Jump Athletic MVP Team

These kids were recognized for their hard work all week as MVP’s in
different categories at summer camp which was help 9-1 Mon through Friday
at Scottsdale Prep Academy June 22-26. It was an action packed filled five
day camp filled with a lot of teaching as well as the kids getting a chance
to play games like knock out, sharp shooter and the popular three on three
contest that lasted all week long until we ended up with one champion. The
kids also got a chance to relax and unwind watching highlight videos of
Michael Jordan. The ages of the kids ranged from 8-14. The Coaches came up
with a solid plan for the week. Some of the coaches are playing college
basketball at Arizona Christian University.


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Samsung stinks

I now know why I've kept this blog alive even though I rarely post. It's to complain about companies that let me down, and Samsung is looking a lot like the winner as top loser.

Try these failures on for size:

Dad's Samsung S4 phone lasts all of 18 months before suddenly it decides to reboot hourly, claiming incorrectly that the Sim card is not installed. The TMobile people tried several new Sim cards but no dice. In fact, their suggestion was to dump the phone I hadn't finished PAYING for yet and replace it with an S5. Yeah, right, as soon as I win the lottery.

Thinking I could outwit the TMobile guys, I took the phone to a repair shop, which replaced the sim card portion of the board. The problem got worse, so the tech guy reinstalled the old one back in. Would you believe the behaved for a whopping hour. At least these guys didn't charge me.

I then read online that the S4 tends to overheat and slowly melts some of the connections. Kind of a major flaw, don't you think?

The temporary fix? Twist the phone gently. Would you believe that this stupid idea, which I found in a search, actually sort of works? I guess it's the modern-day method of pounding the side and top of the TV.

It also turns out the Samsung S4 crashing the family router, which these days is more blessed than the menorah. Apparently, this is a KNOWN problem with Linksys routers, and maybe a few others. I guess my Netgear is one of those "others." On a lark, I turned off the auto cell-to-wifi-to-cell-to-wifi setting and the crashing stopped. Great, but now I lost key functionality in a house that barely gets any cell reception.

My wife's Note II: The same WEEK my phone started having problems, my wife's 18-month old phone reboots itself and erases everything. The TMobile guys, who must be wondering what wall we throw our phones at, said the phone was rooted. Yes, I had to look that up, but for all you I-told-you-so Luddites out there: It means the phone was f@#$ed!! in a very unusual way.

No one, not even my geeky tech friends, can figure out how this happened to my wife's Note; it takes same said computer geniuses several HOURS to do this manually. And it couldn't be my handsome, genius son, who tends play games on the phone when wife is not looking, because he just isn't THAT SMART. At least not yet. I now, however, have a great plot for my next novel: Poor teacher contracts out as a spy for the North Korean military, steals his colleagues' phones and spends hours rooting phones for ca$h. Seems about as plausible as my wife rooting the phone herself.

The 7-inch Samsung tablet for Lael: Died at 6 months while still on warranty. They fixed it for free, and it still seems to be working, but we're all nervous BECAUSE of this long story about my son's tablet:

The 7-inch Samsung tablet for Seth: Same freaking tablet — bought on the same day as the one above — dies a few weeks after we get Lael's back. Same exact problem. Samsung CHARGES ME for the same fix and refuses my appeal even though they KNOW they were contradicting their earlier decision.

Samsung blames the kids for trying to shove the wrong cable into the USB port. The only problem with that? The kids only have access to the original Samsung cables and chargers and had been warned by me so many times that I would not replace their tablets that they treated both of them better than a blind Manga kitten. (You have to live in my house to understand that one.) Still, what's a good dad do for a son who gets nine-tenths of his daily sunlight requirements from the blue glow of a tablet? I pay to fix it.

But TODAY that same tablet just developed the EXACT SAME PROBLEM. I guess it doesn't matter that the warranty is expired since they weren't honoring the original one anyway. Since it came back, this tablet has never left the interior of our house except maybe for short drives in my car, which is cleaner than any square centimeter in our house. There is simply no way that Seth abused this tablet.

So now there is one Samsung product left in the house that hasn't had problems, and that's my wife's 12-inch computer replacement tablet. Then again, she's only had it for about 6 months, so the problems should start in just a minutes. Yea.


Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Dadtalk/~3/DxM_VynCUCk/samsung-stinks.html

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When You Grow Old

What did you want to be when you grew up? What do your kids want to be? How do you guide their choices in that regard? I’ll tell you what I wanted to be at one point in my youth. I wanted freedom. Specifically, I wanted to be a hobo — someone who could travel […]

Source: http://www.almightydad.com/general-interest/when-you-grow-old

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Jump Athletic 5th Grade Boys

5th grade boys with the thumbs up after a big win for Jump Athletic. The 5th grade team has come along nicely under the direction of Coach Dacen as they continue to compete at a high level and have improved greatly. They will be playing in several tournaments in and out of state and are a team to watch.

