Happy Birthday Dad! I'm very, very fortunate that both my father and mother are still alive, and today, May 11th my Dad turns 82!

I couldn't ask for a better Dad, although there was that time that I cut my foot and couldn't go in the pool when we were in Florida and he bought me a raft and bellyflopped on it, popping it! But besides that episode, it's been great! He has taught me to be the man that I am, and has led by example teaching me that it's ok to have a fun time at night, but you have to be the first one in at work in the morning!

I couldn't have asked for a better role model, and his career as a hotel general manager took us to Key Biscayne Florida, and Southampton Bermuda! I wanted to be like him and that's why I went into hotel management, and managed hotels in Block Island Rhode Island and in Bangor Maine!

He told me that I can't give you lots of money (darn it!) but I can give you a good name, and it's up to you to keep the name clean and respectable. I hope I have done you proud!

Although we don't see each other in person every day, we do talk on the phone at least once a day, and even facetime! He's not on Facebook, but my mother lives on Facebook (she's the other Chris Popper you often see on my posts on Facebook), so I know he'll see this!

Happy Birthday!