Happy 2018, fellas! Not much to report here. I’m just slowly melting on the couch, the lawn looks like someone’s left it in the oven and my little tacker has just clocked eight months on Planet Earth. They grow up so fast *wipes away tear*. Refresher: this is the mag’s haven for dads, where you won’t be bombarded with parenting tips (I still don’t know what I’m doing) and instead can simply peruse a selection of hopefully-not-too-crap recommendations. Enough fluffy intro – get to good stuff, man, while you’ve got a few kid-less minutes!
BORN TO RUN
WRITTEN BY CHRISTOPHER MCDOUGALL
Born to Run. I’ve started running again to avoid Dad Bod (with mixed results) and it’s made me revisit this creative nonfiction classic, which follows the writer’s quest to find Mexico’s enigmatic Tarahumara Indians. The tribe is said to boast the world’s greatest distance runners, able to run days at a time nonstop with little footwear, while enjoying every single minute. It’s part adventure tale, part investigation into why we run and how we’re doing it wrong, and part portrait of the motley ultramarathon scene. It’s a certified page-turner and you need zero interest in running to get hooked.
GRUG PLAYS SOCCER
WRITTEN BY TED PRIOR
For the kids, I’ve revisited 1979-born Grug, after a mate – who happens to look just like Australia’s beloved striped haystack creature – bought Grug plays soccer for our boy. It’s had me wondering though – what even is a Grug? Why does this book have no story line? And what bone structure does he have going on under there? Despite my burning questions my grom adores him, proving once again that we should all try to look at the world with the unbridled wonder of kids more often. Onya, Grug.
DIRECTED BY RICHARD DONNER
While we’re turning back the clock, I revisited another childhood favourite this month – 1985 adventure comedy classic, The Goonies. While it seems to have developed some extra cheese in my old age, Steven Spielberg’s rollicking pirate-treasure-hunt flick is still a must-watch for young and old, and worth adding to your roster of the latest Pixar blockbusters. If you haven’t watched it (shame), go see where Stranger Things drew a heap of inspiration, albeit without the sinister vibes.
ADELAIDE CROWS WOMEN’S GAMES
Footy’s back, baby! Man, I’m jazzed to watch the Crows try to claim back-to-back flags, and I’m even more pumped girls across Australia now have role models on TV to inspire them to play the greatest team sport in the world. If you’re still not convinced, get the kids along to a game this season and witness the ferocity of guns such as Erin Phillips (one of Australia’s greatest ever crossover athletes) in the flesh.
Jake Dean is a writer, surfer and bibliophile who’s counting down the days to take his eight-month-old, Koa, for his first wave.
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