By Peter Lunk
While going through the normal morning motions of cleaning the energy drink empties from the foot of my bed, I couldn't help but notice gaming's jolliest protagonist waving to me through my bedroom window.
Still don't see him? Look closer.
Right back at you, big guy. Right back at you.
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RE: I AM THE LUCKIEST MAN ON GOD'S EARTH
Yesterday was Kiyoko's 17th birthday, so we went out for a very special dinner with our three year-old son, Little Cranbash. Doesn't she look so silly in her new hat?
I shouldn't have to remind you that Kiyoko's favorite food is okonomiyaki; you may remember this special dish from the Japanese anime Ranma 1/2 where it was localized as "Japanese pizza." However, I must inform you that OKONOMIYAKI IS NOTHING LIKE PIZZA AND I WILL NOT ENTERTAIN DISCUSSIONS WHICH STATE OTHERWISE.
Sigh, a Japanese meal with a Japanese wife and a son who is -- regrettably -- half-Japanese; could life get any better? Afterwards we went to the stuffed animal boutique Kawaii Neko, where I let Kiyoko and Little Cranbash each pick out their own stuffed animals. Though, strangely, this did not stop the nightly crying. Chalk that up to cultural differences, I guess.
Before I tucked him in, Little Cranbash looked into my eyes and said, "I love you, daddy." Of course, I reprimanded him severely for using the Devil's Tongue in my household. He'll learn one of these days.
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After years of being misunderstood, I had hoped we finally had "our" story. I was wrong.
He had a yellow inflatable tube around his waist, the kind with a comical duck head. There was a tiny fish in one of his hands, and a trident in the other. In the background a squirrel wearing shades was water skiing.
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