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.


The Lexus IS200t Is A Little Bit “Extra”

This past November, my family and I decided to head out of town for a bit of a Thanksgiving “staycation” in Orlando. Rather than spend the typically stress-filled weekend running around like a turkey with our head cut off, we’d instead be pampered, served, and introduced to the joys of footgolf. Along for the ride – actually, our ride itself – was a spicy-hot red Lexus IS200t courtesy of DriveShop USA. The littlest Lexus provided everything a family ready to spend hours on the road would expect; it possessed style, space, power, and comfort. The twice-removed blood ties to...

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The Traveling Dad Workout Guide

I know. The last thing you need is one more person telling you how important it is to stay healthy and in shape. Instead, I’m going to share some exercises I’ve added to my workout routine over the past few months, along with their unexpected travel-related benefits. See, I didn’t initially add any of these with the intent to make myself a better traveler. During my family’s recent winter trip to Maryland however, I surprised myself by setting new personal bests in several events well-seasoned traveling dads know well – like the multiple suitcase-carry and overhead storage clean-and-jerk. It doesn’t...

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The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Completely Surprised Me

I went into our recent winter trip to Maryland expecting (hoping) that a unique driving experience awaited me. I was prepared to put our borrowed 2017 Nissan Pathfinder through its paces up and down snow and ice-covered mountains. I anticipated my car control skills and this latest version of Nissan’s popular crossover to both be properly tested. Of course, without the onslaught of snow we planned for, that test was no longer part of our itinerary. However, I was far from disappointed. In fact, I was gifted a totally unexpected driving experience by way of one of the 2017...

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Our Winter Snow Trip Was (Barely) Successful

We were so ready for our winter snow trip. We’d bought and borrowed as many winter outfits as we could, secured a capable and comfortable 4WD vehicle (a 2017 Pathfinder, courtesy of Nissan – look for a review soon!), and quickly pounced on four affordable plane tickets during one late-night search. My wife and I had promised our two Florida-born-and-bred sons they’d see snow this winter, and we were going to deliver. Our plan was to stay with friends on top of a white-capped mountain in western Maryland. During the week leading up to our departure, our collective excitement...

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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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