Dad v Jeopardy!

I didn’t need Jeopardy! to know that my dad was a genius, but it sure helped to prove it every night.

Just like most every kid, I thought my dad was the smartest person in the world. Granted, he had to be pretty smart to graduate with an degree in economics and all that (though I always joked that economics was made up when he was in college in the 1960s so he learned it before it got all hard). I recently learned he spent two-ish years at Berkley… until it got a little hard for him (or too liberal), after which he moved on to BYU, graduated with that economics degree, married my mom, and joined the Army.

But my dad was a pretty humble, blue-collar type of person my entire life. Before he got his job at the post office in 1994 (the ultimate blue-collar, moving folks to the middle class job ever), he worked in jobs not normally associated with one that didn’t get into law school: Pepsi delivery driver, Army Reservist (he was an administrative specialist), souvenir salesman. Anything to ensure that his rather large family had enough to eat and a room over their heads. The things a humble man does to support his family.

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Movember Is Back!

Last year, for the first time, I participated in Movember, which is an “annual charity event where men grow moustaches for 30 days to change the face of men’s health. I am participating again this year, but, whereas last year was just a cool reason to grow a moustache, this year it’s a little more personal.

Regular readers of this blog might remember this, but it was only back in May that my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I mild form, which is still mild enough to not need treatment, but still cancer nonetheless. With Movember’s mission to raise money for prostate cancer research, I figured this year was as good as any to make this pledge, one that I will continue going forward as long as I support this cause, which should be a while because it is so fun to grow a moustache. Continue reading “Movember Is Back!”