A to Z Challenge: Q is for Questions


Questions? I get plenty.

For the A to Z Challenge today, Q is for Questions. I’m loaded with them here at the CD. Every Friday, I pick five questions at random from a list of 400 from my kids to answer. It began as a Five for Friday feature I stole picked up from Katherine Roady’s blog.

QI knew the day I ran a guest post on a Friday instead of Go Ask Daddy and got negative feedback that my kids’ questions were here to stay.

Grace created today’s main art, as she has several times during this challenge. She also gave me an idea for today. “Pick your 25 favorite Go Ask Daddy questions!” (She aims for the stars, that one.)

I didn’t make it to 25, but Coach Daddy was a sitcom and this was one of those reminiscing episodes … well, here’s just a few I picked up from along the way.

1. Is Elvis dead?

The evidence is overwhelming. Against it.

    • Sightings in Kalamazoo and Ottawa
    • A quick funeral (a day after his death)
    • Inconsistencies in his death certificate
    • Conspiracy theories that revolve around mafia involvement, a wax-figure corpse in his coffin and a job today as a DEA agent
    • A flower delivered after his death to a former lover from “El Lancelot,” a pet name only she would have known
    • We also have elvis-is-alive.com and the Elvis is Alive 5K

There’s also an autopsy report, though. It says Elvis Aron Presley, sufferer of hypertension and heart problems and just a bit older than your daddy, died of natural causes. And two Elvis is Alive museums have closed their doors.

No one believed the hype. It’s as if Elvis has left the buildings.

Today, we have Elvis Grbac, Elvis Dumervil, and Renelvis, a Mexican Elvis impersonator. And a legacy of bluesy, edgy, gyrating rock and roll that changed American pop forever. Thankyouverymuch.

2. Do you still go to the gym every day?



Here’s what I’ve found: I do love to run. I’m surprised at what I can do when I run. People younger and thinner than me have finished behind me in the two 5Ks I’ve run. I even downloaded a workout app that had me doing lat pulls and the military press.

They’re fun, for a while, until they’re not.

Disc golf, played in horrid humidity or enormous, cold rain drops, is always fun. It’s fun, even when you’re 21 over par and have just chucked a disc into the lake. It’s also fun in the winter, with bitter wind or heavy snow. I love to play.

I love the hike and the vitamin D and problem solving.

Problems I get myself into. My heart rate stays high and my mind stays sharp.

In this way, the world is my gym. Or at least the disc golf course is. And so long as my jeans still fit and I feel like a champ, that’s good enough for me.

3. What’s the point of corn flakes if they’re not frosted?

photo credit: Tebowing via photopin (license)

Let’s wrap up a post about compassion with something sweet.

Let me preface this ode to Frosted Flakes with this disclaimer. As a 43-year-old man, I can appreciate the plain corn flake. It’s the part of me that appreciates baseball before the designated hitter. Or Olivia Newton John before plastic surgery.

In the best of worlds, all athletes could pray together after a hard-fought game. Fish could swim hook-free and kids could enter their medical challenges with self-assuredness. People could bring girlfriends and boyfriends to church, even if they were a matching set and not complimentary pieces.

And may every bowl of flakes be frosted.

Go and do.

4. Daddy – would you die for me?

This one got a post all its own. Check it out here.

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  1. You know I still love that last article by you that you mentioned and ad for Elvis, he has most undoubtedly left the building! ;(

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That was one of my favorite posts, Janine … just an honest question from a kid I love!

  2. Lyn says:

    Olivia Neutron Bomb has had plastic surgery? Please…tell me it isn’t so 😮
    Okay Coach Daddy, I have a question for you… What is the difference between unlawful and illegal?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m afraid so, Lyn – what’s with Hollywood that makes beautiful people think they need this? She’s pretty now, too, but she’s a different-looking person.

      Oh, great question (I should open the floor to readers to submit Go Ask Daddy questions sometime.)

      Unlawful things are against the law but aren’t always criminal acts. Jaywalking, for instance. You’re supposed to cross at crosswalks, so any means of crossing that doesn’t include crosswalks could be construed as unlawful, but not necessarily illegal.

