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Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 4, 2014 - 02:16pm PT
I am trying to get my father to write down some stories. He doesn't often let them out without having to pry. Any suggestions or stories of your own? Below is a quote to a reporter of some magazine (not yet published).

I am happy to say this was his first email!!!!

"I've made two circumnavigations by sail. The first crewing on a square-rigger and then with my wife Lynn on a 40 foot sloop. Both were long before satellite navigation and GPS. We navigated with only sextant, time piece, and compass. Our depth finder was a lead line. Both times the idea was to see remote places & peoples that you couldn't get to unless you sailed yourself there. We sought out the really out of the way and hidden islands of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. We also wanted to dive and photograph the underwater life at these remote locations and were very likely the first to do so."
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Sep 4, 2014 - 02:22pm PT
I should get Bridwell on here....he's told me some amazing stories about his Dad.
Peace
BigFeet

Trad climber
Texas
Sep 4, 2014 - 02:39pm PT
Short quotes I fondly remember my Mom telling me when I was young:

"Wait until your Father gets home."

"You'll be grounded."

"You are never going to make it to adulthood taking risks the way you do." (40 now and I still don't think she sees me as an adult, but neither do I sometimes.)

Short quotes from my Father:

"I'll beat you to an inche of your life son."

"You see, women... " (elaborate all you want here)

"Live life by the golden rule which is to treat others as you would like them to treat you."

These have stuck with me for some reason. I have good stories too.
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
Sep 4, 2014 - 02:46pm PT
My great grandmother had some real gems. She once said about a small room, " this room is so small, you can't cuss a cat without getting fur in your teeth". Well....., she WAS a Dodger fan.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 4, 2014 - 02:53pm PT
"Hey! You with the big head !!!"

WHich I didn't think was funny when I was ten but now I think it's hilarious.

Q-Ball you'll prolly have to take matters into your own hands. Not everybody likes to write. Or wants to write stuff down. I suggest you record the stories. Go for a visit and get him talking and when a story starts, turn on your cel phone & record it.

Option B is to just write them down yourself. That's what I wound up doing got most of them before Dad shuffled off this mortal coil earlier this year.

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 4, 2014 - 03:03pm PT
My step dad:

"It's only 11 more miles"

"It's gotta hurt, and you gotta like it"
j-tree

Big Wall climber
Typewriters and Ledges
Sep 4, 2014 - 03:10pm PT
Q-Ball you'll prolly have to take matters into your own hands. Not everybody likes to write. Or wants to write stuff down. I suggest you record the stories. Go for a visit and get him talking and when a story starts, turn on your cel phone & record it.

Second this. Even with her permission to ask and record, I couldn't get my grandmother to talk in a flowing way about her experiences in England during WW2 in a formal interview setting so I ended up just recording her on my iPhone without her knowing it after bringing up things "I learned" from researching WW2 experiences in England of which I knew she had experiential knowledge.

 - -
In other news, I remember my father once saying to me as we hiked over the peaks at Pinnacles National Monument and passed some climbers, "There goes one of the most selfish and destructive user groups in the park." - My father had obviously never seen the effects of my Boy Scout troop on the park.
clode

Trad climber
portland, or
Sep 4, 2014 - 03:19pm PT
My Dad, now 93, was in the Navy during WW II. He was on a troop transport ship (U.S.S. Carteret), at Iwo Jima. He made a landing there and brought back (i.e., smuggled) a Jap rifle with a bayonet. I used to play with it a lot when I was in grade school. In fact, I have it now, safely hidden in my home somewhere. He and my Mom worked out a series of codes he could send to her so she would know where he was out in the ocean. Somehow he managed to get away with it, since disclosing U.S. naval locations was, shall we say, somewhat un-American?!
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Sep 4, 2014 - 03:20pm PT
When I was little and wanted to fish with my Dad and brothers he would say 'if you wanna fish with me and the boys you're gonna have to learn to bait your own hook". This innocent "grow up" statement has carried me through life!
Miss him. He died in June at 91.