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10 Years of Looking for Answers

"Are you finding that being a dad nowadays is pretty rough? Are you working extra hours to pay for your children's future college expenses and then fretting that you're not spending enough time with those kids you care so much about? …

"As far as I'm concerned, it's a tough time to be a father: High housing costs. Low-paying jobs. Too much time on the freeway commuting. Way too much stress. The list goes on toward infinite."

I wrote the words above 10 years ago when I began this blog. (Note: I would have posted this on the anniversary of April 16th, but Typepad was knocked offline for a week by a Denial of Service attack.) During the interim years, I started thinking, "Ah, things are getting better for parents."

Then the Great Recession, followed by years of unemployment and the dismantlement of the middle class, happened. And we can't forget the increasing threats of global warming, out-of-control college costs and nonstop cuts to public education.

In some ways, the world IS a better place. Say what  you will, but Obamacare has increased overall health care coverage, gays have more rights than before and we have better tech toys than ever. It's those other issues that just keep getting worse. Examples:

  • The rich in this country have been continually disenfranchising the middle and lower classes.
  • Public school funding continues to be cut while Common Core or any sort of true reform is continually under attack rather than constructive support.
  • Our politics are ruled by hate, not positive leadership.
  • Food costs keep rising.
  • Food companies keep finding new ways to lessen the quality of that more expensive food.
  • Fracking will continue to contaminate fresh water supplies.
  • Global warming poses an actual threat to our children or grandchildren.
  • Freedom of press continues to be eroded on numerous fronts, such as the destruction of newspaper companies and legal restrictions on the First Amendment.
  • College costs continue to skyrocket.

Perhaps the most telling evidence comes directly from my children, who blurt clues out when I'm driving them to and from various activities. "Dad, why are other kids so mean?" "Dad, why is fracking allowed?" "Dad, what are chemical weapons?" "Dad, why are rich people so mean to everyone else?"

Those are the kind of questions that leave this dad speechless. Should I say, "We need to be careful to not become like that?" Or maybe, "Yeah, you're right?" Or how about, "Those are just the extremes?" Are they the extremes?

What do I say? To be honest, I do not know.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Dadtalk/~3/LYg7ijznOo8/10-years-of-looking-for-answers.html

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Online Learning Offers Unexpected Benefits

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According to the 2009 Department of Education’s Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning, students learning by means of online curriculum performed better than those receiving traditional one-on-one instruction.

Built on a long-standing reputation with the education community, ClickNKIDS’ online and tablet-based phonics curriculum have been a PreK-3rd grade teacher and parent-favorite for more than ten years and has been used in schools and homes throughout the U.S. and over 100 countries.


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The two-day tournament crowned five champions. The boys 8th grade ‘Legends’ division featured the Borregos, Mexico squad, which traveled more than 14 hours, from Chihuahua, Mexico to compete in the tournament. Thank you to all the coaches, players and parents for spending your Thanksgiving weekend with us. Our next stop is Grand Canyon University for the Junior HoopHall West Tournament.www.just4hoopin.org


The girls from JumpAthletic (3-0) left little doubt as they cruised in the shootout. They jumped out to an early lead and defeated AZ Elite – Gold, 30-18, in the championship game.


JumpAthletic added yet another trophy to its trophy case with a 42-37 victory over Team Legacy in the championship. JumpAthletic (3-0) advanced to the title game as the #1 seed in the pool. Team Legacy (3-1) made it to the title game with a 34-22 victory over AZ Elte – Black.

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Do Kids Prefer Reading Physical Books Over Tablets

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Although one in five books is now being read electronically, the trend has not impacted the publishing industry as negatively as was once feared.  Still, e-learning tends to have a more positive impact on a student’s ability to learn and retain information than traditional methods.

ClickN KIDS (www.ClickNKids.com) specializes in interactive phonics and spelling programs and software for children, including the Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics, and the ClickN Kids Family Tablet.


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Jump Athletic Girls 7th & 8th Grade Basketball

Jump Athletic Basketball in Arizona

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Understanding the Role of Phonics in Reading

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Phonics are an important part of kids learning to read. Fortunately, there are some great tools that can help you teach this essential skill to your children.

ClickN KIDS (www.ClickNKids.com) specializes in interactive phonics and spelling programs and software for children, including the Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics, and the ClickN Kids Family Tablet.


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