Why I’m thankful for our strict gun regulations, even if they might not work

Posted: December 21st, 2012 | Communities, Featured, Lifestyle, North Park, Parenting | 2 Comments

Andy Hinds | Parenting Like most everyone else in the country, I listened, read and watched with horror on Dec. 14 as the details of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. unfolded. I was running errands with my 3-year-old twins, who don’t really know what guns are for or what dying is. We stopped at a pizza joint for lunch, which, unfortunately, had televisions aimed at us from every angle.

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How to explain ‘dumpster diving’ to three year olds

Posted: November 23rd, 2012 | Communities, Featured, Lifestyle, North Park, Parenting | 1 Comment

Andy Hinds | Parenting If you’ve read any of my previous columns here, you know that I’m pretty much an unapologetic cheerleader for our Uptown neighborhoods. I was reminded again of how sweet it is to live here just last weekend, when my wife and I went on a double date, sans kids, which included a lovely dinner followed by the rare experience of dancing without the accompaniment of Yo Gabba Gabba. We did this […]

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Thank you, hipsters, for improving our quality of life

Posted: September 28th, 2012 | Communities, Featured, Lifestyle, North Park, Parenting | 1 Comment

Andy Hinds | Parenting If you live Uptown and have the internet, you probably saw that North Park made it onto Forbes’ inaugural “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods” list. I was alerted to this accolade when my brother-in-law posted the list on Facebook so he could gloat that his Los Angeles ’hood of Silver Lake was deemed hippest in the land, at which I immediately scoffed. Because Forbes said so? Really? That’s where you look for […]

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Every neighborhood needs a grumpy old man

Posted: August 31st, 2012 | Lifestyle, North Park, Parenting | No Comments

Andy Hinds | Parenting A few months ago, my family and I were at a playground that featured some rough, car-like structures. The kids were pretending to drive them, and having the kinds of conversations they associated with operating motor vehicles. One of my 3-year-old twin girls, behind the wheel of a blue jalopy made of steel bars, hollered over to her sister sitting in a similar contraption: “Hey buddy! Slow down!” My wife started […]

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A tale of two swimming holes

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 | Balboa Park, Featured, North Park, Parenting | 2 Comments

Andy Hinds | Parenting How does one cool off on a hot summer day in San Diego? Perhaps the most obvious answer is to head for the western edge of the county. You know, the part with the ocean. But maybe you have a couple of little kids who aren’t 100 percent crazy about kelp and crashing waves. And maybe you’re not 100 percent stoked about the prospect of finding a parking spot near the […]

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What are your favorite Uptown playgrounds?

Andy Hinds | SDUN Columnist As a stay-at-home dad, one of my primary objectives is to actually stay at home as little as possible. Almost every time I’ve acted on the intuition that my 3-year-old twins need to take it easy and spend the day at the house, it has backfired on me. We all get on each other’s nerves, the house ends up trashed and I feel like a failure for not having gotten […]

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