Charly Bauer

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

AGE: 41

SPOUSE: Jeni Britton Bauer. We've been together for 12 years but we're still in our honeymoon period.

KIDS: Greta, almost 4, and Dashiell, barely 2


JOBS: Dad; Chief Technology Officer and occasional ice-cream scooper at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams; Jeni's husband

What is the most played song on your iPod right now?

I've been thinking about getting an iPod, but lately I've been listening to "Meet Glen Campbell" on vinyl.

Which superhero power would you like to have?

Probably accelerated healing. Wolverine and Lobo both have this. It is the ability to heal rapidly from any injury; the rate of recovery varies from character to character. This can sometimes result in the slowing of aging. This would help with parenting, too. A close second super-hero power would be superhuman breath. This is the ability to inhale/exhale with superhumanly powerful strength. This can range from exhalation on par with gale force winds to inhalation on par with the power of a gravitational vortex. In some cases, freezing temperatures can also be achieved. Superman and Toad both have this.

Favorite thing to do for cheap family fun in Central Ohio:

Visit the fountain in North Bank Park or take my kids to chase tennis balls on a public court. Or linger in the library.

Favorite restaurant to take the kids:

Basi Italia. For spaghetti and meatballs, Guiseppe's Ritrovo - the marinara is like face paint.

Favorite movie that you went to see with the kids:

I haven't been able to sit through a whole movie yet, but at home we can watch most of "Babies" and Disney's "Oceans."

Favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon:

Margaritas at Cuco's Market & Tacqueria, and a nap followed by a bike ride.

Best advice you ever received as a parent:

"Broken legs, not broken eggs." Separate the real problems from the little stuff.

What's something your mom or dad did that you thought was nuts when you were a kid and now you understand?


What's the funniest thing your child ever said or did that you really wish he or she hadn't said or done?

Dashiell said the alternatives for "shoot" and "gosh darn it" when he wasn't even 2. I'm told he's only supposed to have about 10 words in his vocabulary. He actually has more like 500, but unfortunately several of them are curse words. It's all my fault, I know. I've tried really hard to hide my laughter.

My life's motto is:

"Are you kidding me?" Greta says that all the time. It's not a motto as such, but it's fun to say really loud.