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Things Your Father Did To Drive You Crazy  
User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1662 times:

This thread arises from some comment in Civil Aviation about a woman singing on an airplane being involuntarily deplaned. SouthernDC9 opined that, for some inexplicable reason, his father was a HUGE Celine Dion fan, and that he would rather have his father be a registered sex offender. I concurred, in that, although my family is not Scottish, my father for some reason had some reverential affinity for bagpipe music. When he played it I had to leave the house. Although not at his funeral.

Anyone out there with some (hopefully humourous) recollections of what Dad used to do that made you mental ?


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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6822 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Thread starter):
recollections of what Dad used to do that made you mental ?

Only what I've been told, but when I was a baby my dad played the clarinet, and I obviously voiced my displeasure on enough occasions for him to change instruments - to a banjo.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20751 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1604 times:

My dad used to whistle for my sister and I with the first four notes of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I connected the two. It's a theme used in one of the Looney Tunes cartoons—I'd have to change the channel when that cartoon came on during the old Looney Tunes Hour that CBS stations used to run on Saturday mornings, I began to hate it so much.

Grrrr, it still makes me upset!



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User currently offlineNSMike From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 256 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Thread starter):
I concurred, in that, although my family is not Scottish, my father for some reason had some reverential affinity for bagpipe music. When he played it I had to leave the house. Although not at his funeral.

Anyone out there with some (hopefully humourous) recollections of what Dad used to do that made you mental ?

My father actually played the bagpipes...

I retaliated by buying a set of drums.   

Drove mother batty...



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6371 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1582 times:
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1) He was actually a good Mariachi singer and in parties he would be asked to sing a bit. I always begged him not to...

2) He was an excellent dancer. With my mother and others. The image of him leading the Conga line at parties like New Year´s in the 70s still feeds my therapist.

3) He just could never understand the Argentine side of the family (my mother´s) and it was incredibly funny going to Argentina and him basically just not getting them.

I really miss him.


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

Things I Did To Drive My Father Crazy

...too many to mention.

Poor soul. R.I.P. Dad



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 2003, 14096 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

Quoting NSMike (Reply 3):
My father actually played the bagpipes...

I retaliated by buying a set of drums.

Drove mother batty...

A two men pipe band, yummy!!!  

Jan


User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

Quoting NSMike (Reply 3):
I retaliated by buying a set of drums.

Excellent move ! Inspired, actually.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 4):
3) He just could never understand the Argentine side of the family (my mother´s) and it was incredibly funny going to Argentina and him basically just not getting them.

Although from English and Irish stock, my paternal grandfather actually was born and raised in Argentina (Rosario de Santa Fe).



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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1503 times:

At Christmas every year he shakes the present and goes "Ahh! I know!" Opens the present and says, "I knew it!"

He drives with the windows down while running the AC. Particularly maddening to me because I got $20 taken away from me in the second grade for continuing to leave the AC on in the house with an open window.


User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11737 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

So many things.....

My father died 12 years ago and it still bothers me that, when we would go places, either mom or one of my brothers or I would suggest going to see something. Like when we would spend a few days on the Oregon coast, we would want to go to a lighthouse. There are many within an easy walk of a parking lot. The first thing he would say is "why would you want to do that?" Then, after grudgingly driving to the lighthouse, he would circle the parking lot and say "See? There it is!"

Also, he hated my best friend growing up. First, it was because he is of Latino heritage, implying they were all illegal. Although, my father put it much more.... colorfully. After about a year, my dad hated him because his family had been in the United States longer than dad's family.



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1887 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

1. Whenever we go to restaurants, he tries to make friends with our server just for fun.

2. At halloween/themed/dress-up parties, my Dad and my Uncle would always dress in women's clothing to get laughs. My grandfather passed away when I was only 8, but apparently he used to do the same thing.

3. Whenever I used to bring a new girlfriend home, my Dad would always ask during the first meeting "Do you believe in Santa Claus?", and he would say it in the creepiest way possible. I suspect he did this as a test to see how my new girlfriend handles pressure.

