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Old 10-27-17, 02:06 PM
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Teach your children well ...

Latest news from my younger son, who just started an 8-week internship in Wyoming:

> The people Iím living with are great, they have a 2001 Honda Accord
> that hasnít run for a year. They said if I can get it going I can use
> it the whole time.
>
> Iíve been working on it all week and took it for the first test drive
> today after cleaning transmission solenoids, vtech solenoids, changing
> transmission fluid and charging/cleaning battery contacts.
>
> It should be fine for next week and beyond and I can fill gaps with
> the other student or with the people I live with.

Now I know why I had the boys work on cars, bikes, appliances, house, etc. with me while they were growing up.
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Old 10-27-17, 02:39 PM
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Amen.
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Threw me for a loop there.

I thought you'd write that once he started to work on the car that he made sure it didn't work so they could all ride bicycles.


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proud papa and rightly so, bravo
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My parents got me into cycling and hiking and cross-country skiing.
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Apples don’t fall far from the tree.

Now I will be humming that CSN&Y song for the entire weekend.....

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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
proud papa and rightly so, bravo
Thank you. I am very pleased with both boys (a physics PhD working at General Atomics, and the DPT-in-training noted above), and I give my wife most of the credit in raising them. More importantly, the elder one has turned out to be a wonderful husband and father (of the fourth generation of two boys), and the younger one has a lovely and intelligent girlfriend we hope will become our second daughter-in-law.
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Congrats! It's funny sometimes it's hard to tell what sticks as they are growing up. I was a bit surprised and quite pleased a few years ago when my oldest son asked if he could use the garage when he came home for a weekend visit shortly after graduating college. He showed up with new brake pads, rotors, brake fluid, oil, filter, and various other bits to give his car a full brake job and routine service.

I do a lot of DIY, but not so much on cars, just don't enjoy it. But as a true millennial he'd researched it all online and watched YouTube videos on how to do it!
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I didn't have kids of my own, but I ended up being the primary male influence to my grandson who lived with us from ages 2-6, and again from 8 to 9.

A couple of years ago (when he was 21) he was quietly playing video games on the TV in the room we were all sitting in when his three-year-old daughter walked up to him with a book and asked if he would read it to her. Without saving his game, or any hesitation he shut off the TV, put down the TV controller and patted his lap for her to climb up.

I asked my step-daughter "what 21-year-old dad is so patient, devoted and unselfish with his time when it comes to his kid. She me in the eyes and said, "he gets that from you...that's how you were with him!"
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Well done, John.
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... I asked my step-daughter "what 21-year-old dad is so patient, devoted and unselfish with his time when it comes to his kid. She me in the eyes and said, "he gets that from you...that's how you were with him!"
That's what it's all about, isn't it? Great story.
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
Apples donít fall far from the tree.

Now I will be humming that CSN&Y song for the entire weekend.....

Bill
This gave me a laugh as I realized that as a teenager I rebuilt the engine on a car I had received as a hand-me-down. Shortly after that, I sold the car and committed to not using a car any more than necessary.

When my son was in his early teens, we rebuilt the engine in a car his aunt had given us. Not long after that, we moved into town and he decided that he would never drive a motor vehicle.
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This gave me a laugh as I realized that as a teenager I rebuilt the engine on a car I had received as a hand-me-down. Shortly after that, I sold the car and committed to not using a car any more than necessary.

When my son was in his early teens, we rebuilt the engine in a car his aunt had given us. Not long after that, we moved into town and he decided that he would never drive a motor vehicle.
That's a better, more environmentally correct, story than mine.

Both boys drive a lot more than I do, but I average only about 100 miles per MONTH, because I commute to work on commuter rail, connecting at each end on foot. I probably walk, bike, and drive roughly equal distances per year.
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Sometimes the children teach the parent.

My son got me back into cycling 6 years ago.

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Sometimes the children teach the parent.

My son got me back into cycling 6 years ago.

That's some fantastic parenting. If we do our jobs well, our children will teach us many new tricks, but we've got to be smart enough to learn from them.
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That's some fantastic parenting. If we do our jobs well, our children will teach us many new tricks, but we've got to be smart enough to learn from them.
Mine already do.

To bring it all back to bicycling, Fathers Day 2017 at elder son's house, with sons and elder grandson, whose little brother was still "under construction."
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^^^^^^^
Awesome family picture.
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My kids are 28 and 25, so I really like these stories. One of my kids will be visiting for 7 nights, with her sweetheart, next month. I haven't seen them since July of 2016, as they live in Colorado, so I'm excited.
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Great to see the love and pride for our kids here. Both my boys did internships abroad (different years, different countries, different schools) and were in groups that shared a common vehicle. Both became the defacto drivers because no one else knew how to drive a stick. And while both are doing great by the standards set by society, I am more pleased about the men they have become.
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Great to see the love and pride for our kids here. Both my boys did internships abroad (different years, different countries, different schools) and were in groups that shared a common vehicle. Both became the defacto drivers because no one else knew how to drive a stick. And while both are doing great by the standards set by society, I am more pleased about the men they have become.
Thank you for your story, as well, particularly that last line.

I like the anecdote about no one else knowing how to drive stick, which is what both of my boys drive. I can see a similar story unfolding another generation from now, when autonomous vehicles prevail in the first world: "Both my boys did internships abroad (different years, different countries, different schools) and were in groups that shared a common vehicle. Both became the defacto drivers because no one else knew how to drive a car."
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And I thought I was going to read about Crosby, Stills Nash and Young**********??

I'll admit that I think my wife did more of the "teaching" in our house.......None of my 3 wonderful children have taken up cycling nor golf, two activities that are very special to me. They had plenty of opportunities but none caught the bug quite like I did. But thankfully they are all pretty active whether it's running marathons, Cross Fit, hiking etc. I'm thankful they have continued to incorporate some type of physical activity into their routines. I hope they have the inspiration and time to continue to do something.....life seems so hectic for these folks with newborns, work etc.
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Henry is also learning why we always buy floor pumps with both Presta (bike) and Schrader (car) capability. (I have always found it easier to top up the car tires at home than to go to a gas station.) To stay on a cycling theme, note that this is a Nashbar pump I gave my son.
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
Apples donít fall far from the tree.

Now I will be humming that CSN&Y song for the entire weekend.....

Bill
Tell your kids that Jerry Garcia played the pedal steel guitar licks on that tune.
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