Sunday, June 20, 2010

Things My Father Has Taught Me

In honor of Father's Day, today's blog shall be a sort of Father's Day special, listing some of the advice my dad has given me, directly and indirectly.

The companion Mother's Day blog can be found here. Also, apologies for posting Sunday instead of Saturday...yesterday just ran away from me.

So what has my father taught me? Well...
  • +Never upgrade your computer's OS - or Office software, or your cell phone, or your coffee machine - without waiting to see whether everyone hates it first. In fact, if you can wait two or three (or eight) versions without upgrading, you're totally awesome.
  • +Clutter is sinful.
  • +Classic rock is good.
  • +To save money, keep your thermostat at 77 in the summer and 62 in the winter. Higher than 77, you start to get mildew. Below 62, your family starts to revolt.
  • +Drink coffee.
  • +When everyone else is going crazy, chill out, because there's probably no need to go crazy and you'll start to miss important details.
  • +Being an engineer is exactly like the Dilbert comics make it seem.
  • +When a motorcyclist is near you on the road, imagine the bike is taking up the same amount of space that a car does, and base your passing and following distance on that imaginary size.
  • +Trust in God, for He is good.
  • +Reading is superior to watching television.
  • +Make yourself indispensable, so that nobody may dispense with you.
  • +Motorcyclists are inherently good people.
  • +Even when the Republicans are being stupid, the Democrats are always, always, always twice as stupid.
If you have any Dad-isms of your own to add, please share them in the comments!

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