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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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Taking A Break From The Sun

by Richard

There’s that old saying about something being as smooth as a baby’s bottom. That means something is very smooth and soft. Not because it is wet and sticky and smelly. They’re talking post change, not pre change.

Anyway, baby skin is so smooth and soft because the only thing it’s been exposed to was a nice nutrient-packed bath for nine months or so, followed by pampering and suchlike.

As opposed to, say, older dudes who have done things to their skin, horrible things. Who here hasn’t made a long, sliding dive into gravel? Or on the asphalt? Or worked with lawn tools or just plain tools long enough that you start developing blisters? Yeah, I didn’t think I’d see any hands up with those questions.

However, one thing babys definitely have over us in the race for soft skin, is that theirs hasn’t been damaged by the sun for almost every day of every week of every month of every day of their lives.

It’s only relatively recently that people have begun to recognize the importance of protecting our skin from the sun’s Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays. UVA and UVB are what cause sunburn and blisters.

Fortunately, there is a better protection for our skin than sweating it out in long sleeves and long pants, or staying indoors with the curtains drawn all day. It’s called sunscreen.

We’re supposed to be using it every day, according to dermatologists. I’d love to, but I have a constitutional aversion to walking around all day feeling greasy.

Little dudes, on the other hand, don’t get much say in the matter. In addition to having delicate skin that really needs to be protected as much as possible. That’s where we come in.

You need to make sure you’ve added some good sunscreen to the little dude’s diaper bag before you go out. There’s two types of sunscreen, ones that block the sun’s rays from being absorbed and ones that destroy the damaging rays after they’ve become absorbed. It’s those last kinds that are known to cause stinking. And, dude, believe me, you don’t want to be the one who puts the stinging kind of sunscreen onto a little dude’s face. That is not fun.

Try to find a sunscreen that is designed to physically block the sun’s damaging rays, one that will not sting and one that is intentionally formulated to be used on the face. It’s not that hard, but we’ll leave that as an exercise for the student to complete.

While you do need to make sure you cover your little dude’s face well with the sunscreen, you don’t have to trowel it on. Just get a good, even coat. Try to apply it every day, especially during the summer. Just as important, try and keep the little dudette out of the most powerful sun’s rays, between 10 am and 4 pm. That’s a bad time for soft, fragile skin to be out and about.

After all, we want that skin to stay smooth and soft for as long as possible.

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