Shawn McAskill

Shawn McAskill

Shawn McAskill is the millennial father that the old print newspapers warned you about. He is a marketing professional living in South Florida with two highly energetic boys and a very patient wife. Shawn loves his family, his cars, FSU, and wasting his free time planning out everything he’d like to do in his free time.


We Pulled Up To The Beachwalk Resort. And Then My Son Threw Up.

This isn’t the weekend I had planned. I’m supposed to be 27-stories in the sky at the Beachwalk Resort in Hallandale Beach, FL. Instead, I’m sitting at my dining table in Pompano Beach, deathly afraid of more poop and vomit. My family and I were set to take full advantage of a complimentary stay at the newly-renovated resort, about 30 minutes south on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. For 36 hours, we’d relax on the beach, enjoy delicious meals, and traverse through Aventura and Hollywood on the hotel-provided shuttle. Beachwalk Resort offered a complimentary weekend in a two-room...

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Days of Bluster: Teaching My Son to Dominate the Go Kart Track

It’s pretty easy to find a go kart track. They’re littered throughout amusement parks, county fairs, and suburban warehouse districts. This is because, on its face, go karting is one of those family-friendly activities that is supposed to be fun and not matter all that much. The problem is – it does matter. Deny it all you want, but the truth is go karts turns all of us into contact-loving, tire-shredding jerks. Something about a tiny car with no doors, electronics, suspension, or safety aides of any kind pegs the red of our internal fight-or-flight-ometers. Every time you plop...

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Move Over Football, Footgolf is Our New Thanksgiving Tradition

This year, my family and I decided to forgo most of the usual Thanksgiving traditions. No hours spent slaving away in the kitchen. No hosting of extended family members. No awkward political discussions bringing the night to a screeching halt. Instead, we whisked away to the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, FL – located about 15 minutes outside of Orlando – where we would be waited on, cleaned up after, and free to be tormented by the political rants of complete strangers, rather than cherished members of our family tree. However, there was one particular tradition that we couldn’t escape...

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THE 2017 Volvo XC90 – Your Wife’s New Favorite SUV

“It’s too stiff. And stuffy. I don’t like it.” True to her Maryland hill country roots, my wife was resisting the allure of the butterscotch nappa leather seats of the 2017 Volvo XC90 – a vehicle which, in her eyes, was a tribute to excess and bourgeois sophistication. On paper, there was nothing about the XC90 that would remotely appeal to her – especially the $72,000+ price tag for our fully-loaded T6 AWD Inscription model. Disclosure: DriveShop USA loaned me a Volvo XC90 for review purposes. Opinions were not directed by DriveShop USA, and are, as always, my own....

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Before You Take Your Son To His First Car Show, Read This

As a father, you’re faced with many challenges. From figuring out how to save for college to learning to share all your old toys; each is an opportunity for a learning experience. One of the most special challenges you’ll come across is introducing your children to your passions and hobbies. Sure, you’re not supposed to force your kids into anything – but we can all agree it’s a helluva lot easier to relate to them and spend some quality time over a shared interest. Some of us are lucky in that regard. Call it nature or nurture, but some...

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3 Things to Know Before Taking Your Kids to Their First NBA Game

If you’re a dad and a sports fan, I already know two things about you: You remember the first time you attended a live sporting event From the moment you became a father, you started planning your kid’s first trip to the stadium Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a father that brought me along to several different spectacles and games. One of the first I can remember was some iteration of the long-defunct Grand Prix of Miami. It was raining, and I mostly remember being wet, cold, not seeing much through the plastic poncho he was...

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I Took A Road Trip to North Carolina and Rode a Dragon

I believe we all share that inner craving for a few free moments for ourselves. Not just dads – everyone. Through my 1990’s teal-tinted glasses of nostalgia, there seemed an abundance of free time back before I could really appreciate it. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy having a relatively full schedule constantly. As I learned through many a cram session during college, sometimes I’m at my best when I’m under the most pressure. But there has to be a release valve – preferably one I can deploy on my own terms. During those same college years, that...

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Traveling Dad Reviews The Acura MDX: For Family Road Trips, A Guilty Pleasure Pt. 2

The scene: Summer of 2016. The McAskill family was embarking on their first family road trip together, armed with nothing but their wits, a borrowed selfie-stick, and a 2016 Acura MDX. Get up to speed with part 1 here. Why We Felt Guilty Five states, two pit stops, one van fire, and 17 hours later we found ourselves driving down a dark, narrow, trash and needle-strewn alley in search of my wife’s cousin’s apartment. The funny thing is – it really wasn’t as bad as it might sound. The key was our trusty steed; the MDX. Normally, this would...

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Traveling Dad Reviews The Acura MDX: For Family Road Trips, A Guilty Pleasure

Late last Spring, my wife informed me that we’d be driving up to her annual family reunion in Maryland. She cited unreasonable airplane ticket prices, a desire to visit friends along the way, and the fact that we could all use “a little Griswold in our lives!” Now, driving is something I enjoy. I could do it just about any hour of any day, if prompted. But this was a family road trip. This wasn’t me against the open road; saddled with nothing but my Pandora station, beautiful passenger, and only a casual respect for the speed limit. There...

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Inviting Dad To A Monster Truck Rally Was The Best Mistake Ever

Before my youngest could speak in complete sentences – or relive himself in anything other than a diaper – he knew trucks. From an early 80s single-cab Toyota to a huge, glistening, chromed-out semi, every time we passed one on the road, he’d notify the rest of us by calling out “big truck!” I can hardly remember when exactly this started, but it seemed to quickly transform into full-blown obsession. He watched Blaze and the Monster Machines religiously. He inherited my decades-old, slightly rusty and fully dangerous gigantic metal Tonka trucks. I started to dream about buying a jacked-up...

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