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It’s Not a Problem. It’s an Idea Emergency.

Continuing on the theme of finding music that Jordan loves and that we like, we’ve found a great Disney show called Imagination Movers.

Jordan loves the Imagination Movers. And so do we.


Imagination Movers is a New Orleans band composed of Scott Durbin, Rich Collins, Dave Poche, and Scott “Smitty” Smith. The Movers work in the Idea Warehouse with their friend Warehouse Mouse looking for new customers that need help solving problems–which they call Idea Emergencies. Despite their efforts to get new customers they mostly wind up solving their own problems. In the process they annoy their beige leisure suit wearing, dull-as-dishwater neighbor, Knit Knots and get help from his niece Nina.

Not only do these guys play their own instruments, they write their own songs and are incredibly versatile. Playing styles that include ska, alternative rock, disco, rap, funk and country, they never fail to give a convincing and credible performance.  Sometimes its Red Hot Chilli Peppers meets Mr. Rogers. Other times its Tower of Power meets Captain Kangaroo. No matter what though they never “talk down” to kids with their comedy or music and they don’t forget about the parents who are listening as well.


The quartet started out small as a local garage band with each of the band members maintaining full time jobs. That all changed when Hurricane Katrina came along and destroyed the homes, possessions and jobs of three of the band’s members. Mover Smitty, a fireman by profession, was involved in search and rescue operations immediately following the disaster.

The group had a very strong local following that helped keep the group together and moving forward despite the setback that Katrina had dealt them by destroying all of their instruments and much of what they had created until that point. A local charity dedicated to rescuing the music culture of the gulf coast, Music Rising, provided instruments to replace what was destroyed by Katrina.

Disney, who had been working on a deal to bring the Movers to their roster, concluded their deal after the hurricane. The Movers convinced Disney that the show should be produced in New Orleans which helped to provide about 75  jobs for the local economy. With the exception of Rich, all of the other movers have been able to return to New Orleans.


At 17 months, I don’t think that Jordan gets the nuances of the problem solving model that the Movers demonstrate, but he is riveted by the music, the dancing and the Movers. We’re starting to find that Jordan is a very musical child. He’s not talking a lot, but he loves to dance and sing. Surprisingly enough, he’s got a pretty good sense of pitch and rhythm.

I highly recommend that parents introduce their kids–and themselves–to the Imagination Movers.

Weave Saves Woman from Bullet. News at 11.

Ok. I’ve been laughing at this since Cheryl told me about it early in the day. I had absolutely no idea that a weave could stop a bullet. Wouldn’t it be nice to think about all of the historical figures who might still be with us today if only they’d had weaves: JFK, MLK, Gangstalicious.

Jordan the Netizen Finds Peanut Butter Jelly Time

I know you guys are not necessarily up on (or even interested in) Internet "culture." But there’s this thing that went around the Internet a couple of years ago called "Peanut Butter Jelly Time." Don’t ask me why or how. These things just happen.

Anyway, Jordan overheard this one and no matter what he’s doing, it gets his attention–every time. He bolts upright and starts looking for where the song is coming from.

Anyway, thought that I’d share it with you because it even cracks us up after all this time.

Challenging Conventional Wisdom about Child Carseats

(This is a cross post from our new tech blog called Hacking The Bus. I found this information so surprising that I thought it a useful exercise to show it here as well. )

There’s nothing that fires me up more than someone looking at something from a completely different angle and challenging my assumptions about it. This talk from the TED Conference given by Steven Levitt threw me for a loop.

Why should you listen to this guy?

First, because he’s the award winning economist who co-wrote the New York Times Bestseller Freakonomics. And secondly, because he’s about to tell you that everything you think you know about child carseats is wrong.

Just to be clear, I’m neither advocating or denouncing his findings, but I think you should have this information, especially if you’re a parent of young children.

Jordan’s Favorite Toy

Jordan has firmly established his favorite toy. We’ve been putting things in front of him and shaking and jiggling them and he sometimes reacts and sometimes he doesn’t. You may be surprised at what his new favorite toy turned out to be.


Catching up a bit.

The past few weeks have been absolutely insane. As you know, we decided to escape Atlanta before they ran out of water and came to Columbus, Ohio. Serendipitously, it puts us closer to family as well. The move has been one of the most difficult things that I’ve had to do in a while. Trying to pack our house and take care of Jordan at the same time was extremely difficult. There were times when I thought to myself “why don’t we just stay here,” but we reached the half-way mark where it would have been as much trouble to undo the packing that we had done than to just keep going forward.

We then had to pack as much of what we owned in a 26 foot truck with the help of 1 neighborhood kid, attach a Nissan Altima to it and then do an 8 hour drive through sporadic rain in 12 hours with a baby who needs fairly frequent stops for feeding and diaper changes.



New Feature: Laughing

For those of you who haven’t been following, Cheryl and I have been using “The Baby Owner’s Manual” to diagnose and care for our new baby.

I would like to announce that our unit has a new feature–laughter.

Now for weeks this baby has demostrated that it is excellent (and getting better) at crying. However, one morning just before getting our unit dressed and ready for the day, I turned on the looney toons mobile that his Uncle Alan–seen below eating a different baby–got for Jordan’s cradle.

Alan Eating Aleah

He was looking at it and just started laughing. So I just hung out feeling exhilarated about watching this little person “come online” one aspect at a time and that I would be around to watch and even help. He’s still best at crying though.

So without further ado…Jordan, laughing.


Serendipity Strikes! The Sneeze.

Ok. So here’s the story. From day one Jordan has done this funny little sneeze that Cheryl and I (and last night our chiropractor) have been the only people to witness. You never know when a sneeze is going to come, so its almost impossible to get on video. Well today, serendipity struck.

While recording some video for Cheryl to see of Jordan being hypnotized by the black and white pole in his seat, the sneeze came. Now, just like everything that we witness, it’s possible that all babies do this. However, I’ve never seen it, and I’m betting that you haven’t either. If you have, leave a comment with your story. We’d love to read it!

And now ladies and gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure, the sneeze.


Remembering Jordan’s Kung Fu Hands

Had this video of Jordan’s hands doing kung fu without him a few weeks ago. He’s definitely made progress. It’s amazing how much he’s changed in just a few weeks.


We’re still waiting for official detente.We’ve been told that it won’t come for months.

David’s School Bus Fantasy Redux

In honor of the coming one year anniversary of last Thanksgiving–before any of us had kids and were getting sleep–I dug up this video of David describing what he would do if he could do anything with his free time.


I think there’s some actual video of him driving some kids to school.

Talk about dedication.

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