The scrawny little pecker-head you see on the left is me. The other kid is my big brother. And the mustachioed stranger in the middle -- that would be my old man in all his Magnum PI glory.
I inherited my love of sports from my Dad. I also inherited from my Dad my love of good music, pizza bagels, women with nice asses, Superman comics, Ray Harryhausen movies, and a fondness for having fun at other people's expense. Alas, I did not inherit his affinity for mustaches.
But there are three things my Dad instilled in me that has impacted my life the most. The first two are his love for the Miami Dolphins and his sarcastic and douchebaggedy wit (which explains why this blog is ensconced in it). I've been able to take both and parlay them into a somewhat successful career as a copywriter, freelance writer, and blogger.
The third thing he handed down to me was being a kick-ass Dad. And I am striving to be just that for my own little man. Like most good dads, he took me to ballgames and coached my little league teams. As a kid, he would buy me toys and as an adolescent, he always let me borrow his car whenever I had a hot date. Unlike my Mom, he's not much of a talker. But he's never had to be. Dad has always been about letting me figure things out on my own and diffusing tough situations with his humor. Yet the one place we could really communicate and talk for hours was sports -- particularly the Dolphins. To this day, it's really the one thing we talk about (outside of me constantly telling him not to spoil his grandson so much). To forget about life for a while, and just talk sports with your father. What more could a son ask for?
The man loves his wife. The man loves his sons. The man loves his grand children. The man loves his Dolphins.
And although he no longer looks like Magnum PI, he still sports the facial hair. So now he looks more like a pirate. Which not only makes my son believe his grandpa sails the seven seas in search for buried treasure, but makes my Dad more of a badass than Magnum ever was.
Happy Father's Day, Dad.
And Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there in the Nation!