I am not a fan of Father’s day, as good as so many people purport its intentions to be. Same goes for Mother’s day, but I give Mother’s day a pass, because the original creator of the holiday despised it less than 10 years after it began being recognized, because of the shameless commercialization. Not that I don’t appreciate the people who raised me; quite the opposite. I just find the holidays to be silly and shameless and a grand excuse to ignore/disrespect ones parents for the rest of the year.
That said, bad holidays DO give me a relevant time of year to give my dad some appreciation on this here blog-thing. After all, he’s the one who really fostered my love of science and animals, and who had no problem walking around with a shirt depicting a hideous naked mole rat on the front of it.
So I know it’s past what’s known as “Father’s day” in most Western countries, but I don’t really care. I talked to my dad recently about what he finds really interesting in terms of scientific or natural history, and we got talking about Lazarus taxon and a few other subjects, so I’ll be making a few posts about those today.
And dad, thanks for teaching me basic chemistry instead of punishing me when I mixed an ammonium-based cleanser with an acidic one, and created toxic fumes that took up half the basement. Thanks for saving me from my own over-eager desire to learn “what will happen” when I do something dangerous. Thanks for forcing me into the real world, but saving my sorry ass when the real world was kicking it.
And hey, thanks for showing me how to make connections, good first impressions, beer, basic animal enclosures, splints, potato cannons, maple syrup, and an emergency car repair. You’re a pretty cool cat. Love ya, pops.
tl;dr: I have a bitchin’ male contributor to my DNA. Just sayin.
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