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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

Rides: THE ROCK FATHER vs. The FERRARI F430 at The Xtreme Xperience

"When your friends ask you how fast you went, tell them 'I went as fast as I could.'" That was the final bit of advice given by Xtreme Xperience Chief Instructor Brad Pines at the close of an instructional session held in a classroom overlooking the pit area of the North Course of the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday. It was there that I, along with a handful of other early morning drivers received some brief, but important lessons prior to taking to the track in some of the World's finest vehicles - Supercars. For me, it would be the Ferrari F430 - a 483 horsepower hand-crafted vehicle with a top speed of 196 mph... but it wouldn't be the first time that I'd take to the track in Joliet. For that, we have to spin things back to 1978...

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Giveaway: Win NEIGHBORS on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Find out why Audiences Love ROSE BYRNE

NEIGHBORSOn September 23, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release NEIGHBORS on Blu-ray and DVD. The comedy about a pair of new parents clashing with a local fraternity scored big with audiences, and while SETH ROGEN and ZAC EFRON may have scored top billing on the box, audiences love ROSE BYRNE. That said, Universal and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up for a NEIGHBORS Giveaway in which one (1) lucky reader will take home the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack. Enter to win, and check out a special feature on why Rose Byrne is a nearly universal "girl crush" below.

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Review - PEG + CAT: Chickens on the Loose and other REALLY Big Problems (DVD)

PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)When PEG + CAT first landed on my radar back in May of 2013, I was attending the PBS Annual Meeting in Miami, where series creators Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson were on-hand to discuss their creation. With two daughters, the thought of a math-based series with a little girl as the lead was a compelling idea, and the fact that she wields a string-based instrument was a bonus. A year-and-a-half later, PEG + CAT is a true hit - a dual EMMY-winner that's watched regularly here at Rock Father HQ, with Peg's little ukulele-driven jingles a regular earworm. With the release of Chickens on the Loose and other REALLY Big Problems on DVD, the learning adventures are available at any time.

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Talk Like A Pirate Day: Sail the Seas with a Radio-Controlled Playmobil Pirate Ship! #TalkLikeAPirateDay

Ahoy, Mateys! Since everyone is talking like a pirate today, I'm highlighting some pirate-based fun here on THE ROCK FATHER! Did you know that PLAYMOBIL has an entire Playmobil Pirates collection? Well, they sure do, and the pinnacle item of that collection has to be the Radio-Controlled Pirate Ship with Underwater Motor. While we don't personally have one here (nowhere to really use it proper), there's a few videos on YouTube like this one that show off just how cool this ship really is...

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Rides: Getting Ready for Fall with Gumout All-In-One Complete Fuel System Cleaner #WalmartAuto

This adventure is brought to you by Walmart. THE ROCK FATHER is a Socialstars 2014 #WalmartAuto Ambassador. The Gumout products featured in this story are all available at your local store or at Walmart.com.

When we last checked-in from the garage here at Rock Father HQ, my oldest daughter and I were getting our cars clean after some summer travel that delivered thousands of miles worth of road grime. Now comes prep for Fall (and dare I say it, winter), and now is the prime time to take a look at some basic maintenance - especially for those with older cars, like the 2005 Scion xB that I still rock daily, about 160,000 miles into it's life. One of the most important systems to keep an eye on is the fuel system, and using Gumout All-In-One® Complete Fuel System Cleaner Ethanol Treatment and Friction Modifier is one inexpensive and easy way to improve your car's performance, while cutting down on some of the nasty stuff that can build up in the engine.

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Talk Like A Pirate Day: Watch - The Boo Hoo Crew - "Pirate Girls"

It is officially National Talk Like A Pirate Day here at Rock Father HQ (though I probably will not be talking like a pirate), so I'm gonna share a couple of sea-worthy goodies for all of you, starting with "Pirate Girls" - the new single and music video from THE BOO HOO CREW. Clint Perry and the crew have been cranking the family-friendly Pirate rock for a few years now, so it's just right that they're back with more for 2014. Check out the video below...

