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!


  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.

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

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


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