it will be at least another ten until I have another one.
    Chris – I wish they’d open it too, but I also understand why they don’t. My first cell phone was with Verizon and I had really good call quality and customer service. Sprint’s customer service is okay, not great, but not horrible either.
    Sicilian Mama – you got to feed the baby growing inside of you right? I’ve heard about those intense cravings. The iPod touch is a really good alternative. If we get a really screaming deal with my wife’s employer, I may not get the iPhone afterall. We’ll see. They don’t require her to use their phone just like Starbucks doesn’t make people drink their beverages. But with the discount, it almost seems foolish not to use them. Capiche?
    Sicilian Mama – P.S. I read what you send about SATC on Mez’s blog. Ha, you slay me. I love you say it there where you think nobody else will read it. You’re C-R-A-F-T-Y. Oh, tell me more about the cosleeping thing. I have to get this on record for future use.
    JLee – I just read a Canadian article where they’re revising a previous pro-cosleeping report. They’re suggesting parents do not sleep with six month old or young babies in their beds due to 2-3 accidental deaths/year in Quebec. I can’t even imagine how horrible that would be.
    QT – yeah, a baby in bed with you would really cramp your style, wink wink, nudge nudge.
    Tori – it’s fact that a very small percentage of manure does actually find its way into the meat. I made up the 5% number, but any amount of shit in meat is a very scary thought.
    Sicilian Mama – see above.

  24. Sicilian Mama says:

    Thanks. Thanks a lot for calling me out on the SATC stuff. Sheesh.
    Makes sense on the explanation for the phone stuff. I just wanted to make sure that you weren’t going to be required to use hers. I get the discount stuff…like when I worked at B&N, I only purchased books from there because my discount rocks all kinds of worlds.
    As for the co-sleeping, I wrote a bit about it today actually. I’m weird, what can I say?

  25. egan says:

    Sicilian Mama – I just finished reading your birth plan post. We had many of the same goals for Anna. To each their own, I mean that. Don’t let anyone make you feel shitty for whatever you do, even if it is cosleeping.
    It’s kind of how I felt about breastfeeding when Mrs. Lessinges was having some problems with it. There’s so much propaganda about how wonderful breastfeeding is for the kid, but if mom is crying nightly due to a painful latch, fuck the breastfeeding I say.
    This just in, Sicilian Mama doesn’t like SATC.

  26. Sicilian Mama says:

    Seriously? You had to make that announcement?
    I will tell you that a lot of what I wrote about the breastfeeding stuff was based on some things I witnessed in these here comments. I was shocked at how when you announced that Mrs. L was close to stopping people really reacted crazily about that. It made me really angry for the two of you! To each their own, indeed…you guys gave it a shot and it didn’t work and no one has the right to make you feel guilty for anything. Ugh.
    And yeah, I know that a lot of my goals and ideas will probably not come to fruition, but I have to try, right? Ha.
    Oh, and this just in…Brookem thinks that I have a little baby bump. I will say this right now…there ain’t nothing “little” about what’s going on my stomach region right now.

  27. egan says:

    Sicilian Mama – hey, nothing wrong with not liking SATC. I’ve seen it a lot in reruns and some days the show really annoys me. I don’t need to hear Carrie ask another fucking rhetorical question about the sexes. Samantha’s double entendres are boring. Although the show does seem to mimic real life to some extent or it wouldn’t be so successful.
    Yep, I do recall some shit people say about breastfeeding. We get a bit of the same reaction when talking about our daughter in daycare. As if isolating your child from others is so much better. Ha, I made a funny.
    This just in, Brookem doesn’t know how to properly power off her iPod touch.

  28. churlita says:

    I love that pic of your beautiful girl, and you are completely welcome to some of our rain. I’m sick of all this flooding and storming.

  29. egan says:

    Churlita – yeah, I think her facial expression is awesome in that picture. It’s her rebel yell, and she yells more more more. Hey, we’ve got plenty of precipitation right now. We don’t need it. In fact, I’ve only watered our backyard once so far this year. Once. Not that I’m complaining too much because I don’t like using water and stuff. Our yard is a tad unruly these days.

  30. Sicilian Mama says:

    I could argue the point about the show mimicing real-life, but I won’t. Not here, anyway. Seriously, don’t get me started.
    I’m on the fence about daycare…as I said, I’m cool with it when the baby is more interactive with others (meaning, it doesn’t just lay around like a lump, eating and crying and such). But I’m hesitant for a newborn. You & mrs. L were lucky since she took an extended maternity leave, didn’t she? You didn’t have to think about it for an 8-week old.
    This just in…Brookem can kick your ass!

  31. egan says:

    Churlita – me thinks we don’t need any more rain. It has been plenty wet here in Seattle. Good thing is I haven’t had to use our sprinkler system at all. Bad thing, the grass is growing fast, but it’s never dry enough to mow. I agree, she’s rocking the facial expression.

  32. Zen Wizard says:

    I too was confused by the McDonald’s advertising campaign.
    I admit before I thought they were X% soybean or something.
    Samsung is coming out with an iPhone knockoff, I hear.
    One month free for a two-year contract does not seem to be a very good deal.

  33. egan says:

    Zen Wizard – when I was little kind in grade school, I’m pretty sure our “hamburgers” were a mixture of meat and soy. I do love my current Samsung phone so that could be an option. Yeah, I wasn’t falling for Sprint’s tricks.

  34. brookem says:

    woa woa, how am i all of a sudden in trouble for my (lack of) ipod touch knowledge?!
    sicilian mamaaaa!… let’s see some pictures of your lovely lady humps.
    ive said too much.

