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.


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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Nickelodeon Suites Resort is Dead. Long Live Nickelodeon Suites Resort.

When I think of the recently retired Nickelodeon Suites Resort, I like to imagine what it must have looked like in its heyday; slippery water slides, a bustling mall, popular characters hiding behind every corner, and plenty of sticky, trademark green slime oozing between every crevice. This is hopefully how countless families remember their stays. I want to believe in this, because Nickelodeon shows defined a large part of my adolescent years. However, our family’s brief visit wasn’t quite what my inner 9 year-old was hoping for. Nickelodeon Suits Resort: The Not-So-Good From the moment we arrived, it became...

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How to Prevent An Awful First Business Trip in Five Steps

I recently attended the 2016 Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego, CA. This being my first ACTUAL business trip, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be boring, or exciting? Would I have too much free time, or not enough? Would I be lonely, or networked out of my mind? As it turns out, there was a single answer to all of these questions: Sorta. The conference itself was fantastic; I learned a lot of cool stuff – some of which may even be beneficial to non-Millennials with “real jobs.” In particular, I learned exactly what I’d...

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This Is How Customer Service Should Be Done

Ok, I admit it. Hot on the heels of a weekend during which I traipsed across three Disney theme parks, consumed a teriyaki slider that all but changed my life, and test drove a Camaro that was barely available to the public, I had little to no expectations for my stay at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista resort. All I really needed was a checkpoint for my family and I to recharge and regroup. We spent a grand total of just over 12 hours on the premises – and a majority of that time I was unconscious. However,...

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Visiting Animal Kingdom? Don’t Miss Out On These!

For olfactory aficionados, Animal Kingdom is a Mecca. The park is teeming with scents emanating from a variety of origins; including animals, fauna, and the sunscreen my wife borrowed from a fellow mother in the parking lot. However, only one has the power to firmly grip a full-grown man by the short hairs and demand prostration. My family and I were breezing through Asia on our way to a date at Mt. Everest with the mythical yeti – purported to be quite aromatic himself – when I was brought to an abrupt halt. It was but a faint hint...

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The 2016 Camaro Does The One Thing Every Dad Car Should

Here’s a simple quiz that will help you decide whether you should consider Chevrolet’s 2016 Camaro: Are you a dad? Do you have a beating heart? Do you have a valid state license? If the answer to any of these questions is some form of “yes;” then you need this car. Yes, NEED it. Not because of its performance. Not because of its in-car tech. Not even because of its (much improved, in my opinion) looks. All of that is just icing on the bowtie-emblazoned cake. You need the new Camaro because it will shatter your current definition of...

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My Glorious and Awful Attempt to Find Disney’s Hardest Drinks

As parents we seem to say this over and over; but this really did seem like a good idea. The plan was to scour Walt Disney World for the adult-iest of adult beverages. In my mind, I was sure I’d unearth a hidden speakeasy, or sweet-talk a vendor into infusing my dole whip with half a bottle of 151. In the future, parents in need of a stiff cocktail while rushing to and from FastPass appointments would hail this article as a historical document. That was about as much thought as I put into it. Sure, I’d be accompanied...

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The Best Advice My Wife Ever Gave Me

Despite her thinking that the De Tomaso Pantera is an ’80s heavy metal band, my wife recently gave me the best car-related advice I’ve ever heard. Now, my wife knows plenty about a lot of things. She’s more than qualified to give me advice on which wine to order at a fancy restaurant. Or on the most efficient path through Whole Foods that takes me past the cold beer before check-out. Or how to stay cool and have a constructive conversation after my son splashes out half the bath water onto the floor for the 3,687,241st time. I’d trust her...

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