Dad is home for the moment, recovering, but has to get another procedure done in a few weeks. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. It was and is really appreciated. I prepared this for him for Father's Day. Thought I'd share.
Ten Lessons from My Dad
10. If you start telling a story about Bob, and then remember his name is Fred, you should start over, using Fred.
Be curious about the world around you -- history, science, art, music,
and politics are all valuable. Curiosity makes you seek out knowledge,
and having knowledge makes you a more interesting person.
8. In your morning paper, read the comics first.
7. Enjoy what you do for a living. It shows in your work, and makes Lesson #1 a lot easier.
6. A "good guy" (gender neutral) is someone whose balls you can bust,
and who busts yours right back, and you still want to have a beer with
at the end of the day. Be a good guy.
5. Know a few funny stories or jokes -- you'd be surprised at how humor can make social situations less difficult.
4. If its awesome, it was probably invented or built or marketed or touched in passing by an Irish guy.
3. Education is important, but without hard work and integrity, book learning won't get you very far.
2. Love your family ... love them fiercely, and they will know it.
In your words and through your actions, in your fights and in your
hugs, they will know.
1. Always, always, always do your best work. Even if it means taking a
loss on a particular job, always do your best. Your reputation is more
valuable over the long term than any saved dollars on any one job.