💇🏽‍♂️ #AtoZChallenge: G is for Go Ask Daddy about what you GET to keep on Flea Market Flip, if I’m GOING to sit in a racecar next time I get my hair cut, and how high basketball scores GO

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It’s okay. Peter Cottontail and the stormtrooper have been quarantined together.

The universe aligned and put G right on a Wednesday.

G2020I’m sure Buddha or Jesus wasn’t thinking of my blog when they invented April. Or the #AtoZChallenge. No, it was just a cosmic coincidence. I could technically write about any letters, having satisfied the whole G thing with the Go Ask Daddy part.

But I won’t.

For new folk: Go Ask Daddy is a post I use to answer my girls’ questions. I’ve tried to document every question I’ve been asked since I became a dad way back in 1997. I’ve missed a few, and the document has changed technologies and decades since.

I’ve gone ahead and picked out questions that involve the word G. 

Hey, I’m a product of the Sesame Street generation, so it’s innate. I will answer just three today, to keep things light for those in the challenge who are challenged to read other blogs in the challenge, some of which are quite … challenging.

P.S. Update on Uncle Frank. He’s had a very good day Tuesday so we’re continuing to send good vibes and prayers! Thank you all who’ve been checking in.

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This one should be a country music album cover.

1. Do they get to keep the profit on Flea Market Flip?

For those not in the know: Flea Market Flip is a cool show in which contestants buy shit in a flea market, take that shit back to a workshop, fix up that shit, and try to flip that shit for more profit than the other team in the competition at another flea market.

The money they make is the equivalent to Monopoly money, however.

It’s a measuring stick to see how they do against the other team, both starting with $500 to buy pieces for three categories. Whoever makes the biggest profit wins $5,000. I couldn’t find a definitive answer to where the money actually goes, but I did learn that:

  • It takes 3 days to shoot one episode of Flea Market Flip: 1 day of buying, 1 day of restoring, 1 day of selling.
  • Lara Spencer’s real name is Lara Christine Von Seelen, which sounds much more badass, don’t you thin?
  • The biggest flea market in the country? That’s First Monday Trade Days, in Canton, Texas. (Of course.) It’s got room for 6,000 vendors, or roughly 6,000 more spaces than Jerry Jones has Lombardi trophies.

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2. Are you going to sit in a race car when you get your hair cut again?

My kids are hilarious.

I’m not the tallest dad, so I get lots of these kinds of questions. I will not be sitting on anything to get my hair cut any time soon, although Great Clips keeps imploring me to check in through their app.

I’m a good 6 weeks from my last hair cut, and honestly, I don’t really need one.

I’m disappointed in that. I wanted to wait out this whole quarantine by letting my hair get all crazy like Chuck Noland in Castaway. My fingernails need clipping every three days, but I can’t grow a decent mullet to save my life.

When the time comes, it’ll probably be in a normal chair. 

They didn’t have this cool stuff when I was little. We were lucky to get a sucker afterward. What are you looks-conscious folk going to do for hair cuts during the quarantine? Or those who must have their hair did in a salon?

I’ve decided to act out by growing out sideburns and a goatee. Stay tuned.

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photo credit: IMG_0113.mscu12spring.g1 via photopin (license)

3. Don’t basketball scores go into the hundreds?

Often, and Wilt Chamberlain once did it by himself. One team almost got 200 – the Detroit Pistons, with 186. It was against my Denver Nuggets, who scored 184 in 1983. Crazy times, and they didn’t play a bit of defense. 

Wilt did it for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1962, in a 169-147 win against the New York Knicks in Hershey, Penn. Thousands of people claim to have been in the stands for that, even though it doesn’t seat more than 8,000, and 4,000 reportedly were really there.

And there’s precious little media coverage of that day – it’s like, more rare than a New Yorker buying something bigger than a wine cart in Flea Market Flip.

The L.A. Times reports that in the past 23 years, including more than 27,000 NBA games, the first team to score 100 wins the game. You can take that to the bank. Or at least your banking app. Stay safe, my friends.


A is for Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Adam and Avril, and Amidala

B is for Bonnie Marie Williams, voiceover superhero, a #GirlsRock interview

C is for Conversations, Camdyn and cookies (#GratitudeAndShit) 

D is for Dorsey Standish, yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, for #GirlsRock

E is for End-of-your-career awards

F is for Frank, my uncle


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  1. beth says:

    when in doubt, go for the race car.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Words to live by!

  2. Nilanjana Bose says:

    Good questions, well fielded. The quarantine is wreaking havoc on everybody’s hair. 🙂 All the best for the A-Z.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you Nilanjana! Co-workers asked what’s going on with my hair and I said I hadn’t even looked at it! Thank you for dropping by.

  3. Your girls are funny, and my brother-in-law has already started moaning about needing a haircut. What he’s going to be like by the end of April is anyone’s guess.

    While cleaning a house i got to see Flea Market Flip once (bits of it as i cleaned) and i thought the whole concept needed tweaking. The fact is, team one used their $500 to buy an item that was going to be worth more than team two’s item, no matter how much team two worked to improve theirs. The competition should be about percentages, how much did you increase the value of your item above the initial value, not just did you get more money for it. Anyway, that was my thought, and the husband in that home agreed with me (he was the one watching).

    Hope you have a blessed and beautiful Wednesday.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      My girls should be in the funny pages, Mimi. Maybe the overgrown caveman look with make a comeback.

      Great points on the Flea Market Flip tweaks. I feel it’s tough also to sell anything but a small wine bar to hipsters in a New York city setting. I also wish they would auction off any unsold pieces for charity.

      Hope your day is blessed too, my friend.

  4. shoes says:

    Gotta love the questions posed by kids!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They never miss a beat!

  5. Lauren Becker says:

    I do enjoy Flea Market Flip. I would assume they get the prize money, though it’s probably taxed. LOL


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Everything’s taxed! It’d so be worth it though.

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