Mid-Day Brain Break

Pro surfer Billy Kemper and son Lion (screen capture)
Pro surfer Billy Kemper and son Lion (screen capture)
Pro surfer Billy Kemper and son Lion (screen capture)

Take a minute, chill and enjoy professional surfer Billy Kemper — and his son Lion — surfing together at a surf park (not in the open water).

Happy Friday!

p.s. If you like this, you’ll probably like this as well…

Daily Dance: Daughters & Dads


It was Daddy/Daughter Day at Echappe Dance Arts in Philadelphia last week.

This class – called Daddy and Me BOGA [B(allet) + (Y)oga] – is described as a fun-filled 2-hour event filled with yoga, ballet & hip hop for Fathers (Father figures) seeking to bond with their little ones by stepping out of their comfort zone!

I don’t really have to say anything here, do I?

#awesome

News Round-Up: January 28, 2019

Some news items you might have missed:

• I just came across InstaHunk Thara (above), who basically has it ALL going on. #woof

• Speaking to Rolling Stone, Oscar winner Michael Caine calls his same-sex kiss with Christopher Reeve in the film Deathtrap “a bit of a disaster.”

• Longtime Donald Trump confidant, Roger Stone, told reporters the FBI stormed his house “with greater force than was used to take down bin Laden.” Note – Bin Laden was shot in the head and dropped in the ocean. I don’t think the two experiences are comparable…

• Acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker told reporters today that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is nearing the end.

• A guy goes on Jeopardy, wins almost $100K and wins hearts by blithely mentioning his husband in passing.

• I’ve been meaning to post this for days: a dad and son, both dressed as Frozen’s Elsa, dance to “Let It Go.” The video was captioned, “Mom is gone, no stress.”

The dad told CBS News, “It’s important to teach children you can do whatever you want to do. It’s important to embarrass yourself and let go.”

Dad’s Twitter Rant Defending His 5-Year-Old Son Goes Viral

Aaron Gouveia and son, Sam (image via Twitter)

A proud father posted an epic Twitter rant that went viral after his five-year-old son, Sam, was the victim of bullying and ‘toxic masculinity.’

Aaron Gouveia is the proud dad of three sons.

His middle boy, Sam, who Aaron calls a ‘boy’s boy,’ likes all kinds of things. For instance, he’s big on fishing, dirt, trucks and knee drops on the couch.

Sam also likes some ‘girl things,’ like collecting purses because “he likes to carry things around,” and wearing polish on his nails because they “look beautiful.”

I think Sam has great taste in colors, too.

Sam recently wore his red nail polish to kindergarten.

His dad says Sam has “absolutely no concept of nail polish only being for girls or reason to think anyone would possibly have a problem with beautiful nails.”

I’m with you there, Aaron. Sam is rocking that red!

But Sam’s classmates apparently have no sense of individuality or self-expression.

According to Aaron, Sam was “ridiculed for being a boy with nail polish.”

The kids called Sam names all day long and told him he should take it off.

Sam was extremely upset and crying when his mom picked him up from school.

Sam couldn’t understand why the kids made fun of him and was “devastated at how the other kids turned on him.”

When Aaron got a call at work from Sam, who was still crying, dad told him that “his nails are BADASS!” and the only thing Sam should care about is whether HE likes his nails.

I’m liking Aaron more and more here, folks.

But Aaron’s heart broke when Sam asked if his mom would remove the nail polish so the kids at school wouldn’t make fun on him anymore.

Noting Sam’s “huge heart,” Aaron shared his pride that his son has never been afraid to be different because “different has never meant ‘bad.’”

Aaron also pointed out that “this toxic masculinity bullshit is LEARNED,” and learned from parents.

Aaron shared that he and his wife have spent years “preaching tolerance, acceptance, and the importance of expression,” but in just a single day Sam’s classmates were able to teach Sam ‘shame.’

