The Original Hawaiiabera Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on September 29, 2008 · 311 comments

in Blog, Featured

What do you get when you cross a Mexican Guayabera with a Hawaiian floral print shirt? You get The Original Hawaiiabera shirt. I’ve always been a big fan of Guayabera or “Old man Mexican barber shirts” as my friends and I call them. I’ve also enjoyed sporting a Hawaiian shirt every now and then. Both of them catch the vintage-something-my-grandpa-would-wear vibe that I enjoy so much.

So when a guy who calls himself “El Grande Kahuna” emails me and says he’d crossbred the two shirts to create the Hawaiiabera, my interest was piqued. El Grande Kahuna calls the Hawaiiabera the “Ultimate Friday Shirt.” Each one is handmade and comfy, with cool, vintage Hawaiian floral prints and the functional four front pockets Guyaberas are famous for. It’s the kind of shirt a man could wear while flipping burgers in the backyard.

El Grande Kahuna was kind enough to send me one. I got to say these things are pretty dang nice. It’s well constructed, stylish, and comfy to boot. I told El Grande Kahuna that I thought a lot my readers would be interested in getting their hands on one of these bad boys.

El Grande Kahuana was happy to oblige.

The Contest

El Grand Kahuna is offering to give away three, count ‘em three, of his $68 Original Hawaiiabera shirts away. Here’s how you can get your hands on one of them:

Because the Hawaiiabera is the Ultimate Friday shirt, we want to hear what you do on the weekends. Do you catch up on chores? Watch football all day? Camp? Leave a comment on this post sharing your typical weekend activities and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a shirt.

One entry per person.

Deadline to enter is Monday, October 6, 2008 at 10PM Central Standard Time.

We’ll randomly select three comments and give a shirt to those three lucky individuals. We’ll notify the winners so they can select what shirt they want from the shop.

But wait, there’s more!

El Grande Kahuna is a generous guy. He’s offering to give every participant a 40% discount on the purchase of Hawaiiabera. At the end of the contest, I’ll email all the participants a code that can be used in the Hawaiiabera store. So even if you don’t walk away with the free shirt, you can still get a hefty discount on the purchase of one of your own.

I’m looking forward to your comments!

The Editor of AoM “couch surfing” in his Hawaiiabera. Get it? Couch surfing?

Man, that was lame.

The contest is closed. Thanks for participating.

201 KM October 1, 2008 at 4:25 am

I ride my Harley on the weekends. I’ve never seen anyone at any of the rallies with a flowered shirt before. Maybe I’ll start something new; it matches a black helmet, right?

202 Barry Regan October 1, 2008 at 4:38 am

Weekends are all about relaxing after the work week. Tai Chi , catching up on my reading, and spending quality time with my wife.

203 stephen sutton October 1, 2008 at 4:39 am

My Weekend invairably get swallowed by chores. By long standing agreement my wife takes care if the inside and has total control of that area of our domestic bliss and I take care of the outside and landscape with my total control over that. It works. One weekend a month, we head to Holmes Beach, on the west central coast of Florida, to do our maintenance bit on family rental property. So our life is maintenance times two. I have a lot of work cloths stashed at the beach , but I have 2 treasured shirts in reserve for when I get cleaned up an relax on the beach patio, with a cold one, after all is done. One is a very unique and loud hawiian shirt I “borrowed” from my late father in law, who picked up this gem in Hawaii on the way back from WWII. So this beauty predates Hawaiian statehood. The other is a linen dress guayabera i picked up from my wife’s grandfather’s closed after he passed away some two decades ago.
True.
So I know where this article is coming from. Can’t beat the old wold ways of a gentleman. All I need now is a first class straw panama.
So what do I do – I work like a dog to earn some first class chill time.

204 Charles October 1, 2008 at 4:52 am

Always start with coffee. Black, no sugar.. Make it in a chemex. I might throw in a load of wash during the second cup. I might not. I will have fed the cats however, They will not abide dawdling.. Rinse dishes, have more coffee, consider shaving and what to do today. I will go shopping for the grilling that will happen later in the day. You guys take care,
Charles

205 Jon Wilburn October 1, 2008 at 4:59 am

I usually spend time with my 2 boys. Sometimes we go to Lowes and build something. We always have football on during the season. Of course I catch up on the “Honey Do” list. I also take classes on line so some of the time I do homework. If we can swing it, I like to go on a hike.

206 Ricky Jones October 1, 2008 at 4:59 am

I go with the flow I sometimes play soccer go camping or clean the house. But Usually having a man of a good time.

207 Jay October 1, 2008 at 5:32 am

I usually try to fix my bikes up, straighten the house (I rent, so I don’t have to do yardwork. :D )

Then maybe take a walk with my wife, or ride my bikes for a few hours.
That’s about it. We don’t often have huge weekend plans. :) Or, more typically, my weekends are spent planning for one _big_ weekend of _big_ plans.

