A Night With Willie Nelson

This week I took PopPop and Jack to see Willie Nelson and Family at our local community theater. It was a great night listening to a country music legend. At 82 years old, Willie puts on a fantastic show. He hit all of his classics and our third row seats in this small auditorium was a perfect venue for hearing one of the greats.

My dad (just one year older than Willie) had a great time clapping along! He loved all the old classics, but I personally think he really enjoyed Willie's new ballad: "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die." Here's a clip of the song from our show below.

I've enjoyed his music over the years and even though I'm not a die-hard fan, it was pretty cool to see a music legend perform. It was even more fun to go to the show knowing that three generations of Fletchers were enjoying the same music.

If you want to hear the full song, this is a video from Jimmy Kimmel about a week before we saw him perform. 

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Rejected Olympic Events

I was throwing out an old sketch pad and found a few funny pictures from a project that Jack and I worked on a few years ago. It was during the London Olympics and we decided to doodle a few pictures with the theme: REJECTED OLYMPIC EVENTS.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Can you think of any rejected events? Let us know in the comments below.

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I Love Having Sons


This is yet another prime example of what happens when you leave your iPhone unlocked in the presence of your 15 year old son who has a funny sense of humor.

Siri quickly learned my new name and alerted everyone in listening distance what she was going to call me. 

Thanks Jack!

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Father's Day - the Fresh Maker!

On Father's day this year, I was treated to the great Diet Coke with Mentos experiment. (If you don't know what I mean, google it and watch the videos).


"Houston...we have liftoff"


"Notice how Nate is projecting it toward Jack.


"...Also note how Hayden has left the scene"


"Jack with a mouthfull of used Mentos and Diet Coke...mmm...yum"

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Day With Dad


"Coke in a bottle, Hecho en Mexico"

King Solomon, writing to his son:

"When I was my father's son, tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, he also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words; keep my commands, and live."

My two oldest boys went away this weekend with their grandfather and uncle to see an antique tractor show.  That left the two little mangoboys home with me and since the newest is still tied to mom for feeding, I took the 9yr old out for a haircut.  We shared a few laughs and a "Coke in a bottle" while watching a few trains roll through our small country town here in the middle of the San Joaquin valley.

Since I am often in the "dad-to-many" role, I love these times when I have just one of the mangokids with me.  It gives them a few hours of dad's attention and it allows me a little "Solomon time" to probe a little deeper to find out what's going on in their lives and provide some more specific shepherding of their hearts.  It also provides an opportunity to surprise them with a treat and to remind them that they are unique and special to me.  It takes time, it takes commitment, but I can almost see their little lives fill-up as we spend the time together.  Kendra can tell a difference too - often on the other side of the coin, when she encourages me to take one out for some needed shepherding or one-on-one time!

And, for the cost of the coke and few hours of time, it's cheap therapy for a weary dad as well!

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