Nine Things I Learned from the Ninth Dad 2.0!

Nine Things I Learned from the Ninth Dad 2.0! — Casey with Canadian Chips
When you go to Dad 2, come bearing gifts!

The Dad 2.0 Summit is a different kind of conference. Sure, it has many of the moving parts that make a conference a conference, but they all come with a twist that makes them unique. Sponsor presentations like the man who understood how divorce and being there for his daughters made him a better Dad, or the company whose creative director went undercover as a teenage girl to ferret out sexual predators online. Fathers who’d take the stage and share what it’s like to lose a wife to cancer or the things they discover as they think about their children and the lives they lead. Each time someone spoke, it peeled back another layer, leaving hundreds of Dads forever changed by the time they found their ways back home.

But then, one might argue it’s a bit masochistic. That we convened from clear across the continent to face the parts of ourselves we couldn’t share in our everyday lives, and the demons we never seem to shake. That we come out knowing more of the things that go “bump” in the night and the dangers around each corner if we lose sight of our kids for a second. Why would anyone in their right minds want to subject themselves to this?

Because we must. Because it’s all important. And because if we dads with the platforms to share messages to the people who need them most can do a little more today than we could with what we had before Dad 2.0, then why would we not?

Let me show you a little of what Dad 2.0‘s all about.

Chatting With Casey 0010 — Ain’t No Parents Got Time for That!

The more podcasts I put out, the more I realise just what I’m trying to get out of all this work—the kind of stories you won’t find anywhere else.
Chatting With Casey 0010 — Ain't No Parents Got Time for That! — Kenna Cote in Front of the Bus
Someone recently reminded me of something that got me doing this in the first place that I needed to remember to keep pushing forward—”everyone has a great story in them.” As we round out a year way more about growth in my soul than in my bank account, I finally find myself handling topics I would’ve never imagined before. Nonmonogamous relationships. Modern slavery. Stuff that I never felt qualified to speak on, but found people willing to fill me in.

But it’s also been a stark reminder that I need to do these interviews justice, and my tenth episode with my longtime friend Kendra Côte reminded me about the importance of research and knowing the path you’ll travel once that mic goes live. But you don’t let your missteps hold you back—you learn from them, and you’ll continue to get stronger podcasts from it.

In the meantime, you can hear Kendra and me just having tons of fun while we talk about soap, parenthood, and what it’s like to fit six people in a 270-square foot space every day and survive.

Check it out!

I hope you’ll come back next week when we talk about that time we accidentally delivered a baby at home.

Yeah, I said it.

Be well out there, guys, and until the next, I remain,

–case p.

Life as a #SwifferFanatic, Vol. 1 — Blessed.

I’ve denied my blogger identity for a while now, trying to live a life free of the nastiness associated with the word — soulless content created for the highest bidder; objective opinion cast aside to keep the ship afloat, not wanting unpopular thoughts getting in the way of potential opportunities. I didn’t want to follow the best practices and suggested guidelines that’d just make me like everyone else — I wanted to create work that’d be unashamedly unique, not demanding that I compromise to fit a certain niche or pander to a broader audience… I just wanted to create stuff that I’d enjoy reading, and be proud to share with others.

That said, it can often be hard to find brands who see the world like I do, fixating less on follower counts and visitor numbers, and looking more for bloggers capable of telling the best stories — giving them access to something money can’t buy… or falsify.

Which is why I appreciate my partnership with Swiffer.

Life as a #SwifferFanatic, Vol. 1 — Blessed. — Casey Palmer Survives the Slide

DO ALL THE THINGS: Three Days in Detroit for Some #FordNAIAS Fun!

I haven’t been out to the Detroit-Windsor corridor since late 2008, when my brother-in-law got married there and only 9 months into dating, Sarah led me into an ambush, seating me at a table with many of her paternal uncles and cousins who I’d meet for the very first time. (Quite the feat to make a good impression while hungover, but that, my friends, is a story for another time!)

Ford Social — Badges — Ford Edge
Proud to drive an Edge!

But Ford Canada’s been really good to me these past couple of years. From inviting me to their second annual Blue Party to sending a care package when I bought my 2011 Ford Edge last summer, they’ve been a solid team to work with.

This year, they kicked it up a notch by invited me as one of a dozen Canadian bloggers as their guest at Putting You In The Driver’s Seat: the NAIAS Blogger Experience, which revolved around the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

WHAT YOU MISSED (Vegas Edition) — BiSC and Vegas, Day by Day

BiSClaimer: You’re about to experience my six-day Vegas adventure in the span of one post. If you’re not ready to take in all the awesome through text, video and images galore, turn back now. Once I start, I will not stop until it’s out of my system. You have been warned.