208 Gregor October 1, 2008 at 5:41 am

Weekends at our place are busy. Friday night is family night, usually a couple of games, craft projects, or pop corn and movies. Saturday starts with a check in at work then getting the boys to violin. The rest of the day is spent on chores around the casa. Sunday, is lawn, work again, then chores again.

209 James October 1, 2008 at 5:48 am

Standard weekend activities include (but are not limited to) washing the car, cleaning the apartment, going out to the movies with the woman, hanging with the guys, hitting up a bar, washing the dog, going for a run (or two!), buying groceries, reading a book, visiting family, and much much more!

But mostly it’s a dedication to recharging my batteries for the coming work week.

210 Brian October 1, 2008 at 6:14 am

My wife works in retail so on Saturday it’s just the kids and I at home. I make them breakfast and then we spend several hours cleaning the house, doing yardwork, making repairs, etc. Then, after the wife joins us for dinner, we have family time; playing games, watching movies, etc.

Sundays have a bit of a routine. We go to church and then come home for a big breakfast/brunch. Our other meal is a big, early dinner. Depending on the situation, I may take the kids fishing for a few hours or we may all wash our vehicles. Regardless, my wife finishes washing any laundry. I will usually spend some time on the grill preparing for dinner. After dinner, we all wind down and prepare for the new week.

211 Ben from Bedford October 1, 2008 at 6:18 am

On Saturday I will typically mow the lawn in the morning, then sometimes take my daughter out on her bike, and relax in the afternoon before I go to work that night. I am on the radio (only part-time, and I am NOT bragging, still a rookie!) and I HAVE to wear an aloha styled shirt to be “in character”. Sundays are church and family time. We usually have dinner with my Dad, and watch the Cowboys.

212 Richard October 1, 2008 at 6:41 am

I would wear this shirt while I photograph local professional SoCalPro Wrestling in Oceanside, CA. The fans will love it and I am sure I will get a lot of requests of where I got it.

Great commercial for the shirt.

MSgt Strick sez “Wear Sum”

213 Jeffrey October 1, 2008 at 6:42 am

As a Park Ranger at the Castillo de San Marcos, NM in Florida I shoot Spanish cannons on the weekends; the latin flavor of the Guayabera mixed with the tropical splendor of Florida — Brilliant!

I’ll fit out my five man crew with these!

214 Jared (Jay) October 1, 2008 at 6:56 am

The weekends are something that I look forward too! Trying to get that extra hour of sleep, then it is off to the back yard to do some cleaning up. Then I catch the game that’s going on, or go tailgate with some old college buddies of mine, come by the frat tent and make a guest appearance and give some advice to the younger guys about the old days, how to not look like a douche frat guy, and what they should do for a cool philanthropy event. Hanging out with my girl is always fun, and then I usually take the dogs out for a run… Stay in shape. Sundays are even better, Church and then some R&R then I prepare for cooking… Yeah I cook…

215 Mike Dodge October 1, 2008 at 6:57 am

I try and catch up on sleep since my roommate likes to keep me up all hours of the night. When I’m not unconscious, I try to study a little or just hang out with the boys. Sundays, I watch the Simpsons.

216 Steve October 1, 2008 at 7:07 am

Friday nights are typically date night for my wife and me. The rest of the weekend is usually given over to family: doing man chores around the house and yard, spending some quality time with the kids, maybe watching a family movie.

217 Dave October 1, 2008 at 7:28 am

Saturdays are busy. I’ve got the kid’s soccer games (There is nothing funnier than a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds playing soccer), chores around my house, and chores at my grandmother’s house.

Sundays are for football (Go Chargers!) and barbeques. More often than not, the wife and I will end up taking the boys to the movies, the park, or the local putt-putt. It doesn’t get much better than that.

I am fortunate enough to have Mondays off as well (10 hour work days). The wife’s at work, the kids are at school, and I go to the casino. I can’t think of anything cooler than sitting at the Blackjack table in that Hawaiiabera shirt.

218 Gregory October 1, 2008 at 8:32 am

My weekends during the summer consist of trot lining and limb lining for fish in the river closest to my house. During the fall I am usually target shooting to get ready for coon and squirrel hunting. Of course winter weekends is all about hunting and reading. Most importantly to me all year long is church on Sundays.

219 LJ October 1, 2008 at 8:43 am

Weekends…ah…usually I dream of sleeping in & getting tons of cleaning done, but then have something that prevents it… Last weekend I went dancing, judged dance auditions, went to a gem faire, out to a “girls night” dinner, church on Sunday, a canyon drive, dinner with my man’s parents…always overscheduling!

But this is really about my man, who, by the way, would LOVE this shirt…which would be the reason I am probably the only lady friend posting a comment for this contest!! He & I try to go on a date on Friday night, then his weekend is pretty much consumed right now by the amazing deck he is building, church on Sunday, dinner with either his parents or my extended family, & possibly some working time for his second job.

220 Jay from Kentucky October 1, 2008 at 9:09 am

On the weekends I enjoy driving my Morgan Horses put to a Pacific Carriage and watching the Buckeyes.

