I used to take a zero day somewhat regularly to hang out with my Pops. “Zero day” is a hiking term used by thru-hikers which means you take an entire day without hiking any miles and just spend the day leisurely laying around camp or in town washing clothes, restocking food, or retrieving the resupply boxes you mailed to yourself. A few years ago, I began using the term to refer to a weekday/workday where I don’t do any work and oftentimes, I use this zero day to go hang out with my Pops.
These are some of my favorite days. No agenda. No timeline. No nothing. Just me and my Pops and doing whatever
we he wants. I usually also use the day to take documentary photos of my dad. This is what is commonly referred to as lifestyle photography. I enjoy being a fly on the wall while he goes about his day.
Coronacation Day with Pops : A Lifestyle Documentary Session with my Dad
We spent the day…
- Planting a few rows of corn
- Putting out corn for all of my dad’s favorite critters (white-tailed deer, wild hogs, javelinas, turkeys, ducks, squirrels)
- Feeding surplus corn tortillas to his ducks—frisbee style
- Cleaning out a floating duck nest, putting fresh hay in the laying boxes
- Removing the unfertilized goose eggs and replacing them with fertilized ones he bought Online
- Eating lunch
- Running PMIs (preventive maintenance inspections) on some antique tractors
- Going for a ride in his 1967 Ford Fairlane
- Blowing up his 1967 Ford Fairlane
- Conducting a brief inspection of the Fairlane’s motor
- Going for a ride in this 1967 Ford Galaxy
- Planting a jasmine and tomato plant
- And finally, concluding the day by almost dying by nearly flipping a golf cart (evidence pictured below)
I will just say that life with Pops is never dull.
My dad’s culinary skills never cease to amaze me. Since we were little, he has had this unbelievable ability to create completely unimaginable dishes. Koolyloach remains high on my list of his unique dishes. On this particular day, I had the privilege to try grill-smoked taquitos for the first time. I don’t eat a lot of ready-to-eat frozen foods anymore, but I think these are traditionally prepared in a microwave or oven.
I can’t divulge all his secrets—mainly because I didn’t catch which flavored pellets he used in his smoker. But I have to say, they were tasty.
Sometimes my dad reminds me so much of my grandfather. They seem to have the same sense of humor in a lot of regards.
I treasure these days I get to spend with my dad. I wish no one had to work and that I could do this more often. I think he does too. He called me the next morning to invite me out for day #2. I obliged.
Enjoy some more of my favorite images from my day with Pops— Coronacation Day with Pops: A Lifestyle Documentary Session with my Dad.
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