Monday 30 January 2012

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A Tweenage Birthday Party at Big White

When my daughter suggested to me that we have her birthday party at the Tube Park at Big White, I only saw the positives. Not only would I not have to fill my house with pre-teen girls, but I probably wouldn't have to be too involved in the actual hands-on management of the party itself. Between my wife and all of the staff at Big White, my only real job would be to show up and pay the bill. Painful enough, but still better than trying to keep adolescent girls entertained.

Of course it's never that simple. When you leave me with nothing to keep my mind occupied, it starts to wander on it's own. I may look like I'm standing to the side without a thought in my head, but really I'm trying to figure out the deeper, darker mysteries of the universe. Things like "Why do bad things happen to good people?", "Which is a stronger emotion, Love or Hate?", and "How do they get the caramel into the Caramilk bar?" If it's a particularly thought provoking day, I might even challenge the greatest of all mysteries - "Why do teenage girls do that?"

That's the track that my daughter's birthday party took, and if you think you can help me figure that last question out (or any of the other ones really) then I'd appreciate your help. You're going to need the details though, and once again, they're not here. Today's post is being hosted over at the Travel Mamas site and before you say it, I know what you're thinking. Why would a guy who complains about being called a Mommy Blogger write a post for a site called Travel Mamas?

The answer to that is the lovely Travel Mama herself, Colleen Lanin. Now before you head over to Colleen's site, let me prepare you for what you're getting into. Colleen is blonde, gorgeous, and lives in Southern California. Got that image? Now add in the fact that she's an author, a freelance writer, has a masters degree in business administration, teaches both blogging and parenting classes, is a wife and Mom of two herself, and runs one of the more successful Family Travel websites around. I also highly suspect that she may have been a child movie star at one point in her life. IMDB doesn't list her, but I've seen her give interviews on the news and she's just too at home on camera for there to be much doubt.

So go to Travel Mamas and read the story of me taking a bunch of pre-teen girls tubing. Watch the video of their group run and try to explain to me why pre-teen girls do the things they do. Then take some time and enjoy all the great stuff that Travel Mamas has stored on their site. Just don't let Colleen know that we're on to her movie star past. I hear those retired celebrity types like their privacy.