Dad had a long talk with his son, and the upshot was Sam should not only keep wearing his nail polish, but it should be “an even brighter shade tomorrow.”

He also told Sam he should ask the kids why the nail polish got them so wound up.

Alright! Go Aaron, go!

Aaron went on to tell the Twitterverse that his son “is a goddamn fireworks show of a human being” and he had no intention of Sam’s light being diminished by “restrictive bullshit” like this.

Aaron for ‘Dad of the Year!’

Dad also rightfully pointed out to Sam that lots of guys like “Thor & Capt. Jack Sparrow” wear nail polish.

He even threw New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in the mix, although he wasn’t too sure of Gronk.

More importantly, though, Aaron told Sam that what other people think doesn’t matter because “what you wear and how you look should make YOU look good.”

Yaassssss!

Not only did Sam decide to leave his nail polish on, his 10-year-old brother painted HIS nails in solidarity.

You know what happened next – Aaron decided to pain HIS nails as well.

Even though the shade, chosen by Sam, is a bit “understated,” dad liked it.

But Sam is sticking with his bright red because “it’s pretty and good luck for the Patriots.”

Aaron wrapped up his Twitter thread saying that even though “intolerant parents and their offspring scored a minor victory,” they would not “win the war.”

Dad signed off with a shout-out to his man, Sam, letting him know he always has his back.

This reminds me of the popular internet meme – “This is Aaron and Sam. They don’t care about other people’s rigid, intolerant views. Be like Aaron and Sam.”

Now, if Rob Gronkowski would just chime in with a pic of his nails painted red, that might just break the internet.

Happy Father’s Day 2016

My dad with my brother Gary (R) and me (L) going to the rodeo around 1969

Happy Father’s Day to every dad and father figure out there.

My dad was a super guy. When my mother passed away when I was 5 and my brother Gary was 7, my dad more than filled the role of mother and father.

Great provider, successful in every part of his life, and was never shy with saying “I love you.”

I was lucky to have him until his passing at 91.

Ryan Reynolds Covers PEOPLE Magazine As “Sexiest Dad Alive”

People Magazine names Ryan Reynolds “Sexiest Dad Alive!” as he extols his happiness with wife Blake Lively and their little girl, James.

Speaking to SiriusXM EW Radio, the Deadpool star said that he “can’t get enough” of having a daughter.

“If I could have nine daughters, I would be thrilled,” Reynolds said on Wednesday. “Really, like I genuinely would be.”

I’d be happy with just one Ryan Reynolds 🙂

Trailer: “Winning Dad”

In 2010, writer-director Arthur Allen joined the US Merchant Marine to write Winning Dad.

In 2013 the Winning Dad creative team fundraised $31,000 on Kickstarter from 532 supporters of the film. In July 2013, principal photography was shot in Seattle and the North Cascades of Washington State. The crew shot 34 locations in 21 days.

Winning Dad premiered at the Boston LGBT Film Festival in April 2015 as the Harvard Square opening night film. It continues to screen at festivals around the world and will be available on VOD December of 2015.

Synopsis: Colby’s dad knows his son is gay, but he doesn’t like talking about it. He respects it, but ignores everything about that aspect of his son’s life–he doesn’t even know about Colby’s long-term boyfriend, Rusty.

Increasingly committed to Rusty, Colby hatches a plan to trick his father into camping with Rusty under the pretense that Rusty is Colby’s straight friend and future business partner. Colby is convinced that, given the chance, his father and his boyfriend will get along great…

Winning Dad will be available December 1st on Vimeo here.

Awkward Tweet Of The Day

Ok, so the award for “Most Awkward Tweet of the Day” goes to Justin Bieber’s father, Jeremy, who sent out the above tweet upon seeing the recent naked pics of the Bieb, which apparently shows he’s packing some serious junk.

I haven’t seen the pics – I can’t stomach Justin Bieber. But, now we know where Justin gets his “charming” ways.

The twitterverse was appropriately horrified.