Some single folks lump Father's Day in with Valentine's Day as far as the likelihood that they will meet a single guy on either of those days. But Valentine's Day has actually turned into a great time to meet someone with all of the anti-Valentine's Day events that are out there these days. The Screw Cupid Pub Crawl back in the day was a gold mine because you get to skip over the step where you wonder if the guy is single or not. And that's a pretty big step.
With that in mind, I tried to figure out where I could go to find the single guys. If I went to the bar or at the gym, I felt that I could assume these guys didn't have children, but doesn't mean that they are single. So I decided to narrow in on the single dads on this day. Surely you would be out with your wife/significant other and the kids on Father's Day.
So where would a single dad go? I thought about going to the Zoo, but that seemed like where younger Dads would go. So then I thought, maybe the older kids would want to go to the beach or to a pool. As I was trying to figure out my plans for the day, I went for a quick run in the morning. When I was stopped at the light, a guy walked my way with his dog. There wasn't a woman with him, but that didn't mean there wasn't one around somewhere.
"Payton, don't chase after that pretty woman," he said to his dog that was running towards me. "We don't want to look desperate."
His subtle yet forward line threw me off. I wasn't expecting it, and I was also taking note of it to use it myself sometime.
"Payton," I said after looking around to make sure he was talking to me. "I hope you're a Bears' fan. He couldn't possibly be named after Manning."
"Pretty and a sports fan," he said.
We chatted for a few minutes before he was off to meet his kids for a day at the park. The park! Of course, the park. So that's where I spent the afternoon. It was easy to pick out the single guys, but not as easy to strike up a conversation because they're with their kids. I know when I was a kid, even though my parents are still married, I didn't anyone else talking to my Dad.