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whalerdude posted 06-16-2012 11:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalerdude   Send Email to whalerdude  
In our family it's a tradition on fathers day where my family does what I want to do all day. So that means that the family will be on the Whaler tomorrow.

They have it pretty easy. I will launch the boat in Waukegan and then drive the shoreline south about 8 miles and pick my wife and kids up on the 'dog beach' in Lake Bluff. They get to walk one block down to the beach and step into the boat stocked with their favorite goodies. Hey wait-I'm doing all the work again! It's ok as long as I have the Whaler out I'm good!

Wind is supposed to be out of the west so if we're lucky we may get a smooth ride all the way to Chicago, I can't wait!

andygere posted 06-17-2012 12:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
We did our Father's Day boating today, a relaxing picnic cruise to Capitola. Tomorrow I'm getting up early to do a 12-mile stand up paddleboard run in preparation for a race next weekend. After that, relax!
lizard posted 06-17-2012 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
This is my first year without my Dad. Puzzled about how to fill the day or think about it. He went so quick, both a blessing and a devastating occurrence. MISS YOU DAD.
gusgus posted 06-17-2012 02:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for gusgus  Send Email to gusgus     
Sorry to hear about that Lizard. I lost my father a few years back.
It does seem strange to watch time march by without dad.

Happy dads day every one.

whalerdude posted 06-17-2012 08:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
Lizard , thanks for telling us about your Dad. I am sorry to hear about this. I lost my Dad in May 2008. I miss my dad every day so I know where you are coming from.
david2000 posted 06-17-2012 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for david2000  Send Email to david2000     
I missed my dad too. He passed away right after fathers day 2 years ago. It's been so tough. I have so many things that I wanted to share with him, especially boating which is a hobby I picked up afterw he passed. Love you dad!
OldToby posted 06-17-2012 10:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for OldToby  Send Email to OldToby     
Happy Fathers Day to my dad, who wasn't much of a boater himself but encouraged me in my early efforts. Even to the extent of moving the Star Chief out of the garage so I could "personalize" my first boat. This is 1972:
Jessielove posted 06-17-2012 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jessielove  Send Email to Jessielove     

Sorry to hear about your dad. This is my first father's day without my dad also.

My son surprised me this morning driving in 350 miles to spend the day with me. He and I are going to spend the afternoon watching a marathon of fishing videos we filmed together with my dad over the years. Then we will place two flags at his grave (the Marine Corps and US flags), toast a drink or three to the old man, and share a 4 lb. lobster thermadore, my dad's favorite meal.

My son made me a beautiful triangular display case for his grandfather's burial flag out of Hawaiian koa with ebony and burl claro walnut inlays. I had been planning to make one for some time but couldn't quite bring myself to start work on it. He gave it a French polish finish (a very advanced hand applied shellac finishing technique my father taught him when he was a teenager). I'm getting misty eyed writing about this so I will just say I am very proud of the man my son has grown up to become.

lizard posted 06-18-2012 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
So, I found myself alone today, which made it particularly hard. Took the 2-wheeler out for a ride. Rode out to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. My Dad is not interred there, he is on the East Coast, but this is close as I could get today. My Dad was Army, Counter-Intelligence.

It would have been a beautiful day for some time out on the boat, but it was not in me for some reason. It was quiet, misty, a bit overcast. But I liked the quiet and I conjured up some moments between my Dad and myself.

Then I headed down to the fishmongers, for some chowder and a martini.

home Aside posted 06-18-2012 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Lizard, yesterday was my first fathers day without my Dad also, I worked during the day so that helped keep me from dwelling too much on his absence....


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