Happy Father’s Day to all you muthafuggas!

There, I said it.  I can stop snickering now.

Actually Father’s Day is important and we should all think about how much we owe our fathers.

My dad never got into the myriad dorky things I am into, but he’s been pretty tolerant of it all, and even feigned interest when my brother & I were just getting into D&D.  The deal was often that we’d go to the hardware store with him and behave and he’d let us get a blister of miniatures or a microgame, back when such things were to be found in Sears’ hardware department.

A few times I got him to try soldering some of my more fiddly minis together, and once he even went along with one of my “conversion” attempts, where I had him try to solder the wings from a Minifigs Dragonnel onto a Grenadier Efreet.  He looked at me and asked, “Are you sure these go together?”  They very obviously didn’t but he was game enough to try anyway.

Another time he indulged our geekery was after we’d seen the original Clash of the Titans (at the drive in! Double feature with the Black Hole, I think!).  My brother & I were constantly making “swords” out of any sticks we could find and he used a jigsaw to make wooden swords and shields out of scraps of wood.  He even used a router to give my sword rounded edges after seeing me & Tom trying to taper the edges with a rasp file.  That was the most awesome wooden sword ever and I wish I had managed to keep it, but I think I left it over a friend’s house and it disappeared.

Yet another time, he agreed to make a D&D character.  My brother had just got a pad of “hex sheets” — an official TSR product, probably from Sears too.  For reasons I can not recall, we assumed that hex paper should be used for everything D&D-related.  I don’t think we drew a single map on it.  But the hexes were drawn in black ink and you really couldn’t read anything you wrote on it.  My dad again asked, “Are you sure this is the right paper?”

We were sure.

So he rolled up stats, and accepted our advice that his rolls would make a great gnome illusionist, and sat through the whole full-on AD&D character generation process until rescued by the call to dinner.

I don’t think we actually forced him to play, but in hindsight it’s pretty amazing how much of that sort of foolishness he put up with.

There are many, many things I learned from my dad, and one of them is to always make time for your kid(s).  My dad was working all the time, traveling a great deal, and had a million repairs and improvements to make on the home and cars, and yet he often found time to play with us and teach us things on the weekends.  Sometimes it was all he could do to keep from snoring through the movies we had him take us to, and at the time we probably thought he was just bored, not exhausted.  But no matter how badly he needed some sleep, he took us to see Dragonslayer or The Beastmaster or whatever dorky fantasy movie we begged to see.

Thanks Dad!  I love you!

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  1. Awesome post, Mike.

    A Happy Pop’s Day to you. Chief!

  2. Right on, man. Very nice.


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