June 24, 2010

{Standing in line for my new Apple iPhone}

My daughter, my niece, and I woke up at 5:30 in the morning to get to the Cherry Creek Mall because today the new iPhone came out.  Of course as a dad I did not want to miss this opportunity to get the first iPhone on the first day to make my daughter smile.

We got here at the mall at 6:15 and to my utter surprise, we are now sitting in a line behind at least 100 people.  There are other dads and moms here with kids, there business professionals ready to go to office, there are young couples, people with colorful hair, and people from all walks of life standing or sitting in line.  The Apple team is out walking around with bottled water, coffee, and breakfast from Einstein Bros Bagels. As I look around I see there are a few things that are common among all of us.  All of us have either an iPhone or an iPod in hand and some of us are sitting with Macs or iPads on our lap, but there is no one with a pc around. I am starting to understand that this is the coming out of the cult of iPhone followers. All of us could have waited for two weeks to get the new iPhone without any line or wait, but somehow all of us felt it was important to come out and show our support for the favorite “working toy” in our life.  Now that I get it, I am surprised that there is no one who has their face painted; no one has banners to cheer.  I guess we, the iPhone gang, are a group of somewhat quiet introverts who are simply happy to be here.

The store will open at 7a.m. and iPhone sales start at 9a.m.  I am not sure whether I will get the iPhone for my daughter today, but I am glad I am here, out with my daughter and my niece, out with other members of the iPhone gang. I get it. This is what brand insistence is.  We are not here for a phone, we are not here for an upgrade, we are here to celebrate a way of life around our Macs, our iPods, our iPhones, and our iPads that we all discovered in our own ways. Marketing gurus may call it a brand insistence but to me it is truly a way of life.

June 15, 2010

{Father's Day}

Father’s Day, June 16 2010

Every year, as father’s day approaches and marks the middle of summer, stores are filled with last minute gifts to celebrate fathers. But what are we really celebrating? Why do we need to give gifts to fathers? Or better, what does a father want most for a fathers day gift?

History of father’s day

Even though both father’s day and mother’s day celebrations started nearly at the same time in the beginning of the twentieth century, historically mother’s day has been celebrated by different cultures around the world for hundreds of years. But there is not any significant mention of father’s day celebration before the beginning of the twentieth century.

There are different stories about how father’s day started. Based on wilstar.com, (author Jerry Wilson) Sonora Dodd of Washington was the first person who had the idea of honoring her father, William Smart, a single dad. Sonora’s reason for celebration was driven by the selflessness her father had shown in raising his six children as a single parent, and she saw her father as a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in June.

Father’s Day in our family

Personally I am tickled to learn it was a daughter who stepped up and was the first to recognize her dad. It tells me that the spirit I see in Raka to make her dad a better father has been felt by daughters over the years to celebrate their dads.

I do not know about you, but I enjoy father’s day celebrations as I see the excitement in Raka’s eyes. The thoughtfulness with which she makes a card for me or bakes my favorite food, the clearly open way she tries to hide her excitement and preparation for the day, and finally when she displays her amazing set of gifts and cards to me, with pride, all makes the day worth it. Yes the gifts are precious, but what is priceless is her confidence as a daughter as she celebrates her dad. Little does she know that her dad could not be the dad without her love and affection. In fact, deep inside I simply want to reach out and give her a big hug and say, “baby, it is all about you”.

A father’s day is another day for a dad to appreciate his daughter, be proud of her, and see her slowly blossom into the young lady of tomorrow. And to all father’s of sons, please do not get me wrong. Yes, I know sons are special too, and each of you appreciate moments with your sons. But I have to say, that daughters are a tiny bit more special than sons.

Happy Fathers Day to all fathers. And more than that, all of us dads send our love to our children as this day is more to celebrate you.

June 11, 2010

{The Everyday Moments}

You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.  ~William D. Tammeus  

People doing their day to day jobs, working long hours all within a big city, yet one can still see, even around an old New York City diner, the simple things that matter most, like a smile, good company, or even a wave from a child on a merry-go-round.

My daughter inspired me to notice the little things, and I hope you do the same.


Again, I would love to send a copy of the book to anyone who identifies any of the people in these photos!

June 1, 2010

{The Everyday Moments}

A major theme in my education from my daughter has been to cherish the small moments that are all too easy to overlook. The days I get to help her with math and the lunches I get to drop off at school for her are the best times, but only when I stop to really digest it.

She taught me that.

Last week I was in New York and my lesson from my daughter inspired a series of photographs I hope will inspire you to take notice of the simple things that make life what it is.


If anyone can identify any of the persons in the pictures, I would love to send them copies of the book!