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Hello! I'm Tony. I'm a Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger, Country Radio DJ, and proud Dance Dad. Faith, Family, and Technology...this is what matters to me and it's what I write about here.

Weekly Verse – Family Meals

Busy schedules and a dining room still cluttered from recently painting and redecorating our youngest daughter’s room have prevented our family from eating together, all around the table, for a while.

The good news is we were able to do it twice today! We enjoyed a great time celebrating our Church’s 160th Anniversary and then came home for brunch.

There was a potluck at Church but we opted out.  I love Church potluck’s but they aren’t the safest thing when you have a kid with a peanut/tree nut allergy.

So, after Church, we headed home, did some picking up around the house, and enjoyed brunch and each other’s company while dining on cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, coffee, and juice. 

It reminded me that there’s nothing quite like a good meal around a table with family!

After brunch, we did more picking up and cleaning.  Even though we were all stuffed I know each of us was looking forward to supper… lasagna and garlic bread!  It’s a favorite meal in our house.

It was great… and once again, so was the conversation!

Two wonderful family meals and a joyful celebration at Church led to this week’s Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV).

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

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Review: Something Rotten! At Des Moines Performing Arts

Don’t let the title Something Rotten! fool you.  This touring Broadway musical makes for an extremely funny theatrical experience.

It’s anything but rotten… and is a great way for the Des Moines Civic Center to kick off the 2017-18 Willis Broadway Series.  My wife and I were fortunate enough to be invited to opening night, Tuesday, October 17, 2017.Something Rotten! is set in the 1590’s.  No, that’s not a typo. It really does take place in the 1590’s.  A time when William Shakespeare was “rock star” famous… and two aspiring playwright brothers wanted a little piece of that fame.

They set out to make a name for themselves by creating the very first theatrical production to combine song and dance with acting. That’s right, they were attempting to make the world’s first musical.

Something Rotten! is brilliantly written and laugh out loud funny.  I honestly can’t remember the last time my wife and I laughed so hard. We weren’t alone either.

The nearly sold out, opening night audience was laughing right along with us and was quick to reward the cast with a  standing ovation during the curtain call at the end of the night.If you’ve never been to a musical before and don’t really know much about Shakespeare you’ll enjoy this show.  On the other hand, if you’re a fan of musical theatre and have a general knowledge of Shakespeare you will absolutely love this show.

There are so many jokes, musical riffs, and borrowed lines from popular musicals that hardly a moment goes by without a laugh.  In fact, I’d really like to see this show again sometime because I’m sure there are some that I missed.

The talented singing and dancing was an equal match to the comedy.  This show is loaded with lots of great music and the actors performed it all flawlessly, all while in most cases dancing too. If you’re a fan of tap dancing, like I am, there’s a scene that you will really enjoy!

There are a few swear words sprinkled in but they are well timed comedically and aren’t over the top.  A lot of the humor is innuendo-based so younger theatre-goers might not get it all.

While there’s nothing inappropriate I’d say this show is best suited for middle school aged kids and older.

If you’re looking for a two-hour diversion from the world… one that will have you laughing and leaving with a smile on your face… Something Rotten! is the show for you!

Something Rotten! runs through Sunday, October 15th and the Des Moines Civic Center. You can learn more about the show and get tickets on the Des Moines Performing Arts website.

***Disclaimer – I was provided with free press night tickets.  All opinions are my own.

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Memory Monday – Blue Lights, Cassette Deck, And A Sunroof

Think back to your first car.  What was it? What do you remember most about it?

My first vehicle was a 1982 Chevy Cavalier.  It was a blue, 4 door with a four-speed stick transmission.  I loved that car.  Mostly because it was mine.  I did everything I could to personalize it, too.

Since it was blue, I stuck with that color scheme.  I had a blue shoe string dangling from the rearview mirror.  Hanging on that shoestring was a Leonardo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figure.  He was the turtle with the blue bandana.

I also took a page out of my Dad’s playbook. He shared how he put lights under the seats of his first car.  They would glow in the dark and look cool.  I found some rear back-up lights with blue covers and mounted them under the seats of my Cavalier.

A lighted blue switch on the dash turned them on and off.  My Dad was right.  They did look cool.  Plus, it made me keep my car clean.  After all, who would want to shine a blue spotlight on floorboard trash?

That first vehicle of mine came with the standard radio. Not cool when you’re 16.  I wanted to play my music when I wanted to.  While I had the dash apart putting in the floor light switch I swapped out the stock radio for one that had a cassette player.  Pretty fancy for the time.

The other modification that I made to that first vehicle was one that I couldn’t do myself.  I saved up my money to have a local auto shop install a sunroof.  That sunroof was awesome.  Popping it open was the first thing I did when I got in on nice days.

I’m sure today my kids would think a 1982 Chevy Cavalier is a dorky vehicle… but I thought it was cool back in the day!

What did you do to make your first vehicle “yours”?

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