for my pops

father's day


circa 1963

In the celebration of Father's Day I have collected a smattering of things I learned from my dear pops.

Behold the list:

  • Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • Why buy it when I can make it for cheaper?
  • The faster you finish school the sooner you make real money.
  • Just because you think of it doesn't mean it's a good idea.
  • How to gut a fish.
  • The difference between The Beach Boys and The Beatles.
  • The harder you work the better you feel.
  • There is always a tactful way to say anything.
  • Always do everything you can.  You don't want to look back and wonder “what if.”
  • How to body surf.
  • The proper way to fold a tent and stow a sleeping bag.
  • The bike lane is not for driving in.
  • How to drive a manual transmission on a washboard dirt road.
  • First things first.  Then play.
  • The more you drive=the more gas you use=the more money you spend.  Stay home.
  • How to drive and eat a hamburger at the same time.

 During certain points in my life I've come to realize how true and practical these bits of wisdom are.  Well, I wouldn't call gutting a fish totally practical, but the one about driving and eating?  So totally useful.

And so is all the other stuff.

Love you dad.




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