Where should I start?
I should begin by saying that I'm an only child, but my dad--a manly half-Italian guy with a 70's pornstache--never seemed to mind being outnumbered by women. Nothing was deemed too manly or girly; he'd play games with me, and he taught me to drive a stick-shift. I have some mad Cribbage skillz (yes, skills with a "z" because I'm badass like that) because of him.
|This is James Franco. My dad doesn't look like James Franco, but the mustache is similar. |
My dad's 'stache is more spectacular, however.
That actually reminds me of a little story. When I was a kid, sick and home from school, my dad would often come home for lunch to see how I was doing. Sometimes he'd bring me a flower to cheer me up, but he always came by with a smile and made my day brighter. One one such occasion, probably when I was around ten--I can't remember--he put on a video for me. It was an off-TV recording of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and we sat there watching it until he had to leave. I was hooked, and it's been one of my favorite movies ever since.
My dad's also been one of my biggest inspirations. When he was younger, he worked hard to put himself through school, coming away with a degree in accounting. Why anyone would love numbers that much, I have no idea, but that's neither here nor there. After a fashion, he realized that wasn't for him--he hated the idea of being cooped up in an office, and since then, worked in outdoorsy positions. To make a decision like that--to take the leap and not spend a lifetime stuck doing something you don't like--takes a lot of guts, and he's always encouraged me to do something that made me happy. Even though he's not a big reader--he loves stories, but prefers a visual medium--he's been one of my biggest cheerleaders and has promised to read everything I write.
I'll close with another picture of a spectacular mustache, just because.
|Tom Selleck, and Tom Selleck's mustache, which must get paid more than he does by this point.|