2013-06-21 / Columnists

Slice of Life

by Beth Hanning

Since my column is due at the beginning of the week, I often do not have the foresight to see what is coming up in the next week. I felt awful last week that after everything my dad has done for us this year, I did not write a column about Father’s Day. When I mentioned it to my friends/collaborators, they said to simply put it in this week’s edition.

I honestly do not know what I would have done without my father this past year. In the very early days after Sandy, I was a complete basket case. My father calmly asked me why I was so worried and I explained to him that with no utilities meant no tenants, and no tenants meant no mortgage. I asked my father, “What if I lose my house?” My father simply replied, “You can have mine.” I immediately calmed down.

In the next few months my father came through for me in many ways. As most of you know, we then moved in with my father for over three months. As I say to my younger sister who lives in Texas, I was now daughter number one. Coffee, breakfast, and dinner was always available. Dad took good care of us.

While we were living with my dad I think he became a bit interested in all of our technology. We would be watching television and he would ask me how old I thought someone was, so I would simply look it up on the laptop. He then started asking me many questions to look up and was impressed with how fast I could find information. What impressed him more was when I did not even go to the laptop I just looked it up on my phone.

After I moved back to my house he asked me a few times to take him shopping for a laptop. I did not realize I brushed him off more than a few times. So, one day he simply went to Kings Plaza and bought a laptop. He asked me to stop by after to work to help him set up everything.

So, the first thing I did was get him connected to the Internet. The second thing I did was give him an email. I asked him whether he wanted Yahoo or Gmail. He did not know what I meant so I explained to him, “Do you want your email to be your name @Yahoo.com or @Gmail.com?” He replied, “I want my name @NYPD.com. “ I tried to explain that he could not have that email. After many debates back and forth I told him to have that email he would have to call Ray Kelly. He now has a Gmail.

He also has Facebook. I did my best to find a great picture of him to add as his profile picture. When I was finished I showed him the pic and he stated, “I don’t like that picture it makes me look old.” I sighed and replied, “You are old.”

Hope all of the dads had a great Father’s Day.

***I never intended to imply that I own my beach. I simply care about the place I have lived in for 40 years. I just want people to respect our beaches.***

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