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Cottonelle Scare Routine?

This post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark.

He had been up for hours. His every turn a new layer of protection. Time muffled any telltale sounds. He was dizzy with comfort.

And so it was that the man found his little boy in the bathroom, spinning himself in rolls of Cottonelle, and looking every bit the mummy. The man looked at the toilet, then back to the boy.

“Wipes,” said the mummy, and then he kept on spinning.


That story didn’t happen. It was a conversation about possibility and bums, Halloween and changing rolls. It took place with one of us sitting and the other one trying not to breathe. There was a knock on the door and it was far too early for tricks or treats.

“It’s probably just opportunity,” said my son.

It was the plumber. He had come to fix the sink.

Fortunately, plumbers knock twice.


This is the last week of the Cottonelle #LetsTalkBums campaign. We have five winners to show for it. This weekend we will pick two(2) more and your chances just doubled.

The contest is easy enough, all you need is a Twitter account, a mailing address in these United States, and 17 syllables you are willing to let go. Let them run. Let them breathe. A haiku is nothing but freedom.

And it is also a golden ticket. Tweet an original, family friendly haiku about bums and Cottonelle wipes (part of the Cottonelle Care Routine) with the hashtags #letstalkbums and #haiku, and you will be entered to win one of two remaining spots for a $200 gift card and a chance for a trip to the Dad 2.0 Summit in New Orleans. The details can be found at

Lots of people know what it’s like to miss New Orleans. You don’t have to be one of them. You want to go to Dad 2.0.

Below are the previous winners, all of which have won said $200 gift card and are in the drawing for the NOLA trip (trip includes flight, hotel, conference pass). That is a one in seven chance, and may the odds be always in your favor.






Do you have what it takes to haiku your way to New Orleans?





I’m Giving Away an Electric Bike, Because I Love You

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“The bike was a loaner, and I only had a few days to get acquainted before returning it…  it wasn’t long before I found myself at the window peering out to check on it. It was [just] sitting there, alone, a sculpted piece of interactive art, and it needed the warmth of eyes upon it, so I brought it into the house. My wife took one look at the bike, and she totally understood. This was more than a machine, it was an object worthy of our affection.”

I wrote those words about an electric bike that A2B and Hollywood Electrics let me borrow, and not a moment has gone by that I haven’t missed it. I want you to know that kind of love with an inanimate object. That’s why I’m giving an A2B Velociti Electric Bike away to one lucky reader. Yes, that’s happening.

Visit GeekDad to enter.

If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to experience an electric bike for yourself, check out the big A2B event this weekend (October 19-20), from 10am to 6pm at Hollywood Electrics (901 North Fairfax Avenue, West Hollywood) and ride one for yourself! It will change your life (in that you probably had something else planned)!

To learn more about the awesomeness of A2B electric bikes follow them on Facebook!


Bum Talk: Wipe. Write. Win.


This post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark, and you should read it because it took me a long time and it’s almost kind of funny. Also, your bum wants you to.


Our house was in a lull. We were floating somewhere between the kids growing out of their diapers and me growing back into mine, and as such we made the mistake of thinking ours a wipe-free zone.

I blame Dora: “Wiper, no wiping!”

Or in this case, the cheap knock-off DVD I bought on Hollywood Boulevard. Don’t worry, Nora has been worth every penny, all fifty of them.

Then the days rolled into nights followed by morning constitutions. Again and again. We are nothing if not regular. The montage had your favorite song in it! And still we spared square after square, never thinking about better ways and slightly less chaffing. We never knew how clean we could be.

Enter Cottonelle and some wipes right behind them. Get it?

Butt seriously, folks…

The Cottonelle Care Routine is the real deal, and if you think that’s too fresh you are absolutely right. It’s fantastic.

Also, haikus.

Wait, what?

Cottonelle has a new campaign called #LetsTalkBums in which British filmmaker and comedian Cherry Healey travels across American and embarrasses people who poop. There are more than you think.



A group of awesome dad bloggers (and me) are also on-board, but instead of doing the obvious thing (wiping workshops, crowdsourcing, breakdance fighting) we are doing what bloggers do best: poetry. Hence, haiku.

