On this beautiful afternoon, I wanted to send out my love to all the Dads out there, and to mine in particular — my charming, clever, handsome, funny (in EVERY definition of the word "funny") father. Here, in a photo from 1973, you can see me peeping out from behind him — that tall man whose head brushed up against the ceilings and the clouds of my childhood.

And I pass along to you all (FREE OF CHARGE!) the best advice my dad ever gave me, which has guided so many of my big decisions in my life, and has always managed to help to keep me free:

"Borrowing money is like wetting your bed on a cold night. At first, it is such a warm relief. But then, very quickly, comes the misery. Don't do it!"

Thanks, Dad! I LOVE YOU,


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