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Mike Julianelle

Mike lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two children, and increasing dependence on alcohol. Find him on dadandburied.com and its associated social channels (FB, IG, Twitter) and be ready for him to mock his kids, himself, and maybe even you.

Father Figures: 32 Days

“My name is Alex this is me and my son Ohtli.

This picture was taken last Father’s Day. It was my first ever Father’s Day. I spent it at Rady Children’s Hospital with my son and wife.

My son was born with a few birth defects that required him to stay there for 32 days. Now this is us.

Fatherhood was a little different for me then most dads, but I have to say, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

After everything we’ve been through and continue to go through I can’t imagine my life with being a dad.

– Alex Venegas

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Breaking Bad Beer “Schraderbrau” Is Brewing

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If you watched Breaking Bad, or even know what it’s about, you already know that not everyone made it out of the series alive. But one thing that did survive, and will be coming soon to a package store near you, is the beer that Hank Schrader, Walter White’s brother-in-law and DEA adversary, brewed in his garage.

Hank, who started the show as a kind of blustering macho man and ended it as a tragic figure blindsided by how close he was to Heisenberg, had his hobbies. One was collecting rocks and shit, another was brewing his own beer. And now you’ll get to taste it!

The Blast did some sleuthing and discovered that Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind Vince Gilligan’s landmark TV series, has filed papers to trademark “SCHRADERBRAU,” the cheesy name that Hank gave to his homebrew. Making things explicit, Dean Norris, the actor who portrayed Hank on the show, has been teasing the product on his Instagram account.

Last week, he shared a video of himself inside a meth lab, sorry, a brewery, in which he says, “Just brewing up some ideas if you know what I’m saying.” The actor then laughs while treating followers to a quick look at the brewery before finally saying, “Schraderbrau: brewed to silky perfection.”

 

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#schraderbrau brewed to silky perfection… #breakingbad

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So you may not be a meth kingpin or a DEA agent, or enjoy breakfast, or love Stevia in your coffee, but you’ll be able to get a taste of what it’s like to live inside Walter White’s world when the beer hits the market. Hell, if you drink enough of it, you might even find yourself hallucinating that very scenario!

No one yet knows when the brew will arrive in stores, but the smart money is on the roll-out coinciding with the release of the forthcoming Breaking Bad movie, which will hit AMC and Netflix at some point in 2019 – presumably.

 

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Hells yeah, smells like silky perfection… #schraderbrau @amcbreakingbad @breakingbadfeed @breakingbadas @breakingbadfunfacts

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6-Year-Old Girl With Cancer Sworn in as Honorary Police Officer [WATCH]

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Many little kids dream of growing up to be police officers and firefighters. Most of them probably don’t end up going that route, life is funny that way. But that doesn’t mean the dream wasn’t real back when they were tiny tots.

One little girl who dreams of being a cop had her wish granted recently, because, tragically, life won’t allow her to achieve her dream when she’s older. So her local police station stepped in to make sure it happened now.

6-year-old Abigail Arias has a Wilms tumor, which is a type of kidney cancer, and after two years spent battling the disease, she and her family look to be out of options. The steps they’ve taken to fight her cancer haven’t worked, and now her family is hoping for a miracle and letting their little girl enjoy whatever time she has left.

“They basically said it’s time to enjoy some life,” Abigail’s mom, Ilene Arias, told CNN affiliate KTRK. “Extremely tough. We cried for a few weeks.”

The police station in Freeport, Texas, where Abigail lives, is helping her do just that. Last week, they swore Abigail in as an honorary police officer in front of a crowd of officers, first responders, local business leaders and others in the Freeport community.

The photo from the swearing-in ceremony, posted on the Freeport Police Department’s Facebook page with a caption about Abigail’s dream of being a cop, has nearly a thousand shares and over 2000 likes.

Abigail had told the police chief, Raymond Garivey Jr., about her dream of being a police officer back in December, at the police department’s annual “Pancakes with Santa” event.

“Her terrific smile and will to keep fighting ‘the bad guys’ inside of her — I wanted to make her dream come true,” Garivey told CNN. “You have to meet her to really understand what a great and inspiring young lady she is.”

Watch video of the ceremony below:

CBS News Personality’s Emotional Tribute To His Dad and “Every Dad” [WATCH]

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Losing your dad is not an easy thing for anyone to deal with, whether you’re a professional football player, a Hollywood superstar, or just a regular Joe.

You find yourself looking back on the moments you’ve shared, and if you’re lucky, you’ll have shared a lot. CBS News personality Steve Hartman has plenty of memories of his dad, and if you’ve watched CBS News, you probably remember his dad too. Steve featured his father in 8 of his “On the Road” segments over the years, including a poignant story about helping his dad move out of the home he’d built by himself.

