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Father's Day with Dan Vickery

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June 14, 2016


What’s the most important lesson your dad taught you?

“Measure twice, cut once.”

My dad is incredibly talented. He was a farmer and learned to take care of everything. He is a mechanic, plumber, electrician, contractor, welder, furniture maker and most importantly -- a very kind and patient teacher. He taught me fundamentals I use everyday with my job. I surprise contractors often with my knowledge and I owe that knowledge to him. But of all the things he taught me, one of the best was that “If something is worth doing it is worth doing right.” And with that came his famous line… “Measure twice, cut once”.

What are you most proud of about your dad?

My dad is the hardest worker I know. I understand many people say this about their dad, but mine has a reputation that exceeds the flattering ideals of his wife and kids. He also spent most of his life thinking he was invincible, pushing himself to the limit and setting an example of what real work looks like. He never tires of repetitive work or gets bored with hard labor. He takes pride in everything he does and does it well. I worked side by side with my father, on the family farm, for a lot of my childhood. His habit of finding the good in any chore is infectious.

How did you know you were really in trouble with your dad?

My dad rarely gets angry, but he’d always let us know when he was disappointed in us. Getting in trouble with dad usually meant a talk that would result in a lot of guilt and hopefully a lesson learned. My sister and I have both agreed that sitting in the corner would have been easier but the lesson would not have sunk in.

What was your favourite meal cooked by dad?

My dad makes the best BBQ tri-tip with his own homemade bourbon sauce. It’s a recipe he has been perfecting for years now and it never disappoints! 


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