Tuesday, March 8, 2011

If by "Guest" you mean "Password Hustler"...then yes

Since my father has selfishly decided to stay ill and is currently awaiting surgery of the heart valve replacement variety in the hospital - a place of inexplicable and odd smells - I've been left to pick up his blogging slack. So I think it a fitting homage to his Thought Sanctuary(TM) to write about myself.

Anyway, that's what he gets for giving me his password.

My dad and I live about two hours apart. My parents have been divorced since I was a toddler and the Mickey Mouse pancake weekends were all I knew of him for years. Then, as we (my sister and I) got older, the weekends began to fill themselves less with animal-shaped breakfasts foods and more magic tricks, LEGO Alpine Swiss villages, UFO launches, historically inaccurate bedtime stories, lava tubing, inappropriate-for-my-age films, banjo sing-alongs, shot/handgun marksmanship lessons, underage bartending, folk music concerts, power tools and the occasional peace march.

With the exception of the last item, it's been pretty damn awesome to have him be a part of my life for the last 31 (ugh) years. Like...milk-out-of-your-nose-from-laughing awesome. To the point where Nancy had to make a rule that he can't talk if someone's drinking. Because it hurts. There are some canals where milk does not belong.

The point is, I absolutely refuse to even acknowledge the idea that this surgery will be anything but a wild success and neither should you. The first 31 years were grand, but sometime in the next 31 - I'm hoping to get his teriyaki burger recipe.

So raise a glass, when you next imbibe, and wish Dad the best luck science can determine the outcome of. Especially since he's not getting another cosmo for at least two months.

27 comments:

Paul said...

May God bless your father-I like him...:-)

DJan said...

Thanks for filling in for him! His posts are some of my very favorites, and I will most happily imbibe in honor of his recovery. Oh, and I'll enjoy it just for myself, too!

alwaysinthebackrow said...

*lifting glass (cup of coffee at this time of day)* "To Robert and his speedy recovery!"
I would imagine that he is very happy to have you fill in for him on the blog. But only until he returns. I have a feeling he has a few posts just itching to get out after spending time in a smelly hospital.
Take care. Best wishes to all of you.

T. Paine said...

Thoughts and prayers are with him for a full and speedy recovery after his surgery!

Rain said...

I wish your father a speedy recovery from his surgery. Thank you for providing the update. Readers do get to caring, whether having met for real or not; and it's nice to know how it's going. You have a good sense of humor and sounds like had a very interesting parental relationship which is a huge plus.

adrielleroyale said...

Oh awesome! My next drink, I will raise a toast to him for a quick recovery! :) thanks for filling the gap!

Wow, that was awkward said...

Both you and your dad make me laugh via your blog posts all the time. I look forward to a quick recovery for your pops.

Side note, thanks for the brief recap of your time spent growing up with divorced parents (your dad in this case). I worry about my boys even though I know things are going great. But as a divorced father, I never want to take anything for granted and hope they talk about me the way you talk about your father (excpet I hope its not bedside at the hospital!)

Yo Robert - you breed well.

Charlie said...

You're right, Kara: the nerve of the guy, lying around on his butt in the Place of Very Strange Things. Knowing his inquisitive mind, I'm betting that he's taken his tray table, bed, and IV pumps all apart to see how they work.

I wish him the best of luck, both surgery- and recovery-wise, and thanks for the post. It's good to hear from you.

Antares Cryptos said...

You've inherited your sense of humor from your dad and I'm glad he kept his.

Here's to another 31 years of making us laugh and think. Speedy recovery, get well soon.

Tell him he's getting a silly frivolous blog award when he's back.

Nancy said...

Thanks, Kara. I needed a laugh just about now and I chuckle that your comments are actually so true.

snoringdogstudio said...

Quick recovery to your Dad - I'm sure he'll be typing away in no time. I loved the substitute post, though!

TechnoBabe said...

I always thought of your dad as a brainiac, and now you say he is so funny too. Cool.
Let us know how the surgery goes and give him best wishes from me and my hubby, James.

Marylinn Kelly said...

The no talking and drinking rule may need to apply to you, as well. A great post and fine homage to our source of exploded myths. At least another 31 years seems a modest request. Here's to Robert.

The Mother said...

Kudos to the password lifter, and all my thoughts irrationally focused on your father. I know he'll be fine.

GutsyWriter said...

How great to have such a wonderful relationship with your dad. Also he makes you laugh! I shall be thinking of you and him and the next 31 years.

secret agent woman said...

Thanks for the update - hope he's back in top form soon!

Orhan Kahn said...

Oh jeez! He will be just fine. Besides, he is yet to see me playing solider and whatnots, so you see, by that logic he aint going nowhere.

Pass on my thoughts to him! Woah, what a terrible choice of words.

KleinsteMotte said...
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KleinsteMotte said...

Deleted previous comment because of poor spelling. I shall begin again.
Kara, thanks for the update. I am sure that many are worried along with you and we send you and all the family the kindest and best good wishes at this time. Though I rarely drink due to meds (OLD FART KIND) I shall pour a glass of wine and give a proper salut to Robert, my dear blogging friend. And then I shall pray because there seems to be some power in that too.

Bossy Betty said...

Thinking of your whole family!

Jerry said...

A sip of iced tea for your father and the surgeon and those hovering cute nurses. Okay -- for you too for your awesome fillinsomeness.

Elisabeth said...

Lovely to meet you here, Kara. Please send my best wishes to
Robert and thanks for your joyous description here of your wonderful dad.

Of course Robert will do well. My husband suffered a heart attack some six years ago and he's pounding on. People get over these things and live long and hearty lives.

Brenda said...

very sweet, Kara.
Having gone through a similar situation with my Mom four years ago, I understand what you are saying and feeling.

I wish your day the best, and you too.

They do amazing things with the heart. It will be long recovery, but your Dad will be good as new and you can enjoy the next 31 years x 2 with him.

I think you should post that recipe for us all to enjoy.

Best wishes,
Brenda

Nance said...

To Robert. To his clever daughter and his sweet wife.

Thanks, honey. Now that I know to be worried, I can't stand it.

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MaryWitzl said...

Boy, am I behind on things. I'm so glad your dad's surgery was successful, and mortified that I managed to miss it!

I've got a good teriyaki burger recipe if you ever need one. It's even vegetarian!