221 Fuddster October 1, 2008 at 9:14 am

Lately my weekends have been occupied with overtime since my wife had to undergo some shoulder surgery and has been out of work. Normally, though, my weekends are mostly about chilling out, spending time with the family and trying to catch up on stuff left over from the week.

222 Bill October 1, 2008 at 9:22 am

My typical weekend starts at dawn with a cup of black coffee and list. There’s always work to be done around the house, from lawn care, to modest renovation projects. Regardless of the project, I figure out a way to bring one of the six-pack of kids into it and make it a teaching point. It’s important that my sons and daughters learn what is expected of a man and how he should act. Of course, the weekend wouldn’t be a weekend without church so that’s the first thing of the week, Sunday AM. Lastly, whether we’re camping as a family, going to church, grilling on the deck, or mowing the lawn, proper attire is required. A flower print shirt, like one of these, is my preferred attire for an end of a long Saturday, with cold drink, hot food, and warm company. Unfortunately, my two printed shirts are fading fast..

223 Ann October 1, 2008 at 9:43 am

On the weekends I go on long bicycle rides and drink beer.

224 Bruce Prentice October 1, 2008 at 9:55 am

My weekends are rather mundane. How about lots of yard work and projects around the house, a little Michigan football, maybe a movie and church on Sunday. The reality is, we enjoy it all. It would be fun to wear that Manly Hawaiian Shirt while doing some weekend grilling!

Thanks,
Bruce

225 Valerie October 1, 2008 at 10:19 am

I go to Happy Hour and end up closing down a bar on Friday nights/Sat 2AM.
Sat:
Watch my college (TEXAS A&M- Whoop!) play football. (And likely for this season, I will be watching us lose most of our games)
Run errands, make a plan for the evening
Follow through with those plans — usually going to a concert or live music, exploring a new bar or club, or going to parties hosted by other like-minded individuals. Last week it was a “Pimp and Ho” party. Sidenote: There were very few Gentleman pimps. Mostly cheezy halloween costumes. Except for a couple, one wore a solid white and the other a Black Pinstripe suit, both had white hats with a black accent, and carried a real cane. THAT was a gentlemanly way to attend!)
Sunday=Football. (and monitoring my Fantasy Player’s performance via Stat Tracker and NFL.com.) All day. I usually don’t even open the door on Sunday, much less put clothes on. I also consume a steak, burger, etc that my manly man Joe grills up just right!

PS- I know I’m one of the only gals posting to this, but I would totally love to give this shirt to my brother- he is the vintage hawaiian shirt king.

226 Jim October 1, 2008 at 10:22 am

Saturdays I work, Sundays I catch up on the news and any household work that needs to be done.

227 Cole Brodine October 1, 2008 at 10:24 am

My weekends are differnt depending on the season.

During the summer months, my family and I spend our time outdoors. We take bicycle rides to the park or the community pool. We grill outside in out backyard with family. We travel to the family farm to visit my Mom and Dad and let our kids see the animals. Sometimes we ride our bikes to the city library to get books to read outside.

During the fall months, we still spend a lot fo time outdoors. We like to go to the local University and watch my youngest brother play football. Sometimes we even travel to his away games. Work picks up on the farm, so its a good time to get a ride in the combine or on the tractor. Fall seems like the best time to go camping to me, before it gets too cold at night, but it still is pleasant during the day.

During the winter months we stay indoors and do housework on the weekends. We also like to watch movies and television. It’s a great time to catch up on my computer hobby, working on old computers and installing Linux on them to perform various tasks. (Our home is getting “smarter” all the time!)

Spring is the season where work starts to pick up again. Usually I spend some time grilling outdoors, even thought it is too cold, because I just can’t wait to do it again. Time to start on the outdoor work again, cleaning up the lawn and doing any house work that was put off in the fall.

I already wear Hawaiian shirts, and I think one more would be a great addition to my collection. Since I’m an Engineer, I can’t wear them at work, but I spend most weekends wearing one!

228 Cliff Knesel October 1, 2008 at 11:16 am

I either have guard that weekend, I work out in the field (I’m an archaeologist), do work around my house, work on my girlfriends house, go hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

229 Frank Alberts October 1, 2008 at 11:26 am

Fridays I open the first cold beer of the week, kick back and relax. Saturday and Sunday I spend with my family. Once a month I play poker with the guys. In season, I coach my boy’s little league team. Mostly, I recharge my batteries for the coming week.

230 Bill October 1, 2008 at 11:53 am

Cold beer, barbecue, and concerts on Friday. Hungover hiking on Saturday. Sunday is a day of rest.

231 TheMadJosher October 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Over the weekend, I generally pick a project from my extensive list and work on it.

Most of them involve the use of a tablesaw, plywood, and a pneumatic nail gun.

I never wear a shirt while I’m woodworking.

232 Wayward October 1, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Not a man; Don’t have a pair… at least not of those. But my main squeeze does and he’s Hawaiian. He left the islands about 20 years ago and is running low on aloha shirts. Would love to treat his with one of these.

