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Bring Out Your Dudes! Bring Out Your Dudes!

Barry and Richard are hitting the road yet again.

What that road ever did to the two of them, we may never know.

Anyway, we’re taking a break from asphalt assault to do a little more book signing. Yeah, you got that right, dudes.

We’re headed out into the public to deface more pristine copies of A Dude’s Guide to Babies with our sloppy, hand-signed names.

This time out, we’re being hosted by the lovely folks at Alphabet Soup Gifts & Monogramming. I know, it doesn’t sound like a place that would want to have us stop by there for several hours.

However, one of the things they specialize in doing is monogramming baby clothing and blankets and such like that. Ah, noooowww it begins to make sense, yeah?

So, we’ll be at Alphabet Soup, 3900 Colony Road, Charlotte, from 11 am until 2 pm today, Saturday, June 1. If you’re at all familiar with Charlotte, the store is in the same shopping center as the Taj Ma Teeter. By which I mean it’s across the street from the South Park Mall, between Colony Road and Morrison Road.

Alphabet soup is snug right up next to the intersection of Colony and Sharon roads.

So we’ll be there for a good bit of the late morning and early afternoon.

Why not stop by the store and say hello to the two of us? Or even throw peanuts at us? Your choice.

We hope to see some of you there.

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Dudes. . . In The Flesh. Whether You Want It Or Not

Well, that’s not actually 100 percent factually true, yeah?

I mean, if you don’t want it, all you’ve got to do is stay inside and don’t venture out to a certain Barnes & Noble Booksellers today during two very certain hours.

Not like we can force you to get in your car today (Saturday), drive the couple of miles to 4020 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 and visit the Morrison Place Barnes & Noble, which is just down Sharon Road from the South Park Mall, get there just before 10 am and stay through noon.

Or is it?

No. No, we can’t.

Still, it sounds like a bit of fun, yeah?

Not only will Barry and I be there from 10 am to noon, but we’ll be signing and selling copies of A Dude’s Guide to Babies, now available in electronic format, the best how-to book for dudes, by dudes and featuring a laugh a page at the very least. We’re also there during story time for tots. Yep, you can bring the little dudes and dudettes with you, drop the sweet anklebiters off at story time and then go buy a few books just because.

What with Father’s Day coming up in just the next few weeks, isn’t now the perfect time to find that gift for the new dad that you’ve been meaning to buy? Or maybe for that dude who’s getting ready to be a dad and is only now realizing it’s for reals and is starting to panic?

Why, yes. That does sound like a good idea.

Heck, why not buy a couple of extras just to have around the house so you’ll have the perfect gift the next time you get invited to a baby shower?

Why not, indeed.

So we hope to see you there today. Remember, it’s from 10-noon at the Barnes & Noble in Morrison Place, that’s 4020 Sharon Road in Charlotte.

Can you really afford to miss out on this opportunity? Were we will probably be asking more questions that deserve only rhetorical answers? Or was it rhetorical questions? Did you know I spelled rhetorical without falling back on spell check?

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Showing Off At The Expo

This is a report, live from the Baby Shower & Toddler Expo. Well, not live, per se. But live in that I’m sitting at our table in the Expo while I’m typing this.

Don’t you just love technology? Out somewhere far away from electricity and internet communication and yet I’m still able to get across all this great stuff. Okay, fine. For certain very not great values of great, but you get the idea.
Barry and I went down to the Baby Shower & Toddler Expo at the Park Convention Center in Charlotte to tell people about our book, A Dude’s Guide to Babies. And maybe sell a few. We did.

I also discovered that I still have an exceedingly low tolerance for kiddie music. Not music that kids like, but music specifically designed for something to which kids should listen.

You know the kind.

We were serenaded by a kid puppet show at least four times during the Expo. Four times, these giant-headed puppet things came out and, in squeaky high voices pitched in such a way to be deliberately horrifying to adult ears.
And then they sang. Well, they did have a human singer and he was good, actually. Quite good. But the puppet things. Their loud, loud recorded voices. . .

I learned that not only is Hell real, it has a house band.

But enough whining. No, seriously. Enough whining. I’m not kidding.

Barry and I had a great time talking to the dudes who walked past our booth. We met a lot of really interesting folks, both pregnant and not-pregnant.

Not only that, but we managed to meet most of the other exhibitors and found them to be a really nice bunch of people. Lots of cool things on offer, including some astonishingly creative and talented photographers. More about whom later.

I also learned that I still have an amazingly soft spot for little babies. They’re so little and so cute and so soft and. . . Well, suffice to say, I quite enjoyed seeing them toddle by. Even better when their moms and dads stopped by the booth and I got to say hi. Even better, I got to let go of them and watch them wander off with their parents before they started screaming, fussing and needing to be changed. Yeah, grandparents really do seem to have the right idea.
Now the only question we’re left with is, do we go down to Atlanta for the next Expo? Long drive, overnight. Long hours. On the plus side, I’d not have to cook anyone’s meals and be able to control the remote. Maybe, maybe.

If you’re one of the folks Barry and I met down at the Expo, thanks so much for stopping by. It was great meeting all of you. If you’re the one who stayed away. . . We have a very particular set of skills. We will find you. We will k–
You know what? That really doesn’t work if you don’t have Liam Neeson’s voice.

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