[show notes by Daniel M. Clark]
It’s episode 13! We were one Geek Dad short this week, as Scott Jangro was outta town and unavailable. We pressed on and did our best without him.
- I kick off the show by talking about my situation with my wife going back to work after 3 months on maternity leave.
- We get into preschool and the differences between preschool and day care. When the kid is only 3, is there that much of a difference?
- Sam brings up the idea that the government is considering mandating pre-K school the way they do K+
- Private vs. public schools?
- We talk about the medical profession and our wives working very, very long hours.
- I go off the call to help Angela with Winter, who was throwing a minor fit and I put the call on mute – or so I thought.
- How we deal with balancing work, wife and kids – Joe actually had a nice weekend day away with his wife, camping.
- Sam’s wife and daughter went on a cruise and Sam led the life of a bachelor last week, and we talk about traveling with kids, then Sam has to take off from the call for a few minutes. That’s how Geek Dads roll, we cover each others’ backs when we have to take care of the kids during a podcast recording!
- I talk about our family trips to Disney World when i was a kid, and me and Joe talk about theme parks, prices, and the high cost of vacations these days.
Incidentally, I looked up current prices at disneyworld.com – for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children between the ages of 3-9), the total cost of tickets for 5 days, one park, is $818. Add the “park hopper” option, which lets you visit multiple disney parks on the same day, and the price is $1018. Interestingly, the per-day prices drop the longer you stay. the same family staying only 3 days will pay $782 for single park and $982 when adding “park hopper”. a single day? $75 for adults and kids over 10, and $63 for kids 3-9. That’s just the tickets to get into the park. Add in $50-100 a night for cheap lodging, $50-100 a day for food (and that’s figuring very conservatively) and whatever your plane ride costs, and you’re well over two grand. The kids don’t want souvenirs, do they?
- We segue into movies being very expensive, too – and Joe touches upon a theater owner that set aside one night a week as a “free movie night”, which we all agree is brilliant.
- Sam comes back at that point, and we talk about movie houses and family entertainment.
- We get into kids eating habits and the changes they go through when they hit about two years old – all of a sudden, they don’t like stuff!
- I tell the ebay story about the legos, and we all agree that buying toys second hand is the way to go because they’re too expensive to buy new.
- Then Sam drops off the call (we find out later that his laptop battery died on him) and me and Joe wrap it up at just under an hour.