233 Victor Ryden October 1, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Go to synagogue on Saturday morning for services, small congregation, pretty laid back. That shirt would look great on the Bima.
Sundays are chore days and catching up on my reading.

234 Eric October 1, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Spend time with the kids. They are young, so we play around the house and go on walks. I don’t feel the need to cram a whole bunch of stuff into my weekend.

235 Peter Webb October 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm

I work sunday to thursday, so on friday I usually try to take my girlfriend out or at least hang out with friends if she can’t. Saturdays I go to juggling club in the morning, and then go to a local game store to play Rifts. Good fun.

236 Logan Warren October 1, 2008 at 5:21 pm

When I rise, I begin my weekend with some stretches, always a good thing to do. I then consult my weekend planner for the rest of my day… Then, I ignore the planner and do whatever I feel like doing.

237 Mike G October 1, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Thursday is my Friday, but dont let that stand on ceremony.

I have a 4 day work week so I usually try to spend some quality time with the family between work and travel its hard but important to do.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Word!!

238 Jason 93311 October 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm

On Saturdays I like to watch my daughter play soccer. Sundays are football time. My buddy and I have bet $5 on every single NFL game since 1999 – haven’t missed one!

239 Fausto October 1, 2008 at 5:31 pm

An average Saturday or Sunday in Kaneohe, HI:

0600 Start smoker grill (usually Kalua pork, but sometimes brisket, ribs, or roasts)
0615 Walk dog
0700 Join wife for breakfast at Koa Pancake House – early bird special: 3 of the best pancakes in the world, 2 eggs; $4.50
0800 Continue ongoing house renovation
1200 Break for lunch – buy beer, put on ice
1300 more house renovation
1600 clean up for barbeque
1630 friends, neighbors, and ohana gather
1645 remove meat from grill, combine with other foods bought and brought
1700 Feast of a thousand feasts begins
2000 turn on lights cause it gets too dark to see outside and da party still goin

or,

Beach, surf, plate lunch, shave ice, sunset

240 Austin October 1, 2008 at 5:35 pm

The weekend are mostly spend hanging out with my girlfriend since both of us rarely have any free time during the week because of school and work.

241 Dakota October 1, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Catch up on sleep, wake up, partake of the outdoors, read the paper, take care of chores around the house, catch up on correspondence and intellectual pursuits, listen to the game.

242 John G October 1, 2008 at 6:13 pm

My weekends are spent on a variety of things, depending on the season. Some of the things include odd jobs/yardwork/cleanup around the house, college sports viewing (at the stadium or on tv), visiting with friends or family, cooking something on the grill, and the like. Sundays are spent at church and as a day of rest.

243 Graham Dunbar October 1, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Whenever I’m not studying for my college classes, I’m studying independently to be a multilinguist.

So far I’m at a conversational level in German, American Sign Language, Japanese, and I’m now working on French.

244 Dan October 1, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Went camping with my family in my very manly retro “canned ham” camper. Wife hated it and the kid had a great time. mission accomplished! lol

245 Bumpas October 1, 2008 at 8:26 pm

My weekends consist of either catching up on school, working at a horse farm (lots of fun), getting things done around house or going on Boy Scout events. Sundays are devoted to church and socializing with friends from my congregation.

246 Jordan October 1, 2008 at 8:57 pm

My weekends are usually spent with my family. Helping around the yard, followed by a good meal out. The evenings are reserved for friends; Watch a movie, talk cars, etc. Good times.

247 Matt October 1, 2008 at 9:37 pm

I usually start off my weekend by cutting down at least a dozen redwoods with an axe that my good friend paul bunyan gave me. Next i join up with my friends to go raid a merchant ship or two in the gulf of mexico. Around noon we go hicking through the amazon discovering new animals and tribes of long forgotten, lonely hot wemon, then its back to my house to build a car or paint/sculpt a masterpies, you know just to take a load off. Finally i finish up a 1,000 page thesis i’v been working on about the universe, God, or something of that sourt. Sorry about this being so slapdash and stuff but i dont have enough room to fit everything i normally do everyday

248 John Riley October 1, 2008 at 9:39 pm

My weekend begins as soon as I get home from classes. Friday night, I go to my pastor’s house for worship and fellowship night, because real men need Jesus. Saturday, I awaken in the late morning and begin my full day of practicing trombone. Real male musician play trombone. It just also happens to be the instrument of God. I practice most of my day. In the evening I will hang out with friends that it are harder to see on the weekdays. Sunday, I wake up and watch football before going to church in the afternoon.

249 Ben Pratt October 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm

My weekends are precious time with my wife and daughters.

Friday is family night, Saturday is Date night.
My kindergartener and I watch a bit of BYU football.
I’m learning to take care of my yard. Progress is slow, but it’s kind of fun.
Even when it’s packed with church meetings, Sunday is a treasured day of rest from the activities of the other six days of the week!

250 Taylor B. October 1, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Oh how I do enjoy the weekends. A break from the traffic and sitting for eternity at your desk. During my weekends I like to break free from the daily routine. I either go out backpacking in the Sierra Nevadas or relax with family in the back yard while cooking some roasted corn on the cob and some big juicy steaks. Either way the Hawaiiabera shirt would be the shirt to do it in.

