Me and Chad

Me and Chad

On Dad's Watch, Recently, I attended an intimate high school wind ensemble concert. We sat on stage listening to solos and duets. Our daughter and her BFF brought down the house in a superb flautist finale.

A follow-up was stopping for frozen yogurt. She no longer messes her face with strawberry ice cream but it’s still a cool event for a Dad.

At the counter, a young man said, “Hey! Twice today!” I was taken aback, but flattered this cool dude had mistaken me for a “bud.” Perhaps he thought I was his Dentist, rather than an early morning wave rider.

“I work at Starbucks too.”

“OH! You have a different outfit,” which was a lame excuse. My daughter had taken an interest so I introduced her as my sister, and got an elbow, but drew a chuckle from my new pal.

“What’s your name?”

“Chad.” That figured. It was Chad or Jason. I considered responding with, “I’m ‘The Mike-STER’,” but said, “I’m Michael.”

I was about to ask if he wanted to “hang out” but given he could have been my grandchild, I came to my senses. Best to commend him on his ambition and say, “see you at SBucks!”

HOWEVER, fantasies die-hard so in the car I became “Jeff Spicoli.” “AWLL RIYGHT DUDE! So AWESOME seeing my bud Chad! He must be making SEEEERIIIIIOUUSSSS COIN working TWO JOBS! Can’t wait to ride a few tasty waves with him in the A.M.”

After a dozen eye rolls and a few, “OH GAWDS!” she rewarded me with a slow headshake and a charity smirk and said, “He’s cute!”

“HEY!” I said, getting her ready for a “You’re only 14!” lecture. But I surprised her with, “Chad’s MY BUD!”

We laughed and went home. See you guys next time.

Authored by: Michael Malgeri

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of "On Dad's Watch." He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events. Along with "On Dad's Watch," Michael believes there's a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at

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