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Happy Birthday, Dad

Today is my father's birthday. And he's the reason I'm here ... no, no. Not in the "reason I'm on this Earth" way though it's true in that sense as well. My father is the reason I'm in this job.

He bought our family's first boat - a 21-foot Bayliner bowrider named Why Knot - when I was about a year old. We had that boat for almost two decades before upgrading to a 26-foot Sea Ray named the Sea Hawk.

Dad taught me to dock and did so with a minimum of swearing. Took me to my first boating safety school when I turned 12.

So thanks Dad and Happy Birthday.

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