251 Jim October 2, 2008 at 2:35 am

I live in Hawaii, and I want that shirt. I spend my weekends sleeping in my hammock, reading, and then planning lessons for the following week of school.

252 John October 2, 2008 at 2:42 am

Weekends are usually getting caught upon work (earlier morning) and then family time the rest of the day.

253 Paul October 2, 2008 at 4:08 am

Ahh weekends … I gather up my two grandsons , 5 and 7, we make a punch list and hop to it. The run to the dump , ok ,ok , the ‘ transfer station’ is first, gotta earn breakfast, then its off to get gas in the old pickup truck . Then it’s yard work , carpentry, fix the toilet , repair broken dohickies, change the oil in the cars whatever we need to do. If ND is on we may listen to them play and sometimes lose , Saturday night we have a camp fire and tell dragon stories. Sunday morning its off to Church we go. The two boys wil go off with their Mom and my wife and I have a few hours of blessed and well deserved silence. Sunday night it’s popcorn we make in a fry pan and a manly Disney movie . God I do love it so.

254 George Stish October 2, 2008 at 4:18 am

I work on establishing my organic homestead, gardening, chickens, rabbits and establishing pasture and outbuildings to grow the farm, Sunday is the day off football and my wife!

255 Jason Schreder October 2, 2008 at 4:23 am

How about a nice workout on Saturday Morning, any business that needs to be taken care of (school work, yard, etc.) then any other essentials like grocery shopping. Then the rest of the weekend is spent relaxing and in enjoyment! College football, Golfing, spending time with my fiancee, going to Mass Sunday Morning, enjoying the outdoors, and maybe a movie one night! Oh, of course a Sunday night treat!

256 crazyonu@gmail.com October 2, 2008 at 4:49 am

I would embarrass my daughters (18 and 16) and my wife (whose age I’m not stupid enough to reveal), and amuse our two dogs.

257 drakono October 2, 2008 at 5:08 am

On the weekends, I catch up with my girlfriend, who unfortunately lives nearly an hour away. We still get together a few times during the week, but the weekend is the real highlight. We go out to eat or cook in the home, shop, watch movies, go to events, and just spend hours together doing anything or nothing. I love my weekends!

258 earl of gray October 2, 2008 at 5:09 am

when I lived in preal city I wore one all the time.
but now I can’t get them,what a way to go back in my mind too NO SNOW DAYS.

259 Mark Loest October 2, 2008 at 6:15 am

Weekends are spent Saturdays, preparing for Divine Service (final sermon preparation), and on Sundays, conducting the Divine Service: Word and Sacrament. Since I am a minister of the Gospel, it is not a sin for me to work on Sunday. But Sunday afternoons provide me with my Sabbath-rest. Nice shirt for writing sermons or relaxing in after preaching them. Does he make surplices? (In case I ever go on an island-work/vacation?)

260 Bat Guano October 2, 2008 at 6:22 am

Saturday morning is rowing practice – a good hard workout first thing in the morning. Then it’s usually breakfast, the farmer’s market, home to rest for an hour or so before doing some yardwork or laundry or whatever else needs doing. Out on the town with the girlfriend on Saturday night – dinner, movie, catch a band, just hang out, whatever.

Sunday is relaxed – sleep late, make a big breakfast, hang out with friends, cook, and/or whatever; there’s no set routine.

261 David C. October 2, 2008 at 6:54 am

My favorite weekend activities:
1. Taking my guns to the shooting range for a couple of hours.
2. Sharpening my knives.
3. Building a bonfire with my brothers.
4. Dropping cans of spray paint in said bonfire.
5. Hiking.
6. Camping.
7. Working on my foxhole radios.

262 James D October 2, 2008 at 7:52 am

Mountainbiking, kayaking, hiking and just getting outside. Then trying to get my stories into the adventure blog I am trying to start.

263 Gary M. October 2, 2008 at 8:01 am

Weekends are all about my Lord and my family. I have happy dreams about sleeping in, but it seldom happens because the boys and dogs are up and anxious to play.

During the week, my wife handles the evening meals, but on Saturday, it’s my time to cook breakfast and then we generally do some work around the house. Saturday evening’s are just kicked back time around the television.

Sunday is my day to honor my God and to recharge and remember that I’m among the most blessed of all the people on the earth to live in this amazing country. Growing up here has allowed me the freedom to hear the truth and to worship without fear the finest example of the Art of Manliness ever known.
– Jesus.

God knew what He was doing when He made a day of rest! We hold down the activities and spend time with each other. Even the strongest of men need some time to get centered again and I take advantage of it when I can.

264 Kent_Geek October 2, 2008 at 8:28 am

Yard work while listening to audio books is a big part of the weekend.
Friday nights in the fall, I chaperone the high school marching band at football games.

265 Jim October 2, 2008 at 8:29 am

Since I’ve retired, on Friday — and on all the other days — I do exactly what I want. I fish, I read, I nap and I kick back and have a glass of wine.

