The Martin Family Ink stained in Saskatchewan with exploding Gucci shoes


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How will Dan cope on an airplane now that his exalted Frequent Flyer status has vanished? Will he remember to pack trekking clothing for his change of planes in Montreal? Will an explosive ball-point pen get by a security check? Is Beirut still a bargain city?

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puddle alley parking & El Niño end California drought

Tiger and Dan May 2015 at Coffee Kat


Which city has alleys wider than many European motorways? Why is better to show up late for an Air Canada flight? (And it’s not because your flight is late.) Why did Dan need trekking gear to find his parked car? Does a puddle in LA and a forecast for a strong El Niño mean that the California drought is ending? Is the grand(est)son impressed by the Jellyfish Museum?

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California Roots out Amsterdam canals with friendly cat

Tiger and Monster best buddies May 2015

What medical ‘emergency’ can wait 42 years for treatment? Hint: Do the words root and canal mean anything to you? In fact, are the roots of modern dentistry found alongside the medieval canals of Amsterdam? Can Dan find a link between babysitting a 10 month old baby and being a Catholic Bishop? Finally, friendly felines (bouncy baby boys) feature for fabulously funny fotos. Read More...
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percussion! talent! renovation & budget: tornado & Trailer park

May 2 Tiger and Nazy sunglasses


How did the Grand(est)son’s first music class work out? Hint: He like percussion. And, he’s big on cool sunglasses. Where are the music genes in the family: Mitra (Tango)? Darius (Bassoon)? Tom (Elvis)? Why does Dan (still) get shivers, panic attacks and uncontrollable laughter when someone mentions renovation and budget in the same sentence. And what does that have to do with his SAT (verbal) tests?

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Baby rides 1917 carosel while dan queues behind 1901 customer

jamsheed and Nazy at hotel

Did you know that there is a 1917 Carousel in Santa Barbara? Is it possible to sign your name with movements so slow that the continent drifts out of range before you finish? The answer of course is ‘Yes’. But why are the people doing that always queuing in front of me? And who would be dumb enough to stand in line behind someone older than the Carousel? Where would you wear baby blue shoes? (Would you still do it if you were an adult?) Read More...
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telephone befriends car in taxing childcare dilemma


Tiger on Dan's shoulders April 2015

How did the family celebrate income tax day? (Hint it wasn’t by filing an income-tax return.) How do memories of his first tax audit still haunt Dan? What happens if a 10 month old baby takes a three hour nap - just before bedtime? Why would you let that happen if you were babysitting? When did Dagmar (the car’s navigation computer) begin having an affair with Nicholas (the Nokia mobile phone)? And what happened when Nicholas was replaced by Agnes, the Apple iPhone? Read More...
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sunny darius reigns economically in greece & Argentina


nazy and Dan in Memphis

Who would talk about economics in Greece and Argentina? (Right after his birthday?) Would the same person talk about the virtues of Democracy in North Korea? Was the sun really hiding? And why did it matter? When did the Budget Gourmet prepare a $10 Persian Meal? Read More...
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