Do You Remember “The Greatest American Hero”?

Who remembers “The Greatest American Hero”? I know I do. I used to watch it when I was a kid.

I often feel like Ralph, the guy who got the super hero costume and lost the instruction manual. Can you say “Trial and error, baby?” So often it feels like my life is like that. I guess you’ve got to keep plugging away.

Hopefully my errors are comical to others. At least they can get some laughs out of my mess ups.

Did you watch the show?

Read more about the Greatest American Hero on Wikipedia.

Super Mario Run on iPad? Yes, Please!

We’ve been waiting for this for a long time! Here’s how the conversation that went down between me and my 11 year old yesterday:

He’s grown up on Mario. Since he was about three we’ve played almost every iteration of Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart, Mario Party, etc.

When he was little, he would dress up as Luigi (he liked green) at home and wear the hat everywhere we went. When his brother came along, there were days when the two of them would do nothing but be Mario and Luigi in real life and on the Wii.

Now…he’s in middle school with his own iPad (for schoolwork, of course)…and we’re getting a Mario game for iOs! I just hope it isn’t terrible. It can’t be, can it?

I mean…look at this description from the app store:

At long last, Mario jumps into a new adventure on iPhone and iPad, this time playable using only one hand.

Even if this is your first Mario game, you won’t be able to put it down!

In this game, you constantly move forward through the courses while using a variety of jumps to navigate. Your character will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it’s up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal.

Super Mario Run offers three different game modes:

  • The first mode features challenging courses for you to complete.
  • In the second mode, you challenge the play data of other people’s completed courses. You compete to see who can finish the course with the most style!
  • In the third mode, you can create your own Mushroom Kingdom using coins collected by playing the first two game modes.

We’re looking forward to challenging each other in this game. I’m sure my boy will play it more than I will, but I bet I’ll be able to hold my own with him.

I’m sure this game will be one of our favorite iOs games.

What’s your favorite game on iOs?

Crossy Road – My New Favorite Distraction

Sometimes you need a distraction, and my kids introduced me to a game that reminds me of my childhood days of trying to get Frogger across the road.

Crossy Road is a new app for iPhone or iPad that has one simple point…get your character across the road, river, and train tracks without getting hit.

Here’s a video of the gameplay:

It is super fun and addictive. While you’re crossing the road, you can pick up in-game coins along the way. These coins let you buy new characters when you collect 100. I usually let my kids do that part, because they seem to like it.

My current high score is 384. Try it out and see if you can top me!

Wishful Thinking

After two very busy weeks at work, I knew we didn't have to wake up early this morning for church. I also knew that I really wanted to go to our church and not just one that was close by our house. Our church is about a thirty minute drive from our house.

Our family works best when we're in a routine. The last two weeks I've had to pick people up from the airport on Sunday, and before that we didn't have our van, so this Sunday I was determined to make sure I took them to church. The service doesn't start until 11:00, so I went to bed on Saturday night wishing that I'd have the chance to sleep in a little.

How I Slept while in China

I just came back from a 10 day trip to China. It was a blast! I've shown some pictures over on my other blog, but I wanted to post here about a post I wrote for my wife's blog, Savingyoudinero.com.

She gave me some SleepPhones to use while on my trip, and they helped me sleep so well despite the noise outside. Too bad I can't use them at home because I would totally ignore my kids.

Anyway…check out the post on her blog. I'm recommending them to all my friends who travel internationally and need to sleep well on their trips.