Avery and I went to get our first father-son haircut. I’ve been getting my hair cut at a place called Chop Tops since I moved into my house, as it was nearby, they give you a beer with your cut, and they do a great job with my hair.
As it was decided that everyone needed a haircut today, I figured Avery could get his cut with me. This was a big hit.
Part of going to Chop Tops is the feeling of being pampered. As a guy, you don’t get that often, and you don’t usually need much to feel this way. Here, it’s simple: the stylists are all young girls, they bring you a drink, and they wash your hair. Avery was very excited about getting his hair washed after it was all over.
I don’t remember ever going with my dad for a haircut, since he was probably shaving his head by the time I was old enough to do so. It was really awesome to get to go just “be men” together, even if neither of us are really “men”, yet.
Hot on the heels of Black Friday, Shop-a-holic Saturday, and Sunday Bloody Sunday comes the newest member of the zany Chain-Shopping Gang. Advertising companies across the globe exploded with happiness at the prospect of encroaching closer to Christmas by one whole day for their “get-em-while-they’re-cheaper” deals.
Me, I did all my shopping on Black Friday.
I don’t even feel bad about it. It went smoothly. Checked out all the deals, went to the local Wal-Mart around 7 pm to scope out what products they had that were in competitors’ ads, verified that they would price match, and went to bed at 10:30 pm. At 3:30, my iPhone screamed at me to get out of bed and my wife and I quickly dressed and headed back to Wal-Mart. We gathered up what we wanted to price match, sat next to the kiosks they had set up for their own deals, grabbed a couple of them and made it to the aisle before the large majority of people.
All in all, it was pretty freeing. I recommend it to everyone.
Next year, be prepared for Terrible Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Thirty-Percent Off Thursday, Freaky Friday, Seppuku Saturday, and Someone Kill Me Please Sunday.
This is my new favorite video on YouTube. It’s a video of this guy dancing in places all over the world. I checked out his website, “Where The Hell Is Matt?” and learned a bit about why he’s doing this. Apparently, he just decided he didn’t want to work anymore, so he saved up some money, quit his job, and traveled. While traveling, he did a silly dance at the request of his friend and posted it online. It was quite popular, so he decided to do it more often in the various places he traveled. A year later, Stride Gum asked him if he would consider taking a trip around the world and dancing wherever he goes. He agreed and has been doing it ever since.
The videos he’s made are all entertaining, but this one is really the best. It’s also a video that was posted to YouTube in 720p (which is how I’ve embedded it below). Visit the direct link and you can watch it full screen. Make sure you click on the “watch in high quality” link off the bottom-right corner of the video on YouTube’s site. You can also create a YouTube account and change your settings to always display the “high quality” version when available.
The song featured in the video is incredibly beautiful. It’s titled Praan.
My best friend in the entire world (after my wife, natch—I love you, baby!) has started an awesome not-for-profit called Snowflake Scarves. The organization makes handmade scarves, sells them online, and then donates the proceeds to Outreach International. The site went live a couple of days ago and tomorrow they’re having a photo shoot to show off the product. So, if you live in Texas and are within reasonable driving distance of Del Valle, check out the site for the address and go have some champagne and model some scarves. While you’re there, be sure to sign the guestbook and let your friends know about this awesome new project.
…I remember the same words my Vietnam professor always suggested, “Welcome home, brother.” While not all vets are men, the sentiment has stayed with me. “Thank you,” just isn’t enough. The men and women that serve and have served this country deserve our respect regardless of when, why, and whom they fought. And once a year, they deserve to be reminded that it’s over and that we are glad they’re back.
…when Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. I will respond, probably withholding tears, “Son, I was in my living room the day that the world as I knew it was changed forever.”
While only projections at this moment, the chances of McCain leading a comeback at this point are nil. For the first time in many, many years, I am proud to say I’m an American without qualification. The next four years promise to be momentous ones. Please join me, regardless of whom you voted for, in recognizing this incredible moment in US history.
I’ve been watching Hulu today, now that I don’t have to bother with the voting anymore, and I’ve seen Obama ads everywhere. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the last-minute increase will make the difference. Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, and you still are undecided, please watch Obama’s acceptance speech, which is where I was convinced that I was backing the right horse. With luck, you’ll be able to make a decision and still have time to vote. Good luck!
Remember, tomorrow may be the most significant and memorable vote in your lifetime, so be sure and get out there to vote. And if you still are undecided, take tonight to do some research and make an informed decision. It’s already obvious, I think, where my loyalties lie and I hope that those of you that disagree with them take some time to really think about Obama’s plans for this country and how they will benefit the majority of Americans, not just the privileged few. So if you’re middle class and struggling to make ends meet or feel that it’s time to start bringing our troops home and fixing the problems in our own country before we start fixing the problems of the world, please vote for Obama and let’s make America the country we’ve claimed it is for so long.