  35. brookem says:

    and egan! i was never insinuating that you should give your little baby girl gobstoppers (air heads, maybe).

  36. Sicilian Mama says:

    Brookem, I wondered where the iPod touch comment came from. Completely unnecessary, if you ask me.
    No humps right now. Maybe later.
    yeah…this just doesn’t work, does it?

  37. Sicilian Mama says:

    And WAIT! I just read your comment back to Brookem about the things you’re feeding Anna. I’m assuming you’re being a smart ass with those responses? If that’s the case, then please tell me why it’s NOT ok to feed a baby ice cream. Because if that’s not cool, then we better not tell my brother & his girlfriend that my niece has been getting ice cream everytime she’s been with me since she was about 6 months old. Deal?

  38. Sicilian Mama says:

    Man, I have a lot to learn.

  39. egan says:

    Sicilian Mama – you mean to tell me you don’t like Sex and the City mimics real life? You don’t think there’s an average woman in her mid 40s getting nookie all the time? You don’t think someone like Carrie could afford her lovely abode? I think the real stumbling block for the show are the clothes. Nobody in real life would trot around proudly wearing the shit Carrie wears. Wait, I take that back, SJP does all the time.
    You’re right, Mrs. Lessinges took five months off. She was still pretty little and rather inactive when she started. I do think there’s stuff a 3-4 month old can gain from being in daycare. Mainly it gets them started early in being around germs, new people, and they can watch the bigger kids. Brookem can’t kick my ass.
    Brookem – I’m calling it as I see it yo! Step up to the iPod touch challenge. Do you or do you not know how to fully power the device off? A simple yes or no will suffice. Yep, lovely lady bumps.
    Brookem – ha, how about cookies? Gobstoppers are the shit and probably why my teeth are so messed up today.
    Sicilian Mama – I’m throwing it down today. Brookem knows she’s not the master of her iPod touch, I am. In fact, she can’t be bothered with it. I can see her nodding in approval right now.
    Sicilian Mama – most peditricians advise against feeding any babies straight dairy until after 12 months. Dairy is one of the seven common allergies and they figure it’s better to be safe than sorry with milk. That being said, many parents don’t give a shit. I guess if your child is hospitalized due to a food allergy, you don’t mess around with food allergies. I’m just saying.

  40. ubermilf says:

    Now I’m trying to to think of all seven common food allergies.
    I’m pretty sure I gave my kids milk products before a year — I know I gave them yogurt.
    I guess I got lucky.

  41. egan says:

    Ubermilf – let me see if I can remember them off the top of my head: nuts, shellfish, soy, dairy, honey, wheat, and EGGS. (eggs is in Caps because it’s the one I couldn’t remember). I found an article on Babycenter about the eight common food allergies. Yogurt is okay from what I hear because of the live active cultures. It aids in baby’s digestion.

  42. ms chica says:

    I’m in year eight of my mcdonalds boycott.
    Competition is healthy. You could offer Mrs LesSinges conflict of interest employer the opportunity to compete for your business. You know, have their people write up a proposal to send to your people. You do have people, right?

  43. Cheryl says:

    I missed those McDonald’s ads. But weird.

  44. brookem says:

    it’s true, im so NOT in the know about the ipod touch. it does a gazillion things and i can barely upload songs to it.
    but i CAN power it off, so there!

  45. Amanda says:

    I like co-sleeping because I can sleep while Aaron nurses. No need for me to wake up, get out of bed and then get settled again. Its not exactly what I planned for but I was so tired from lack of sleep that when we fell into this routine, I couldn’t bear to give it up. And now I just like the cosiness of it all. I’ve never rolled over him but he’s tried to roll over ME a few times!

  46. egan says:

    Ms Chica – I’m hoping there will be a sweet deal to be had with said new employer. So why are you boycotting McDonald’s? I personally think the taste of the food is average at best, but I had my fair share of McDonald’s the first 18 years of my life.
    Cheryl – maybe they aren’t running them in Chicago because it’s their “turf” so to speak. Who knows. I’d assume advertising the hamburgers are 100% would be redundant though.
    Brookem – someday I should explain to you how to send email from your iPod touch. Then you can send emails from it with a cool “sent from my iPod touch” signature. That’s when you know you’re cooler than others.
    Amanda – aw, thanks for answering my question. Does you hubby provide any coziness? I think it’s funny how you say Aaron has rolled over you. I bet he has.

  47. Tricia says:

    Egan – you are too much! I did the whole co-sleep thing until last year – hubby even caught it on film to see how uncomfortable we looked!
    Anyhow – Gavin’s 95 pounds and Max is 50 and between me and my hubby – there was no room left!
    Glad to see all is well!

  48. egan says:

    Tricia – how am I too much? Please explain yourself. Wow, that’s too many people in one bed. Is that a twin bed? So how often does the hubby sleep in the bed with you? I’m guessing he sleeps elsewhere (couch, floor, car, under his desk) when he can.

  49. sari says:

    I raise my hand to being nuts.
    We are the family bed type and stupidly had finally gotten the other two out of bed and had to go and have another baby. Now he has a nice empty crib in our room and sleeps in our bed with us.
    I will say, I’m a good sleeper with babies – I’m like a rock, I don’t move at all, so they’re safe.
    I don’t sleep too well though. Thank goodness for a king-sized bed. Worth every penny.

  50. I wouldn’t be the family bed type either, I don’t think. I like my space, so I can roll around, kick, fart, etc.

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