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Mustaches, kayaks, Hawaiian shirts, Tom Selleck and you

Just look at that thing. (AP Photo) Just look at that thing. (AP Photo)

The Washington Kayak Club will meet for a friendly paddle Sunday morning at Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax. It's Hawaiian Shirt Day (!) according to the group's Meetup page. But it's more than that: It's the "Second Annual Tom Selleck's Mustache/Hawaiian Shirt Paddle Day." What more could you possibly need to know about an event that combines paddling with the majesty of Hawaiian-print shirts and the grandeur of Selleck's soup-strainer?

(Because this blog's readers might not have been alive or cognizant in the early to mid-'80s, Selleck is more than just the subject of Selleck Waterfall Sandwich; he starred as an Oahu-based private detective on "Magnum P.I." from 1980 to 1988.)

Here's more from the event's organizer, Hector Alers: "I grew up watching Magnum P.I. and found that although I didn't have [Selleck's] dashing good looks, I did possess his silly character. So the rest was easy. Keep a Hawaiian theme and add a thick mustache for good luck."

Alers, whose favorite Selleck movies are "An Innocent Man" and "Runaway," has been a member of the Washington Kayak Club for four years. He expects a Selleckian paddling party of 30 when the group departs at 8:30 a.m. "The most important thing about growing a Selleck Mustache," he said, "is trying not to hide that charming smile." (Tell that to those willing to pay $5,000 for a mustache transplant.)

Paddlers without facial hair need not worry, as Alers is providing a 'stache stash: "This year I made all the mustaches out of black furry fabric and Post-It adhesive poster squares; which, of course, are Tom Selleck approved."

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.
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