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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

LL Cool Dad

Some days are better than others for the ego. Not that I have much difficulty in the self-esteem department, but even someone with as over-inflated an opinion of himself as me can have his spirits buoyed even higher by the right interactions with people.

First came the e-mail from Carla, @babyjidesign on Twitter, who is a local photographer. She’ll be at BlogHer as a photographer and she was looking for some bloggers to feature on her business cards to demonstrate her work and asked me if I’d like to pose. In other words, I’m so beautiful that I could be a part. time. model.

Who turns that down? Not this guy. Not this guy whose Smurf name would be Vanity Smurf if there wasn’t already a Vanity Smurf and so he’ll instead have to settle for Vain-but-Envious Smurf.

Carla took some really fantastic shots of me and Erin, and a bunch of terrific ones of Erin herself. It was a fun shoot out at a park with plenty of “okay, now walk like you’re just walking but turn when I say and look like you’re just being casual” and I was all “I can do that. I can be fake-casual like nobody’s business.” Erin also managed to look fake-casual, although I suppose one might confuse that look for constipation.

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She’s getting pretty big for that backpack. I remember when she was small enough for me to zip up the sides of my Deuter with her legs inside.

The secret to a great photo, I learned, is a ladder. This is my favourite Backpacking Dad photo now:

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See? You can’t see the innertube around my waist or my neck fat or anything. Carla rules.

Emily and I went to the movies (again, always, and forever going to movies with a baby. We’re very, very good at it) on Monday. After the movie was over Emily went to the restroom to change Adrian’s diaper and I waited in the hallway with the stroller. A pair of lovely older women approached me to get a peek at the baby, who wasn’t there. They gushed a bit about being grandparents and great-grand-parents and then they walked away. One of them came back a few moments later:

“Can I tell you something? My friend and I were just talking and…who do you look like? Do you know? Who do people tell you you look like?”

“Uh, well, that depends on if they like me or not I suppose.”

“If they don’t?”

“Robert Goulet.”

“Yes! That’s it. That’s just what we were saying. Something about the eyes!”

Really?

Goulet

I can only hope they had the younger Goulet in mind. The Goulet who was hot when they were hot.

Robert Goulet (tux)

I’m choosing to believe this is what she meant. Not bad. And hey! I have that outfit.

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Although mine looks way sweeter with the corsage on my lapel. Yes, that’s a corsage. I was pinned with the wrong accoutrement when I arrived for my wedding. It snuck into a few photos before the bouttoniere was found to replace it.

Emily arrived during the Robert Goulet remark and the ladies cooed appropriately over Adrian. I noticed that he was missing a sock and went back into the theater to find it. When I returned the old ladies were gone, but another woman had approached Emily.

“I was just telling your wife that I’d overheard the Robert Goulet comment. How could you be expected to know what he looked like when he was younger? Anyway, I was saying that you look like someone else entirely.”

Ah, who will it be, I wonder. Robert the Bruce? That’s one I’ve gotten before. I basically look like everyone with a goatee.

Robert-the-Bruce

No, it was the one people offer up if they like me: Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo

However, I’d like to point out that I was rockin’ the facial hair long before he was.

So, that’s how my ego-inflating weekend was. I’m off to star in my next Hollywood blockbuster: Backpacking Dad Is On A Boat.

Although I’m changing my name to OLL Cool BPDBHLLRG. (Old Ladies Love Cool Backpacking Dad Because He Looks Like Robert Goulet)

39 comments:

Jill said...

Were you 12 when you got married?

Jane said...

Your daughter is really really super cute!

Adrenalynn said...

Are you wearing the exact same shirt as in your profile photo? I'm not sure if I hope that's the case or if I hope you just have one gray shirt for every day of the week.

Maggie May said...

I found you through um...forget..anyway, glad i did! Hellllo.

MelADramatic Mommy said...

I was going to say the same thing as Adrenalynn! Must be a girl thing. ;D Erin is a doll!

Angela said...

Nah, I'm pretty sure that's an entirely different grey shirt in the profile photo. It's a v-neck and the new one is a rounded neck.

And Erin is adorable in both!

Oh ok, BPD is too. Nom! Emily is a lucky lady!

Ilina said...

You have fantastic hair. Can I say that without being weird? Cuz I don't mean it in a weird way or anything.

St said...

I get the Leo thing but I've always leaned toward McSteamy (Mark Sloan) on Grey's.

babyjidesign said...

That's right, ladies..I rule and you drool!

for a different kind of girl said...

Dude...straight up Greg Evigan from My Two Dads. You just need a skinny tie and some white Reebok high tops. Are those acid wash jeans you're wearing?

