Friday, December 16, 2011

No scents putting this off mates...

Yes, no scents at all in putting this post off. I've been putting it off for almost 7 weeks now as I've had a hard time finding the words.

Firstly, this has NOTHING to do with the fact it's my five-th hundredth post.

Secondly, I am not giving up blogging.

Thirdly, the reason why you haven't heard from me for a while is that whilst I was formulating a post regarding the compleat historonics and history of The Alaska Foods Co. here in South Oz, a very bad thing happened.










My dad died.

He only made it to 68. He had been in his new retirement house in sunny, warm (compared to AK) NC for barely 14 months.

I have so many wonderful memories of my father and I've been trying to figure out a way to weave them all into a tribute post to dad. There are too many. I can't. I'm not a gifted wordsmith (yes, some of you may have noticed that yonks ago) and as the thoughts and memories of my dad careen through me wee little brain they leave no trace for my fingers to track.

You may therefore expect various stories and thoughts about my dad peppered throughout blog posts at whenever I feel like it.

I used to drive my dad's freight truck in Anchorage so he could take his entire summer off and sail around Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound. But that's all a story for another time...

My dad was superman. If you don't believe me then just check this out. It is a four (4) part story of my dad (that'd be superman) rescuing his entire family (mom, me, brother).

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

As words are failing me, I shall leave you with some pictures of my dad and the brood. I'm sure you can guess the only one of the pictures that is NOT 40 years old.


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I'm the short one in this pic btw.

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Any longtime Alaskans recognize that shirt and what it means?

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Lookin' pretty darned good at 67!


And what did I look like way back then?
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Goodbye dad. You are missed mate!
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6 comments:

Titanium said...

There just aren't any words, Dave. I'm terribly sorry for your loss. You can be certain I'll be here to read everything you share about your life with him and your memories of him.

Hang in there, mate.

Arvay said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Dave.

chriseshleman said...

sorry man.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Thanks everyone. All is appreciated mates.

thedogsmom said...

Nice tribute to your dad. Your pics seem to show a man who enjoyed life to the fullest....lSorry for your loss, Dave. Much to take in, I'm sure, as I've been where you are now. Never easy when one loses a parent.


Rebecca
NC

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Thanks Rebecca. I appreciate your words and thoughts! Sorry for not repying sooner as for some reason I missed your comment.