Friday, August 15, 2008

He Turned 78 Today---Happy Birthday, Pa






Ain't no way he'd make it past the Senate hearings. But there are good and honorable reasons for that. Here's my father at work at a recent pro tem gig in Manteca. I'm puff-chestedly proud of my dear 'ol dad. We still do some good Auggie Doggie and Doggie Daddy schtick. He's especially good with the "My son, my son" line.

Please join me in wishing my father a very happy 78th. He doesn't look a day past 77.

37 Comments:

At Friday, August 15, 2008 at 4:35:00 PM PDT , Blogger Butch said...

A very, very joyous Happy Birthday to "Hiz-onner" your dear ole da.

May he have many, happy returns!

 
At Friday, August 15, 2008 at 7:51:00 PM PDT , Anonymous quilly said...

Happy Birthday, Gawpo's Papa -- and many more! (Many more birthdays that is, not many more Gawpos. Oi!)

 
At Friday, August 15, 2008 at 9:09:00 PM PDT , Blogger lime said...

happy birthday, papa gawpo! may you have many more healthy happy years. i can see where gawpo the younger gets his good looks from.

 
At Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 4:44:00 AM PDT , Blogger Scarlet said...

I see "character" written all over his face. I can see where you get your spunk, wit and all that other good stuff from. Happy Birthday to a wonderful daddy who's loved, admired and respected! Live on!!

 
At Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 5:39:00 AM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

Happy Birthday Pop..!
This explains a lot about you Gawpo, in a good way..!
Hugs
xx

 
At Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 12:43:00 PM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Happy birthday to a lion of a man! The pride of the pride. (And, I suspect, a pussycat of a dad). I admire a guy who loves to cook and has a few cuts on his fingers.

 
At Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 3:49:00 PM PDT , Blogger Claire said...

What a 'character'! So youthful looking too. Happy Birthday Papa of Gawpo. Many more!!

 
At Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 8:09:00 PM PDT , Blogger Cheesy said...

You can pick your friends... you can pick your nose... But you can't pick your friends' nose! Well unless it is your b~day G~daddy! You did a fairly good job on raising that spawn of yours. We all kinda sorta like him... just a little. I'll bet YOU have some stories to share eh?

Hope you had cake and licked your fingers... well after you washed them from the nose excavation! Enjoy your moments with the kiddo.
Cheesy....

 
At Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 9:56:00 AM PDT , Blogger Lisa "Oceandreamer" S. said...

He is just the cutest! I bet he gives big ol hugs and has a ready laugh! (and he cooks) When I look at these photos I feel all mushy about the relationship you two share!
Happy (although belated)Birthday to you Gawpo Sr - a fine figure of a man!

XOXOXO
love and hugs,
Lisa

 
At Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 9:40:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gillian said...

PMPLOLROF!!!!!
Gawpo...your dad doing the Claudia Schiffer is priceless. I am speechless, agape!
Now the mystery is solved, you are the one who sprang from the very loins of this funny hilarious man. We know where you get it from now.

Happy birthday to the man himself...Gawpo Sr. Many happy returns too, and many more pecarino wheels!
xoxoxo

 
At Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 9:40:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gillian said...

PMPLOLROF!!!!!
Gawpo...your dad doing the Claudia Schiffer is priceless. I am speechless, agape!
Now the mystery is solved, you are the one who sprang from the very loins of this funny hilarious man. We know where you get it from now.

Happy birthday to the man himself...Gawpo Sr. Many happy returns too, and many more pecarino wheels!
xoxoxo

 
At Monday, August 18, 2008 at 11:09:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BUTCH, QUILLY, LIMERS: I so conveyed. He so smiled.

SCARLET and SHEILA, MOB: Very accurate CSI'ing, Scarleta and Sheeler. And from his father he got his schtick. I studied at the feet of masters!

SOMEWHERE JOE: Good studying, Joe. The cuts are actually all from shaking crab. Many people will back their crab prior to cooking. I never do that. And one reason is---you can cut your fingers by holding onto the critters and then whacking them against the edge of the galvanized cleaning table. Nerts to that. But he will cook them whole for a couple recipes, one being the cioppino. The "butter" inside the shell provides a lot of the flavor and you don't want to loose that gooey stuff from the gods.

Oh, CLAIRE: You don't know the half of it. You are so right on the money. The man can play like no other child. And this apple sits at the base of the trunk, by the way.

CHEESEDOODLE: Can you say Pineapple Upside Down Cake? It was birthday-worthy deelish, too. Mom made it. I wish I had a nickel for every time my father quoted the nose-picking saying. You'd love the man. He would nose excavate with you, I'm sure. That would be so speial! Of course, I'd join in.

