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He Is Back: An Interview With My Father (A Must Read)

February 26, 2014


Erin Schrader

First of all, thanks Erin for putting your good ole Dad up on the chopping block. It’s a privilege and a pleasure to answer the very thorough and thought out questions presented and then have them posted on LIY. I can tell that much time on your behalf went into the thought process. And now for the interview:

Erin: Why haven’t you started a blog yet?
Dad: What for? It seems as if the younger generation has a corner on this market. By younger, I mean 20 to 30 something’s. (Sometimes called people or humans). You guys are doing a great job of keeping the rest of us entertained and informed. I just enjoy reading your blog (LIY) and then getting time on it every now and then. It’s cool. Maybe someday when I get as smart as you and get to know more about technology and get “tech happy”, plus have more time to create, I might consider.
Erin: Tell us a joke.
Dad: Three strings walk into a bar and sit down at a table. The first string walks up to the bartender and says, “Bartender, three beers please.” The bartender looks at the string and says, “I’m sorry, but we don’t serve strings here.” Disappointed, the string walks back to his buddies and explains. The second string says “No problem, I’ll go get our beers.” The second string walks up to the bartender, “Bartender, three beers please.” The bartender says, “Listen man, I told your buddy that we don’t serve strings here.” Empty handed, the second string walks back to his buddies. The third string says, “No problem. Tie me in a knot at one end and fray my ends at the other.” He struts up to the bartender, “Bartender, three beers please.” The bartender proceeds to get him the beer when he suspiciously turns to look at the string and says, “Excuse me, but are you a string?” The string replies, “I’m a frayed knot!” 

Erin: Have you ever considered turning Amish?

Dad: Not really. The only thing I have ever considered is turning “into” Amish when they don’t get their buggy off the road to let you pass or if 3 or 4 of them are riding bikes and don’t get into single file to let you pass. That’s as close as I have felt like turning “into Amish”. Thank the Lord for good old common sense and that hasn’t happen, it’s only a feeling. Let me tell you that the Amish are really good neighbors, have a great work ethic, are productive and have entrepreneurial skills. I sometimes call an Amish entrepreneur, an “Amish manure”.  The two phrases sort of sounds alike if you catch my drift, no their drift. 
Erin: At what age did your hair turn grey?
Dad: I’m guessing at around the age of 27. By the way, how old are you? I have yet to use any men’s hair coloring to hide the grey and don’t plan on it. I like my hair color. Also another question for you, what are you using? (real funny dad, mind your own business when it comes to my hair)
Erin: If you could do anything, what would it be?
Dad: If I could do anything I would like to play on stage with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, the Beatles, Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, just to name a few. I think it would be something to have that kind of musical talent and I commend anyone who has made it big or is trying to make it big in the music industry. Love music. 

Erin: Who is your favorite daughter?
Dad: Now let me see….. Any female that has ever been born has to be a daughter of someone, right? So, if that’s the case I don’t just have one favorite daughter but five favorite daughters, naming them from oldest to youngest: they are Barb (my mother in law’s daughter), Chelsea & Erin (my mother in law’s, daughter’s, daughters), and last but not least, Claire and Millie (my mother in law’s, daughter’s granddaughters). Sorry Erin, I have 5 not 1.

Erin: What is your secret for marital success?

Dad: Be a good listener and doer of everything she says, travel a lot because she says, do everything she says again, let her do what she wants, when she wants, do more for her when she says, always do what she says. You get the picture. I’ve always said, “She’s my better half”. It’s s a give and take relationship; I give, and she takes.

Erin: What is one piece of advice you would give to bloggers?

Dad: Being somewhat serious here, this is what I came up with, “Learn from the past, plan for the future, but live for the day”. It’s probably not an original quote, but I like to think it is. Enjoy each moment and day for what it is. There are good days and bad days. Make the good days better and the bad days gooder. Also I can’t just stop with one piece of advice, so here is another, and Erin you’ve heard this a million times, “Life is all about choices and living within your means”. Make good choices in your life and don’t get into deep, deep debt. Life is much easier if you only do what you can afford to do, much less stress plus life is way more enjoyable. If you see me doing it, it’s because I can.
Erin: How did you get to be so popular?
Dad: I was a great high school basketball player, smart, nice to a lot of people, got to post on LIY, have a job where I got to know a million people from all over the country and world. For instance, I’m in the airport in Frankfort, Germany walking around and a guy walks up to me and says, “I know you.” Yep he was right. I could tell you lots of stuff like that but I’m not going to. Oh, last but not least, a stud.

Erin: Describe yourself in one word?
Dad: Alive.

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