Yes, My Daughter Will Be Driving at 15. In Los Angeles. It IS Legal

Jane will be 15 this fall. She will spend the weekend after her 15th birthday at the Mercedes Benz Driving Academy and within a few weeks of that she will be driving with one of their instructors. By the time Jane is 15 and a half she will have spent 15 hours in the classroom or online with Mercedes instructors and eight hours behind the wheel with them. They have both sedans and SUVs to drive so your kid can learn on whatever most closely resembles your own vehicle. After …

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Dating

I’m giving the girls a snack this evening before they head out to the movies. It’s not quite dinner and it’s a little more than a snack actually. I sauté some shrimp in olive oil with a dash of butter and scallions, squeeze lemon all over it and braise some asparagus. I figure it will fill them up so that they won’t get a refill on the large popcorns they’ll surely buy. Fourteen year old girls can eat a lot. While they’re eating I say to them, “My friend Romy …

Look at My Kid

No, really. Look at her. Both of my kids are hypermobile. Some people call it double jointed. It’s a good thing to have for sports, Jane can pull her arm back a little further than most kids so she gets more momentum when she’s hitting the ball. Alexander can do wacky stuff with his elbows when he’s throwing a baseball and then there are the parlor tricks when they both just start wrapping their bodies into odd shapes solely to creep me out. Lucky me. Yesterday I pulled out the …

Random Things I Want to Tell You

The LA mayors race is an important one. Do the right thing and vote for Garcetti. He’s been great for Hollywood and he’s the only candidate capable of leading our city. Also Daphne told me to say this and Daphne is obviously the boss of us all. Here’s a video of a 90 year old woman doing a double back flip. You want to see this, it’s only 30 seconds. My daughter has a tumblr and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Do I make an exit as …

My Postman is Better Than Your Postman

Friday night was a bit of a disaster. We all hopped in the car to go to Sugarfish and as we were almost there Jane yelled at one of us for something. I lost it and yelled something at her to further escalate the issue. I should have known better. I’m allegedly the adult. We turned around and went home because I spent eight long years working in diners, bars and steak houses and I’ll be damned if I’m ever going to be the person who goes to a restaurant …