Recently, Hartman’s father passed away, and CBS News ran Steve’s final segment featuring his old man. The video piece aired on February 11th and features a little backstory on how Hartman’s father became a fixture in his stories, starting with the segment they filmed showcasing how the retiree, a father of three (Steve’s the youngest) spent his time now that he wasn’t at work. Steve explains in his new piece that that first segment was a success because his dad was basically “every dad of that generation.” And as such, that final segment became a tribute both to his father and to all fathers.

Steve explains that after his mother died a few years earlier, his father’s passing has made him an orphan and that it’s “a unique kind of emptiness when there’s no one left on earth to love you quite so unconditionally.”

But he took some solace in his tribute to his father, and to wrap up the segment, he offered some beautiful words about parents and their children.

“A great parent does a lot more than make you wash behind your ears. A great parent is a miracle worker who can mold a helpless blob like [Steve] into a child who feels invincible. Although losing such a parent can feel like Kryptonite, remembering them in all their glory can make your heart fly.”

Teen Weighs PlayStation 4 as Fruit and Pays Cashier $10 for It

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Everyone tries to find ways to hack the system and get a little something extra out of life. Some of us are more clever than others and find loopholes in the system. Others are a tad more brazen and simply go for it, doing something so brazen that you can’t help but admire them for it. Even when they get caught.

That’s what happened to an enterprising young Frenchman who really wanted something and didn’t want to pay for it. At least not full price. And then he tried to do it again.

The 19-year-old, named Adel, strolled into a shop in Montbéliard in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of Eastern France and grabbed himself a PlayStation 4 gaming console. But rather than take it to the register and pay the full 340 Euros (388 American bucks) for the thing, he instead sauntered over to the produce section, weighed the console, and slapped the resulting sticker on it. Since the console only weights 6 pounds, the price for his new PlayStation 4 was a remarkably discounted 9 Euros (10 dollars)!

Somehow he managed to get past the cashier and pay for his hefty sack of fruit without being found out. He then sold the gaming system for $100 Euros and bought himself a train ticket home to Nice. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t use that ticket, and instead returned to the store the next day to replicate his scam. But the coppers were waiting.

Adel got nabbed and was ultimately sentenced to four months in prison. I sort of feel like he should have gotten off easy, purely due to the ingenuity and flat-out balls it took to attempt such a gambit. But at least the internet recognizes his genius!

“Dude should have tried with iPhones. Labeling them as Apples would have been technically correct…the best kind of correct,” a user commented on social media, per Meaww.com.

Clearly, Adel knows how to hack. Hopefully, he knows how to jailbreak too.

The Breaking Bad Movie: YES, He’s in It Too! [SPOILERS]

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Breaking Bad had its tenth anniversary last year, and has been off the air for almost 5 years now, but thanks to streaming services and Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad universe lives on. The show is firmly cemented on the Mount Rushmore of greatest TV shows of the century, if not all time, next to fellow luminaries like The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, Lost, Friday Night Lights (yeah, my TV Mount Rushmore has some extra slots, deal with it!) and a few others, depending on your tastes. Heck, in a few years, we might even put Better Call Saul up there. And that’s not the only BB-related content begging for your Walter White-starved attention.

A few months ago, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan announced plans for a sequel but with no additional details. Then we got a general idea of the plot – according to the Albuquerque Journal, the logline vaguely states that the movie Greenbrier “will follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”

Everyone immediately assumed Greenbrier was the working title of the film and that it would revolve around Aaron Paul’s Jesse “Science, bitch!” Pinkman, Walter’s partner-in-crime-slash-collateral-damage.

Then Bryan Cranston himself was asked if he’d be involved, and he managed to dodge that question while pretty much confirming the show’s focus.

“It’s a great story and there are a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to some of these storylines that were left open. This idea, from what I’m told, gets into those — at least a couple of the character show were not completed, as far as their journey. I don’t know if there’s an appearance [of my character] — flashbacks, flash forwards — but I’m excited about it because it’s Breaking Bad and it was the greatest professional period of my life and I can’t wait to see all those people again, even if I just come by to visit.”

More recently a purported cast list released by Revenge of the Fans confirmed that kidnapped man is indeed Jesse Pinkman and that Walter White will be joining him:

“Most importantly, Bryan Cranston will reportedly be in the film in some capacity as Walter White. In addition to Paul and Cranston, other familiar faces from Breaking Bad are due to feature, including Krysten Ritter (Jane Margolis), Jonathan Banks (Mike), Jesse Plemons (Todd), Charles Baker (Skinny Pete), Matt Jones (Badger), Robert Forster (Ed, aka The Disappearer), Tess Harper (Mrs. Pinkman), and Kevin Rankin (Kenny).”