That’s right. We are sharing the awesomeness of the Cottonelle Care Routine 17 syllables at the time. And so can you!

For the next six weeks we are having a contest on the Twitter in which you, the public, can submit your own haikus about the joys of wiping, freshness, and the wonders of the Cottonelle Care Routine in order to win fabulous prizes. All you have to do is write your haiku (three lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables, respectively, all divided by one of these things: /) and use the hashtags #LetsTalkBums and #Haiku to enter (that’s all the hashtags you need, or #things could get ugly).

Here are a few of my examples:

Cold seat warmed by youth / If it is brown, flush it down / The wind cries, “Daddy”

Can you smell that smell / The smell that is around you / Wipe up when you’re done

Wipe the day away / Flushing takes a memory / So fresh and so clean

Obviously this is advanced stuff, so don’t hurt yourself trying to be this clever right off the bat. You have six weeks to perfect it (enter as often as you like). Besides, I’m not eligible to win and that increases your chances by almost onefold.

After you submit your entry you can visit and look at it again. This is also where you can size up the competition.

It’s going to be a lot of good, clean fun. That’s my way of saying be clever, not crude. You can do it.

So what can you win? Check this out:

Every Sunday, our team will select the best haiku submission of the previous week.

On Monday mornings, we’ll announce the winner, who will receive a $200 gift card and be eligible for the Grand Prize: An “Epic Experience” trip to the 2014 Dad 2.0 Summit in New Orleans!

Package includes: Airfare to New Orleans, a two-night stay at the J.W. Marriott, and a complimentary ticket to attend the 2014 Dad 2.0 Summit!

We’re not messing around, people, and to prove it we’re having an old-fashioned Twitter Party on Monday, September 30 at 8 p.m. EDT with trivia, discussions, prizes, and haiku fun to kick-off it all off. Be there or be somewhere else and missing it. Trust me, being there is better. Watch for the #LetsTalkBums and #Haiku hashtag tandem on your favorite Twitter station.

I’ll be there a bit early for some tailgating, because I just can’t help myself.

Wipe on.


Win Tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm — Now With Spring!

SnoopyIt’s almost spring, and that means it is in the air. Almost. Or maybe someone is just having a barbecue. Sometimes it is hard to tell with things in the air.

Spring, as you know, is when a young beagle’s heart turns to eggs. Also, roller coasters. That’s why the Easter Beagle (aka Snoopy) and his friends at Knott’s Berry Farm theme park in California (about ten minutes away from Disneyland) are hosting “Knott’s Spring Fling” with activities and decorations that the whole family will enjoy (even the dog, apparently).

My family has been invited by GigaSavvy to attend Knott’s Spring Fling, and so can you! I am giving away two (2) tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm to one (1) lucky reader. Are you feeling lucky?

To enter do this stuff: Read the rest of this entry »


Win Weekend Passes to See Stan Lee Win Something

The Avengers opens this week, and it is awesome. You may have seen the giveaway I’m running at the Disney Blog for some cool Avengers swag, but if you haven’t, go enter, I’ll wait.

I’ve also got something very special to give away here, and it too involves The Avengers. And Stan Lee. It’s a great power, great responsibility sort of thing, but with less spiders.

I’ve got two(2) weekend festival passes to the 2012 Catalina Film Festival, which includes a presentation by, and the honoring of, Mr. Stan Lee. Also, a special screening of Marvel’s The Avengers.

The catch? The winner needs to be in Southern California because travel to Catalina Island and other accommodations are not included in the prize.

Still, seeing Stan Lee and The Avengers is pretty cool, and Catalina Island is a great getaway. I’ve seen worse giveaways.

How to enter: If you are in SoCal and able to attend the Catalina Film Festival this coming weekend (May 4-6) then leave a comment below stating which Avenger is your favorite and why. It’s that easy!

Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Wednesday, May 2. Winner will be picked at random and contacted via email. Due to the sensitive timing of this giveaway winner must respond ASAP. If I do not hear back within 3 (three hours) I will contact another winner. I know, it’s not a lot of time, but hey, it’s my giveaway.



See the video of Mark Ruffalo on his inspiration for the Hulk!

Read my review of The Avengers at DadCentric!

Photo: Disney/Marvel

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