266 Matt October 2, 2008 at 8:30 am

Stogies and Systematic Theology

I love Sundays.

Ever since I was a teenager, I have looked forward to Sunday every week. Unlike Saturday, Sunday is a day when most people leave me alone. My phone doesn’t ring. I have no meetings to attend. No one is waiting on something for me to send them. And it’s on Sundays that I get to hang out with the guys.

You see, I have eight children ranging from 11 years down to five months. So, I learned early on that if I wanted to stay happily married, I couldn’t steal away every night to the sports bar for a cold beer and a baseball game with my buddies.

But Sundays are different. The whole family piles into our 14-passenger van (after wrestling the kids into their church clothes–ever tried to keep a tie on a three-year-old?), and we drive to church. Now, we go to a Reformed Presbyterian church, so there are none of those emasculated “We are the World” kind of sermons by a pastor of indeterminate sex. We Calvinists like our preaching cooked medium rare with all the juices still there. It makes for a very mentally stimulating hour.

After feeding my mind and spirit, it’s time to feed the belly. All the women at church bring potluck—and it’s always good stuff like southern fried chicken, taco casseroles, homemade chili, beefsteak tomatoes, black-eyed peas and butter beans, cake and ice cream, and sweet tea.

The sanctuary is converted into a big dining room, and everyone fills their plates—women and children first, of course. When the men get their plates, we convene around a big table and start talking about whatever it is we fancy at the moment: the sermon, systematic theology, politics, sports, business, our gun collections, etc.

After Sunday dinner, the day has just begun. I’ll generally take the family over to my friend Tom’s house. My wife and I will put the youngest kids down for their naps and the older kids either grab a book to read or head for the lake in the backyard. I head for the screened-in back porch overlooking the lake. But first, I take a detour to one of the bedrooms and put on my Sunday afternoon uniform: my favorite pair of blue jeans and a Hawaiian shirt that I affectionately call the “Sabbath shirt.”

On the back porch, my friend Tom and I will sit and watch the kids swim in the lake or jump on a trampoline while we mix ice cold gin and tonics. Then I’ll light up a Churchill or Torpedo. We’ll spend a couple hours thus composed enjoying God’s good creation until it’s time to prepare supper.

Supper on Sunday is a very special event. The men cook a big country breakfast, including piles of scrambled eggs, heaps of sausage and bacon, stacks of pancakes, sliced tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and peppers, and a big pot of grits, salted and buttered to perfection.

By the end of the day, my “Sabbath shirt” smells of tobacco, juniper, and bacon fat. Glorious. It’s all I can do to make myself throw it in the wash. But, alas, after many happy Sabbath suppers, it is time to retire my “Sabbath shirt.” I would love to pass on this distinguished heritage to the Hawaiiabera.

267 Tyler October 2, 2008 at 9:13 am

Surfing and hanging with the family.

268 Paul October 2, 2008 at 9:16 am

On the weekends its me time. Maybe go to a good old college football game and forget how to feel feelings or, if thats not in the game plan, there is plenty of desert in Nevada and lots of stuff to shoot, from scrawny jack rabbits to high jacked cars left to rot in the sunny high desert. The nights are filled with debauchery and loose moralled women until the wee hours of the morning. Sunday is family day. Football, drinks, and a lot of shenanigans. Nothing says fun like a bunch of rugby players drinking away their hang overs. God I love Reno. It’s like a beautiful Hawaiian island minus the beauty and the nice weather. But we’ve got plenty of Hawaiians. Thats a weekend in Reno, in a nutshell, a very drunk nutshell

269 Michael October 2, 2008 at 9:41 am

Weekends for me are every bit as busy as the week, although a lot more enjoyable. I’m currently in school for animation, and I have my animation class on saturday from 8:30 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. After that, I head straight over to the girlfriend’s house. Lately we’ve simply been relaxing together before going to dinner, but every once in awhile we go for an adventure (like hiking, or an afternoon trip somewhere). Since my birthday is coming up, I think a trip to Trader Vic’s is in the works.

Sunday is another busy day, as I have work from 12 to 5 (I know it’s supposed to be a day of rest, but when you’re young and in school, you sometimes have to bend the rules a little), and then it’s on to Church. I meet my girlfriend there, and then we spend the rest of the evening together until it’s time for her to go home.

I should mention that I’m dating the most amazing woman that I’ve ever met. She has no problem with me being the leader in the relationship, in fact she really enjoys it when I take the lead. She and I have a number of common interests (such as art, animation, and of course we’re both Catholic), but on things were we differ, she has no problem with it. She doesn’t mind one bit that I’ll go out to see a Western with some buddies, in fact, she encourages it. And she actually likes the fact that I’m not “metro,” she actually calls me a “retrosexual,” because I like being chivalrous and manly. And, of course, wouldn’t you know? She just happens to be a very feminine womans’ woman. She knows it and she loves it. Pretty cool, huh?