LEESUH OCEANDREEMUH!: I love my dad. Can you tell?

BLUE, TSG: You got it! It is actually from a bit that Mel Brooks does in his Hitchcock spoof, High Anxiety. The scene takes place at the San Francisco Airport, just outside the doors, on the sidewalk. Mel plays Doctor Richard H. Thorndike (the H is for Harpo; his mother liked the Marx Brothers). The chauffeur who comes to pick him up and who becomes Brooks' sidekick, Brophy, is an amateur photographer (like me) and throughout the film his photography comes into play and becomes quite significant to the outcome of the plot. At the airport, he starts snapping off a series of shots that show Brooks frozen in all manner of funny poses. Now you have it. The REST of the story. We do this Brophy/Thorndike routine every time we see each other. Since I got the new picturer, I can snap off the frames much faster.

I think you're getting pecarino as a wedding gift. Find any yet?

 
At Monday, August 18, 2008 at 8:04:00 PM PDT , Blogger Cheesy said...

OMG it's a date! I like older men! lmao

 
At Monday, August 18, 2008 at 9:21:00 PM PDT , Blogger Diesel said...

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Pa! He looks younger than my dad.

 
At Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 10:11:00 AM PDT , Blogger Annie said...

Happy Birthday Dad-dee. Hey, Gawp - nice to have a preview of what YOU will look like at 78. The ELF

 
At Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 12:26:00 PM PDT , Blogger Brett said...

Happy Birthday, and please don't cut me with piano wire.

 
At Friday, August 22, 2008 at 7:11:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sr. Although I don't know you I'm sure you're a fer-wicken cool guy.

Now Mr. Gawpo, today I was dealt such a mental blow that I feel like a two legged frog trying (and failing) to learn to dog paddle!

You've left me to rot alone in the center that is Lincom.

I expect a full report on my email by monday.

-Micah
saltisall@hotmail.com

 
At Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 6:43:00 AM PDT , Blogger Scarlet said...

Oye, SeƱor Gawpo, are you STILL celebrating??

 
At Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:58:00 PM PDT , Blogger Bazza said...

Happy 'belated' Birthday Gawpo's dad.

 
At Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 6:35:00 PM PDT , Blogger Van Dykes said...

He's adorable! Almost as cute as you, or would that be you're almost as cute as him?? Anyway, cute patooties both of ya!

 
At Friday, September 19, 2008 at 4:11:00 PM PDT , OpenID katcampbell said...

He doesn't look a day past 70! Happy Birthday to your dad Gawpo.

 
At Monday, September 22, 2008 at 6:58:00 PM PDT , Blogger Laurie said...

Apparently a lot of great men were born in August. Happy birthday to your father.

 
At Monday, September 22, 2008 at 6:59:00 PM PDT , Blogger Laurie said...

I'm sorry, make that September. I seem to be a month behind...

 
At Friday, October 3, 2008 at 8:35:00 AM PDT , Blogger Cheesy said...

DUDE!!
At least show us pics of the improvements you're working on! It's been almost 2 months babe~~~

 
At Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 11:59:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

78? Seriously? I would not have guessed that. Happy Birthday GawPa!

 
At Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 7:33:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Brooke said...

As great of the shots of Gawpo Sr are, isn't it time for a new post? :)

 
At Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 7:00:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gillian said...

Okay.
Enough is enough.
Seasonal poster boy.

October 15, 2008. It's been two months.

Take your picturer, snap one of the contents of your refridgerator.
Let's discuss that.
xoxo

 
At Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 9:05:00 AM PST , Blogger Lisa "Oceandreamer" S. said...

OK, it's now November 4th......by the time you post again your Dad is going to be turning 80!!!!
Say hi, take a pic of yourself waving.....something...anything!!!
I know you've got a lot going on but we need a Gawpo fix now and then!
XOXOXOXO

 
At Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 7:04:00 PM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Pa...BELATED...FROM A FELLOW Oregonian! Gawpo..I finally made it to Portland!! I went up the coast, MAN it is gorgeous..I loved Depot Bay went to the Wine Cave and then had a bowl of chowdah at Avast! I love Oregon!!!! !!!!

 
At Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 5:54:00 AM PST , Blogger Cheesy said...

Happy Thanksgiving silly boy!

 
At Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 11:25:00 AM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

O Brother..Wherefor Art Thou???!!!

 
At Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 2:04:00 PM PDT , OpenID partywithneha said...

he looks dashing! and much younger than his 78. :)

 
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