All of these things used to embarrass me to the point where I would leave the room and sit somewhere else by myself to not deal with it. But a couple years ago my Dad was in failing health and we almost lost him. Luckily he has made a full recovery, and I don't let such petty things embarrass anymore because the days we have with our loved ones are finite, so we need to make the most of them!


P.S. I'm only 23, but so far I have not inherited the "transvestite-at-parties" gene  



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User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3116 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1447 times:

I went to the Doctor the other day and the Doctor ask if any one in my family was suffering from insanity.

Suffering I said, certainly not, they all seem to be enjoying it. 

Okie


User currently offlinejagflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3550 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1438 times:

Where to start...
1) Like WestJet747, my dad likes to make jokes with the waiter/waitress. He usually pays the bill partially with cash and the remained on his credit card. He always tips on the credit card slip. For example, the bill is $50, he pays $30 cash, $20 on credit card. When he tips on the full amount, it looks like he is tipping like 40-50% and always makes the same joke about how big his tip is. Like clockwork...myself and my mom HATE it.

2) He always starts talking about his mother and how good her cooking was (he is 64 years old). Yet, he probably ate 10% of what she cooked as he is a picky eater.

3) When driving he will critique my driving/my mom's driving and get all nervous when we do things since he feels he isn't in control. It's nerve racking and I usually put him in the backseat for this reason. If I or my mom dares question his driving (which is good but leaves a lot to be desired) he goes nuts and starts yelling about how he has driven for 40+ years with no accidents. It means nothing.

I love the guy but he's got some very annoying tendencies that really drive me nuts.



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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2637 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

Wouldn't remember - he passed away 32 years ago. Well, this is the most annoying thing he ever did.
Sorry Connies, I know you wanted to keep it funny, but that's reality...


User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11737 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

Quoting jagflyer (Reply 12):
When driving

That's another thing my dad used to do: Drive around a neighborhood for hours pointing thing that used to be there. "There used to be a little market there" or "there used to be a garage there" or some such. I just want to get home. I don't need the fifty cent tour of your past.



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Quoting luckyone (Reply 8):
He drives with the windows down while running the AC. Particularly maddening to me because I got $20 taken away from me in the second grade for continuing to leave the AC on in the house with an open window.

My dad was just the opposite: We had older cars with dealer-installed A/C units that only recirculated the air inside the car and couldn't pull in fresh air from outside. Dad smoked, and when he'd run the A/C in the car if I cracked a window the tiniest little bit to get a breath of fresh air, he'd shut off the A/C entirely and refuse to turn it back on.

We had a '62 Dodge convertible up until about 1972, and Dad would never put the top down. His reasoning was that it had a power top and he was afraid that if he put the top down that it might not come back up. Even as a little kid I thought that was a BS reason, and in high school I found out that the hydraulic cylinders that raise and lower the convertible top on older Chrysler products are easy to disconnect from the top mechanism should they fail and then the top will work fine manually.



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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3507 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1347 times:
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My father passed away 53 years ago, i still think of him, he was a great father, the only think he did to drive my brother and myself was that he was over protective, no bicycles, no going out with young friends driving etc....
The weirdest thing was on the day he passed away my brother was involved in a bad motorcycle accident while riding with a friend. Father RIP i miss you very much.



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User currently offlinedaviation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1285 times:

There's an old saying: what is the difference between a father/mother and a vulture? A vulture lets you die before it eats your heart out!

That's what parents are for - to drive you crazy! And that's what kids do too. My father died two years ago and he spent many years driving me daft. But when he died, I realized that he was often right in his opinions and I wish that I could've have let him know more often how much he meant to me.

In the meantime, my own children think I'm one step away from mental instability, while I think they're clueless on proper behavior (they're both in their late-teens).


User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

Quoting daviation (Reply 17):
That's what parents are for - to drive you crazy! And that's what kids do too. My father died two years ago and he spent many years driving me daft. But when he died, I realized that he was often right in his opinions and I wish that I could've have let him know more often how much he meant to me.

Both parents now gone. The older I get, the smarter they become. I wish I could have told them how much I loved them. Their perspective and experience was/is invaluable.



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