Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Happy Birthday, Dad

Today would have been my father's 89th birthday. Poor ol' Dad died 20 years ago last month. It just seems like yesterday. It's funny how the days seem to drag on endlessly, and the years fly by and slip away. Here's to you Dad, and thanks for making me the man I am today.

13 Comments:

At 7:18 AM, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

Chas,

My father was born in Carrickfergus and died on Long Island back in '82 of lung cancer. I remember that he and I argued most of the time, but it was only about politics. You would have been on his side.

Last October, I went to my brother's funeral (lung cancer) on Long Island and found out that my niece had just started treatment for lung cancer. She died last Saturday.

I think lung cancer is the cause of most cancer deaths. We may have the gene that makes us more susceptible, and, no, I don't smoke.

Here's to our Dads.

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger Chas said...

I'm sorry to hear about that Alan. Actually my dad was from Long Island, Amagansett on the east end. I still have some cousins there, but it has become so expensive, since all the big money from the city came out and turned the Hamptons into "the place." We ended up in Texas b/c my dad was stationed here during the war where he met my mother, then after the war in Europe was over he came back, and the rest is history!

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

Chas,

I grew up on Rockaway Beach at the far west end of Long Island (actually, part of NYC). I drove through the Hamptons once, on my way to Montauk Point. I flew into Dallas-Ft. Worth once for a meeting with Radio Shack.

BTW, I see on the weather map that you are getting rain. Hope that dampens the fires.

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Chas said...

Alan, I've never been to Rockaway, but I've heard of it. We would always fly into La Guardia and take a cab to Jamacia station to hop the LIRR to get out to Amagansett. My grandfather was the conductor on the train. Montauk was beautiful. I had never seen the ocean before! The lighthouse was closed for repairs last time I was there. Haven't been back for awhile, now that most everyone has passed on.

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

It's a blessing to remember him fondly. Happy Birthday to the old man from me too.

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger DV said...

Thanks for sharing your remembrance - it's touching.

 
At 9:00 PM, Blogger Chas said...

Thanks Alan, Monica, and David. I appreciate it.

 
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