Who would you pick to sit on a porch and while away an afternoon with?

Lots of times when I read old family letters and journals, or when I see a video like the one I've embedded, I wish I could spend an afternoon with someone sitting on my porch, passing the time chatting during a rainstorm. 

Who would you pick?


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George Washington.

You know, George Washington never saw a banana.... bet he'd get a kick out of taking out those wooden teeth and enjoying one.

I don't care for them (blasphemy!). Maybe I should try it Ron Swanson style.

My father's father, engineer, architect - whose name I carry, and who died a year before my birth. By all accounts, we'd have gotten along famously. 

Alternately, Richard Feynman. 


Alt 2: Buckminster Fuller


Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, for obvious reasons. 

Elon Musk, inventor, futurist, entrepreneur (also for obvious reasons). 

Ronald Lee - romani scholar, linguist, and musician. 

I'd like sit in on a conversation with Elon as well.

My dad. I miss my dad.

Just as I became a new family man he started to slide into Parkinsons-related dementia, and he was not the man he was. So he missed out on most of my functional adulthood. 

Would love to chat with him again as a father.


After losing my dad as a dumb fifteen year old kid, I've realized in these few years afterward that there are so many things that I should've talked to him about and so much we could have done. I'd love to just spend one more night talking about anything and everything with him.

I hear ya. Thought you might like this song:

Now, If I could invite Steve Goodman back from glory for some porch-time, I'd have about 4 guitars tuned up on stands and ask him for songwriting advice and the backstory for some of his stuff

My father passed away in 2008, at the age of 40.

I was 14 at that time and avoided to get worked up all to much by it, my mother and younger brother needed someone to rely on, and I guessed that was my spot at the time. Stupid teenager-me.

Now that I'm a little older, I see what I'm missing out. I never shared a deep conversation with him, he never invited me to drink a beer, I couldn't ask him about relationships and how to deal with the world, he never met my special other and my future children will never meet him, everything I did he couldn't enjoy by my side. It's a terrible thing to know, and a useless thing to waste time with.

If I could have the chance to meet anyone who passed away, it would be my father.

I can't think of anyone that isn't completely cliche right at the moment. 



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