Monday, September 21, 2009

The Redskins are fools (part 2)

Before the season, I wrote that the Redskins are fools for not addressing their o-line issues this offseason. Well, here's the proof. Sure their schedule is soft for the next few weeks (Lions, Bucs, Panthers and Chiefs) but wouldn't they have been better served signing a true o-line player instead of investing in Mike I-ate-too-much Williams?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Nostalgia-based business ideas: can they really work?

Occassaionally I run into websites that were created solely to take a general purpose idea and put a Nigerian spin on it. For example: Facebook for Nigerians, NaijaFeed (an aggregation of anything related to Nigeria on the web); Sturvs.com (a Nigerian social bookmarking website) etc etc

I admit I am not the most hardcore Nigerian person but can these sites really survive long term (i.e. past 6 months)? Is there really a marketable demand for Nigerian news that can't be found on Google News? Who would take the trouble to register on FacebookForNigerians when all of us are on the real facebook? NaijaFeed is ok but Nigerians that really care about Nigerian news know the websites of all the Nigerian newspaper. Besides, all the American-born Nigerian kids don't care that much about the fatherland. The ones that care were born and are stuck in Nigeria. Once they come here, I doubt they'll go to NaijaFeed to get news of the place they just left. So apart from old-time Nigerians and perhaps the casually-interested non-Nigerian, who exactly are the target audience of sites like these?

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Things I've learnt in 3 months of fatherhood

  • It's very easy to take good health for granted. When your siblings (by birth and marriage) have a combined total of 7 healthy children it's very easy for you to forget all the health risks (to the mother and babies) associated with pregnancy. I like to say it's like buying a lottery ticket for a drawing that doesn't take place for 9 months!
  • We are so lucky that these babies have no health issues (fingers crossed). They were so tiny when they came out, being early twins and all. It's amazing that at their size (4lbs) everything was fully developed and working.
  • Nothing beats seeing your 3-month old daughter literally jump up for joy upon seeing you for the 101st time in the same day.
  • It's amazing how a 3-month boy can be so in tune with music. Play any sort of music and Toni will start dancing. Doesn't matter the song...just play it and he'll dance.
  • Perhaps all babies do these things and mine aren't special. But still, it's cool to watch them both do their thing
  • When you find out you're having twins, you know you are going to need 2 of everything. But it doesn't really come through until you have to do the minutia of daily living: when packing the diaper bag, you need twice as many diapers; you need twice as many feeding bottles; twice as many onesies; twice as many bouncers, swings etc. And I am not even talking about the cost of these things. For example, we've recently switched the babies to #2 nipples. Guess how many new nipples we had to buy? 20! Guess how many we have to throw out? 20!
  • Going out with twins is an experience. Twice we've gone out to restaurants and each time it was like we put on a show. We get treated with more attention and everyone (even the kitchen staff) wants to see the babies. In fact, this past Saturday we ate at P.F. Changs in Baltimore and our waitress (Dawn) was super super super nice. She gave us free appetizer on her own dime. Told us about her own twins (even introduced one of them to us). While we were eating, my wife mentioned that this was our anniversary dinner. And guess what? Dawn gave us free dessert (again on her own dime). Apart from the free food, her service was excellent (so if you are reading, Dawn's boss, she's super).