Twice As Happy Pancakes

Bombing at parenting is your kids not seeking your company when they get older. Parents either make their kids feel good about themselves or not. Parents either offer sincere encouragement or not. Parents either train their kids to be superior, less error prone versions of themselves or don’t give a shit regardless, unless their kids success starts to infringe upon their once rock-solid sense of impactful, joy filled accomplishment in this life.

I wrote an Eastbound and Down spec script ages before my daughter, Matilda Singing Rose Kornbluth was born about the main character Kenny Powers insisting his wife get an abortion because he dreamed of his future daughter becoming the most dominant Lesbian lusting, heat throwing softball bitcher of her time, threatening to overshadow his legacy, when he hasn’t even made this triumphant return to the majors yet. At one point, Kenny Powers states, “Is the desire to outshine your kids a natural one? And his wife April says, “No Kenny, it’s not. Ken Griffey and his son looked like they were having a grand old time playing together, dropping fart bombs in the dugout in the 80’s when they played together in Cincinnati ,before junior played for Seattle as a young Kurt Cobain sang, “Somebody Rape Me”, while living under a bridge, so he could lose his virginity already.”

I haven’t thought of my Eastbound and Down specs script, Cooperstown Or Bust for ages, where Kenny Powers pushes his trusted assistant Stevie to launch a media blitz campaign on his behalf to get the great Kenny Powers voted into Cooperstown already, despite him not starting his return to the majors yet.  I thought this spec, definitely not my 1st, would get me into the esteemed biz launching Warner Brother’s fellowship because hope filled, dream powered action adds fiery, enthralling magic to our days, similar to my desire to kill as our Stay-At-Home Comedian in-house gourmand chef, before becoming a star Benjamin provider for my 3 kids one day. In the meantime, just like when Kenny had to start over again as a high school gym teacher after playing in the majors, I’ve had to suck up my ego and bite my lip after writing for TV twice 8 years ago for Vh1 and Vh1 Classic, many star powered book reviews later, only for my wife to utter, “Trader Joe’s in Danbury in hiring”, or my mom to say, “Become a garbage man. Wearing a mask will block out the smell. Plus, let’s not act like changing your kids shit stained bums is a new development for you at this stage in your life. As a Sanitation Worker, you’ll at least have health benefits. And I could finally tell our friends you have your shit together for a change.”  

What I’ve learned on the stay-at-home Koshetarian Comedian front is how your kids always reward the extra effort you put in to please them. Kids can sense half-ass hearted displays of affection in the form of semi-sporadic visits from Grandparents, Jida, having all year to get a fucking a new slip and slide since 86 for Baba camp and fail miserably every time. Mama choosing to rebrand melatonin gummies as heathy vitamins and insist all her 3 kids take them, the few nights of week, she’s home to play Julie Andrews or the grandpa from Princess Bride, if she wanted to showoff her old school, gender shattering acting chops, allegedly.  When my mom wrapped up her last visit, she tells me in my son’s lower bunk bed at a hard 6:45, “You don’t always have to be a 10 around your kids.” Gotta love motherly advice of this heat-warming magnitude. In other words, stop making Mimi and Papa look like such slackers already. It’s not our fault Facebook made us the laziest grandparent generation of all time.  Stop acting like you’re choosing to make your kids the center of your universe, instead of the reverse. You’re not fooling shit.”

The truth is, I couldn’t half ass fatherhood at this point if I tried. Giving with a jade free joyous heart around my kids when I’m getting stuck in their heads to unearth their inner hilarious light for more all-star chapters to my books is what I do best. I’ve also learned how kids grow closer to you, when you don’t talk down to them like perpetual morons. Because of that, your kids become more expressively confident than you’d ever anticipate. For example, I made it a tradition last year, to get my 3 kids gifts on my birthday, just so my wife can feel more ostracized from our special circle of love than usual. Just kidding, I thought it was a touching idea because every birthday since becoming a dad 10 years ago makes me feel born again, blessed with the divine powered opportunity to relive my age of innocence through my kids with warmer, wiser, deeper, starry filled eyes, as I become immersed in their dreamy, good spewing, reflective light.  

