Dear Commonwealth

Check out ‘Wilder Sessions’ by Dear Commonwealth, a band my more musically talented cousin, Duncan, plays with:

Conan, Chicago Blues, and more Reggie

Here’s a great clip from Conan teaching Chicago elementary school students how to come up with ideas for Blues songs, not to mention an unintentional lesson on how to get kids involved and invested in music. The kid who plays harmonica will go far if he can stop getting hit in the head.

Before that we have another Chicago Conan clip this time featuring Reggie Watts singing Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’:

Conan teaching the Blues:


Desperate Father’s Day Ideas

OK, if you’re reading this then you’re either one of the most fantastic blog supporters on the planet or you’re completely out of ideas and desperate for a Father’s Day gift.  Fear not, Actionsuit was born of desperation and a fight against impossible odds. Oh, and we’re dads too.

For the Dad who has everything: Drift Trike, the adult big wheel

If you’re not sure what a trike is, check them out on Wikipedia or at the home of competative ‘Drift Triking’ in the US (they just recently completed their first competitive event in January), but I’ll sum it up for you: it’s an adult big wheel! Ok, it’s a little more than that; when you get enough speed, either by being pulled or going down hill, you can do some crazy drifting stunts which looks remarkably like a great way to break every bone in your body or die if you’re lucky. Don’t fear, we’ve got a great safety solution below. If you haven’t seen this video yet, take a look:


Of course the guys in the video above ‘drifting’ are wearing little if any protection. That’s where our second suggestion for the Dad who has everything comes in – full leather movie character replica outfits. Head over to UD Replicas and get yourself a full replica leather Stormtrooper outfit for drift trike protection or for a kick ass Father’s Day BBQ.


One can only imagine the multiple uses for a new leather outfit and trike. Dad can trike to work or the grocery store. Dad can trike with the kids while they ride their bikes. Dad can even trike the dogs for a walk! Of course this is all leading up to the best idea of all; an Actionsuit Stormtrooper Drift Trike gang in the next Mardi Gras parade! Hmmm, I wonder if these trikes come with a drink holder…

Sorry, got a little carried away, back to the Father’s Day ideas. Though they pail in comparison to the above ideas here’s some suggestions that won’t break the bank (or launch Dad into his lecture about spending money wisely):

Free ideas for Dad. Okay, you’re the desperate of the desperate. You’ve skimmed impatiently through my ramblings and are out of money and out of ideas for dear old Dad. Don’t worry, with a little work even the crustiest of Dad’s will appreciate the following:
  • Convince Dad to treat himself and get one of these la-z-boy recliners for the porch (on sale for a nice price btw).
  • Peace and quiet – if Dad has more than one kid in the household, this might be the top on his list. But it’s also the toughest – use headphones, pause or go outside to yell at your siblings, complain ungratefully about the lack of food or the unfairness of life tomorrow.
  • Drink and food preparation and delivery – always a winner, even if your Dad likes to BBQ, keep the drinks coming for him. Tips: learn exactly how to make his favorite mixed drink and/or when you see his beer get lower than two or three fingers, impress him with a fresh beer before he finishes it.
  • Quote some Bruce Lee and tell him you love him:

Shit My Kids Say


“Nah, on second thought, let’s not play adults. They’re too boring. Let’s just be kids, it’ll be more fun.”

My seven year old daughter, overheard speaking to her friend.

Stuart Castle Missouri

Missouri’s most famous and infamous castle, Stuart Castle in Eureka, Missouri, has fallen into bankruptcy and is now for sale. The castle was built by the eccentric Dr. Stuart Wallace as a gesture to his wife, surrounding and expanding a large, old farmhouse with stone. The interior was renovated in the 90’s to the tune of over 1 million dollars by a Dr. Naresh Misir and has now fallen into bankruptcy.

It’s a stunning property set on a bluff overlooking the Meramac River and contains an eccentric, amazing, and sometimes creepy interior. My wife grew up in the area and was friends with the daughter of the original owner, often visiting and playing on the property (before the 90’s renovation).

Suffice it to say it’s sale has sparked the imagination of the wife and I, not to mention our kids, so we’ve made plans to take a look at it this weekend! It’s a complete and total deviation from any kind of life plan the wife and I have discussed about our future or our kids future….but, did I mention it was a castle? Oh, and it has a BBQ porch. Yes, you read that correctly. It has a dedicated porch to barbecuing. Now that is my kind of castle.

Here is a nice set of photos only a year old from

The barbecue porch at Stuart Castle. Not big enough to cook a whole pig, but it will have to suffice.