Although we went fishing together and worked on a lot of projects, the things that come immediately to mind when I think of my dad are things he taught me. Mostly to be self-reliant and how to problem solve. It was tough love of a sort because other dads would do things like talk to the mechanic who was fixing their kids car, mine made me deal with things like that on my own. But looking back, it was the best gift. By the time I was out of high school there wasn’t much I felt I couldn’t take in-stride. I wish my sons could have known him better.