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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘dad’
Posted: February 3rd, 2013

49ersIt’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I grew up loving football with my dad Walt Strosser, a legendary high school football coach. My hubby is an assistant football coach and all five boys in this blended family played the game.

My oldest has been a San Francisco 49er fan since he was a tot. We’ve been to San Diego — but not San Francsco, and today our hearts are close to San Francisco — hoping for a win over the Baltimore Ravens.

My son has had a 49ers baseball cap every year that I can remember. They aren’t easy to find around here. He started as a fan in the glory years of Jerry Rice and Steve Young.  He lives in Virginia, and I know his girlfriend has already taken care of the hat for this year.

One of my daughter’s friends loves the team too. It’s kind of in the family — except for my youngest’s love of Green Bay Packers — but even he is rooting for San Francisco today.

I don’t know much about the players for either team in today’s game. But I do know the coaches are brothers. That in itself is an interesting story.

Tony Bennett, will hopefully sing “I left my heart in San Francisco” at some point during today’s festivities. If not, watch the video of a 1960s version here. And here’s his 1982 version on Johnny Carson. It’s associated more with the San Francisco Giants than the Niners, but who doesn’t love Tony Bennett? He first sang the song in 1961.

Good luck to both teams, and Go Niners!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  Her oldest son has been a San Francisco 49er fan for more than 20 years. 

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Posted: May 21st, 2012

Bat one out of the park for Father’s Day, June 17, with a baseball wrapped in a photo of Dad’s favorite team stadium — collectibles too! Visit www.unforgettaballs.com where gift baseballs celebrating ballparks and stadiums cost about $17.50 plus shipping. Each ball includes a Lucite container. Add a wood base for $12.50; or hoist the ball on a trio of miniature baseball bats for another $6.75.

For avid fans, buy Dad 20 of them and line them up in a $65.95 beautiful display case. More great gift ideas are available from Restoration Hardware — really cool stuff!

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: May 13th, 2012

We all have moms, but some of us lost our moms a long time ago. I lost my mother Arlene Menold Strosser 25 years ago. I lost my dad the same year my kids lost their dad when they were age 7 to 12, so I needed a lot of momming myself over the years. I have many people to thank for momming me in ways they may not remember.

Thanks to friends and family. There were times I felt lost, but family members, friends and even friends of my parents often sent notes of praise to me. I saved those notes, and I still read them on a bad day. Thanks for handwritten and heartfelt messages.

My tennis buddies, some older, some younger but always my friends and advisors. One told me there would be times my kids needed me to be a friend — not a mom. Another shared a story she had never shared with anyone when she knew how down in the dumps I was about one of my kids’ blunders. Thanks, ladies.

To all the men and women I’ve ever worked with who know how hard it is to juggle careers and kids. Thanks for saving me.

To my husband, Kim Parker, who made me a better person and a better mom. And to my kids, who without knowing it, often mommed me. Here are some funny words of advice I’ll never forget:

Howie Eckert: “You might want to lose some weight before you wear that.” (It was a peach colored suit, and I rounded it out like a peach. I did lose weight, and I did wear it.)

Kelly Eckert: “Mom, get your own friends.” (I wanted my kids to go to a high school football game with me. They had reached that tween age where hanging out with Mom was not cool. It stung, but I branched out and met a lot of new people.)

Ryan Eckert: “I wouldn’t wear that raincoat. You kinda look like a mushroom.” (He was right — it was long and beige and so was my hair. I returned the coat to the store.)

Today, the three little Eckerts (pictured above with my husband and me) always offer some tender advice, hugs and kisses when I really need them. The memories of their quotes make me laugh. Happy Mother’s Day, everyone. I’m eating Ghirardelli brownies for breakfast.  I won’t be wearing a peach suit or a beige raincoat today.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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