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STAR WARS: When BATMAN Hitched a Ride on The Millenium Falcon...

Just days after Zack Snyder confirmed that a rogue Imperial Stormtrooper was responsible for stealing the Batmobile from the set of his currently-lensing BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE in Detroit, a mysterious new video has emerged from the set of the also currently-lensing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Entitled "Hunka Junk," Director J.J. Abrams posted a flyby of The Millenium Falcon that reveals that The Caped Crusader may have somehow found himself transported to A Galaxy Far, Far Away...

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Rides: SCION Issues a Sneak-Preview of SLAYER and RILEY HAWK-inspired Vehicles...

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Toyota's SCION division, having been an early-adopter who custom-ordered an original Scion xB back in 2004 (I'm driving it today, actually). Now, ten years into the game, Scion continues their support of all-things-metal with the announcement of a special  “Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC” for thrash titans SLAYER, which will debut along side the “Scion x Riley Hawk Skate Tour xB” at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 4-7, 2014.

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Giveaway: Win Lullaby Versions of FAITH NO MORE + a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

The lullaby album of the year has officially hit the streets (and the nursery) as TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR - LULLABY VERSIONS OF FAITH NO MORE (my favorite band of all-time) is out now. To celebrate this epic collection of 12 FNM classics (and one cover) that have been re-worked into "lush instrumental versions" for baby, the folks at Roma Music Group have teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER for a giveaway! Three (3) lucky readers will receive a digital download of the new album, with one (1) also receiving a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Enter below...

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Pirate Day Preview: Celebrate with PENELOPE THE PURPLE PIRATE! #TalkLikeAPirateDay

PenelopeThis Friday, September 19th, is the Annual TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY, and for 2014 you can actually talk WITH a pirate. At 5:30pm PST, join my friend Melissa Northway (part of the PBS KIDS VIP Crew) and her creation, PENELOPE THE PURPLE PIRATE for a very special Facebook Party. There will be prizes (a full-on pirate's booty, you could say) and fun, all worked around the adventures of Penelope - whose book will be available on iTunes for FREE (in regular or HD), but just for one day.

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New Holiday DVDs from DINOSAUR TRAIN and DANIEL TIGER's NEIGHBORHOOD on the way...

THE ROCK FATHER - HOLIDAY 2014I know it's early for some of you when it comes to discussing the 2014 Holiday Season, but the time for new seasonal DVD releases is upon us, and today comes news on a pair you're bound to want for your little ones. PBS Distribution will release DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS IN THE SNOW on October 28, followed by DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD: DANIEL'S HAPPY HOLIDAYS on November 4 (a non-limited comes out Oct. 14). Both of these PBS KIDS hits are being issued in limited-edition gift packs complete with a collectible figurine! Full details below...

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10 Years Ago Today, I Quit my Job. Here's what Happened...

September 17, 2004. That was the very last day that I worked for the late Musicland Group in their Sam Goody division. It was not a "small step," but a "giant leap" into the unknown, the second major risk I'd taken in the early 2000s - the type of dice roll you only take when you can, and for me, a chance I was only able to take thanks to the support of my wife - the same girl that encouraged me to take another drastic measure just a few years prior. The bottom of my "voluntary resignation" form read like this...

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Back-to-School: Celebrate National #PlayDohDay with Sculpts Inspired-by FERRIS BUELLER, CLUELESS and More!

Did you know that September 16 is National PLAY-DOH Day? It's true, every year there's a day-long celebration of Hasbro's iconic modeling compound, and for 2014, Hasbro has placed a Back-to-School spin on the affair, having their master sculptors lend their skill to creating some true works of art based on schools and students from classic movies and television shows. The sculpts include Cher’s plaid back-to-school suit from CLUELESS, the infamous Burn Book wielded by The Plastics in MEAN GIRLS, Rydell High’s infamous T-Birds & Pink Ladies jackets from GREASE, Mike & Sulley from Disney's MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and two classic scenes inspired by FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF and SAVED BY THE BELL. See them all, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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