happy father's day
Today has been an excellent Father's Day, all things considered. The Girls were actually a little difficult today; they'd bounce back and forth between being utterly charming and going ballistic if denied any whim. Oh, well. It got on our nerves, but we dealt with it, as wel always do, and on the balance they were more nice than not.
My wonderful wife let me sleep until nine this morning, and had coffee ready for me when I awoke. Later in the afternoon, we took The Girls to the YMCA pool for a swim -- Cecilia and Naomi gave me a pair of bathing trunks. Cecilia picked them out; they're blue with a floral pattern and bright orange flowers on them. I really like them, actually. So we're at the pool; Cecilia swims like a little fish. She just loves the water. Naomi is much more cautious than her sister, and generally likes to cling to someone, even when she's wearing water wings.
Today I took her and bounced with her in the shallow water, then slowly worked my way to the deeper end where I could stand up (even in the water, squatting down holding a toddler gets tiring on the old quads). I began pulling her thru the water at arm's length; Naomi enjoyed that, so I eventually got her to where she was only holding on to one finger on each hand. From there, I got her to let go, and she weas delighted to find herself swimming (with floaties and all, but still...) all by herself. She had me take her over to her mother and said "look at me! look at me!" in her cute, high-pitched Omi voice. That was a pretty good Father'd Day event. For dinner, I grilled hamburgers, and that was also pretty satisfying.
So the girls got me the swim trunks (a good thing, too, because I only owned one other bathing suit, and I could never find it when I was packing to go somewhere...). Crystal got me a copy of the Animatrix DVD (w00t!) and a really swank set of ceramic coasters with Latin dance steps printed on them. My in-laws sent me a check that I spent on a bunch of cool stuff:
- A DVD of The Warriors, which is pretty freakin' cool all by itself, but...
- ...even better, George Romero's insanely great The Crazies on DVD! w00t! I had no idea it had been released on DVD, and I was all prepared to buy it on videocassette, which I never do. But a cult DVD company I'd never heard of before called Blue Underground (warning: link possibly not safe for work) has just released it; I can hardly wait to check it out!
- ...and the PS2 game Grand Theft Auto III.
...and I also picked up a used DVD of Dazed and Confused for eight bucks of my own money (now that I have disposable income again...), and one of the Land Before Time DVDs for The Girls, because Cecilia loves those animated dinosaurs. Even so, I saw a lot of tempting stuff; it was difficult not so simply run amok. Nevertheless, I was a good boy.
Now, enough of that. If y'all will 'scuse me, it's time to 'jack some rides in GTA III.
Update: Via FARK, here's RetroCrush's look at great TV dads.