My dad’s skillz

My dad is … well, he’s a really great dad.

He survived five daughters. Married every one of them off. Didn’t lose a single one to the stripper pole or the Democratic Party. I don’t know which of those two would upset him more.

He’s a minister as well as a metallurgical engineer. There is no Burghier engineering degree. He can talk steel like Dr. Sheldon Cooper talks physics.

He’s a dork in the best sense of the word. His sense of humor is of the Marx Brothers variety. When he laughs, he turns red and walks to the brink of a catastrophic heart event.

He cherishes his grandchildren, and when he gets the opportunity to visit his two Texan grandchildren, Tina Fey’s children, he doesn’t sit on the couch and watch FoxNews for a week; he goes out and enjoys the warm Texas air.

And he teaches himself new, amazing skills.

And I had to share.

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That’s MY Pittsburgh Dad.

You can’t have him.


  1. NewBurgher
    March 14, 2013 9:40 am

    Awesome :) you are blessed! And so is he, with such a wonderful family.

  2. Erin Scott
    March 14, 2013 10:07 am

    My husband is a metallurgist! Also that video is a hoot.

  3. bucdaddy
    March 14, 2013 10:30 am

    Why didn’t he just walk over and pull the garage door up? Seems like it would be easier and less time-consuming than trying to knock it down with a …



  4. AngryMongo
    March 14, 2013 11:27 am


    Should be a shirt.

  5. Magus Patris
    March 14, 2013 11:31 am

    Love it!

  6. gunnlino
    March 14, 2013 12:13 pm

    Not to get ” Aw shucks ” on everyone, but seems to me a major testament to a good and true
    Father .

  7. facie
    March 14, 2013 1:28 pm

    “Didn’t lose a single one to the stripper pole or the Democratic Party. I don’t know which of those two would upset him more.” Ha ha ha! :-) Way to go, Pappy!

  8. Becky S
    March 14, 2013 4:57 pm

    God bless your Dad! You and your family are very, very lucky!

  9. Caroline
    March 14, 2013 10:40 pm

    He dresses exactly like my Pittsburgh dad.

  10. Calamity Jane
    March 15, 2013 8:54 am

    OK…So LeBron James has no fears of losing his spot on the roster, but I gotta say…”Way to go, Pappy!”……For just getting outside and being active. On that last really nice Sunday, where we had temps hovering in the high 60s, my Dad sat inside and watched Columbo on DVD…… ALL DAY!


  11. bucdaddy
    March 15, 2013 10:33 am

    “Didn’t lose a single one to the stripper pole …”

    Oh, like Ta-Ta hasn’t at least THOUGHT about it.


  12. Joe
    March 17, 2013 8:30 am

    Turn the phone 90 degrees next time. #petpeeve

  13. la reina
    March 25, 2013 2:48 pm

    That was pretty darn close. Good one, Pappy!