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."