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Old 08-04-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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Things My Father Taught Me

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The measurement of my finger from the tip to the first joint is 1 inch...depth for planting peas.
The measurement to the second joint is 2 inches...depth for corn.
Return borrowed things in better shape than when you borrowed them.
There are two types of trouble...one is the trouble you knowingly walk into, the other is trouble that just happens...it's important to know the difference.
Walk softly but carry a big stick.
if you have to use said stick, make sure who you use it on, doesn't get up.
Grits is good.
Foul language is a sign of a limited vocabulary
Orion, the Big and Little Dippers.
Everyone is a friend until proven otherwise.
Licorice ferns, huckleberries, nettles, sword ferns.
Tabasco won't kill you even if you eat it by the spoonfull.
Don't watch the clock when you're at work.
Fish can see you if you look over the side of the boat.
Fish can hear you if you talk to loud.
Respect the elders.
Never go to bed angry.
That which does not kill you will hurt like the dickens, but it will make you stronger.
Family is the most important thing on earth.
How to play the guitar, spoons, mouth harp, and water filled bottles.
The true meaning of "Self Made Man"
If you don't know something, go to the library and learn it.
The phrases "I don't know", "I forgot", or "I tried (and failed)" are excuses.
There is a difference between an excuse and a reason, know the difference.
Take care of your appearance...even if it is just a t-shirt and jeans.
The world can change everything about you, except your point of view...unless you allow it to.

David L. McDonald
born 1936-passed 2008
precious father
beloved husband
A right good fellow.



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Old 08-04-2008, 07:06 PM   #2
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My dad taught me how to beat up any guy who tried to hurt me.

We get by with a little help from our friends
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:31 PM   #3
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Don't start something you can't finish

Let your conscious be your guide....he always said this....as a teenage mine was off more than on....

eyes always open.......which meant to always be aware of your surroundings so there were no surprises and if there were then you would be ready for them.

Righty Tighty...turn the screw/bolt to the right to tighten - Lefty Loosy....turn the screw/bolt to the left to loosen.

If your gonna punch someone or something keep your thumb out and not tucked under your fingers or you'll break your thumb.

If your car goes off the edge of the road wait until the gravel and pavement are pretty much even or even till you try to get back onto the pavement.

No drinking till after noon ;)

If you get a sliver of metal under your skin use a magnet tucked into a sock to help draw it to the surface.

Many many more things but these are a few
Se non supporta il calore, vattene dalla cucina!
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:37 PM   #4
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if it's broken, ask Dad to fix it, & he'll teach you how.
with pride.
i believe that life would not be complete sans comfy 'ol tee-shirts, the Golden Girls, and the color pink
& rock on, PITTSBURGH-
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Old 08-04-2008, 08:15 PM   #5
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My dad (he was a baseball coach) taught me to throw like a boy.
He also taught me that everybody, no matter how bad they may seem, has something about them that is good. And he believed it.
Saludos, Karen
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:43 PM   #6
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How to fix a clogged drain and un-jam a garbage disposal (he was a plumber).
"Many people have eaten my cooking & gone on to lead Normal lives."

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Old 08-04-2008, 09:50 PM   #7
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- That you can talk to God anywhere, especially on a walk in the woods.

- That we're all the same color on the inside. He was a physician and I heard him tell that to a mouthy circulating nurse as he was performing a minor surgery.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:03 PM   #8
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He said "A woman with too much time on her hands will get into trouble." Hmmmm, there is probably a good story there, but I'll never get to hear it.
He taught me to do push-ups (he was a military man). He told me I was the prettiest little girl in the world, and I believed him for a long time (well, at least until I hit my teen years).
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:27 PM   #9
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I've had my fair share of hard knocks in life, balanced by the fact that I'm blessed to have both of my parents, married and devoted to each other. My Dad will be 78 this Fall and he is my hero. He is extremely intelligent and has achieved much in his life, yet he is a humble, non judgemental and a patient man with exceptional integrity. His example is my compass.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:20 PM   #10
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there's no atheists in foxholes.

your family is all you really have.

you can never have enough bass.

i'm my father's son (initially daddy's boy), so act like it.

26 + 6 = 1

keep your eye on the skyline, your nose in the wind, and watch your top knot.

my dad still ends every phone conversation with that last line.

The past is gone it's all been said.
So here's to what the future brings,
I know tomorrow you'll find better things
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