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Happy Father's Day! Share a story about your Dad...
« on: June 15, 2003, 05:05 AM »
Just wanted to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there - my own, as well as any of our JD members who have kids of their own as well!

I thought it would be cool if we could each share a nice memory about our Dads.  A Star Wars related one would be even better, but isn't necessary.  Here's a recent favorite one of mine...

My Dad is a pretty serious guy, who's mostly into serious "guy stuff" like sports, tools, cars, etc.  He's never expressed much of an interest at all in my Star Wars fandom or collecting ways, even though he knows it's one of my favorite hobbies.  I've always wondered if it in fact embarrassed him just a little...

Well, about 3.5 years ago, not long after the release of Ep. 1, the wife and I headed out to Scottsdale, AZ like usual to spend the Holidays with my family.  I'm a nitpicky freak who always prefers to give out detailed Christmas lists to the family of what I'd like for presents, rather than having them trying to just "wing it" and pick out something for me on their own that they think I'd like.  Hate it when they do that, 'cause I always just wind up returning it.

Well, 3 Christmases ago in the middle of the family's big gift giving session, my sister brought over this giant package to me from my Dad.  Immediately recognizing that this couldn't possibly be anything off of my detailed list, I was a bit concerned about what might be inside.  I opened it up, and found a complete set of all 12 Phantom Menace cup toppers from the Taco Bell/KFC/Pizza Hut promotion that was being run several months prior!  I was flat-out dumbfounded.  Not so much about the fun cup topper gifts in and of themselves, but moreso due to the fact that my Dad told me he had spent nearly a month driving all over town to all the different restaurants trying to complete the entire set for me (even Dad knows I'm a completist for everything).

Even though these items weren't on my Christmas list, didn't cost much, weren't too HTF, and would've probably never found their way into my collection otherwise, the fact that my Dad specifically went SO FAR out of his way to try to "connect" with me, and show me that he's cool with my Star Wars fettish, and even helping to add to my collection in the process with this complete set of fun collectibles, was just about one of the coolest things that he's ever done for me (and he's done a LOT of great stuff for me).  While buying me a nice new car was totally awesome, the Ep. 1 cup toppers gift was just so much more of a personal and meaningful thing to me (though not quite as practical  :P).  It's something I'll definitely never forget it.  Thanks for the cup toppers Dad, but thanks even more for the meaning behind the time and effort spent in putting this great gift together!  It really meant a lot to me and I'll never forget it...

(complete TPM cup topper set like mine)   8)


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Re: Happy Father's Day! Share a story about your Dad...
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2003, 09:52 AM »
My dad's done a lot of cool things for me, but the first (and shortest) thing that popped into my head was that, back in 1983, my dad saw Tom Wopat ("Luke Duke") at the airport, and got his autograph for me.  My dad couldn't really care less about "The Dukes of Hazzard", and did that just for me.

In a semi-related note, years later, I came to the realization that the only reason he even watched the show with me when I was a kid was because of one thing (or two things, depending on how you look at it):

Well, ulterior motives or not, love you, Dad.  :)

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Re: Happy Father's Day! Share a story about your Dad...
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2003, 04:22 PM »
Happy fathers day, I know we got a few dad's in here.  ;)

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Re: Happy Father's Day! Share a story about your Dad...
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2003, 02:51 PM »
I have so many great "Dad" stories, but I was surprised to realize that I don't really have too many Star Wars stories with him. He likes the movies and all, but he doesn't go to lines or anything with me. He likes to see them a month later when it's not so crazy. He never saw AOTC in either digital or Imax, as the local theater was enough for him.

I'm trying to convince him to plan on the midnight show of EP3, but we'll see how that works out.  :)

Saturday night I was over there visiting for Father's Day weekend and we watched AOTC on HBO. I was explaining to him all the backstories and foreshadowing that he wasn't quite in tune with. It was a lot of fun, and he thinks he's "Ready for the 3rd one now".

I suppose that qualifies as a topical Dad story.
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Re: Happy Father's Day! Share a story about your Dad...
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2003, 09:36 AM »
cool stories guys :)

My dad took me to see ROTJ, Episode I and Episode II.  He was lost a little I think after we got out of Episode I but after a little explaining he got the gist.  

Most of my favorite memories I have with my dad include going to ball games or fishing or hunting with him.  I live my life on his lead always and think he is the greatest dad in the world (next to myself) :)