Will the deceased characters just appear in flashbacks? Or perhaps Walter and Jane will duel it out in Pinkman’s guilty conscious?

And is it a coincidence that Greenbrier is a neighborhood in Omaha where Saul ends up?

Yesterday, it was announced the movie would air on both AMC – Breaking Bad‘s network – and Netflix – where the show gained steam thanks to binge-watching.

Father Figures: Poop Buddies

“Poop buddies doing their duties… or should I say, doodies.

This is my husband and our 9-year-old. We have 6 people in a camper with a tiny black tank. Dad made a rule that if you need to go #2, you have to go to the campsite bathrooms.

Little man was terrified of those bathrooms and made Dad come in to see all of the spiders (aka webs, no spiders). Dad made a deal that he could go poop in the camper as long as he learned how to dump the tank when it was time.

So he had his spider-free poop sesh and then lived up to his end of the bargain the next day! #lifeskills”

– Melanie Lehnen

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Dad and Brother Help Groom out of Wheelchair for Wedding Dance [WATCH]

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It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from, who you’re marrying, or even if it’s your first or fifth marriage: your wedding day is special. It’s a landmark day, it’s a life milestone, and it’s one hell of a good party. Anyone who chooses to have a wedding should have every opportunity to enjoy it. God knows that arranging and planning one is a hellish months-long stress fest that definitely requires one hell of a celebration, if only for getting through it unscathed.

For many couples, one of the most beautiful, and nerve-wracking, portions of the wedding is the first dance. My wife and I agonized for months over which song to choose and then took dancing classes to make sure we (mostly I) didn’t end up looking like fools on the dance floor.

Dance classes weren’t really an option for groom Hugo Rohling, who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair to get around. But that didn’t stop him from partaking in the tradition with his new wife on their wedding day.

In a Facebook video that has gone viral for good reason, Marcelo is seen dancing with his lovely bride, she in her beautiful, flowing wedding dress and he in his wheelchair. The pair gracefully maneuver around the dance floor and she gets in his lap for a kiss.

And then his father and brother come out for a surprise.

Chairs are seated on either side of Marcelo and each of his legs are strapped to theirs. He puts his arm around each of their shoulders and they all stand up in unison as the crowd cheers. Hugo’s bride walks over and embraces her husband at his full height, and the trio sways together to the music. Despite his brother and father flanking him, it surely seemed to the couple that they were the only two in the room at that moment.

The caption, from guest Marcelo Henrique Silva, reads: “I had the pleasure of participating in this incredible wedding of my friends Cinthia Zanuni II and Hugo Rohling in Cuiabá, and I’m going to share this video of what Love is really capable of.”

A lot of people have witnessed just that, thanks to Marcelo’s video, which has been shared over 400,000 times and has more than 16 million views.

Valentine’s Day Before Kids VS After Kids [WATCH]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Unless you’re a parent, in which case, Happy Make Sure Your Kids Brought Enough Valentine’s For Everyone In Their Entire Class So No One Gets Left Out And Feels Bad Do Why Do They Even Celebrate This Day In Schools I Heard Of One School That Changed It To Happy Friendship Day And I’m Torn Between Appreciating That And Losing My Mind Anyway Don’t Forget To Get Your Spouse Some Chocolate Day!

There’s no getting around the fact that Valentine’s Day, and romance in general, aren’t quite the same once you’ve been married for a while and have a few kids in the house. You’re tired, you’re rushed, you’re cleaning, you’re shuttling kids to practice, you’re helping with homework. You don’t have a lot of time or energy or headspace to celebrate your significant other the way you did when your relationship was still young. When you were still young!

The Holdernesses, a North Carolina couple who’ve been grinding out viral video after viral video of parenting-based song parodies for years now (starting with the infamous “Christmas Jammies”), are back this February to lay out all the ways Valentine’s Day has changed for couples with kids.

From the kinds of gifts you give each other to the date nights you arrange, nothing stays the same once kids are in the mix. You used to book dinner at an exclusive restaurant months in advance, now you’re angry that the restaurant doesn’t allow kids.

Deaf Dad Signs “I Love You” to His Deaf Newborn

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There are few things more nerve-wracking than pregnancy. Even leaving aside the countless physical, mental, and hormonal aspects that women must endure, there’s the nine months of worrying about the health of the baby. From the first ultrasound to the kid’s emergence from the womb and on through hitting those first few milestones, there’s no end to anxiety. (If we’re honest, there’s never any end to the anxiety. My parents still wait up for me when I visit home, and I’m over 40 years old!)

