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Children take on curfews, movie flops, kids menu games

Editor's note: Columnist Ernest Hooper's children, Matthew, 18, Ethan, 17, and Madelyn, 9, are subbing for dad. He took the weekend off for Father's Day.

Matthew: Curfews are one of the big things kids argue about with their parents. My dad and I make it a weekly debate.

However, I have a simple solution: rollover minutes!

Yes, some nights I try to sneak in way past curfew only to be caught. But most nights, I'm home long before that time.

With rollover minutes, I could come in extra early one night and be allowed to stay out later the following. It's a win-win. …

Ethan: With Hollywood originality down, writers have turned to the panels of comic books for summer blockbusters.

This summer started out strong with Marvel's Thor and X-Men First Class. DC hoped to bounce back from last year's box office bomb Jonah Hex, but came up short with Green Lantern.

I wore my Green Lantern shirt and raised my ring as Ryan Reynolds recited the oath, but that wasn't nearly enough. …

Madelyn: For kids, eating out at restaurants is about more than how the food tastes and the quality of service. It's about the games on the kids' menus.

Who's the best? Bob Evans, followed by Outback Steakhouse. If you think it doesn't matter, try having a nice meal with a daughter bored out of her mind. …

The Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp. holds an African-American Business Summit from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the downtown Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 111 W Fortune St. in Tampa.

We didn't want to go with this, but dad promised some guy. He's always promising stuff and making us do it.

That's all we're saying.

Children take on curfews, movie flops, kids menu games 06/19/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 19, 2011 6:29pm]
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