Recently, my son 4-year son Samuel was helping me make Pancakes with my double handle pancake griddle, which is great for deflecting concrete milkshakes if ANTIFA barges into your home protesting your right to make the family meal great again. After Samuel says, “Can I crack the egg.” He adds, “Daddy for your birthday, I want Predator and Han Solo. It’s only 2 gifts. Plus, it will make me twice as happy.” I can’t argue with funny man logic like that or else I’d be a miserable cunt in competition with my kids like the rest. It’s the reason why getting a single espresso versus a double espresso is bound to give me immediate buyer’s remorse, because Do It All Dads shouldn’t be the ones circumcising their happiness, when others female figures in their life, supposed to be on their side, appear hellbent on circumcising their happiness for them, because you don’t respect their glaring lack of intelligence, tact and belief in you making your Do It All Dad year dreams come true.  But I got God on my side and the best home team imaginable to play hard for like Charlie Hustle, to make my own dash for immortality through penning the most hilarious food writing book ever written, that being The Koshetarian Comedian and they couldn’t be more exited for me as I power through my final home field stretch with nothing but dreamy powered thoughts of winning over the spirit of Anthony Bourdain on my mind, where all the great New Yorker literary lions roam. Nothing can stop me now. If I ruffle the ego’s of various cock blocking dream detractors attempting to destroy my confidence in achieving big time literary book success, then they go woke themselves to. This Do It All Dad Train is bound for glory because my kids are well fed with heart-warming memories of making Saturday strawberry pancakes with Dad, which should be enough to satisfy their souls for now, until Daddy scores enough major f you money on the horizon, where talk of taking advantage of the Trader Joe’s employee discount will sound more ridiculous than me following my mother’s advice to become a half ass dad who throws other parents kid’s shit out for a living, triple masked or not.

Michael Kornbluth

Funnier Than Laughing Gas

Finally getting my wisdom teeth taken out, which is a relief knowing I can’t blame their excavation on toothbrush neglect caused by premature passing out on the couch from excessive IPA intake, again and again. I’m exaggerating. I actually gave up drinking beer this summer because it was embarrassing spending so much time hung over, recycling, empty reminders of my lush, littered past, as entire Rocky Marathons on AMC passed me by, holla, thank you very much.

Kids are home from school now after I lose my facial virginity from getting gang banged pricked in my mouth with one Novocain shot after another and my beams of sparkly, good hued light, that being my 3 kids, best home team ever, don’t even recognize their depleted daddy mushed into the couch watching a Bee Gee’s doc at 3:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, who’s acting more low energy, barely staying alive than Jeb Bush after receiving unsolicited debate stump talking points from Karl Rove on Fox News.  Then, my wife who works as a nurse in the NICU gives me a drug cocktail consisting of Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Amoxicillin, insisting I don’t need my prescribed pain killers, which she isn’t ecstatic about schlepping back to the Pleasantville pharmacy to pick up, because if this drug cocktail concoction is good enough for a mom who just had c section at her hospital, then, I’m in no position to run my bitchy, flappy, tore up mouth.  Then, I decide to do something about my sad sack, immobile state because I don’t need to see my kids look at me like I’m lounging out on my premature death bed again. So I semi pound a leftover Captain Lawrence Powder Dreams, a hazy, New England Style IPA which put me at immediate ease before I blast Motley Crew’s Too Fast For Love in my room as I resume editing a previous chapter post for upcoming, future bestselling Koshetarian Comedian in no time, like a man possessed to never allow fear mongering imposed by others, influence my self-reliant streak of self-imposed, willed in happiness, without the overreliance and constantly let down disgust stemming from more dashed expectations involving any hopeful expectation of those supposed to help when you need them the most,  to only come up, short, because they really don’t give a shit again, holla, thank you very much.

The laughing gas, mixed with oxygen was nice yet still prompted me to start heckling the Oral Surgeon when I said, “Doc, give me funnier, laughing gas,” because I wasn’t laughing, yet doc was long time, thank you very much. Then, I add, “Hey doc, the fake news laughing gas you’re giving me reminds me of the time I took my daughter to her 1st Grateful Dead parking scene, literally days after her 2nd Birthday up in Bethel Woods, sight of the original Woodstock. I take her for a stroll, feeling such an evolved, liberal cool Dad for a brief fleeting moment, who suddenly questions his alleged, all knowing, wise ways, once I start spotting some dinged up looking hippies sucking down nitrous balloons by the woods like their last working stuck in time, stilted brain cell could barely hang on until feeling nothing but vacant space like lower Manhattan these days, only for my daughter to point at the Nitrous balloons and, ask, “Birthday Daddy?”  And I say, “No Matilda, Burnout Day”, holla, thank you very much.”

