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    I tried to capture all of the elements that we seem to hold so dearly in our conversations here on VSalon...bikes, beer, coffee, grilling and other hobbies. Two days early, but have a great Father's Day weekend out there! Images thanks to Brad Getty from his book Dads are the Original Hipsters.
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    Hahaha, this is pretty great.
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    thanks for making my night!
     

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    +100 Perfect and a little close to home.

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    Very close to home.

    Some much needed hipster dad appreciation here.

    To wit:

    My father didn't own a t-shirt. If it was the summer, he wore an (always white) undershirt when it was hot out. I think he owned one pair of shorts.
    He played softball with his buddies in an old man league. One of my earliest memories was when he dislocated his elbow awkwardly sliding into second base.
    He wore glasses that any hipster would kill or die for. Wish I had them.
    Coffee? Lots, and black. Always.
    He had no mechanical aptitude. None. His tools consisted of a hammer and a vice grip, perhaps some screwdrivers.
    One day he decided to go for a ride on his bike (a Raleigh, 27 inch frame of course, comically large.) Felt like pushing his limits a little bit. So he did a 5-mile loop 20 times. In aforementioned shorts and white t-shirt. He'd stop in the house every few loops for some water. This from a man who was not a cyclist, hadn't ridden in years, and was comically un-athletic.

    Things were different then.

    * to be fair, this is a guy who came from a solidly blue collar background, went into the Navy for four years so as not to get killed in Vietnam, rose to the rank of LTCMDR, got out and put himself through Harvard Law on the GI Bill (graduating summa cum laude at that), and then raised a family of five. Not too shabby.
     

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    Way ahead of his fashion time: Dad in 1970, consulting the topo to figure out how far off course we are in our ride to Nazareth, Pa. Note the white tennis shoes, steel Lyotard pedals and instead of paniers, a gym bag lashed to the Pletscher rack with a bungee cord. We rode Paris Sport bikes, built of Vitus tubing which must have been pre-warped. The bikes were pieces of crap but 5 pounds lighter than Schwinn pieces of crap. We managed not to break an axle until we made it home.

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    A painting of my dad from 1972

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    Tyler--is that an unfinished portrait, or did he really have a two-tone shirt?
     

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