Dan Marshall is a novelist living in Portland, OR. Originally from Columbus, OH, he also lived in Pittsburgh, PA and Sarasota, FL before relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2011. In the past he worked as a French waffle cook, a library page, a movie theater concessionaire, an electronics store clerk, a bill collector, a video game clerk, and as a community organizer for the Sierra Club. He currently serves in a technical capacity for a non-profit in the education sector.
For more information, visit IAmDanMarshall.com.
Do you become enraged at the uncontrollable bobbing of the straw in your aluminum can?
Are you yearning to find a way to make your toilet paper roll tube enhance your music listening experience?
These and dozens of other everyday dilemmas are solved with Life Hacks, your handy guide to tackling little annoyances before they turn into big problems. This fully illustrated manual covers everything from nifty cable management to ingenious cooking methods, and much, much more.
Remember: If life throws you a curveball—hack it!
For the Marshalls, laughter is the best medicine. Especially when combined with alcohol, pain pills, excessive cursing, sexual escapades, actual medicine, and more alcohol.
Meet Dan Marshall. 25, good job, great girlfriend, and living the dream life in sunny Los Angeles without a care in the world. Until his mother calls. And he ignores it, as you usually do when Mom calls. Then she calls again. And again.
Dan thought things were going great at home. But it turns out his mom's cancer, which she had battled throughout his childhood with tenacity and a mouth foul enough to make a sailor blush, is back. And to add insult to injury, his loving father has been diagnosed with ALS.
Sayonara L.A., Dan is headed home to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Never has there been a more reluctant family reunion: His older sister is resentful, having stayed closer to home to bear the brunt of their mother's illness. His younger brother comes to lend a hand, giving up a journalism career and evenings cruising Chicago gay bars. His next younger sister, a sullen teenager, is a rebel with a cause. And his baby sister - through it all - can only think about her beloved dance troop. Dan returns to shouting matches at the dinner table, old flames knocking at the door, and a speech device programmed to help his father communicate that is as crude as the rest of them. But they put their petty differences aside and form Team Terminal, battling their parents' illnesses as best they can, when not otherwise distracted by the chaos that follows them wherever they go. Not even the family cats escape unscathed.
As Dan steps into his role as caregiver, wheelchair wrangler, and sibling referee, he watches pieces of his previous life slip away, and comes to realize that the further you stretch the ties that bind, the tighter they hold you together.
Packed with a wealth of advice, Dad Hacks offers invaluable solutions for more than one hundred common problems fathers face everyday. These hacks—“a trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency”—use basic materials and familiar techniques in ingenious ways. Tired of replacing your razors? Blast the blade with a hairdryer. The shot of hot air will eliminate residual moisture and help prevent oxidization and dulling.
Conveniently packaged in a portable flexibound format with rounded corners, Dad Hacks provides creative fixes—all fully illustrated and easy to follow—for a wide range of ordinary occurrences, including:
• Household Hacks
• Food and Drink Hacks
• DIY Hacks
• Gadget Hacks
• Health and Well-being Hacks
• Hacks on the Go
• Car and Bike Hacks
• Hacks for the Kids
• Garden and Outdoor Hacks
• Clothing and Grooming Hacks
With advice for the car, office, house, electronics, travel, and much, much more, Dad Hacks is essential for every tool kit, glove box, and work drawer.