Monday, June 18, 2007
Soccer Dad: Today Was a Good Day
How was everybody's Dia del Papis? Mine started out great. Went out to breakfast without any hassles (Mace is still mastering the straw, above), got some nice shirts from wifey, strolled around the Sunday flea market in SJ with the fam, scored 3 goals and got 2 assists in my Sunday soccer game (but still lost), took our dog for a walk around the high school football field which is populated by a lot of groundhogs which drives our Sheltie bonkers, splashed around the pool with Maceo after he woke up from his nap.
Sounds slam dunk so far, yeah? Well, I invited my folks and my bro and niece over for a BBQ and about a third of the way through cooking a five-pound tri-tip, I ran out of propane. I had to finish it in the oven and it came out waaaay dry. Luckily, wifey made a couple of salads and I had an extra rack of ribs to supplement the wack tri-tip. But still, i was ready to relax with a killer meal and a beer and now I was getting stressed out on how to make the meal right. In the end nobody grumbled, but there were plenty of leftovers.
Going into my second father's day, I thought it might be fun to just goof off the whole time by myself. Disappear: play my soccer game, go record shopping, get some spa treatments, splash out on some new kicks, enjoy the solitude. It didn't turn out that way, but I still had a great Father's Day. That thought and the tri-tip episode could be part of a larger metaphor: when things don't go the way you thought, you just adapt -- a lesson that many new fathers like myself learn every day.
What did y'all do?