270 Brian Headrick October 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm

I usually spend them camping and hiking the appalachian trail with my dog. He has to spend his whole week in the city and I don’t want him losing the little bit of wild animal he has in him. Same for me. All the football games of any importance get DVRed and watched in their entirety on Mondays since I work from home two days a week.

Roll Tide!!

271 Ozy October 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm

The weekend is a time that doesn’t hold quite the same concrete meaning for college students such as me as it does for many men out there. My traditional Fri-Sun weekend, however, usually consists of going out to a bar Friday night, then coming back home with my roommate. The next morning–which starts about 2:00 PM–is spent preparing for that evening, and cleaning from the night before. Preparing the grill, making my house presentable in case any girls are coming over, and sorting through any receipts from the night before, often with full commentary (Jon, why did I spend $38 last night? I thought you bought last night…did you steal my wallet?). Sunday is a day of more cleaning, more relaxing, meditation, and preparing my vocal cords to cheer for the Dallas game. Such is a weekend, and such is life.

272 Jason Stephens October 2, 2008 at 7:13 pm

I love to golf on the weekends. It gives me an excuse to wake up early and not sleep the day away. Plus, it is a great time with friends. It really gives me something to look forward to through the work week!

273 chad cummings October 2, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Weekends are for smoking some meat, having friends bring the sides, trying to drink all the beer in the kegerator and then recovering while watching football

274 Joe October 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm

I begin my weekends Saturday mornings working around the house and yard, then try to relax in the afternoon either attending local outdoor festivals, visiting friends, watching college football, or cooking for friends in the evening.

Sundays are reserved for church and family.

275 Cary October 3, 2008 at 12:38 am

My wife works weekends so that means it’s all about me an my 2 year old son. We start the morning with a good sized Pancake Breakfast. Then it’s story time…so a couple of books get read. Usually we’ll head into town to pick up sundries, then it’s back home for a nap. I try and prepare a nice dinner for the other half. Eventually the boy goes to bed and the wife and I spend the rest of the night setting the world to right.

276 Timothy D. Lee October 3, 2008 at 6:37 am

As a pastor, I spend Saturday preaching, visiting, and occasionally spending time with my family. Sunday often has church work bees or socials or board meetings or young adult meetings… If I happen to have some time off on Sunday, I’ll often watch football, or try to get some chores done around the house. I try to take another day each week off to spend time with my family going to the beach or just hanging out.

277 wordsmythe October 3, 2008 at 7:27 am

I play video games, read, catch up on RSS feeds, and maybe work on a blog entry on weekends if I can, but there’s almost always other demands on my time (social and family obligations, laundry, errands). Sunday is split between church and football.

I guess I spend most of my weekend wondering when I’ll finally get a real weekend.

278 danielco October 3, 2008 at 10:23 am

Remodeling for the last 20 years. It’s my form of zen meditation…

279 Phil October 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm

I’m finishing up a remodel of my home office, which has taken up a lot of the past several weekends. On Saturday I also read some and if I’m not procrastinating, catch up on homework. Sunday is church and relaxation.

280 Kent October 4, 2008 at 7:19 am

Friday – date night with the love of my life for the last 29 years

Saturday – Honey do’s. And maybe some college football on the tube. And a big plus if I fire up the BBQ and grill something.

Sunday – My church day. Give back to the One who gave me all.

281 Mike Strehlow October 4, 2008 at 10:15 am

Saturdays are consumed with chores and projects (and an occasional round of golf). Sundays are for church and family get togethers. I play ukulele too, so as mentioned in other posts, I hope this influences the gods of randomness. This shirt would look great backing up my uke! (Get it? Backing up my…at least that’s better than couch surfing. Sheesh!)

282 Mike Strehlow October 4, 2008 at 10:21 am

I agree with Bill S. If Jack doesn’t win a shirt give him mine. Or Bill’s!

283 Dustin V October 4, 2008 at 10:41 am

I spend several hours in Graduate work for my masters. Saturday’s usually involve a project around the house, a football game, and Texas hold’em. Most of my Sunday is spent at church and preparing for another week.

284 Timothy K. October 4, 2008 at 1:31 pm

On Saturdays, I start my day at my job at the library. From there depending on how many homework assignments/tests I have coming up, I either study or just relax.

Relaxing typically consists of either reading, listening to music, riding my bike around town, or hanging out with friends.

Sundays are the same as Saturdays except replace work with church.

285 Michael Sheehan October 4, 2008 at 10:13 pm

My weekend usually consists of a hike of 5 miles or so in the Angeles National Forest, some football and a little Pinot Noir and a fine cigar. What more could you ask for except one of the suave and comfortable old school shirts?

286 James Cowgill October 5, 2008 at 6:43 am

My favoite Sunday activity is to get up, put on one of my favorite Hawaiiabera, turn on some Buffet, make up a couple of Mamosa’s for me and my special girl and hang by the spot my Motor Coach is parked this week! Today its the beaches of North Carolina, AWSOME!!!!!

