Last year, I tried to do 50 things by age 50, and then stretched the deadline so I would do them while I was still 50 i.e., before I turned 51. A couple of them are still pending write-up, just got sidetracked on a couple, plus there are a couple that I haven’t finished yet. One of them was to go to Tommy Gun’s for a full shave and haircut.
For those of you not experienced with Tommy Gun’s, it’s like a high-end hair salon for men, as per their advertising:
THIS IS HE TIME.
Get a haircut, shave and reacquainted with your manly awesomeness.
It’s certainly not cheap by male standards. I have simple hair, with simple haircutting needs. Most of the time, I can pop in just about anywhere, and I’m going to get a pretty average cut without much in the way of variation. I thought about doing something wilder with my hair, perhaps going for colour, maybe green even, but not really in the cards. » Read the rest
I know, I know, you saw that headline and thought, “What? There’s fake pumpkin carving?”.
Well, no, it’s just I do VERY basic pumpkin carving. Triangle eyes, triangle nose, jagged mouth, often with only four or five teeth (two on top, two or three on the bottom). I have no real skill with it. And while I have enjoyed doing them with Jacob for the last 9 years (he wasn’t that into the first couple, I admit), they often look like this:
Nothing to write home about, but we have enjoyed doing them together. The first one above was fun as Jacob did all the design on paper and I tried to do it on the pumpkin.
Our normal process is pretty straightforward. I cut the opening for the lid using a huge honking knife. Jacob and Andrea scoop it out. Jacob or I do a design on paper and then draw it on the pumpkin. » Read the rest
A blunt truth for Jacob and I as sports buddies is that we are not likely to be superstar athletes competing with each other for backyard or front-yard glory. I’m not super active, Jacob has some extra challenges, blah blah blah. Baseball will be a challenge, should be able to throw a football later in life, probably frisbee, cooperative basketball is likely or maybe some games like HORSE. More likely, we’ll find ways to go skating together with mom, and I’m hoping for skiing (both downhill and x-country) as well as kayaking. I mention this not as a lament but as context for this “50by50” goal.
I wanted to go golfing with Jacob.
I’m not a great golfer. I don’t have a body nor talent for it, but I have fun. I really like the annual tournament that our branch at work normally runs, a best-ball tournament with teams of four. » Read the rest
Andrea and I have gone to the Casino du Lac Leamy’s fireworks show in the past, and we’ve been wanting to take Jacob for awhile. There’s been a small problem though — Jacob wasn’t that thrilled with fireworks at the cottage. He felt they were “too loud” and while he has been getting more comfortable with them, too much sensory input can sometimes overwhelm him, particularly for noise. Don’t get me started on the loud whine of bathroom dryers on his poor little ears.
But he was interested in trying the fireworks shows, and it just didn’t work out for schedule this summer with holidays, trips, and day camps. However, we do usually try to catch a baseball game for the Ottawa Champions at least once a year. I know what you’re thinking, “What the heck does that have to do with a fireworks show?”
Well, once a month, on a Saturday night, they play the game from about 7:00 p.m. » Read the rest
I like go-karting, but I don’t go very often. We tried to do a big indoor one for my bachelor party, ten years ago, but didn’t realize it was so popular that you actually have to make reservations for it. Reservations at a GO-KART track? Really? Umm, no. And I’ve been wanting to go a few times in the last few years, but really wanted Jacob to go. We’ve been debating the setup for various places as he got bigger — is there enough room in the car to go with us and feel comfortable vs. would he be big enough to drive on his own? He wanted to go in a car, not be solo, so we wanted to find one that worked well for him.
Back in August, we were out and about for the day, looking for something to do, and I realized we were close enough to try Karter’s Korner out by Stittsville. » Read the rest