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Sunday: Happy Father’s Day!

Round up your dad, or a reasonable facsimile, and treat him nicely today.  If my dad were still around, I’d take him to a baseball game.  I love to go to the local minor league team games and swill beer all afternoon.  At the Somerset Patriots park in Bound Brook, NJ, you can get Sam Adams or Bass Ale and kick back with a bag of peanuts to watch tubby suburbanites make complete fools of themselves between innings.  Loads of fun.

If I were in Pittsburgh, I’d be mourning the last day that Iron City Beer was produced in the city.  Iron City, pronounced Arn City, is moving to Latrobe, PA.  The company owes the water company some ridiculous amount of money and sold the facility to pay it off.  (So, THAT’S what explains its unique “flavor”.)  You’ll still be able to get Iron City during a Pirates game, if you really want to, (it’s like lutefisk.  Tradition)  but it won’t be authentic somehow.  But who knows, maybe Latrobe water will make it taste better.

Anyway, if baseball and beer are not your dad’s cup of tea and you don’t do ice-cream, maybe you’d rather spend some money on the world in your dad’s name.  We have two suggestions for you.

First up, you can check out the Clinton Foundation.   It’s doing work all over the world to address climate change, HIV/AIDS and sustainable development.  In the present financial environment, big donors are cutting back on their charitable giving (thank you Bernie Madoff).  The Clinton Foundation has done some really wonderful work and it would be a shame if money became the limiting reagent.  Maybe some of us small donors can step up and make up the difference.  If you donate today, you can send your dad an e-card to show him what a good thing you did with your allowance.

Second, check out The Confluence’s team page on Kiva.  Kiva is a microlending organization that assists small entreprenuers internationally and in the US.  You can lend in increments of $25.00.  That’s little more than a yuppie food stamp.  And your donations combined with others will add up very quickly.  When the loan is paid off, you can turn that money around and lend it out again.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Money’s tight during the summer, what with camps and stuff.  But I can cough up a few bucks for these organizations and feel pretty good about my Father’s Day.  If Daddy were still here, he’d say, “You’re alright, kid, I don’t care what they say.”


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24 Responses

  1. the Latrobe water will now make it taste like Rolling Rock, 33

    • I guess you could say that is a minor improvement. I liked IC Lite but straight Iron City always tasted like rot gut to me.

      • Sounds like Dixie, which I always suspected was brewed from muddy Mississippi River water. Only way it tasted good was with lots of barbecued shrimp.

  2. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all our wonderful Conflucian Dads!

    We all pitched in and got Dad a gift certificate for the new iPhone 3G S. In his later years, he’s become quite the techno-geek, and was so excited, he did a little dance when he opened it. Very cute. Now we’re going out for his favorite meal these days: a honey barbeque chicken sandwich followed by as a big of a hot fudge sundae as they’ll make for him at Friendly’s.

    I was blessed with a great father. He is one of the kindest men I’ve ever met, loves us unconditionally, and is ever-supportive. Now that he is 81, I try to appreciate every geeky moment I have with him.

    • fif, what lovely sentiments. sadly, my father is the antithesis of yours. we’ve not spoken in over 25 yrs.

      on the bright side, my daughter has both a wonderful dad AND step-dad, who have, for pretty much her entire life, sat cheek-to-cheek at her plays, soccer games, graduations. together, they shop for her gifts and drive to visit her at college. when she was really little, they both went to her swimming class’ “bring your dad day” . i know for fact 1/2 the town thinks they’re a couple and i’m the nanny. 🙂

      Happy Father’s Day to everyone filling the role!

  3. My father and I aren’t close (my choice) but I’m up for doing whatever mom wants today. She’s been my dad all along, so I’m used to celebrating her awesomeness multiple times a year.

  4. If Daddy were still here, he’d say, “You’re alright, kid, I don’t care what they say.”

    All us Conflucian commenters, join him in saying the same thing to all of you. Let’s drink to that.

  5. “If Daddy were still here, he’d say, “You’re alright, kid, I don’t care what they say.”

    Yeah kid, you did a big huge thing, here!

    Congrats to all of you at the Conf!

    I think my mom had to be both for my brother and I. She really did. Dads for us weren’t dads in the classic sense. You are so lucky!

  6. As a divorced mom, I was mother & dad to my daughter all through her school years. It really thrilled me when she gave me a Fathers’ Day card to show she recognized it.

  7. Happy Father’s Day to all the TC DAD! 🙂

  8. OT but Joe Galloway is a primo newspaper reporter and he lays the wood to Obama today.

    Obama’s promise of a new beginning now hollow

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/galloway/story/70384.html

    Galloway is also co-author of “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young”.

    • Just read that. Did you read the comments? Gee, Joe, it’s only been six month and herding democrats is like herding cats … give him a break ! The sippy cup kids just aren’t waking up fast enough!

    • From the article: YE-OUCH!

      The Republicans have been so busy trying to paint President Obama as a socialist, as a radical, as a Marxist, as a Muslim, as the Devil, that they haven’t even noticed that he has become one of them.

      • Oh, he can still talk the talk and he does that incessantly. But he seemingly can’t walk the walk. He may still sound like a revolutionary but more and more he looks and acts like George W. Bush, albeit a George W. Bush who can speak a complete sentence in the English language.

        Woohoo–I love this guy!

  9. HAPPY DADS DAY.to the DADS;
    now R.D. i joined the kiva confluence group want to donate which group are doing???

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