Monday, April 25, 2011

Things I have learned from my dad

Yesterday was my dad's birthday. In honor of him, here is a list of the things that only he could teach me.

1. Music makes life better. Gram Parsons, Emmy Lou and Bob Dylan make it awesome.

2. Life is too short to be serious. When in doubt, make a joke. Chances are someone will think you are funny.

3. Even if no one else thinks you are funny. Dad is always there to tell you what you should have said and how you can get 'em next time.

4. Grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese are acceptable for dinner. As long as mom isn't home.

5. Even if you have just had dinner, there is always room for Rainbow Stew.

6. Life is too short to have a job you hate. Find something that you enjoy, and do it with all your heart.

7. Mexico is where it's at. You can buy fireworks, cheap furniture and chicklets. You can never have too many chicklets.

8. Mexico is also good for buying cheap ceramic crap. Ceramic crap is good for blowing up. In the Mexican desert. With m-80's.

9. Fair weather fans blow. Pick a team and stick with them through thick and thin. My dad has been a Lakers fan since before I was born. He has the original Wheaties box from like 1985.

10. Being a dad means always answering your phone when your only daughter calls. Even if that means interrupting an important business meeting. Seriously, my dad has not answered the phone when I have called only a handful of times. He could be having dinner with the president, and he would still answer the phone.

11. Being a grandpa is awesome. Even if it means that you drive 2 hours to LA 3 times a week to see your first born grand baby in the hospital.

12. If you drop your phone in your mug of hot green tea, be patient. Let it air dry and try to make a call in the morning. Most likely to your daughter to tell her what a tool you are for dropping your phone in your green tea.

13. Tires bounce. Do not toss them down a flight of stairs. Toward a window. At your place of business.

14. Don't mess with the Border Police. Let them search your car as much as they want. After all, even though there is that odd smell in the car, you have nothing to hide.... except maybe a tummy ache and a few empty cans of beanie weenies.

Happy Birthday Dad! I love you!


  1. Let me just tell you how I enjoy your lists and having known you since you were in the 2nd grade it makes it even more fun! Yeah can you believe we've known each other that long...

  2. What a wonderful birthday list and gift, I am so very lucky to have you in my life, and Jeff and Dylantoo.