Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Happy Birthday to my Crazy Father

So, my dad asked my mom if she was throwing him a party for his birthday. He's turning 57.

Since I was young, my father has been fodder for many jokes among me, my siblings and my friends. Luckily, he's a good sport and continues to provide us with more and more material to keep us entertained. Here are some of my favorite (and not-too-revealing) dad stories:

  • My father chaperoned a field trip to the beach with my class. One of my classmates threw my dad's shoes into the ocean and in response, my father clothes-lined the kid and threw him in the ocean while the whole class watched. We were in the 5th grade. (Strangely, the teachers sided with my father...)

  • I came home from school one day and my dad told me that he got me a job. I told him that was impossible because I was only 13 and there were child labor laws against that sort of thing. He said, "Oh, well, I told them you were 15 so make sure you say 15 if they ask."

  • He regularly haggles over prices with employees at places like KMart and Kohl's.

  • His favorite father-child bonding activity was driving with us on the highway on-ramps, going so fast the car would practically be on two wheels, asking us, "kids, wanna hear the tires sing?!"

  • He adds many spoonfuls of sugar to his Coca-cola.

Grandpa with Sebastian on Christmas Eve.

Happy birthday, Dad! Thanks for the laughs and the memories!! We love you!

4 comments:

  1. this past xmas when he forced me to go laptop shopping w/him for mom, he said to every single salesman (circuit city, staples & finally best buy) after they explained the price of the laptop & what it came with "so basically what you're saying is you want me to bend over and grab my heels?". classic.

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  2. I'd love to meet him - sounds like a lot of fun. I definitely liked the additional story your sister posted.

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  3. $40 on a dollar store during your family vacation. classic.

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