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“I was serious, you know: you’d be a great tour guide, knowing all this stuff,” I said.

“When my grandfather was in his 90s, he told me — and it wasn’t a task or chore or anything — but he tried to learn something new every day. I thought that was so cool. He wanted to belly up to life and participate as much as he could.”

“I bet he’d be proud of you,” I said.

Dad looked pensive as he nodded. Suddenly his face brightened and he said, “See that big hill over there? Underneath all that dirt is where they keep a bunch of fuel tanks for ships.” I nodded and relaxed into the ride as I listened to both Dad and the other guide describe the dolphin-training area.

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johnandflo Nov. 8, 2010 @ 12:31 p.m.

Be glad your dad is accurate with his information. The Cliff Clavens of the world are the worst. I once had a guy try to tell me that the Navy had dolphins swimming in the water to protect the boats (fair enough). He then went on to say that they would fill the "bad guys" wet suit full of air so that they would float to the surface. He was a grown man and dead serious. I could only laugh at how many holes are in that story. Be glad you come from an intelligent family.


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