A group of millennials in Spokane, Washington are seeking a “generic father figure” to help them host a barbecue on Father's Day weekend. In the Craigslist post which has explicably since gone viral, college student Dane Anderson and his “boys” are offering free food and booze to any enterprising area dad who’s willing to come to their party next Saturday and man the grill for a few hours.
Anderson, who was interviewed by local NBC affiliate KHQ, says he created the post because he and his roommates, who range in age from 21 to 26, live too far away from their own dads.
For any interested dads, duties include:
- Grilling hamburgers and hotdogs (whilst drinking beer)
- Bringing your own grill (though this is subject to change. We will provide all of the meat)
- Refer to all attendees as "Big Guy', "Chief", "Sport", "Champ" etc. (whilst drinking beer)
- Talk about dad things, like lawnmowers, building your own deck, Jimmy Buffet, etc. Funny anecdotes are highly encouraged. All whilst drinking beer.
The "boys" are looking for dads with a minimum of 18 years' experience as a father, a minimum of 10 years' grilling experience and "an appreciation of a nice, cold beer on a hot summer day." For what it's worth, Anderson & Co. say they know how to grill, but that “none of us are prepared to fill the role of BBQ dad.”
Oh, and since we are talking about
millennials broke college students, Anderson says he and his roommates can’t afford to pay their stand-in “dad", though they’re offering compensation in the form of "all the food and cold beer your heart desires.”
Anderson told KHQ that the ad has yielded a handful of responses. But at least one interested dad didn’t pan out.
"There was one guy stan who sent us a message but then he stopped replying,” Anderson told KHQ. Now that the media has helped transform Anderson's post into a viral sensation, he and his roommates might try and recruit as many as three dads to help with the festivities.
“We’re just looking for a dad to come and crack a cold one with the boys,” Dane said. The nature of Anderson's relationship with his own father – and whether or not he plans to call and wish him a happy father’s day – remains unclear.