“What was BiSC? …It was Casey.”

Amanda Kruse

It’s been almost a solid month since Bloggers in Sin City, and it’s taken about this long to get off the buzz from my BiSC-uit high. In the time since I’ve been back, I’ve volunteered at a national conference, listened to amazing speakers, eaten delicious food and got up to much of the madness I would’ve done before I went to BiSC.

But it just wasn’t the same.

When I got back, many friends and family members expected that I’d spent all my time partying, getting drunk and gambling, because that’s what you do in Vegas, right? At least that’s what TV and movies tell us.

But there’s so much more to the Vegas experience than you can imagine. You need the right people and the right opportunities to make it happen, though!

And BiSC? BiSC was a perfect combination of both!

WHAT YOU MISSED (Vegas Edition) — Being a #BiSC-uit: A Weekend That Changes EVERYTHING

A whole group of BiSC-uits dressed up for the White Party at BiSC 2013!
Photo courtesy of San.

Sometimes you just won’t recognize something that’s been missing in your life until you experience it.

I’ve been back in Toronto a few days now after almost a week spent in the crazy of Las Vegas — but I haven’t blogged. I haven’t felt the urge to get back in the mix and put my blood, sweat and tears into my content… not unless I was ready to chance everything and start to write stuff that lives up to my potential. That week in Vegas — much of it spent at Bloggers in Sin City (BiSC) — returned something to me that I didn’t know I was missing. It gave me something that makes me look at the world around me in a different way, and changes what I’m trying to accomplish with everything I do.

It gave me hope.

Lost Wages: The Last Vegas Story, Part 2 — Shopping and Spotlights and Sharks, OH MY!!!

So yes, there is more to do in Vegas than party, get drunk and gamble. While these are horribly fun (until they’re not!), Vegas is full of surprises — great shopping, bright lights, and a whole bunch of unexpected animals!

Get Your Shop On: Las Vegas Premium Outlets North & Town Square

The four $250 gift cards that Sauza Tequila gave us to get our shop on!
Bling Bling!

I can’t lie — I love shopping abroad. One thing I’ve learned over my years in Toronto is that I love being unique. I want to wear colours that other guys don’t wear; have accessories that make me stand out — I’m all about making an impression. Vegas and its high-end outlet mall north of the Strip had the perfect intersection between affordable and fashionable, and with $1000 in spending money, you know we were going to get our shop on sometime. As what’s mine is hers (or at least that’s what the pastor told me when he married us), I made sure to give Sarah her half and we went. to. town.

Lost Wages: The Las Vegas Story, Part 1 — Setting the Stage

“All there is to do in Vegas is eat, spend and party.”

— unattributed

There are few places on the planet with a reputation like Las Vegas. When people talk about it, you have the starry-eyed “Vegas virgins” who’ve yet to take a trip and see what the hype’s all about, versus  the Vegas vets who’ve been there, done that, but very much know that there’s a new adventure every time you go. Last time I went to Las Vegas, this happened:

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…so having survived that foolishness, 2013 marks not just one, but two trips I’ll be taking down to the Gambling Capital of the World, both for very different reasons and under very different circumstances. With little under a month left before I make my way there for Bloggers in Sin City, this first series will cover the trip I took with Sarah from February 15-18.

Our Story So Far

When you get married, everyone’s always asking the big question in a multitude of ways:

“Any kids yet?”

“You guys planning a family?”

“What’s taking you so long?!”

Before you cross that last threshold into cementing your adulthood, you’ll probably try to enjoy your DINC/DINK status (Double Income no Children/Double Income no Kids) as much as possible, because as awesome as kids are, it’s no secret that they crush both your freedom and your wallet.

So a trip to Vegas made for an excellent plan.

The Scintilla Project Day Eleven — A Chicago Story

The Scintilla Project

1. Write about an experience you had that was so strange or incredible, it sounds like it could have been made up.

— The Scintilla Project’s Day 11 prompt

Those who’ve known me awhile often think I have a lucky horseshoe lodged firmly somewhere within my rectum.

While I have no burning desire to prove nor disprove this theory (as invasive surgery doesn’t seem like the most attractive idea), my Green Bay/Chicago adventure in 2010 helps me see why people might think this way!

A Chicago Story

In May 2010, I went with some old high school buddies to visit our friend living out in Green Bay, Wisconsin. From there, we’d go by car to Chicago, eventually flying from there back to Toronto.

 All fine and dandy, right? A good four-day vacation with cool people doing cool things.

Yeah, you’d think so. This trip was further proof of one simple fact:

You can’t take Casey anywhere.