You're gearing up for your first backyard barbecue of the season. The grill is already fire-emoji hot, you're ready to sear a number of all-beef hot dogs and token vegan options, and you spent an embarrassing amount of time curating the perfect playlist. So what's missing?
A dad, obviously, the kind of dad who will talk about how to stain a deck or shout, "Fins to the left!" while telling you about the Jimmy Buffett concert he just went to. The universal necessity of a BBQ Dad is what prompted a group of Washington-state twentysomethings to seek one on Craigslist.
Dane Anderson will be hosting a Father's Day barbecue, and because his own dad doesn't live nearby, he was hoping to find the closest approximation to attend the event. "We just thought it would be a little better because we don't really live with our fathers," he told KHQ. "We're just looking for a dad to come and crack a cold one with the boys."
Although Spokane Craigslist has already removed the ad (there seems to be a repost here), Anderson and his friends have very specific requirements for their preferred BBQ Dad, including a willingness to grill hamburgers and hot dogs, to provide a grill, and to "refer to attendees as Big Guy, Chief, Sport, Champ, etc." They also want their BBQ Dad to have at least 18 years of dad-ing experience, and a decade of grilling experience.
They said that they would give preferential treatment to any applicants named Bill, Randy or Dave—although that didn't stop a man named Stan from getting in touch with them almost immediately. (Stan then stopped returning their emails.)
Now that the ad has gotten some press—and has been retweeted more than 160,000 times—they're looking beyond local dads in the Spokane area. "We were actually all talking last night and we are deciding that Bill Murray would be the best, so we're holding out," Anderson told Fox28.
If they don't need a Ghostbuster, a man named Rusty commented on KHQ's piece about the ad. "I lost my son a few years ago and would love nothing more than to be a BBQ Dad," he wrote. "I have a great Propane BBQ, that I use year round, but would need help to get it off and back on my deck. I would like to help you shop for Healthy Hamburger and Hot Dogs. I may try to talk you into some steaks as well."
He sounds like a pretty good candidate and—come on—his name is Rusty! May every Father's Day barbecue have the privilege of a cool dad for a grillmaster. And if you have extras, send them our way.