How to Spend Father’s Day Without A Dad
Happy Father’s Day.
Or as some people call it, happy “broken-condom-awareness-day!”.
Those of us lucky to have had awesome dads know what an impact our fathers have had in our lives.
But the truth is, some people don’t grow up with dads. Some people, like myself (aka, At The Pool’s director of awesomeness), lost their dad. Not all of us have fathers that we need to remember to call or buy a gift for on Father’s Day.
So I thought I’d make a guide about how to spend Father’s Day when you in fact have no dad. For all those stripped of that “father” in their lives, this guide is for you.
1. Make YOURSELF brunch
It’s commonly done on Mother’s day too. Take yourself out to brunch, sip mimosas, and celebrate the fact that you turned out pretty ok without having a dad this year.
2. Highjack a Dad
I do this on Mother’s day too (since I also lost my mother).
Find someone that you respect and praise them for the day. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a “father figure”. I mooch off some of my friends’ dads cause they’re cool and they’ve helped me cope with my absent father. Not only will you feel less lonely and depressed, you’ll make some other father really, really happy.
Father’s Day is always on a Sunday. Hopefully you don’t have work and this means you have the day off to do my favorite hobby.
4. Get Offline
Please, please, please do this!
Father’s Day feels like a normal Sunday if it weren’t for the bombardment of Facebook posts and Tweets gushing about how your friend has “The best Papa in the world! XOXOXO”. Go do something in the real world (remember that?).
Grab one of you friends or reach out to an At The Pool member in your area and go for a hike, watch a movie, grab dinner, play basketball, play footsie, whatever! Just don’t let the social media of the internet depress you.
We hope those of you with and without fathers have a great fathers day, no matter how you spend it.
We hope you can join this Sunday for a great cause. We’re meeting up in Santa Monica for an event with a few friends at the Shangri-La to raise awareness for World Oceans Day.
Sunday June 9th, 5-8pm
1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
Join us for cocktails, live jazz, and a sweet ocean view from the rooftop suite.
Free, or $30 donation that includes a cocktail & raffle tickets.
Tons of street parking, or get a free ride with LYFT by using the code “OCEANS.”
Please RSVP here.
Featured Member: Martynas, Founder of Unface.it!
At The Pool boasts some pretty impressive members.
And today we’re happy to introduce you to a special one in particular.
Martynas is a young entrepreneur and founder of a start-up we think you’d like to know about. He was kind enough to answer some questions to prove to you how awesome he really is:
4) What didn’t you like about Facebook?
5) What’s your idea of a perfect social media site?
6) What’s your favorite drink?
7) If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
8) What’s the most annoying thing to you?
9) If you only had six months left to live, what would you do with that time?
We’d like to thank Martynas for his time and telling us a little more about his start-up.
You can check out Martynas’ At The Pool profile here.
Are you extraordinary and think you’ve got what it takes to be a featured member? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Tell us what makes you stand out and you might see your feature on this very blog!
We agree with Twitter 100%, call your mom on #MothersDay!
At The Pool Members Get Offline And Meet For Realsies!
We thought we’d feature today two At The Pool members that recently got offline and get up in person (which is one of At The Pool’s missions).
Laila founded FastFirstDates which is a singles events company for professionals who want to date offline. They often host mixers with different themes and her aim is to also hold charity focused events with proceeds going towards a given cause. Their next party is called “Bring Your Ex or Wingman of the Opposite Sex” on April 17th and she’s also working on an event that will donate to Much Love Animal Rescue. For more information about her upcoming party, go here.
Neal co-founded thePortfolium.com with his team in late 2012 as an online portfolio platform. They were inspired by being involved in so many projects and extracurricular activities that didn’t find their way to their resumes or LinkedIn. They felt that they shouldn’t be limited by a sheet of paper or bullet points to show off their skills and experiences. With thePortfolium you can content you’ve created and link to your portfolio on your resume thus making you stand out among other applicants.
They were both kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
1) why you guys decided to join At The PoolLaila: I joined after reading a post on TechCrunch and thought it was an awesome concept which I wanted to get a jump on it right away.Neal: I joined AtThePool when I got an email invitation and saw the point was to meet in person. The in person networking was really appealing to me.
2) why you decided to meet offlineLaila: We’re both working on startups and after chatting over ATP for a bit, we decided to meet in person and discuss business over drinks. We got along great and are becoming good friends. We continue to discuss our businesses while encouraging each other.Neal: We pretty quickly were talking about founding our own businesses and it felt very collaborative. We decided to get together and when we did it was non stop ideas about each others work. We’ve since gone to some networking events together.
3) What activities you’d like to do in the futureLaila: In general on ATP, I suppose hiking or meeting fellow vegans! ha! With Neal, well I suppose I’m looking forward to beating him at a game of pogs.Neal: In the future I’d like to go to more networking events for start ups. There’s a fun level of ambition with others who are interested in starting businesses that I really am in tune with.
4) How you use At The Pool (to find friends? Business? networking etc)Laila: So far it’s been all of the above! People who message me tend to be working on startups too so that’s a common point of conversation.Neal: So far, I’ve used AtThePool for finding new friends with similar interests as mine. I have even found old friends from when I lived in San Diego and now we’re going to meet up since we love nearby in LA.
It’s so great seeing real life At The Pool members actually meet offline! Don’t forget to check out Neal and Laila’s start-ups.
BREAKING! At The Pool’s Designer Needs Attention Today!
Cause it’s his Birthday….
At The Pool’s designer, Jason, is one year older.
We here at At The Pool appreciate his parents getting busy that one night twenty something years ago so we could use his talents and enjoy the presence of his company. He deserves all the attention in the world today.
Keep diddly doodling.