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March 5th, 2012

Geek Dad Cool Contest

A few weeks ago, I came across a contest that Cisco Linksys were running. They were looking for the ultimate Geek Dad – a dad that has found a way to use technology to create new family traditions. I immediately thought of my husband, of course! By the nature of the work that Rod does, we have lots of technology in our house. We’re both geeks, for sure, and the boys have been exposed to a whole lot of tech in their short lives. I’m not sure you can be classified as a geek at their ages, but they’re well on their way!

The entry process required a short essay about a tradition that the prospective Geek Dad has started with your family. While we do a whole lot of tech things with the boys, I wasn’t sure how many fell into the “tradition” category. Then it hit me – there is one thing Rod started doing when Alex was just three years old that is a whole lot of fun AND uses technology. Alex started reading at a pretty young age and we wanted to be able to go back and show him what it looked and sounded like when he was a beginning reader and we wanted to be able to share this cool thing with family that weren’t living close to us. One afternoon, Rod set up a video camera and an audio recorder and we bribed Alex to read some of his favorite books for the camera. (We only had to bribe him to get started – once he understood what we were doing, he was all over it and wanted to record everything!)

Reading!

Since then, Alex has read many more books for the camera and we’ve started getting Declan to read, too. Until very recently, Declan has just been retelling stories we’ve told to him. In the last couple of months, though, he’s been reading books on his own! It’s so cool to go back and watch Alex reading the same favorite books that Declan is reading now. Two books that have been favorites of them both are Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom and Go, Dog. Go!

I was completely floored a couple of weeks ago when I heard from the folks at Cisco Linksys that my entry for Rod had been chosen as one of the top 10 finalists! We are all so excited for everyone else to know what we do – that Rod is Geek Dad Cool! The finalists are all up for a public vote now, and we would be honored if you would cast a vote for Rod. The votes are being taken on Facebook and you can go here to vote. Just for casting your vote, you are entered to win a super cool new Linksys E4200v2 router! You can vote once per day until March 19th, when they will announce the ultimate Geek Dad!

Thanks so much to those of you who have already voted! I know that many of you have not only voted yourselves, but you have shared the contest with your friends and family and they are voting, too. I know some people that have joined Facebook just to vote for Rod and we are very grateful. I’ll be a nervous wreck until the end, and probably bugging people to death to cast their votes, too ;) Thanks again, everyone, and I’ll let you know how we do!


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