Susan
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 4, 2014 - 03:20pm PT
"you know why they don't send donkeys to college?"
Silence
"cause nobody likes a smart ass!"

"Who lost the battle of Hastings?...... Ethelred the unready!"

Dad had a million of them...
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Sep 4, 2014 - 03:21pm PT
"You still climbing, son?"

"Sure am Pop. I went this past weekend in fact."

"Good. It keeps you young."

DMT
Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 4, 2014 - 03:39pm PT
Tami- thanks for the thoughts, and sorry for your loss.

He is still in good health but very quiet on telling stories.

To get him going you have to be specific, example...

In an airport and I bought a magazine. Flipping through it he stopped me and Dad said, "good grief" ". The page was a resort in the South Pacific, near New Guinea.

Dad said, "last time I was there I was harpooning dolphins", the now picture is bungalows over the water, "and at night we caught crocs for trader Bill."

If it wasn't for that random magazine picture I wouldn't know this.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Sep 4, 2014 - 03:42pm PT
From a note from my grandmother years ago...

"Your mother told me about your midnight descent and how much fun it was"

LOL!
The note contained a $50 check to go towards a new rope.
socialclimber

climber
CA
Sep 4, 2014 - 03:42pm PT
I remember my dad telling me once when we picked him up in the Nevada desert:
"Some things are worth being arrested for."

Charles
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Sep 4, 2014 - 03:57pm PT
Not a parent quote but something funny.
Many years ago, back in the 1970s, I was in line at the grocery store checkout and saw an older woman, in a huff, return a magazine to it's rack. She then said, "I thought they really meant sex in your 70s." The headline was something like "Sex In The 70s", obviously meaning that decade!
At the time I probably thought "ewwwwww".

Susan
Gal

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
Sep 4, 2014 - 06:23pm PT
You can't just go slopping through life! -Mom

We are one step away from debtors prison! -Mom

These sentiments started being expressed at about age 4 - damn, no wonder I can feel unexplained worry sometimes...
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 4, 2014 - 06:26pm PT
Anytime one of his 3 sons,
or one of the thousands of athletes he coached BITD got hurt,
his go to line was;

"You'll feel better when it stops hurtin"
AKA; harden the fuk up.

I used this line with my daughter and athletes I coached, and now with my grandson.

Thanks Dad, RIP
Tad
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 4, 2014 - 06:53pm PT
More dadisms;
"I've never seen an abominable snowman, but maybe I'll see one Yeti!"

He also liked to quote Holden Caufield "I'm a gaddam prince!" I hadn't read Catcher in the rye yet, but he told us kids that's where it was from. Maybe so we wouldn't think he was crazy.

One time, he introduced me to a new to me phrase; I don't remember what smart Alec thing I had said at the dinner table, but when my mom went to get something in the kitchen he said, in a low voice so she couldn't hear, "You're so full of it your eyes are turning brown!"

My favorite though was at the awards ceremony for the Badger pass cross country ski race.he had been running, to be in shape for this but came down with the flu at the last minute but skies anyway. He came in dead last! By maybe an hour! Ned Gillette was the master of ceremonies. He announced my dad's name and asked him to the Lectern to receive a bottle of champagne, which my dad, looking green, mounted the platform and accepted. As he walked off he turned around and spoke into the mike in front of perhaps two hundred people "and I trained!"
MH2

climber
Sep 4, 2014 - 06:54pm PT
From my younger brother when he was about 4 years old:


"Peace and twamee."


Spelling uncertain. It might have been, "peas and tummy," for example.

No idea what he meant but it has proved to be broadly useful.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 4, 2014 - 07:04pm PT
"You eat my food and drink my wine;..you will dance to my music"

" With responsibility, ....comes freedom"

"You need health insurance; not a porta-ledge"

" Get a haircut and get a job. "

" Get a college degree;..then you can be a bum. "

" Don't get yourself or anyone else killed, don't get a girl pregnant, don't end up in jail, and don't go to Mexico."

All quotes from my Dad;...Willard Gordon
A wise, supportive, and awesome father.

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