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Father's Day Tribute to My Dad
What an extraordinary individual!
A human being; a man of compassion; yet all the brawn a person could muster.
He was born and raised in Santa Monica, California, 1920.
a trip back in time: Santa Monica, 1920. Not many people in Southern
66 finds it's end here. Gas powered street lamps. Telegraphs still
being used. No freeways, no smog.
And all along this pristine coastline, tremendous opportunities
Calico Bass, Grouper, Halibut, Barracuda, Yellow Tail &
Albacore. The list goes on and on.
gave me this wonderful gift of fishin' when I was just barely
old enough to tie my shoes. So, give tribute and thanks to
your dad or whomever may have had a positive influence in
Dad grew up
living only a block from the beach. One of five kids. Things back
then weren't as easy as they are today. My dad's parents both
worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. And their modest home
. . . only two rooms. Your SUV is probably larger.
kids today are distracted by drugs and the heavy negative influence
of television, my dad's only distraction was deciding whether
to fish or surf in the beautiful blue Pacific, his big backyard.
Did he skip school? Sure he did, but for fishing the pier to bang
out a Halibut or two...or maybe even catchin' a wave.
To hear him
tell the stories of catching huge Halibut off the pier is amazing.
I'm not sure if any are even left these days, but as he tells
it, he always caught fish and they were plentiful. He helped feed
the family. Yet, sometimes there was danger, like a whale surfacing
only a few feet away, completely catching my dad by surprise or
the ever-constant threat of sharks.
fished, and even when I was a small child, I remember the poles
neatly lined up in our garage, the big Penn reels that he used,
the big fat line on those reels...and then there was the famous
paddle board hanging from the rafters in our old garage. Dad chose
to raise us kids in Santa Ana, which is about 40 miles south of
Santa Monica in Orange County. Yet, he always found time to take
us kids fishin'.
was surf casting off of Newport Beach, bass fishing in little
ol' Irvine Lake, or hanging out on a barge off the coast, our
family fished. Dad even let me skip school sometimes to go with
him to fish the pier at Dana Point, when there were tidepools
to explore, long before the huge crowds that pack the massive
Yet dad, preferred
to fish sometimes without his little boy tagging along...or he
even went fishin' alone. I remember one afternoon coming home
from school and upon entering the kitchen, I opened up the freezer
to a find a school of frozen Barracuda that my dad had caught
without me. Boy, was I mad at him!
was much more to me than just fishin'. He taught me several things
while growing up: Don't ever honk your horn if you're in a hurry;
always stop for pedestrians crossing the road even if they ARE
NOT in a crosswalk; always open the door for others; if you're
with a date, always open the car door for her; don't cuss; mind
your manners; and when walking down a street with a girl, always
walk on the traffic side of the sidewalk.
As I grow
older, I have the occasion to reflect back on my time with my
dad. I know that from birth up to about the age of ten, I really
needed him. From 10 to 20 years old, I always felt that I knew
it all but would occasionally check in with him. From 20 to 30
years old, I DID know it all and gave HIM frequent advice.
30 to 40 years old, I knew about things, but every once in a while,
I would ask.
Now, in my mid-forties, I do check in with him and
ask for his advice - and once again, I really need him. It's amazing
how some things come full circle.
Chuck Bauer is an accomplished speaker and writer. He has performed
hundreds of seminars and workshops throughout North America and
is affiliated with the National Speakers Association, Coach University,
and Attraction University. He has served as a Vice President of
Sales/Training for two major Dallas Texas corporations. His published
work has been featured in numerous business and sales related magazines
and websites. He is a committed body builder, private pilot and
trophy bass fisherman.