Monday, May 30, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Dad is much too classy for a Jansport backpack, and don’t even attempt to get him a shoulder bag/satchel. Dad carries his leather, musty, metal buckle latched briefcase with meaning. The briefcase serves purpose of organization amongst that paperwork, pens, calculator and extra set of cufflinks, but it is also a status symbol.
Much like Batman never fights crime without his utility belt, Dad never leaves for the office without his briefcase. A shoulder bag would trigger his joint problems and a backpack just looks silly. But the briefcase is sturdy and for the hardcore Dads it comes with a 3 number combo for each latch. Does Dad work for the FBI?
If you’re lucky, Dad might ask you to bring his briefcase to him from the study. Be careful though, you must’n open it. The worn leather exudes importance and upclose it smells like your social studies book. Was the Declaration of Independence carried in a briefcase?
You hand Dad his briefcase to which He is eternally grateful. “Thanks kiddo,” Dad sincerely states with a wink as if it was a 50s family sitcom. You smile and stand still in your moment of accomplishment. “You can go now.” Dad says sternly, shaking you from your day dream. Dad cautiously watches you exit before he opens his briefcase. What kind of papers are carried in that briefcase? Only Dad knows…
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
In order to be a Dad, one has to act like a Dad but more importantly one has to look like a Dad. The staff here at That’s So Dad have discussed at length the virtues of White New Balances, braided leather belts, sandals with socks, bathrobes and other apparel that shows to the world “I am a Dad, I want to look good.” One foundation of Dad fashion that must be recognized is that solid rock of upper body clothing. It can be worn any time of the year and for any occasion. From office parties to Sunday brunch, and from little league games to tax preparation the sweater vest is always an appropriate option for Dad.
Sweater vests are great because they provide Dad with some warmth on a cool fall day, but provide him with a free range of motion to do Dad activities like fixing things in the garage, also known as escaping from the family to drink some beer and performing minor repairs on the house. The versatility of the sweater vest is unparalleled due to its resistance to wear and tear and never ending pattern and color choices. Solid colored sweater vests are the most common and are used in many casual situations. Dad always has a sweater vest in the color of his alma mater that he wears while yelling at said alma mater’s football team on the TV. He also has various striped and checkered sweater vests to adapt to certain situations.
The most notable sweater vest is also the most ugly; The Christmas Sweater Vest. A distant cousin to the Ugly Christmas Sweater, Dad busts the UCSV out only once a year: when the family is hosting the family Christmas party. Dad does not wear it ironically; he actually thinks it looks good on him. You groan as you watch Dad belting Christmas carols, working on his fifth glass of eggnog, and rocking the UCSV. Dad does not care though, because he is rocking the sweater vest and looks damn good while doing it.
The sweater vest is the most timeless of apparel in a Dad’s wardrobe. Every occasion calls for a sweater vest in his mind. The most famous example is Jim Tressel, the head football coach for the Ohio State Cheaters. The man is always strolling the sidelines wearing a classic solid colored scarlet or gray sweater vest. The man wants to look his best when coaching, and he knows the only way to do it is with the sweater vest, the main weapon in Dad’s closet.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Continuing with our series on Classic Dads, the staff here at That’s Do Dad has decided to cover a Dad that is a legend in print, not the silver screen. The Dad in Calvin and Hobbes has many classic Dad mannerisms and uses them perfectly in the comic strip by Bill Watterson to mess with his son Calvin. Calvin’s Dad (his name is never given) always provides ridiculous answers Calvin’s questions for his own amusement. When Calvin asked his Dad where babies come from, his Dad says that babies come from Sears, but his parents bought Calvin at K-Mart on special. When Calvin asked why the Sun moves from East to West, his Dad answered “solar wind.”
Another classic Dad move Calvin’s Dad exhibits is dragging the family on vacations out into the wilderness that everyone hates except himself. Making the best out of one such trip where it rains for six straight days, he forces Calvin to fish with him. His reasoning is that “It builds character.” Calvin’s Dad uses this reasoning when he tells Calvin to do his chores, go play outside, do his homework, and any other thing Calvin does not want to do. When Calvin acts up, which is often, Calvin’s Dad uses one of the strongest weapons in a Dad’s arsenal…he sends Calvin to his room.
Whether he is raking the leaves, doing the taxes, or convincing his son to leave a beer for Santa instead of milk, Calvin’s Dad is a prime example of what a Dad should aspire to be. We can all learn from his example and achieve legendary Dad status.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Bagged lunch, check. Walking shoes, check. Sweatshirt tied around waist, check. Permission slip, check. This is the checklist you and Dad run through the morning of the science museum field trip. You've been waiting for it for weeks now. Not only are you excited to see if your hair really does stick up upon touching that magnetic ball like in the commercials, but this time Dad is chaperoning. You won't have to be crammed in smelly Billy's car or in the middle of the backseat of Katie's car where there isn't a designated seat belt. This time you'll be in Dad's car.