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Dad: inspiration for the tiki bar

July 28th, 2008 at 09:01 am



My dad, who as you know just died last week, always owned his own businesses and often told me that working for yourself is the only way to work. Those messages stuck. I inherited his entrepreneurial spirit.

He even at one time owned a bar. I used to roller skate on the dance floor when the bands were setting up.

I found this photo in my mom's albums. It's dad, in the office of one of his muffler shops. It was taken around 1974.

I pinned it up above my computer, as a motivator and a reminder that I too have what it takes to run my own business.

When I open my tiki bar, I will hang it above my desk in my office.

Of course, I should also thank dad for the tiki influence. He is the one who took me to Hawaii twice when I was little!

9 Responses to “Dad: inspiration for the tiki bar”

  1. JanH Says:

    I've watched a young lady here start her own business, and it continues to grow! I saw recently a big new building being built near her last one. She's expanding again!

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    good luck to you! keep us updated!

  3. momcents Says:


    How lucky you are ~ a Dad that inspired you and loved you and helped instill ambition and drive. No doubt you will succeed in your quest for the tiki bar! And I'd keep my eyes open for a special frame for your special picture.

  4. baselle Says:

    That's a great picture with a lot of tiki spirit...is that a photo of your mom in the back? Big Grin

  5. thriftorama Says:

    Of course not. My mom is a brunette!

  6. scfr Says:

    The desk is a sure giveaway that he was an entrepreneur! Either that or a college professor ... Smile
    You are a lovely living tribute.

  7. cptacek Says:

    Of course that isn't her mom. It's in a muffler shop Smile

  8. HouseHopeful Says:

    What a great inspiration!

  9. aevans1206 Says:

    I really hope you get that tiki bar started. I'll make it a point to take a trip there!

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