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The "author"

Kevin McKeever runs Write On, Kevin! Communications and, as such, is an occasionally paid freelance writer for businesses and the media. Mostly, he chauffeurs the kids around and cleans up after the dog. 

Kevin pens the nationally award-winning "Party of One" newspaper column for The Advocate of Hearst Connecticut Media Group and the never-nominated-for-an-award "Dad About Town" column for Stamford magazine. He also serves as blog editor for the City Dads GroupCombined, all that work barely subsidizes his microbrew habit.

His writing has been featured in USA Today, Canada's Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post and landfills worldwide. It also appears in the anthology Dads Behaving Dadly that you should buy immediately from Amazon. He once had a cleaning quiz showdown with Heloise from "Hints from Heloise" on Connecticut's National Public Radio network and looked dumbfounded on Katie Couric's syndicated TV talk show even before she called him "hot."

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The blog

Modern gender role reversal! Precocious kids! A bodily fluid expelling dog!
It's a family sitcom with typos.

Always Home and Uncool plumbs the sticky, unfashionable depths of being an at-home dad trying to hold his own in suburban America.


The characters

Kevin T. Uncool – Father. Househusband. Writer. Goofball. Order subject to change.

My Love – Wife since 1997, go-to-gal since 1992. Globetrotting executive goddess, full-time.

Li'l Diva (known as Thing 1 before March 2012) -- Daughter. First born. Teen in training. Has a rare autoimmune disease, a variant of juvenile myositis called juvenile dermatomyositis,

Excitable (known as Thing 2 before March 2012) -- Son. Second born. Smarty. Mercurial.

Murphy -- Faithful canine companion. Also has rare autoimmune disease. Destiny.


FAQs
Q. How long have you been an at-home dad? Was it your choice?
A. I started as a corporate telecommuter in 2004 before the recession made me a home-bound freelance writer three years later. Both decisions were mine. My wife travels frequently for her big-money job and we needed  someone home for the kids, and I jumped at the chance. 

Q. What does your family think of your blog?
A. My wife likes it because it lets me unleash my sarcasm on someone other than her. My daughter knows I have a blog but isn't into reading so I'm fairly safe. If it's not on Cartoon Network, my son could not care less. The dog only wants to know when I'm feeding him.

Q. Why do you refer to your wife as My Love?
A. As someone who grew up watching Warner Bros. cartoons every afternoon after school, I took her nickname -- affectionately -- from the Daffy Duck short "The Henpecked Duck."

Q. Why did you change the blog names of your children from Thing 1 and 2 in March 2012?
A. To more accurately reflect their personalities, which have become more distinct since when I started this here thing. The name Li'l Diva comes from a very early blog post, My Little Diva. Excitable comes from my love of Warren Zevon's music and knowing that, in a sugar-excited state, my son probably would rub a pot roast all over his chest. Hot dogs, never; pot roast, definitely.

Q. How many dogs do you own?
A. I have one, Murphy (sometimes referred to The Murphinator, Murph or Murp). I occasionally mention the dog we had before him, Kiner (rhymes with "finer"), who I'm still trying to give a proper burial.

Q. Why is Murphy the only one using his real name in your blog?
A. He's part publicity hound.

Q. Is that you looking all forlorn in your blog header?
A. No. It is actor Skip Hinnant portraying The Boy in The Electric Company skit, "Love of Chair," from the early 1970s. Everyone else liked Easy Reader because he was cool, but The Boy was definitely Uncool and I dug that. It's also a tribute to the show that taught me how to read and write. 

Q. Where did the name of your blog come from?
A. From a scene in one of my favorite all-time movies, Almost FamousWilliam calls rock critic Lester Bangs for advice on an article he's committed to write for Rolling Stone. William says, "I'm glad you were home." Bangs replies, "I'm always home. I'm uncool. … The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you are uncool."

Q. Do you really say "frick,""frickin'," and "freakin'" instead of choicer f-words?
A. Most of the time, yes, because I try not to swear around my kids. I worked in a newsroom and I attended a Catholic high school so, in a pinch, I can keep pace with most on cussin'. Besides, you already know all those words, so why do you need to hear them from me?

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