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Let’s All Be Careful Out There

by Richard

The sergeant on an old TV show called Hill Street Blues used to end every roll call and pre-shift meeting with the phrase, “Let’s all be careful out there.” That, dudes, is some pretty sound advice.

And never more so than right now. This is one of the most dangerous days of the whole year. And I don’t just mean that because it’s the last day of the year, either.

Well, right, it’s dangerous because it’s the last day of the year and people are celebrating. And by celebrating, I mean they’re going out on New Year’s Eve and getting gut-slobberingly drunk, inebriated past the point of being able to even coherently think about where the shore of sobriety used to be, own-name-forgetting blotto,  lost beyond hope of ever finding your friends, and then they’re getting in a car and driving on to the next bar or to their home.

That, dudes, is a recipe for pure danger. Drinking and then getting behind the wheel, as you know being the good dads and dudes and moms and dudettes you all are, is not something anyone should do. Unfortunately, not everyone on the roads tonight or any night is going to be as wise or as sober as you when you’re behind the wheel.

New Year’s Even can be fun, but it’s even more fun when you have a designated driver and no-one else has to worry about how they’re going to get to the next place without wrecking the car. That’s never fun. Remember, if no one else will step up, you can go ahead and volunteer to be the dedicated driver. It’s not like missing one night of drinking will ruin your life. Whereas, drinking and driving can do a lot worse than just ruin your life. It can end it. It can end the lives of other people who never even heard of you.

It’s just a plain stupid thing to do.

The hard part is I know my young dudes won’t drink and drive. But I don’t know if they’re with it enough to not get into a car with their friends when someone else has been drinking. We’ve repeatedly told them that if anyone in their group has been drinking and they don’t feel safe, all they have to do is call us and we’ll come get them wherever they are, no repercussions. Now we just have to hope they’re smart enough to feel unsafe.

So it’s time for the New Year’s Eve celebration. Go out and have fun. But, dudes, let’s all be careful out there.

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Dude Review: The Lost Hero

by Richard

The ancient gods of Western civilization have withdrawn from the world following the epic events detailed in the Camp Half-Blood books, starring Percy Jackson (son of Poseidon), by author Rick Riordan.

Of course, just because the gods say they’ve withdrawn from their interactions with mortals, well, that doesn’t make it true. Knowing those gods as we do, through myth, legend and a great series of books, we can be pretty sure there’s still some godly meddling going on.

And there is.

In The Lost Hero, the first book of a new series called The Heroes of Olympus, we’re introduced to a whole bunch of new main characters, most notably Jason, a half-blood demi-god with little to no memory of his past, a strange tattoo on his arm, and a metaphorical target plastered on his back.

For now, let’s all get down on our knees and thank those self-same gods that Rick Riordan is back with another book set in the same universe as the magnificently wonderful Percy Jackson and the Olympians books. This truly is a cause for celebration. To me, the Percy Jackson books are what Harry Potter would have liked to have been if he had any ambition at all. They’re full of fantastically complex characters, fast plotting, tight action scenes and genuine emotional heft. These are books that all young dudes would love to read or have read to them.

Both my oldest (Sarcasmo) and youngest (Hyper Lad) young dudes loved these books. Zippy the Monkey Boy, who’s of the opinion that a book without pictures is a waste of paper, preferred to read the graphic novel version and leave it at that. His loss.

Anyway. Back to the book.

Riordan takes a bit of a chance with this book, consigning as he does, Percy Jackson to, if not limbo, then at least the literary equivalent thereof. That is, Percy Jackson does NOT star in these books. He’s talked about and missed, but he’s not actually on stage. The main player here is Jason, who’s memory begins on the back of a school bus on his way to a class trip with two people who may or may not be his girlfriend and best friend.

The action here is fast and furious, starting early and pausing only to let the reader catch his breath before barreling headlong into another adventure.

Jason, you see, isn’t like the other children of the gods who inhabit Camp Half Blood. In fact, his appearance at the summer camp for the children of the gods causes quite a bit of consternation among the staff there, and not a little bit of fear. But what is it about Jason’s very existence and attendance at the camp that’s causing this level of panic?

That, dudes, is the question. And it’s got a great answer. (Of course I had it figured out, but, then again, this is written with the younger dudes in mind. The fact that I and most other older dudes can enjoy it is just a happy bit of synchronicity.)

The Lost Hero is a fantastic read. If you’ve got a young dude or dudette who is even the tiniest bit interested in Greek and Roman mythology, likes fantastic adventure and well-developed characters, then you must get this book. Without question, this rates five (5) dudes out of five.

Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. Then suffer along with me until the next book in the series comes out.

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Tweet Your Face Off

by Richard

Just in case you’re stopping by here and you thought — to yourself — “Dude, I’d love to read more about this kind of stuff, but, really who has the time? What with all the secret trips to the moon and defending humanity from extradimensional incursions of thought beasts from beyond the stars? And stuff?”

Well, maybe not that. Maybe that’s just me.

I do, however, have a solution for you dudes.

You can check us out, not only here at your beloved repository of all things father-y and snarky, but you can also find us on the Twitter and the Facebook. You know, the stuff all the kids are talking about.

On the Twitter, you can find my feed by looking for rjones64 (Yes, I know, highly original and very descriptive. What can I say? I got on early and didn’t think I’d have to keep that moniker for all that long. I was convinced the Twitter was going down the tubes in a matter of months. So much for my fearless prognosticating.). You can tell it’s me by the picture. Yeah, that’s me doing my best impression of an Easter Island head. What? I’ve got issues.

On the Facebook, you can find our page for A Dude’s Guide just by searching us out by name. The name of the site — A Dude’s Guide — that is. Or just, you know, by clicking that link there. Go there and like us. Who knows? There might be something in it for you.*

And, as always, if you’re enjoying the writing here, but you’d like to read more from me where I’m just totally making things up, — as opposed to the strict truthiness here — you can always head over to my fiction-based website.

Finally, if you’re at all interested in giving me money (and, really, who wouldn’t want to do that? [Other than most people on the planet. But I’ve always said you were special]), you can find my business website for Web Words, an internet-based content-generation consulting service, just by clicking on the link there.

Who says we don’t offer far too many ways to waste time on the internet, just for your pleasure? No, really. Who says that?

*probably not


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