Who’s the Daddy?

I am! This is my first fathers day in my 40’s (did i tell you i turned 40?) and i am milking it for all its worth and then some. My wife and 5 kids are spoiling me today with tea, presents, and time to read a novel.
Happy Fathers day to all you dad-bloggers out there.!!!!! Children are a gift of God.
What gifts did I get? Read on to see . . .

topmanshortsWell, you can see my new shorts (my only shorts) that my family bought for me from Topman. It was the last pair and Debbie (who now has woollen braids in her dreadlocks) talked the salesmen into stripping down the mannequin and removing his shorts.
The jacket? Glad you asked. A very expensive Italian sports coat that I bought for 2 pounds from Oxfam Thrift Store yesterday, since it was old and had a hole in the arm. We subsequently removed both arms, and the shoulder pads, and i now have the fanciest sleeveless summer jacket in London. Ha! Ha!
That hat? A few pounds from a thrift store in England last week
The wicked cool mower? 5 pounds from a boot sale. I don’t have the heart to repaint it, since the original paint is still on it.

wardrobeI bought a wardrobe from the salvation army 2 days ago for 30 pounds. I have been living out of my suitcases (literally) ever since we got to London earlier this year. We found this really cool retro wardrobe that is already organized into spaces so that i can stay neat. At least, get neat and stay that way. It even has labels on all the drawers and shelves for “handkerchiefs” and “gloves” and everything else a gentleman in his 40’s will need to stay properly upholstered in London.

hifi I bought an old Hitachi Hifi for the grand total of 2 pounds. Its very hip, and way cheaper than an iPod. I found some old records for 20p each like Godspell, Shirley Bassey al la 1959, etc, and i am playing these today as my soundtrack. Its certainly a lot cheaper than iPod, and you get the actual hiss and scratches that only the real thing can do. And at 20p for each album, you really cant beat the value.

So, back to my newspaper, book and breakfast.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • ah, yes, and tally-ho! the perfect wardrobe (in both meanings) for the Jesusly gentleman … glad you are enjoying your special day!

  • happy father’s day andrew! i am jealous – thrift stores in england – cool! they are my passion! i buy everything (but unmentionables) second hand, and we’re great skip divers (we call it dumpster diving here in the us, but the skip is much cooler). amazing wardrobe!
    i think we need to suggest a ‘buy used’ month to kiwi steve and then have the flock donate the difference to the homeless or other good causes.

  • *grin*
    you THE man
    or is that the DAD
    who is that thats ‘stuck on you’? *smirk*
    looks like you are having a great day
    God bless you

  • Happy Father’s Day old man – yes, you are older than me (still) and you have more kids (by one). We’re both pretty damn cool though. It’s very possible that the sleeveless jacket and living in England may edge you out on the cool-o-meter, but we shall see. Pax vobiscum!

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