Well, Cam Gigandet gave it his best, but wasn’t able to pull past model Gabriel Aubrey. Sorry, Cam!
Today I’ve got someone who I have greivously omitted in the past. I just saw 13 Going on 30 for the first time last week, and slapped my forehead with a big d’oh that I’d forgotten this actor existed. Not to mention he is also in the upcoming Avengers movie.
So, here you are.
My son is going on a trip to Sacramento this weekend with his grandpa, and we told him he needed to get a haircut this week.
“I can’t get a haircut! I want a mohawk!”
As a child of the 80’s, I have absolutely nothing against a mohawk. I actually don’t have a problem with my 9 year old sporting a Mohawk if that is what he really wants to do, which it apparently is.
I’m wondering where the hell this came from. We currently don’t know anyone with a mohawk, and I’m trying to figure out where he saw a person with a mohawk that he now wants to emulate.
I tried to discuss with him that despite the fact that it seems to be a rather carefree, rebel hairstyle, it requires quite a bit of work to keep it looking decent, including rather frequent haircuts. I also told him that he would probably have to start using a lot of hair gel.
The mohawk is currently on hold, pending my son’s decision on how exactly how much he hates hair gel and haircuts. Which up to this point has been quite a bit.
Self-expression is a bitch.
How had I never heard of this book?
I don’t remember exactly where I first found out about it, possibly on Amazon where they recommend books based on previous purchases. Which can sometimes be annoying, and can sometimes be handy. It tends to be a wash.
Anyway, I bought it for my 9 year old, and after he read it, he claimed it was now his second-favorite book after the Harry Potter series, which is high praise indeed. When asked how many stars he would give it out of ten, he offered fifteen.
So, just know that this book is about a group of boys led by Mac (whose real name is Christian) who runs a very specialized business out of the fourth stall in an abandoned school bathroom. He and his best friend Vince are partners and trouble begins when an older boy begins attempting to take them down from the inside.
There is violence. Kids get beat up. Kids do all sorts of things that you would think an adult with half an attention span would notice.
But that doesn’t make this book any less fun, even for forty-year old me.
It reads slightly like a film noir, slightly like The Godfather, and something akin to The Body.
If you’ve got a reluctant middle school reader, this book might be an excellent solution to that problem.
I will say it right now, unless the men in your lives have very specific hobbies that they LOVE (i.e. golf) men are quite difficult to buy for. Much more so than they claim to be, anyway. One can only receive so many ties, after all. Even if they are nice ones.
So here is a little guide to help you out a bit.
I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for cuff links. When I was a little girl, I remember going through my parents’ jewelry cases and seeing cuff links and having no idea what they were for. These are real Buffalo Nickels and are a nice departure from your boring old black/silver combination.
My husband used to be the kind of guy who never wanted to spend more than five bucks on a shirt. I kid you not. So on a daily basis for almost twenty years, my eyes have been assaulted with the most ugly, godawful shirts you could ever have the misfortune of seeing. But about six months ago in a sudden moment of clarity, he decided that life was too short to wear crappy shirts all the time. He felt he deserved a little luxury, a little comfort, even when relaxing at home. And indeed, shouldn’t that be when you feel the most comfortable?
What would be more appreciated than a wonderful case for his beloved iPhone?
Make him the envy of everyone in the neighborhood with this uber cool navigation system from Pioneer. It has everything he could ever want, and maybe some things he never even knew he wanted. Until this came along.
This little device will allow him to watch almost everything he wants on television, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, Pandora, sports, plus more. Enough, in fact, to keep his butt glued to the couch so that you can have some time to do some more online shopping without any pesky questions being asked.
Sick of having five different remote controls for everything? Then this top-rated baby is the solution. Even better is that he will be so enthralled with this gift, he won’t realize it isn’t just for him, technically. You know, like when he buys you a KitchenAid stand mixer. Sure, you love it, but you won’t be the only one eating the results.
Does he do a lot of traveling? Work in a noisy environment? Or does he just have some really annoying neighbors? His ears will thank you forever.
Do you have a certain younger male relative who constantly mistakes family gatherings for frat parties? Then this short, quick, and to the point handy dandy guide is just for him. Gently given advice, but sometimes greatly needed.
Does he want to be the ultimate man? Of course he does! Then get him this soap!
I often bring my son along because he enjoys going, and also because he is forever optimistically thinking I will buy him a cookie or an Icee or something from the food counter.
Him: I need some new toothpaste.
Me: Ok, go pick whichever one you want.
Him: (putting a tube in cart) Ok, I’m taking this one.
Him: No, wait a minute… (goes back to shelf)
Him: I don’t care if it has Disney Princesses on it, I want the Bubblegum flavor.
Now, should I be proud that my nine year old doesn’t care if his toothpaste has the decidedly uncool (for him) Princesses on it, or that in order to get the Bubblegum flavor, you have to get the Princesses?
Me: We need a hand soap refill, choose one for us. I’ll let you decide which scent you like best.
Him: (coming back to cart in record amount of time) Got it.
Me: Oh, what scent did you choose?
Him: I dunno what scent it was, I just picked the pink one. Things that are pink almost always smell good.
Now, should I be concerned about his generalizations about the color pink, or that the scent he actually chose was pink grapefruit, and was the nastiest, most godawful-smelling soap I have ever used in my life?
And does anybody blame me for not taking him to Target with me last night?
My apologies for last week’s lack of CDF, it was just a hectic kind of week, ya know? And really, I should just get used to it because it’s not like it’s going to slow down until after New Year’s.
So, our bright-eyed Hrithik Roshan gets elevated into the CDF Hall of Fame and I get to introduce two all new competitors to the game.
Both lads have their children coming fairly late in life. They are both respected actors, and they both have fantastic accents.
Our first dad will forever be on my good list for his work in The Usual Suspects.
The second has been in quite a few films I have enjoyed, including The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain and Sense and Sensibility, to name a couple.