DAD Show #175 – Harbesons vs. The Great Plains (Part I)

DAD Show #175 - Harbesons vs. the Great PlainsMark Harbeson returns to the DAD Show this week, to begin his annual update on his family’s attempt to visit all 50 states before the kids head off to college. Harbesons vs. The Great Plains (Part I) features harrowing tales of canceled flights, giant oxen, visits to alien strongholds, and Scotty with the key to the nuclear launch codes! But all is not lost, as we are also regaled with the glory of free ice water AND (insert chorus of angels here) a BACON FLIGHT!

The DAD Show is sponsored by Kingdom Strollers, Orlando’s Premium Stroller and Crib Rental source.

Have a trip report you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

Thank you to Mitch Furman for our intro and outro music.

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My Disneyland, Quarterfinals – Episode 426

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Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Kevin Crossman & David Platt

“My Disneyland” rolls on, with Quarterfinal match-ups taking the tournament all the way down to the last four attractions vying for the championship.

Did the panel get it right? Is there something that they forgot to take into consideration? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

Our outro music is “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Next week, we’ll be back LIVE over at DisTalk Radio. Join us at 8:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, August 28, 2016 for the semi-finals and finals of the tournament, as well as some general discussion about Disneyland news and rumors. Make sure to register yourself over at DisTalk Radio so that you can join us in the chat room during the show!

DAD Show #174 – Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas with Brad Coates

DAD Show #174 - Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas with Brad CoatesBrad Coates returns to the DAD Show this week, to share the story of his Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Brad gives us a great overview of the Oasis of the Seas ship and the Royal Caribbean cruise experience. (Stay tuned after the closing music for the details of the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, customer service experience. Despite that experience, Brad explains why he’s willing to give Royal Caribbean another chance to show they can do better).

The DAD Show is sponsored by Kingdom Strollers, Orlando’s Premium Stroller and Crib Rental source.

Have a trip report you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

Thank you to Mitch Furman for our intro and outro music.

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My Disneyland, Shows & Live Entertainment, Rounds 2 & 3 – Episode 424

Episode 424 - My Disneyland, Shows & Live Entertainment, Rounds 2 & 3
Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Kevin Crossman & Brad Coates

It’s the final Regional contest of the My Disneyland Tournament, as the Shows & Live entertainment bracket is narrowed down to its finalists (or will be, with a bit of your help). Of course Disneyland threw us a bit of a curveball by announcing the closing of several shows that are tournament contestants – hear how we handled those announcements and which shows survived in our tournament, despite their impending closure.

Did the panel get it right? Is there something that they forgot to take into consideration? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; join in the online discussion of the podcasts on our DISDads Discussion Boards; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

Our outro music is “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Our friend and brother died yesterday

Bern Doyle-DimouI’ve been struggling since I heard with whether and how to post something here about this. It’s been hard to find the words. Early Friday morning, our friend and brother Bern Doyle-Dimou died suddenly at home. He was just 44 years old. Even choosing a headline was hard. First, I wrote that we had “lost” a brother. But while that had a comforting sound, it implies that we just need to look harder and we’ll find him. “Passed” was gentle, but felt too superficial. Bern had more impact an us and on our community than could be conveyed by “passing.” I was left with “died.” I like to think that Bern would have appreciated the use of honest and direct language to describe the situation.

Most of us never had the opportunity to meet him in person, but he touched many of our lives nonetheless. Many times and in many ways, he inspired the best in us. And he drew our best out of us. He reminded us by his example of the power of kindness. A true Canadian, Bern was in the habit of stopping at the Tim Horton’s drive-thru on the way to work in the morning. But he rarely, if ever, just paid for himself. Instead, Bern made it his usual practice to pay for his own order and the order of the car behind him. Such an elegant, simple, beautiful and utterly selfless act. He drove away after paying – he would never hear the gratitude of the person behind him in the line. But imagine just how many tired, cranky, frustrated people’s days pivoted in an instant, courtesy of Bern.

RIP BernAnd Bern didn’t just lead by example when it came to the little things. He stood tall when it came to the big stuff too. While he and his wife were already raising two children, they began opening their home to foster children. Many of us have been following along with Bern and his family as they’ve worked tirelessly against more obstacles than even their unusually-well-prepared family could have anticipated facing, to become their most recent foster child’s forever family. The joy in his heart as there finally seemed to be some light at the end of that tunnel was palpable from hundreds of miles away.

The DISDads are raising money through the end of the month of August in memory of Bern. Our plan is to make a gift to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in Bern’s memory. If you wish to give as part of the group gift, you can send money via PayPal. Because it’s a group donation, it’s not tax deductible. If you wish to make a tax deductible contribution directly to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, you should feel free to do that as well. We’ll also be augmenting our group donation with any income that the DISDads Store makes the rest of this month.

And the next time you’re going through a drive-thru, consider paying for the car behind you. It’s what Bern would do.

Our world is diminished by Bern leaving it. But it is a better, richer, kinder place for Bern Doyle-Dimou having been in it. And we are better people for having known him. May his memory be for a blessing, and continue to be an inspiration to us all.