Answer Me This, Dad Edition

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As I said last week, ever since Answer Me This ended last year, I've had many readers request that I just start it up again on my own.  I'd thought about it, but recently came up with my own twist on the concept that I was planning to begin in the summer.  However, now that Kendra is starting her party up again for a limited time, I'll put my plans on hold until summer's end.  Look for updates on my new project as the summer draws to a close - and maybe some of my Answer Me This friends will even come join me when I get it going!

1. What's the best thing about your dad?

There are many, many things I could list here, but one great thing about my dad is all the silliness and fun we share.  Whether it's talking about his two hairs or geezer status, stories about when he was younger (wearing high tops, driving a convertible, and working for the mob - a big joke, of course), or conspiring together to locate and drive over every big bridge within a 50-mile radius on a summer road trip (much to my mom's dismay), we always have a great time together.

Bonus points if the bridge you've found is of the swinging or suspension variety!

2. If you've got kids, what's the best thing about THEIR dad? (If you don't, feel free to substitute your grandfather or another father figure.)

Skipping rocks: a skill imparted by dads around the world!
Another question with lots of possible answers, but it would probably have to be how much he enjoys spending time with her and cares about making sure she feels heard and loved. 

When G walks in the door at night, Gv will immediately grab his hand and drag him off to a corner of the house to tell him all about her day and share all sorts of secrets.  Despite the fact that he's tuckered out from spending the day with almost 200 teenagers, he will drop everything and allow himself to be led off for what is most likely just his bazillionth reading of whatever book is her current obsession. 

3. What's the best advice your dad ever gave you?

Hmmm, my mind is drawing a blank.  Not because my dad's never given me great advice, but because he's constantly giving me helpful advice whenever I ask for help with something I have no clue about (like car questions, or real estate stuff, or investment suggestions, or how to fix basically anything around the house.)

Classic dad tip:  take advantage of geezer benches while hiking!

4. What's something you have in common with your dad? 

Floridians hiking in North Georgia at Thanksgiving.  Cold?  Just a little.
One thought immediately springs to mind, but since we both love our spouses, I'll go with the love of hiking and camping.  Many a mile have we logged together out in the woods - usually with several "geezer bench" stops along the way (which I've appreciated just as much as he has, especially when climbing mountains!)

5. What's the manliest thing you know how to do?

Forget the 4 Seasons or the Ritz, this is my idea of a relaxing vacation!
Gee, since question #4's answer is so fresh in my mind, I'd probably have to say camping.  It takes a certain amount of manly skill to be able to pack the car, set up camp, cook, clean, and hike for miles out in the woods somewhere...not to mention going without indoor plumbing for weeks at a time... 

6. Who is your favorite fictional dad?

Cliff Huxstable, because who wouldn't have fun with a dad like this:

Are you as lucky as I am to have such a wonderful dad and baby-daddy?  I'd love to hear - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com - and leave your answers here, if you aren't adding a link to Kendra's site!

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