My second kid was in the NICU for a few days. It was not a nightmare of speculation and uncertainty. There’s no real way to be prepared for a fully healthy baby, let alone a baby with additional challenges.

One family is facing some of those challenges in the aftermath of the birth of their daughter, Arrow.

 

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Arrow was born prematurely, at just 25 weeks, and weights less than 2 pounds. She’s had to spend a long time in the NICU as she gets stronger, and her parents are with her every step of the way. In their Instagram bio, they state that Arrow was the result of a long battle with infertility and more, and that she’s a NICU warrior: “Baby Arrow came into the world at 25 weeks & is a true NICU warrior. God blessed us with the miracle after a long struggle of infertility & loss.”

On top of the stress of NICU, Arrow’s parents recently learned their daughter was deaf. But that’s the least of their worries because they’re already well-equipped to handle it. Arrow’s father is also deaf, and he and his wife use American Sign Language as their primary language.

Her parents shared a touching video on their Instagram page, “@untimelyblessing,” in which Arrow’s father holds his baby in his arms and signs “I love you” to her.

On the video, they added the caption: “Daddy who is Deaf signing to Baby Arrow who recently passed the Deaf test. ASL is vital for Deaf babies & lucky for our little squish she was born Deaf into a home where ASL is the primary language. She won’t have the struggles to communicate within her own family as her Daddy did. Arrow was born at 25 weeks & is a miceopreemie rocking the NICU.”

Every new parent faces challenges, but those challenges don’t stand a chance in the face of so much love.

4-Yr-Old Drummer Will Almost Inspire You to Buy Your Kid a Drum Kit

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I’ve made a lot of mistakes as a parent. I’ve co-slept. I’ve let my kids watch movies well above their pay-grade. I’ve given them snacks in the morning because I’m too tired to put a waffle in the toaster. I didn’t get a vasectomy. The list goes on and on. But there’s one mistake that stands above all the rest.

One Christmas, my in-laws gave my son a drum set. And I didn’t immediately destroy it.

Drumsets are the scourge of parents everywhere. Anything that makes noise is, really, but drums are designed to make noise. That’s the whole point! But maybe my mistake wasn’t in keeping the drums, maybe it was in not encouraging my son. Because there is a little kid on Twitter and Instagram who is making me wish I had let my son go nuts. Not that he’d have ended up with these kinds of skills, because wow. But you never know!

Check out this kid, who goes by “@babyboydrummer” on Instagram.

I mean. There’s the excruciating sound of drums and then there’s the beautiful sound of cash registers opening up because this kid is going places. My dude is four years old and he’s got mad skills with the skins! Go back and watch the bass player’s face as the kid flexes. He knows.

A lot of people know, because that tweet above has 235,000 likes and 80,000 retweets. He has over 300,000 followers on Instagram, each of them surely amazed at the youngster’s speed and rhythm. In this “throwback” video he handles some reggae!

His beats and his smile are totally infectious! I can’t wait to see where his drumming takes him as he grows up. Now if you’ll excuse me, I owe my in-laws an apology.

Father Figures: How Tired

“My wife sent me this the other day and just said ‘how tired do you look?’

I honestly don’t remember. Either this photo or how insanely tired I was when my first son was three months old.

We planned to have a kid, and even with all the preparation in the world, nothing could have got me ready for what this little guy brought into our lives. He is almost three-and-a-half now and becoming a wonderful, beautiful little person. He’s the consummate 3 year old, cheerful, charming and on the verge of tantrum at the drop of a hat.

I long for these days when I could hold him like this, but I’m also so happy to help him become his own person.

Whenever anyone tells you that fatherhood is the greatest job they’ve ever had – believe them. We now have a 9-month-old to go along with our three-and-a-half-year-old and I look no better.

But I wouldn’t exchange a moment of this so far. ”

– Gary Welsh

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Father Figures: Top Gun

“Last year, at age 59, my Dad was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a terminal brain cancer.

As a former F-5 fighter pilot and 787 captain, my Dad had always dreamed of teaching me (his 23-year old-daughter) how to fly.

Of course, having a brain tumour meant that he could no longer work as a pilot, let alone instruct me in an aircraft. Or so I had thought.

A few weeks after his first brain surgery, my dad worked through seizures and headaches to create a homemade flight simulator in our basement.

He spent hours watching how-to videos on YouTube and soldered a maze of wires onto circuit boards with shaky hands. Despite strict orders from doctors, he even wrestled with some power tools to create a wooden frame around the computer screens.

My dad may not have lived long enough to see his little girl become a pilot, but he did everything in his power to make it happen. I couldn’t be more proud to call myself his daughter.”

– Alexis Thind

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