287 Mysty Cowgill October 5, 2008 at 7:48 am

A typical weekend for me includes spending time with my family. Mainly to the park to play and at night with the winter nights coming we will be watching our favorite hockey team the Rockford IceHogs. Sundays consist of kicking back eating good food and watching football. Not to mention making time to call friends and family to keep up with the latest.

288 Hunni Sapero October 5, 2008 at 10:15 am

My typical weekend?…..I’m always thinking of what I need to do….grateful for my kids and their children, and darned pleased with all of them! I spend a lot of time thinking of projects that I want to get done…..and I’m enjoying some television lately.

I have lived in the U.S.V.I. and Hawaii…..and LOVE to see a man in the manly Hawaiiabera shirt! I have looked for them in Arizona……and am so happy to have found this site…..and will happily accept a coupon from you to purchase one or more.

289 jennifer sapero October 5, 2008 at 10:19 am

My favorite thing to do on Sunday is Hang with Friends! We get together to watch football…do some “day drinking” and just relax. We usually make it our night to go out for some really yummy mexican food too!

290 Dave October 5, 2008 at 10:38 am

I usually spend my weekends doing the laundry and cleaning up the house. Then saturday is the assigned day for an evening in to town with my friends.

291 Joel October 5, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I wake up early to get a fresh start on the day. Then I eat breakfast and fall asleep for a couple more hours. After waking for the second time I think about all the work I should be doing while I am actually playing guitar or reading. Come Sunday night I either get all my work done or go to sleep early enough so I can do it when I wake up in the morning before class.

292 Nate October 5, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Saturday – Cleaning up around the house

Sunday – Going to church, studying the Bible

293 Brent October 5, 2008 at 4:47 pm

My weekends vary.

Assuming there is nothing spectacular going on, an average weekend would consist of waking up around 7 AM, then going to rowing practice for a few hours.
Then come home by the afternoon (perhaps breakfast with my crew?) and do either homework, or just play video games on the computer. After dinner I often go out with friends either to parties, shows, whatever happens to catch our eye.

On race weekends, however, wake up 3 hours before my race. Eat eggs, toast, drink some apple juice, and head down to the race course (assuming we’re racing at the Henley, if it’s somewhere I have to drive to, then I’m waking up earlier). Relax for a bit, stretch, go through pre-race activities.

Go out on the course with my crew and just row my heart out, do the best that we can do (which is often VERY well).

Get off the water, talk with crew/coaches, eat an apple, discuss what we’re doing later. Go home, shower, potentially eat. Go out with my crew and celebrate :)

If you can’t tell, I’m a rower :)

294 James Cowgill October 5, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Thats square in the heart of “Manleness”@Dave -

295 Jared October 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm

The wife and I enjoy walking on the beach Saturdays and/or Sunday. It is a perfect to decompress from the stresses of the past work week. It also gives us lots of time to communicate.

What always amazes me is we intend to spend an hour walking but usually spend at 2-3 hours. Nothing like leaving the stress of modern life behind.

296 Greg October 5, 2008 at 6:30 pm

What do I do on the weekends? Anything but work, if I can help it! I especially enjoy taking some time to get outside and go geocaching with my wife.

297 Rob October 5, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Weekends are for catching up. Preferably fishing or hunting when in season. Other wise horse back riding and hopefully on Sunday watching a NASCAR race and /or a football game or 2 and of course maybe having a gathering of friends over for maybe a bon fire and cook out. Then of course there are always chores to attend to…..lawn to be mowed and so on……

298 Allen Petit October 5, 2008 at 8:29 pm

The weekend is the only time of the week where I usually don’t have anything scheduled or planned. My week is usually jammed pack so it’s nice just to relax. I usually go out to dinner and try to cook something new on sunday nights.

299 Kanakaokai October 5, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Typically my weekends are busy with chauffering my teenage daughters around town and fulfilling my ministry duties and preparations. However this weekend my daughters were attending a youth conference in Ranch Cucamonga and my wife, who usually works weekends, had the weekend off, so she and I went to dinner friday night, sleeped in late Saturday morning, went to the movies (FireProof – fantastic film, good message) then went to the beach and enjoyed a warming bonfire. It was the first real alone time we’ve had for several months (we work opposing shifts and days off). The only thing that would have made a great weekend PERFECT would have been if I was wearing one of these the gorgeous Hawaiiaberas (XXL) with my new Cuban Chancletas that I picked up this summer on my missionary trip to Sancti Spirutus, Cuba. Keep Surfing da Couch!!!! Who knows maybe it will catch on and become an Olympic Sport. LOL Hang Loose and Go fo’ Broke braddah!

300 Jim October 5, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Weekends up here in Alaska are for watching the Russians (which we can see from our back yard), catching up on yardwork – except when it snows, like today, breakfast football (4 hour time zone difference sometimes lets us watch a little football while we eat our Wheaties) or catching a great concert like we did with the Duhks last night.

Recently a lot of time has been spent at church on repair and painting projects. First Saturdays is men’s group time where we have breakfast (eggs, potatoes and moose sausage) and then on to the fixit list.

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