September 7th is Fathers Day (Australia and NZ
) – for me, it’s never meant much in the past. But the better half of the Jovi’s mentioned it in passing this morning. “It’s Fathers Day soon, is there anything you want?”
It dawned on me - the squeeking squawking sound coming from the spare bedroom
isn't just there for fun - "I can milk this!"
Thoughts of a lovely Spring day sharing a picnic or having Fish and Chips on the pier and feeding the seaguls romantically wafted through my brain and I could visual the joy of fatherhood and the satisfaction of being celebrated for the day. What could be more lovely?
Those thoughts only lasted a few minutes. I then had visions of rolling along a path with the better half beside me on a dutch bike
and the little fella in a trailer
behind me and rolling green paddocks either side with trees placed strategically as if it were a postcard.
As I have become more alert during the day, my needs have changed and have become more autocratic. At one stage there I imagined myself gathering firewood to keep the family warm with a brand new chainsaw
, wielding it above my head like a scene from a B grade horro flick. The hunter gatherer? Moi? Surely I can be more superficial than that!
Then I started writing a list. A list that could be no further away from celebrating fatherhood and togetherness than this:
So, before I SMS the other Jovi informing her to check her email because I have sent her my Fathers Day wishlist, I was wondering if I'd missed anything?
2 x 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple Tyres 2.0
Full Alfine Groupset
Full Ultegra Grouset
A set of 25 inch Touring wheels
A Nitto "wayback" seatpost from Rivendall bicycle
A brooks swallow saddle
A set of Salsa CroMoto, rigid disc forks
A Rohloff hub
Brookes leather grips
A set of Ortlieb Panniers
A Phil Wood eccentric hub
A Cannondale six 13
A set of Chris King salt and pepper shakers
A dynamo hub
Another xtracycle kit
A set of Zefal full length gaurds
A voucher for the powder coaters for a full fame and fork
Front and rear Tubus touring racks
A set of velocity "Deep V's" in dog cock red
A set Schwalbe "Stevio Plus" tyres
A pair of Portland messenger pants
A cannondale Capo
Any of the above will be fine darling!