Before we breathe in the pomp and circumstance of Father's Day, did you notice that over the last couple of weeks, in just about every outlet of media and retail, Guys ruled? Department stores held deep-discount sales on Clothes for Guys. Cable channels programmed Movies for Guys. Sporting-goods and electronics stores hawked Stuff Guys Like at ridiculously low prices. It was a manucopia!
All this was a salute to fatherhood, in all its big-hearted, big-bellied glory, and the childless surely had fun riding our coattails. So to all you fellas who got a sick deal on that new plasma TV, yet need not live in fear of small hands coating it with a veneer of applesauce: You're welcome.
This Father's Day was pretty cool for us, because I think a tradition was born. The boys and I started by making pancakes from scratch--and trashing the kitchen within an inch of its life. This was mostly due to spirited stirring. Robert stirred the wet stuff, TwoBert stirred the dry stuff, and the resulting RPM sent batter in a magnificent centrifugal spew.
We also spent some time reading "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator," which Robert likes because of all the creative insults. People are described as whackers, driveling thickwits, and dotty as a doughnut, and that's only in the first two chapters.
Then we launched Unstructured, Plan-Free, Random Acts of Whatever Day, whereby Robert chose a neighborhood to explore by closing his eyes and pointing to a random spot on his subway map. His first choice was Crown Heights, so we took a mulligan. His second was the Upper East Side, and I was intrigued because 1) I never hang out there, and 2) it's notoriously kid-friendly. We got off at 77th Street, walked this way and that, and ended up exhausted and sandy and soaked, and eating free barbecue (a Father's Day special, natch).
As a result, random discovery is the official new theme of Laid-Off Summer '08. When fall arrives, we're gonna know more about this city (proportionately, anyway) than Peter Stuyvesant and Henry Hudson put together.
And now, back to your regularly scheduled Steel Magnolias marathon on TNT.