Father, Husband, Friend, Jokester, Lover, Teacher, Mechanic, Experimental Carpenter, Pain in the Ass, Handyman, Student, Card Player, Coach, LMS Advocate, Counselor, Sounding Board, Consultant, Theologian, Secret Science Fiction Nerd, Facial Hair Specialist, Reader
Dec 3rd, 2010 the world lost a great man and many of its inhabitants were not ready for him to go, but go he did. He was loved by a great many and he always made sure that those whom he loved were aware. Memories of him will be remembered by more people than this author can count and many of his stories are sure to mature into legend as time goes on.
It is hard to recount all the things that I learned from this man; How important a pair of Aces (or in his case 1 Ace) is in 7 card stud; How to respect others, even if (especially if) I didn’t like them; How to spend half the day building a jig to save 20 minutes; How the little things in life are the most important; That there is always time to stop by the flower shop on the way home; How to love a wife\child\family; How to square an angle (even though he could never do it); That anything taken apart would have to be put together backwards first before fixing it properly; That short people get cold easily; Not to underestimate anyone, regardless of their height; Righty tighty, lefty loosy; To do what I want to do, not what everyone expects me to do; How not to organize my tools; When to stand up and fight and when its important to let the other person win (or think they are right); That sometimes style is just as important as function; How to pause for dramatic effect when retelling a story (doesn’t matter if it was fictional or just a recap of the day); Spaghetti sauce should be thick like a stew so that it could be eaten cold the next day.
Unfortunately there are some things that I never managed to learn from him as well; I never could get more than two knots tied correctly even though he tried to teach me at least ten different ones; Dancing was never something I could get right even though it came natural to him; To be completely honest, I didn’t always understand how the escalator parts he was describing fit together and why I should be amazed at the problem he solved; I can’t seem to sleep on the couch and watch a western on TV at the same time.
The lessons he taught will be refined and applied by many in the coming years, helping them to become better people, fathers, mechanics, students, husbands and friends.