Now it’s 5PM and I notice how my wife has no preparation for our Ravioli dinner, which I wasn’t planning on assuming ownership of after getting my wisdom teeth taken out, knowing my mom was in town to “help out” despite her crashing later that night at a hard 7:30 like the fucking Amish kid from Witness, who normally goes to sleep early because either A) He has to wake early to milk a farm full of cows for B) Is burnout on reading the Bible by candlelight again into midnight hour, when his love comes beaming around because it loses its dramatic oomph when you’ve already read it 5000 times before your 8th birthday.  

Still, feeling good about my post, New England IPA buzz on an empty stomach, knowing I’ve removed all fear from my kids prior, by being the high energy dad they love as I keep heckling Alexa to play Slip Of The Lip and Dance, Dance, Dance, by the kings of slithering Sunset Strip metal sleaze Ratt. Although along the way, my surging levels of happiness were flat lined to death when I had to endure annoying lines from my wife such as, “You can’t drink after taking Tylenol, it will wreck your liver.” I say, “If 3 days in Mardi Gras sophomore year in college, in addition to my lushastic, hound dog driven twenties in LA or my poor man’s William Faulkner, bourbon swirling impersonation in my 30’s back in Brooklyn and Queens, didn’t kill off my liver, nothing will babe, holla, thank you very much.”

So, after realizing that the 2 alleged most important adult woman in my life, that being my mother and wife of 10 years, fail to take care of dinner preparation for my 3 kids after getting my wisdom teeth taken out, I assume ownership of the situation and command the room, the way only a seasoned, all star Koshetarian Comedian can. Granted, when you’re not making Ravioli by freaking hand, or even from a pasta making machine, it’s not a drawn out, colossal time suck either. Still, when you take pride in being a yummy dance producer maestro, who’s accustomed to hearing from any of his 3 kids, “More, more”, “This is delicious Daddy” or “You haven’t made a batch this solid in months Daddy ”, you put in the extra effort to make an A Plus marinara sauce from scratch which steals the show, assuming you use your kids like open mikes in the kitchen prior enough to recognize your last 2 batches of bomb Ravioli made from scratch by some old world Italian Grandma, most likely in the same room since the Godfather was released in the boogie down Bronx, were a tad 2 al dente around the edges, to be called a complete resounding success.  

Mario Batali gave me the idea of always using red onions and carrots as a standard solid base every time you make any marinara from scratch, which I did here, having a Chopomatic at my disposal, after breaking the past 2 from being too rough with it, helped me resent my mom’s and wife’s complete lack of interest in any making life fuss free for a change a tad less in the end.  At the same time, I knew mama wouldn’t make this favorite meal for my 3 biggest fans in the universe “with love”, so it was my pleasure to fulfill the glaring Do It All Mom void in the room. After I use the reliable, semi-sturdy Chopomatic to cut some red onion, I grate some shaved carrots before bathing them in a generous pouring of olive oil, flush with peeled off bits of garlic, and chili pepper flakes, for added spicy variety, which adds more titillating lift to our days, before throwing in the chucky yet crushed, San Marzano can of tomato sauce from nearby grocery chain legend, Stew Leonard’s, a reason to live in CT alone or Northern Westchester, really.

I was also hell bent on eye fucking the shit out of the 2 boxes of Ravioli to ensure all those pillowy squares of perfection floated to the top like they were sitting top of the fucking Red Sea, before they were devoured with plenty of mmm, mmm, yumtastic, inhalatory glee, for back-to-back, licked clean servings later. Bonding through noshing with our kids from incorporating them into the creation of better than boobie dishes while using them as open mikes for real time feedback, can make our kids great again, my 3 fuss free kids, 99% of the time, are living proof of it. Thank you sweet Lord, very much.

Michael Kornbluth