Friday, February 22, 2008
Happy Birthday Dad!
As my mom said, today is my dad's birthday. But I don't think she bothered to mention how old he is. So I will take the liberty to do that now. He is 49 toady! Yay! From today until April 14th my mom and dad are the same age. Revel in it mom. Then you go back to being older.
Anyway, my Dad has always been my biggest supporter. When I was in school he always encouraged me to take as many classes as I could and to experience as many different things as I had time for. And I am always glad I did. Even though it took me 4 years to graduate. Heck, he was paying for most of it, so, why not take a lot of classes? He came to all my Young Women's Daddy-Daughter functions and has seen me speak in church numerous times. He taught Mason and Jeff in the 11 year old Scouts and is always around for help with math and science homework.
Last year I had the opportunity to do a website for my dad and learned a ton about him that I didn't know. He has been published! Did you know this? I think that it all was essays and such that he wrote with his professor about ergonomics stuff, but still! Published! He gave me a list of all his accomplishments and it was like 10 pages long. I didn't realize all the things he has done with his life. Its amazing. It reminds me of an episode of Simpson's that was on the other night (bare with me). Home was comparing himself to Edison, and seeing that by his age, Edison had already invented like, over 200 things. And I think that my dad isn't even 50, and that list was long! Go Dad!
Also, my dad has had a ton of cool jobs. I think my favorite was when he got to take pictures for Sky West. I have seen some of the pictures he took, and he explained that he was hanging out the open door of a propeller plane to take pictures of the new Sky West liners in flight. Amazing. He also worked at the airport weather station sending weather balloons up and collecting the data. He was in the Navy and went on Ambulance runs with the EMT's. I wish I could think of some more...Mom, help me out. Right now his job as a Safety Consultant (of sorts) allows him to travel all over the US, and has previously been to such cool countries as Japan and Kuwait. Recently he and mom went to southern Texas for a one day conference my dad was presenting at. Lucky.
I love my dad and I am looking forward to many more years with him. Happy Birthday Dad!