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Jason Pawlak

Me and my Internet

Husband, Dad, Navy Officer, Coder, and Tinkerer. I have many interests and am always looking to learn something new. This site is a launching point to the many areas of the Internet that represent me.

  1. Dear Dad, Sorry for the gray hairs

    Dear Dad, I saw this Calvin & Hobbes strip the other day and it reminded me of a time I turned a few more hairs of yours gray and likely left you shaking your head in disbelief. Do you know which memory I’m talking about? No, not the time I spun on one leg of the kitchen chair so many times I drilled a hole right through the linoleum … and subfloor. No, not the... [read more]

  2. I was Poisoned on Father's Day

    I’m an OK Dad. I mean, I am by no means perfect but my kids seem to like me well enough. We have fun together. We have good conversations. We like to play games. They don’t automatically cry when I look at them … anymore (story for another time). Father’s Day is typically a day that I am the recipient of their intense desires to demonstrate love and appreciation for me. I think we’re good.... [read more]

  3. Harry Potter and the Wizarding World Whistleblower

    My family loves the Harry Potter series of books. It began a few years ago when we attended a “Harry Potter Night” event at the kids’ school. Themed activities were stationed around the cafeteria, gymnasium, and multi-purpose room. Crossword puzzles, scavenger hunts, wand craft stations, you know … typical Harry Potter event type stuff. It was after this event we decided to actually read the Harry Potter books. I, myself, had read the first few... [read more]

  4. Hi Puppy

    There are many different ways to say hello to passing people while on a run. A formal “good morning”, a breathless “mornin’”, or a red-faced wave-of-the-hand. All are acceptable, regardless of whether or not the hello is reciprocated. There are not, however, many ways to say hello to a passing dog while on a run. In fact, a greeting to a dog with intent for the dog to reciprocate is likely less than desirable to... [read more]

  5. Dad Fail - Tree Swing Edition

    We all remember doing dumb stuff as kids. Stuff that really makes you give thanks to your guardian angel (or angels for some of you…) and ultimately makes you wonder … where were my parents? As a parent, I often find myself wondering what on earth my kid was thinking when they made a particular decision. Much of the time, I think it is evident that they were not thinking about anything! But as I... [read more]

  6. The cure is worse than the problem

    What a bizarre world in which we find ourselves living. A sickness is globally rampant, billionaires are building rockets that not just land on the ground for reuse, but they can also land on floating platforms in the middle of the ocean. Technology is progressing faster every single day, our Earth is warming, global currencies are becoming truly viable over traditional nation state fiat, and the Internet is filled with both wonderful knowledge and deceitful... [read more]

  7. When they grow up

    Overheard on a phone call between Lollipop #2 and one of her GG’s: (Lollipop #2 with a recently broken arm, was telling GG about putting Daisy dog’s hurt paw in a cast) GG: Maybe you’ll be a doctor someday? Lollipop #2: I don’t think so. I don’t want people screaming in my face like I do to doctors. My kids love the idea of growing up. They crave increased responsibility and freedom. Talk to them... [read more]

  8. Commander, Dish Forces

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you can just sense the power of authority pulsing through your veins? Nothing happens without your blessing. Each decision you make is of catastrophic consequence. Make the right decision and your legacy remains the subject of stories for generations. Make the wrong decision … and your fate is immediately and irreversibly sealed. This … is the power I feel when loading the dishwasher. On a recent,... [read more]

  9. The night that was never meant to be

    Sad faces from Lollipop #1 and me On a cold winter night, this past January, I sat, in my truck, at a bus stop, in a place I’d never been, looking at Lollipop #1, whose eyes were welling with tears. That night … was just never meant to be. The day started as any normal Saturday, with kids up early and parents sleeping in. It’s a treat that Wife and I don’t take for granted.... [read more]

  10. Rocky walky

    Watch out neighborhood, we are on an adventure walk! In this bizarre world of “social-distancing” and ordered “sheltering-in-place” due to the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the family and I have been making an effort to get out of the house. Wait, what? Well, we’ve been making an effort to get out of the house and go on walks around the neighborhood. And, apparently, so have LOTS of other people. Walkers, runners, joggers, bicyclers, stroller pushers,... [read more]