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Socks and Jocks? A Lamborghini?
Father's Day comes but once a year and it's almost upon us again, so in honour of dads everywhere I thought I'd offer a selection of gifts and gestures that will make dad's day.
Socks and Jocks: It's ok to get him socks and jocks. They have to come from somewhere and we don't buy them ourselves. In my three and three quarter decades of wearing them I can't remember ever buying any but I always seem to have a pair handy.
A supercar experience: A Ferrari or Lamborghini for a few hours, what could be better? You'll be accompanied by a representative of the company who'll sit in the only other passenger seat to make sure you don't do anything silly. He/she is not likely to offer constructive criticism of your driving, turn the radio down and the heating up, and definitely won't put nail polish on in the tight and stuffy confines of the car. The car is easy to handle too, as the 500 horsepower on tap is less than half of that of the average toddler. Try www.supercardrive.com.au or www.adrenalin.com.au.
'Yes dear, I do need to be going this fast.' Photo courtesy supercardrive.com.au
Dad music day: Maybe the Glee soundtrack could have a rest for one day.
Eco-super-fad-food-free day: Nothing beats a good hearty meal, a burger and chips for example. There's plenty of time to return to the broccoli & cauliflower smoothie –that I'm sure he really does like- on Monday to repair the damage.
The Superfood Can Have a Day Off
Gardening: traditionally a man's job but maybe if the socks and jocks quota has been satisfied at birthday or Christmas, then maybe paying for somebody to mow the lawn and do some weeding could be a nice gesture. If your neighbourhood is anything like mine, there always seems to be a flyer for mowing and weeding and other such things in our mailbox otherwise try www.greyarmy.com.au or Jim's Mowing.
Uninterrupted Sunday Afternoon football watching: Nothing beats watching the footy on a Sunday arvo. It's an Australian tradition. Leave him to it without the running commentary of "Are they losing again?" or "Oh, Half time. You could mow the lawns before it starts again." In my dreams, I'm relaxing on a couch in front of an open fire, rain tickling the windows and football on the TV. Bliss!
Single Malt Scotch: A perfect dad's tipple that will fit perfectly in the hand while watching football in front of the open fire, or doing anything in front of the open fire. Also a perfect accompaniment when greeting a suitor for your daughter, thus adding a certain level of grandeur sure to make him squirm that little bit more.
Perfect Father's Day Tipple
So there you have it, a list of suggestions to satisfy most dads as we raise a toilet seat to dads everywhere and say 'Happy Father's Day'.