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Amateur Night

Amateur Night has come round again, dudes.

Be careful out there on the streets because there are far too many people, who incorrectly think they have a handle on their emotions, their ability and their driving skills, who really, really don’t.

Alcohol isn’t to blame for all of that misperception of ability, but it certainly doesn’t help.

And, to make matters even more non-salubrious, New Year’s Evil is full of people out drinking — a lot — who don’t often drink all that much. And, being the kind of people we mostly are, even when we’re stumbling drunk, we’ll never admit it. Which means these amateurs will head out and keep on drinking. Because they’re obviously not even afflected — notevena liddlebt.

If you see where I’m going here.

Of course, not all that sure that the professional drinkers out tonight are any sort of person to emulate, either. People who drink a lot and do it often, might understand they’re impaired, but statistics show that they still get behind the wheel or drunk dial their exes at 3:27 am for sparkling, slobbering conversation with an answering service.

So that’s not all that good.

Listen. I know we’re all headed out, looking for a good time. But understand it’s okay if your good time doesn’t end with you face down in a suburban roadside swale, blowing bubbles with your nose in the stagnant rainwater.

It’s okay to go out, not drink all that much (if at all) and then wake up on Jan. 1 without a blinding hangover. Really, it is.

In fact, it might make you feel slightly more optimistic about the coming new year if you can do a bit more than moan pitifully and weakly wave toward the curtains in the vain hope that you’ll spontaneously develop telekinetic powers and will close the drapes tighter.

Remember, there’s a lot of unsafe amateur drinkers (and even more unsafe professional drinkers) out there tonight: Avoid them. Come home safely and start out the new year the right way: Alive and happy.

#NewYear #HappyNewYear

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Howard Stern Is Sti– You Know What? Never Mind. That Joke Is Far Too Stale.

So we hit the airwaves yet again on Monday. Barry and I shared the microphone with a local parenting expert, Dr. Tara Egan and host Mike Collins.

Charlotte Talks is a public affairs talk show on WFAE 90.7 FM, which is NPR’s Charlotte affiliate. Yep, we were on NPR. And, dudes, it was a lot of fun. Not sure if everyone in Charlotte was talking to us, but we did get a bunch of calls and e-mails and not all of them were blisteringly, savagely upset with us for having done something appalling.

Not all of them.Richard miked

Dr. Egan is the founder of Charlotte Parent Coaching, which is an organization dedicated to helping moms and dads become the best parents they can. Sounds like a worthy goal to us. Not only is she a pretty knowledgeable parenting coach, she also blogs over at Do These Kids Make Me Look Crazy, which sounds like just our sort of thing. And, after checking it out, I found it really is.

She’s definitely got the funny bone.

Because Barry is off in Florida this week, he had to call into the show on the phone, which made it a little bit more difficult as we couldn’t see each other to know who’s turn it was to make a fool of himself at that moment. Fortunately, Dr. Egan and Mike Collins did a great job answering and asking questions.

I managed to sound like I knew what I was talking about, which, oddly, is my super power. Actually knowing? Not so much, but I do sound like I know. It’s a subtle, but distinct difference.

That’s me, over there on the right, trying to take a picture of myself behind the mic, simultaneously not looking too stupid to be allowed to drive away when the interview is over. I think I managed to succeed. Barely. Although I noticed neither the host nor the other guest took any pictures. I guess I’m much more easily impressed. Well, either that or I like to take pictures because I’m not going to remember it.

So, anyway, it was definitely a good time. And Mike Collins was kind enough to mention A Dude’s Guide to Babies numerous times and often in a complimentary fashion.

He asked some difficult questions, but I think Barry and I rose to the challenge.

As soon as I find out where I can get my digital hands on a copy of the audio from Monday, I’ll make sure to let you know so the four of you out there who really want to hear our voices can go ahead and do so.

Until then. . .

We’ll see you tomorrow.

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Howard Stern Dethroned: Hail The New Kings Of All Media

I kept waiting for the make-up guy to start fussing over my head. I mean, I’d spent most of the morning shaving and buffing my hairless top so it would be nice and shiny. That way, the make-up guy would have something to do, since I, of course, and so astonishingly good looking that I would need no other enhancements.

I’m a giver that way. Always thinking of others.

Then I woke up and realized I was late to get to the studio so I could be interviewed on the local WCNC-TV’s Charlotte Today show with Barry. We managed to mention the name of the book, A Dude’s Guide to Babies, several times, watched as the hosts held up the book to the camera several more and generally had a good time.

And the make-up guy never showed. So watch out for the shine. It can be rather intimidating at first.

It went really, really well. Hosts Colleen Odegaard and Ramona Holloway welcomed us with warmth and enthusiasm, and the backstage crew did everything they could to put us at our ease. “Uncle Dude” Bob and Kelly, especially, were fantastic. We were given a nice space to sit down in the pre-interview room, just long enough for us to start laying the blame on each other in case it all went pear shaped. It didn’t

Barry and I knocked the interview out of the proverbial park and over the river running through it.

We were able to answer the questions with a minimum of fussing and stumbling and actually sounded relatively coherent. And that’s not just me saying that. We also have confirmation from relatively neutral sources who’ve seen the interview.

Speaking of which. . .

See? We didn’t do too badly.

Now we just need some people to show up when we’re at Park Road Books on April 7 at 2 pm to push copies of our book onto an unsuspecting public.

Join us, won’t you.

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