Wednesday, February 24, 2021

New Dad Time Out Show Podcast - What a mess!

Greetings and salutations!

Here's the latest Dad Time Out Show for your listening pleasure!

What a mess!

"In this episode the guys talk about divisions of work and chores in the house and collectively figure out who maybe in hot water or just not using enough. Also they talk Mars landing, Wandavision and what it means to self-indulge in the current pandemic. Archery or Lavender scrub? Finally they touch on cord collecting, dishwashing and just how many pictures in your phone are considered too many? Parent tweets, Things that make us smile, teacher of the week and much more!"
Enjoy the latest show - tell your friends.  This show is for women and men, kids of all ages...it's a good time!

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Mark Harvey



Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Pullin' Up Some Nails

Hey there friends...I'm not sure what this song is about - Jay's lyrics are a bit random and they sort of scare me. I have many favorite tracks on Criminal Goat and this is one of them. I like the way Jay says "backyard" - you can really hear his Maine roots. 

Jay is playing drums, singing and adding sound effects. I'm playing guitar and bass.

Have a listen to "Pullin' Up Some Nails" (click here to download) (link disabled) taken from Rain Station's Criminal Goat CD.

Things are strange out there right now...so come get a little strange with us.

What do you think?

Mark Harvey (a.k.a. mopehead)

Monday, January 25, 2021

New Dad Time Out Show - There's a Light!

Greetings and salutations!

Here's the latest Dad Time Out Show for your listening pleasure!

There's a Light!

"The gang is back together again!
In this episode the guys optimistically talk about kids and the inauguration.
They also have a more in depth look about parenting styles when it comes to empty promises and hollow threats and how each deals. Turning the ship they have a lot of laughs with parent tweets of the week, reminisce about encyclopedias and picture what opening a can of whoop a** might actually look like! Finally, we see if any of them are actually smarter than a 5th grader *spoiler alert* no. Shout outs, things that make them smile and a lot more happiness in this episode! Kick back and relax and learn how to Jedi mind trick your child into food you like. We heart you all!"
Enjoy the latest show - tell your friends.  This show is for women and men, kids of all ages...it's a good time!

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Mark Harvey



Wednesday, January 13, 2021

New Dad Time Out Show - 2021...Let's have a do-over. The Kids and Current Events Episode

Greetings and salutations!

Here's the latest Dad Time Out Show for your listening pleasure!

2021...Let's have a do-over. The Kids and Current Events Episode

"In this episode the guys welcome Ben back from Europe and talk about how their all dealing with the insanity that was the start of 2021, especially with their families . Searching for that elusive silver lining and some levity, the guys talk New Year's non-resolutions, pizza challenges, Calliou cancellation, early life as paperboys and the nostalgic treasure book known as the TV Guide. The guys also share their podcast beverage of the week while tackling the tough issue of how they deal with the current news climate and their kids. Ever the optimists, they celebrate amazing people, share gratitude for frontline heroes and shine light on parent game changers out there in the sea of hope! Parent quiz, tweets of the week, and more."
Enjoy the latest show - tell your friends.  This show is for women and men, kids of all ages...it's a good time!

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Mark Harvey



Monday, January 04, 2021

4th day of January...20201

Hello there,

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. So much commentary has been made (social media, media, everywhere really) about 2020 vs. 2021 and when midnight struck...I didn't feel a difference.  For the first time this year (ha!) I wrote 2021. I don't feel different today either. Everything is as it was. Everything is as I expected.

I did miss the family annual trek to the coast on New Year's Day.  It has been a tradition with majestic views of the Pacific Ocean, the smell of salt air, usually some delicious bread and cheese with us wrapping up somewhere for a hot bowl of clam chowder. With everything on lock down we figured it would be more frustrating than it was worth - looking for food - looking for restrooms. So we stayed at home.  And it was OK.

Today it is raining here in Northern California. I went to work. Traffic was normal. I'm still wearing a mask. I'm social distancing.  I'm using hand sanitizer. I'm over washing my hands.

I've been focusing on how to make this year better than the last.  Isn't that what we should be doing every year though? How about every day? We've all been hit with curveballs - some harder than others. Rather than look back at a year full of challenges I have chosen to pull out the things that actually made life better. The key will be, once things are "back to normal" how we use what we've learned to keep some of the gems we unearthed. If we all fall back into the same patterns, the same schedules and the same mindsets have we learned anything? I plan to fight to keep the good that came of 2020 and honor that over the stress, pain, aggravation and upheaval of the year. 

One of the items that is high on my list is creating. I love to cook and I get to do it every day (I don't get too many days off and that's OK). Cooking is creating even though it is a short lived creation.  I love to brew beer.  I've often said that brewing is an extension of cooking except you can reach a larger audience and over time. I haven't brewed beer for far too long - it has probably been over an year. Music tops my list of creative endeavors, but it involves more time and more effort over an extended period of time. It is what I plan to do this year - more music. I have other hobbies, but if I can brew some beer and write some songs I'll deem 2021 successful. 

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Mark Harvey

Thursday, December 24, 2020

New Dad Time Out Show - The Year End to End The Year Episode...2020 buh-bye

Greetings and salutations!

Here's the latest Dad Time Out Show for your listening pleasure!

The Year End to End The Year Episode...2020 buh-bye!

"In our last episode of the year we host our final chat on all things seasonal and 2020. They guys share Holiday and New Years memories, talk about the meaning of the Dad Time Out and share stories of their pandemic holiday pivots. MK and CRX both played Santa Claus?? Who knew? Front line worker appreciation, Parent tweets of the week, a Christmas Vacation quiz and so much more! 
We are so grateful to our listeners and the relationships we have built this year as well as with each other. Smile, laugh, relax and enjoy and we'll catch you on the flip side. 
2021 ...Let's do this."
Enjoy the latest show - tell your friends.  This show is for women and men, kids of all ages...it's a good time!

Check us out!

Mark Harvey



Thursday, December 10, 2020

December...Day Ten...

Greetings and salutations,

Seems like the common conversation today includes a well check - which is nice, but exhausting as talks of wellness - mentally, physically and sometimes financially - takes precedent over what once was talks of things that I found more uplifting. I miss conversations about travel, music, food, family and fun. With the State of California on another lockdown we are once again strapped with the uncertainty of how we will pull out of the gloom we're mired in. I've said many times that if in 10 years I find that all of the caution I exhibited was for not that I would do it all again.  The safety of those I know and love is far greater than the inconvenience of taking precautions. I am disheartened though by the businesses that struggle and the ones that can no longer survive and shutter permanently. There's so much noise in the media and a person can find themselves jumping from one theory to the next.  I don't think any of us have the full story or know the truth in its entirety.  

I now work at a company that is considered essential.  I have a letter that, if pulled over, I can provide to law enforcement which explains that I am "allowed" to be out and about. As I drive down the roads I'm surprised to see so much traffic. The last time we had a "shelter in place" order the roads were empty. I wonder if fatigue has set in to the level where people just don't care to follow the order.

A level of fatigue has set in with nearly everyone I know or have spoken to.  It is a challenge to discern the best moves for my family. We've taken things very seriously.  The physical and emotional stress on my family is witnessed daily, but I continue to point out our blessings.  So many have it worse than we do, but that is little consolation when talking with the kids.

Here's a little ditty I wrote - an instrumental - that seems fitting.  If you have to go out and about...

"safe travels"

All my best,

Mark Harvey




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