Being a recognized leader in the dadblogging world (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh, my side.) I get lots and lots of nice emails from nice marketing/PR types asking me to take a look at their clients’ stuff. Example:


We here at Queso Fundido PR are huge fans of your blog, DADS-CENTRIC, and we know that your readers will definitely love the newest release from Miramax, Sassy Gals, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, and Dame Judi Dench. Sassy Gals tells the story of Jessie Swallows (Meg Ryan), a clothing designer who seems to have it all – a beautiful country home, a rich husband who works at one of those agencies housed in a giant loft where everyone has Macs and glass-walled offices, an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for Thirtysomething Trophy Wives magazine. Her best friend, Hope Schtupper (Jennifer Lopez), leads another enviable life – a happily single director of Oscar-winning documentaries, a possessor of a huge closet of shoes and a gal who never has to wait behind the velvet rope, at least not in Cleveland. But when Jessie’s husband enters into an affair with Crystal Meffe (Dame Judi Dench, in the role of a lifetime), a sultry ‘napkin girl’ lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue 3rd floor Ladies’ Lounge door, all hell breaks loose. Jessie and Hope’s relationship is pushed to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends, including ubermommy Sandra “Sandy” Sands (Sandra Bullock) and author Jennifer Prettyman (Daniel Day-Lewis, in a role that will certainly garner him an Oscar nod), all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships as well. Laughter, tears, and montages of the Sassy Gals trying on big hats ensue. Please feel free to post the attached JPEG of the film’s one-sheet on your blog.

So, no, we don’t review every pitch we get. Because Theodore Sturgeon is right. But every so often, stuff will strike me as worthy of a dad’s interest. Here are two noteworthy things that I recently received:

The Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer. This is a nifty gadget. It’s a razor with a small, battry-operated clipper on the end. As a proud member of Team Soul Patch, the clipper is the perfect size for me. Beth’s happy because now I now longer have to use her lady’s model clipper, the one she uses for, ah, personal grooming, to trim my ‘patch. Isn’t that nice?

Surfwise. Surfwise is an excellent documentary, now playing in select theaters. I received an advance review copy several weeks ago, but like the lazy slackass I am just now got around to telling you about, likely costing the studio millions in ticket sales. Sorry, Magnolia Pictures. Anyway, Surfwise tells the fascinating tale of the Paskowitz family, led by legendary surfer Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz. Paskowitz led what many of us who ride waves consider a dream life; he raised his family (eight boys and one girl, along with his wife Juliette) in a 24-foot camper, roaming the west coast in search of waves and a freedom that 9-to-5’ers would never know. Of course, things got complicated, and the film plays out like The Endless Summer meets The Mosquito Coast. It’s a fascinating look at a very unusual family, and definitely worth your time, even if you’re a non-surfer.

So there’s a couple of good things for you. And for all of you PR/marketing types reading this site, take note: it’s called DADCentric for a reason. I’m talking to you, Team Massengill.