AmyAnne said...

Yeah, I'm with Jill. You were 12 when you got married?!

Danielle-lee said...

Love the pics of your little one. She is so adorable!
Also, you totally look like him! Sorry.

Naomi said...

I never, ever expected to see Robert Goulet in the same blog post as T. Pain, not that I am entirely sure who the latter is.

(People often tell me I could be an air hostess in the sixties, by the way.)

kyooty said...

It's the baby that makes the pic

Aunt Becky said...

I just peed myself. Thanks. You owe me.

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

Erin is adorable in both!

I really have no idea about the celebrity thing...

Yo is Me said...

hahahaa!! look at me i'm on a BOAT!!

robert goulet's got a dolphin on a boat.

Just Breathe said...

Love the new name. I love the new picture of her in the backback and I can't believe how much she has grown. Love Flight of the Conchords. By the way I agree with the OL!

anymommy said...

Love that young BPD picture. You rocked the corsage!

Elisa said...

You had me at "fake casual look".

Hey, do we get to see Adrian at BlogHer?

Jennifer said...

hahaha I loooove the tux picture. wow that's fantastic.

I agree ST about the McSteamy thing, you definitely resemble him.

ZenMom said...

The photos of you and Erin are great. :)

Never never never shave the goatee. Because: 1) You look terribly handsome with it. and 2) You're wedding picture backs up my theory that you would't look old enough to buy beer without it. (I totally thought you were going to say it was a prom picture.)

Amazing Greis said...

Every time I glance at your picture I see Mark Sloan (McSteamy) from Grey's Anatomy! :)

Whit said...

I think you look like a younger, softer Whit Honea on a boat.

becky @ misspriss said...

McSteamy! That's it! I couldn't place it until someone else said it.

My hubby has a goatee and he gets comparisons as well. But he's, um, a little older than you so he always got compared to Ken Caminiti (Oh, how I miss Cami!) and Number One on ST:TNG (Jonathan Frakes).

Glad that you'll be at BlogHer again this year. Maybe I'll get to say hello this time.

Kari said...

I love Flight of the Conchords. That one was perfect for this post. Awesome.

Loralee Choate said...

I'm pretty sure that I inhaled and swallowed my uvula laughing at the Robert Goulet thing.

Ali said...

oh my god..
FADKOG is totally right.
totally.

Stephanie N. said...

Your pictures always made me think of Will Riker, Captain Picard's right-hand man. Or, DDWR as I prefer to call him: Dirty-Dirty Willy Riker. Because dude was a bit of a man-ho, and Deanna Troy could have done so much better. Clearly, this was not doing you any justice. I'm so glad that I can now replace that mental image with Robert Goulet and Leo. Ahh, much better.

Swirl Girl said...

I totally cracked up here! I just posted about Arte Johnson of Laugh In fame and so many people don't know who he is...you are too young to know who Robert Goulet is - arent' you?

I agree with FADKOG - Greg Evigan all the way!!

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

I will admit to choking on my tongue when seeing the Goulet comparison. But what I'd like to know is if you're frightened of Emerald Nuts?

Adrenalynn said...

Of course! McSteamy! I can't believe I haven't seen THAT before. Spitting image.

Otter Thomas said...

People always told me I looked like Tim McGraw. It is the goatee thing I'm sure. I took it as a compliment becasue of the Faith Hill thing and all.

You should run around like Will Ferrell hollering...GOULET!

Redneck Mommy said...

Still giggling.

I can't help myself.

Lis Garrett said...

When I scrolled down and saw your picture, my first thought was how much you look like Leo. I don't like facial hair on a lot of guys, but you know how to make it work. Definitely.

Robert Goulet. Hee hee. ;-)

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

YOu do look a tad constipated, but you look like a HOT constipated guy...better than NOT, I say.

I say go for it, for as long as it lasts. Let me tell you, when that body starts failing you, as it has me, it's no fun. Now, all I get are 60-year-old Italians who think they're still 30, with their shirts unbuttoned halfway and a gold chain around their thick necks, sweat in the creases, polyester pants. You get the picture.

Gemini-Girl said...

Ahem, not to toot my own horn, but me and T-Pain hung out just a few weeks ago at my company's upfront party (wrote all about it on my blog at the end of may)...

so while you are dancing to this song, I was dancing with him to the song... dont be jealous.

Heather said...

intertube waist and double chin. Whatev! You look great! I can show you an intertube waist and double, nay triple chin in most photos I get taken of myself.

Liz Goulet said...

Just thought I'd drop a note to say that I love reading your blog-- your kids are so cute! And yes, congrats on the Goulet look-alike, from a Goulet ;)