My Dad is the best guy ever. No, like really. He is, it’s crazy. He would do anything for us kids, (there are four.) Even though we’re not exactly kids anymore, they oldest is 37, the youngest, is 25. We all know that if we needed him, anytime, anywhere, he’d be there. To bail us out of jail, to teach us how to parallel park (not an easy task), to send in our tax forms, to make sure we have health insurance into our 30s (hey 30 is the new 20), but most importantly, to have fun with. To throw around Seinfeld and outdated SNL one liners around with. Does anyone else remember Rob Schneider’s Tiny Elvis or Phil Hartman’s as Keyrock, the Unfrozen Cave Man Lawyer? Tom Gavin does, and you should too. They’re still good.
I dunno if my dad’s is typical of many guys of the baby boomer generation. In a way, he’s tough as nails. He still run’s the occasional marathon (he just turned 60) or bikes to the Jersey Shore with his buddies. Like a caveman lawyer, he has no need for some of the common “necessities,” of today. A dishwasher? Naw. Air conditioning? Forgettabout it. Though he does have an iPhone and he is proficient with text messaging and emojis. He needs very little to be content. Give him a beer and a baseball game and he’s a “pig in shit.”
Moms expect to be doted on a bit for Mother’s Day, but Father’s Day can be a little bit tricky. What do you do for a guy who pretty much wants for nothing and would rather you spend your money on yourself? Here are a few suggestions and a gentle reminder to show you’re dad how much you care, for Father’s Day, this Sunday, June 17th.
For the Science Geek: The Academy of Natural Sciences offers free admissions for dad’s this Sunday. Explore the halls, marvels at dinosaur bones and check out the eerie life like wildlife dioramas, of yeah, and there are free cookies too.
For the Sports Fan: It’s safe to say, ALL dad’s love baseball, unfortunately the Phillies will be in Toronto on Sunday afternoon facing the Blue Jays. Take your dad down to Xfinity Live, the 4th Stadium to drink beer and watch the game on friggin’ huge screens.
For the “Cool Dad” with an Offbeat Sense of Humor: Any dad who would enjoy this show, won’t mind that it’ on a Tuesday night at 11:00 pm at Johnny Brenda’s, a Fishtown Gastropub. Neil Hamburger with his bad comb-over, cheap suit, and scotch in hand is America’s hardest working comedian. He takes on celebrity and his ex-wife. He has that bitter, sarcastic shtick that dad’s just “get.” Bonus, Johnny Brenda’s, serves excellent local beers on draft.
For the Beer Lover: Gone are the days when you had to desperately hide your alcohol consumption from your parents. These days you can kick back and enjoy a beer or six with your pops. And its fun. Local breweries, Yards and Philadelphia Brewing Company are offering free tours on Saturday night.
Big, big fan of the Boss: The Rock and Roll Hall of fame presents The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen exhibit at the National Constitution Center featuring over 150 artifacts from his Born to Run guitar to his 1960 Chevy Corvette.