      Illegal things are also unlawful, but they’re criminal, too, like buying cocaine or murder. They’re expressly forbidden by law.

      1. Lyn says:

        Ahhh, that’s what everyone thinks is the difference between unlawful and illegal, but sadly, that’s not quite correct. You see, unlawful is against the law, and illegal is a sick bird 😉

  3. Part of me wants to believe that Elvis didn’t die 1977. (Just as I don’t believe in the magic bullet that supposedly killed JFK.) If Elvis really didn’t die back then, he most probably passed away between then and now, considering his health issues.
    I visited Graceland not too long ago. Being there was enchanting, somehow.

    The world is my gym, I love that!

    One last question: define “jeans fit” – that’s when one is breathing in, right? Asking for a friend.

  4. Ann Koplow says:

    Is anybody anywhere cooler than Coach Daddy?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Oh gosh – I once looked at a heat map of cool and I wasn’t even a blip.

      1. Ann Koplow says:

        Get another map!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        You’re the best, Ann.

  5. Rhonda Albom says:

    Interesting Q post. My answers, Elvis is dead, Never did, no point at all and yes.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Rhonda. I still think the King is slinging hash in a Nashville diner.

  6. ksbeth says:

    she is very bright, as is illustrated by the cornflakes question. and full of heart with the death question.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      thanks beth. it was impossible to pick my absolute favorite questions they’ve ever asked, so i lifted a handful.

  7. stomperdad says:

    Awesome questions. Even better answers. I frost my own flakes.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks friend. However a man’s flakes gets frosted, it’s just good that they are. They’ve asked me some doozies, these three.

      1. stomperdad says:

        I’m going to have to go back and find more! I love kids questions, never know what they’ll ask!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I do Go Ask Daddy every Friday. I’m looking forward to getting to your stuff too … I’m not reading near enough lately!

      3. stomperdad says:

        I hear ya… that’s makes two of us!

  8. Kim says:

    Hunter wants to know if you are nationally ranked at disc golf?!
    Frosted flakes are 100x better than corn flakes!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m rank all right – even here at work, we have a league. I’m eight out of 10, and I’m not positive Nos. 9 and 10 still work here. Corn flakes without frost are like Johnny Cash singing someplace other than prison.

  9. laurie27wsmith says:

    Frosted flakes rule! I was a fan of Tony the Tiger as a small boy. Some great questions therre Mate.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They’re the best midnight snack, mate. Elise was terrified of Tony the Tiger in real life as a toddler, but would have pet a real tiger without trepidation.

      It was fun to revisit the old Go Ask Daddy posts and pick out a few faves.

      1. laurie27wsmith says:

        Even dry they taste good Mate. He was a bit confronting when he stood up and growled. Always good to look back now and then.

  10. A.PROMPTreply says:

    How did I miss this post? I love it. Not so sure about your evidence for Elvis, but definitely agree with you on the corn flakes! And oh,that last question! OMG.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      With all this rapid-fire posting, it’s easy to miss one – and I’ve missed a few days of reading posts myself.

      I bet Elvis is a Tennessee Titans fan. That’s all I’ll say about that.

      Yeah, that last question … I needed a whole post to tackle that one!

  11. tamaralikecamera says:

    Elvis is definitely not alive. So sad.
    And I can appreciate Corn Flakes with cream. Frosted Flakes get milk, but for my mom’s birthday, it’s Frosted Flakes with cream.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Wouldn’t that suck if he really didn’t die back then, but then got clogged arteries and died 5 years ago in Vegas?

      Frosted Flakes with cream sounds pretty rich. A birthday kind of thing.

  12. mocadeaux says:

    Eli Pacheco and Lou Holtz – two very wise men.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Did you know I once interviewed Lou Holtz in my underwear? (It was a phone interview).

  13. Mini Wheats. Brown sugar frosted. Yes, please!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Bring it! I’ll be over here by the Frosted Flakes.

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