Thursday, June 14, 2012

Making Father's Day my Bitch

Pardon the title.  I've been watching a lot of Eastbound and Down lately.  And thinking about how to compose catchy titles that will generate all kinds of blog traffic.

Because it's Father's Day Month!  The best time of the year for dad bloggers!  It's like Easter for Catholics.  "Ordinary Time" for dad bloggers is pretty much spent just pining for the run-up, the magical day itself, and denouement and debriefing from the one time of year when there's a chance that someone might pay attention to us. 

Ugh. Now I'm depressed thinking about when it's all over.

Okay.  Now I've snapped out of it.

The only new thing I wrote specifically (well, kind of ) for Father's Day was an article for the Headline News website called Father's Day: A holiday for the "other" parent.  The editor over there came up with the title, which is maybe a little overstated, but really not too bad.  I really need to take a class on coming up with catchy titles.  Oh--and then I went on the tee vee again!  I hope that they will have embedded the video in the article by the time you read this.  If not, check back.  I'll update it if and when I get a link.

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Aside from the Headline News stuff, the posts I ran on the previous two Father's Days are appearing over at The Good Men Project.  You might remember the one I wrote two years ago, about my dad, where I make him look like The Most Interesting Man in the World.  Well, that's currently up at The Good Men Project, and you can click here to see it.  Or, if you don't want to go that far away, you can just read it right here at Beta Dad.  I revised it a little bit, but the main difference in the GMP version is this amazing photo (which they formatted so it's almost life-sized for some reason), of my dad earning his Airborne wings as a young Army officer in 1965.

    

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The other Father's Day post that GMP is going to feature is the incredible piece my dad himself wrote about my grandpa, Harold "Tex" Hinds.  GMP is very stoked about this piece because it's fodder for their favorite theme: evolving conceptions of masculinity and manliness.  If you read the post last year, you know that Ol' Tex was an icon of traditional manliness to an almost mythological extent. 

That post is supposed to run on Good Man Project on Father's Day and it should be featured on the front page of their site.  Just look for this, possibly even more amazing picture, of my grandpa: 

Grandpa saddle-breaking his horse, Bucky, in 1965, at age 60.  When I was 10, Bucky threw my cousin and me (at the reins) off and I ended up with a broken wrist and a face full gravel road-rash.  Somehow my cousin was unscathed.  Grandpa had told us never to try to ride double on Bucky, and we should have listened. 

 I'll post a direct link to the GMP version of this post when it's live, or you can just read it on Beta Dad.  It might be fun to check it out on GMP, because the commenters there tend to be very, um, passionate.




Have a great weekend, everybody, and to all you dads out there, from the cockles of my heart, in the largest, boldest font I have:


Happy Father's Day !

6 comments:

  1. You ARE a bitch! I mean, you DID make father's day your bitch!

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  2. Hehe, you said cockles.

    But seriously, your dad is hot.

    But for real, Tex is hot too.

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  3. I remember the post about your granddad! Formidable character.

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  4. Great photos, and I definitely remember those posts. Well done, Sir. You're gonna make Father's day WEEP LIKE A LITTLE GIRL this year.

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  5. I so agree w/ Trucking Tumbleweed!, your Dad and Grandpa are HOT!

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  6. Happy Father's Day! My husband (who stays home 2 days/week with our son) just asked me if there were daddy blogs as I was writing on my own mommy blog (http://mommycall.wordpress.com/). He told me that if he had one it would be a little less positive than mine. It's great to read something from a dad's perspective and I will have to send my husband over to your site.

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