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Fatherhood Friday with a Jonas

Kevin Jonas, the oldest in the pop rock band the Jonas Brothers, joined the fatherhood fraternity in February with his daughter Alena Rose. It’s been an adjustment for him. – And WE KNOW! 

“We thought there would be fewer dirty diapers, he said.” – Get used to it Kev, the party is just starting!

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My favorite thing about being a dad is knowing that I’m going to be able to take the things that I’ve learned and implement them in her life.” – Kevin Jonas

#FatherhoodFriday #DadsRule

Fatherhood Friday Robin Williams

Its been over a week since we lost Robin Williams but we have not forgotten him on DaddysCool. Robin was cool dad to Zelda Rae WilliamsZachary Pym Williams, and Cody Alan Williams.  #FatherhoodFriday #DadsRule

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“Best news for me I have is that I am a father!” (Audience Applause) – Robin Williams

“Being a father gives me an incredible sense of well-being.  Yes I am a superhero. I am Father Man, with my all-powerful, ‘NO, put that down!'” – Robin Williams

You will be missed Robin.

 

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Last year we ran the race and I proposed to my wife to be following the Race for Every Child to benefit Children’s National Medical Center. This year, I have been helping spread the word about the race and the cause.  And now my kids Arin, Nya and Michal have the honor of being in the promo for the event.  So cool!

Please join DaddysCool with the Fit Fathers team as we Race 4 Every Child this September 13 in Washington, DC.  Click on the picture below and use the discount code FF5OFF.  Also check out the latest blog coverage of DaddysCool and the Race for Every Child in the Georgetown Patch.  #DadsRule

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Sierra Denali Pothole Crusher

2014 Sierra Denali 1500 4WD Crew Cab

by Mike Tucker

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First Impression

I confess I am not really a truck guy. I don’t do a lot of manual labor, actually I avoid it like traffic jams. When I think trucks, I think hauling and construction sites, so I tend to get less excited about them.

When I got a glimpse of the huge black, chrome-accented machine, part of me thought, “This will be fun.” I think the integration of bigsierra 2 SUVs in popular culture like Escalades and Tahoes have made pick up trucks more palatable.  The exterior was just the beginning, as this truck hater quickly found the GMC Sierra Denali 1500 more than acceptable and rather exceptional.

One thing I also learned immediately was the Sierra Denali is more than a mild-mannered luxury truck, it’s a pothole crusher! The vehicle was great on the worst roads in the Nation’s Capital, which happens to be most of the streets in my city. GMC tested the Sierra at a secret obstacle course of potholes to help build the truck to withstand harsh road conditions.

The Ride

Okay, the “Pothole Crusher” is practically in a monster truck, but how does it drive? It drives like a car. I know it is hard to believe with its size and weight, but this isn’t a clumsy waddling road hog. The ride is balanced and smooth. The steering is responsive and the ease of control of the driver will allow a novice trucker or smaller driver to feel comfortable at the helm.

Another thing that increases the comfort level in the truck is the quiet cabin. Whether bouncing over potholes or at a high speed, wind-whistling drive down the highway all remains calm and quiet inside. Well, all but the kids, of course.

One slight drawback is finding a big enough space to park but parking it is relatively easy with front and rear park assist. Also parking the vehicle is simpler as its shape essentially a rectangle void of all the curves and angles of cars and SUVs.

 

Kids Say 

My three kids really go a kick out of the truck. Here is what they had to say:

“I love the way it sits so much higher than other cars, it’s fun.” – Michal Zoe (10)

“It’s big and cool!” – Arin Tucker (8)

“I like trucks more than cars. I like how the back window opens.” – Nya Tucker (8)

 

The Cool

What really sweetens the deal is what comes with the truck. The Sierra Denali 1500 comes standard with a premium Bose audio system, heated and cooled plush leather front seats, a heated steering wheel for those cold mornings, park assist, a power sliding rear window sierra 3with defogger and all that icy chrome and girth.

General Motor’s IntelliLink connects to business and family via an eight-inch HD color touch screen with a Pandora app, Bluetooth phone features, and navigation with all-new map displays. There are multiple USB and multiple 110-volt AC outlets to allow you to power all you need on the go.

I know its a lot of features but no worries most of them can be controlled by the sound of your voice to lessen distractions. Also for another $450 the Driver Alert Package, which we tested, warns the driver of potential forward collisions and alerts driver when drifting out of his/her your lane.

Still one of the coolest features for this dad was the 420 horsepower V-8 engine, which is the most powerful in its class but still runs with the leaders in fuel economy among full size pick-up trucks.

 

Last Words 

The Sierra Denali 1500 doesn’t play cool; it is cool. It   Unlike some trucks I have driven in the past like the Cadillac EXT or the Lincoln Blackwood, this truck doesn’t try to be something it’s not, or try to force luxury or cool. The Sierra Denali is a naturally large, powerful, good looking  and refined for sure, but completely unafraid to get its hands dirty. We had fun with it.

 

 

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Price Tag: $49,965base ($54,730 tested)

Power: 6.2L V8 420 horsepower

Transmission: 6-speed Automatic

Drivetrain: Four-Wheel Drive

Fuel Economy (mpg): 14-city/ 20-hwy

Fatherhood Friday Superhero Dads

There is something within us as men that makes us want to be heroes. We want to save the day. It’s apart of manhood. We grow up imagining we are the superhero, trying to be the star athlete or student. And as we get older it is less obvious or less intentional to those watching us but it is still there.

When we become a father, we become a superhero. Our kids look up to us figuratively and literally. They look to us to provide, teach and protect them from everything that scares them. Without costumes, a tool belt or mutagen, we have all the tools to be a superhero dad. Just hang out with your kids and see your power grow!IMG_3702.JPG

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Screening

For my DC area cool dads, you don’t want to miss the reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. I loved the Ninja Turtles when I was a kid and now I get to share it with my little ones.

Daddyscool has passes to the Wednesday night screening in DC. Click here for free tickets
SCREENING DETAILS

Wednesday, August 6th

7pm (sharp)

Regal Gallery Place

SYNOPSIS
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters Created by PETER LAIRD and KEVIN EASTMAN with a Screenplay by JOSH APPELBAUM & ANDRÉ NEMEC and EVAN DAUGHERTY, Producer MICHAEL BAY (the blockbuster Transformers franchise) and director JONATHAN LIEBESMAN (Wrath of the Titans) bring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades, into the 21st century.

Trailer: http://www.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com

Today Join DaddysCool for #HATFESTDC

If you are in the DC area today, join us from 1pm- 6pm at the Gateway Pavillion 2700 MLK Ave, SE. Washington, DC for the Humanities Arts & Technology Festival … Note: It has nothing to do with hats.  The family has a booth and you can grab everything from a #DadsRule tee to a book from Stanice Anderson (my mom) or clothes and toys from my kids.  All about enterprising this weekend. Come out and support this cool festival. There will be activities for the whole family. Tweet us and Instagram us. Show us some love.

 
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Fatherhood Friday Ethan Hawke

Fatherhood Friday is back and this time with the star of the much talked about movie “Boyhood.”  Ethan Hawke plays the father in the movie and in real life stars as the father to Clementine, 6, and Indiana, 3, both of whom he shares with his wife Ryan. (Ethan has two other children from his previous marriage to actress Uma Thurman: daughter Maya Ray, 16, and son Levon Roan, 12.)

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“My theory is that there’s nothing hard about being a father. Being a father is one of the most natural things.”

“It’s the rest of life that’s so hard. Co-parenting, finding the right school — all of that crap is a giant headache.” Being a father is incredibly simple. I always wanted to be a father.” 

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