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A watch is a nice gift for your father. But also, just spending time with him is probably all that he really wants. I mean, that's what parents always say, right? That they don't want presents, and just want to spend time with you. Well, maybe that's what you should just do. Hang out with your father. Sit somewhere and talk. Maybe put some Springsteen on in the background (Nebraska, obviously) and ask your father to tell you a story. If you're lucky, he's a good story-teller and you'll hear about the time he and his college friends decided to drive from New York down to Tierra del Fuego but only made it as far as Veracruz before their car broke down, convincing them to stay there for three months before hitchhiking back to the States. Or maybe you'll hear about the time he was in Puerto Rico for a long weekend with his best friend's girl, and how on one of those nights he was so drunk that he almost got a tattoo of a palm tree, but then didn't because, at the last minute, he remembered his mantra, "Why put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari?" Maybe this is something he'll say to you if you're thinking of getting a tattoo and even though you know it's ridiculous, you still don't get a tattoo until after he dies. I don't know really what kind of stories your father has, but probably he has some good ones. Most people do. And so even if you do get your father a watch, don't look at it too much, if at all. Just let the minutes slip away. They'll go slowly. Father's Day is always one of the longest days of the year. But that's ok. You've got time. It's a gift.
Brooklyn Watches by David Sokosh; brooklynwatches.com and available at the Brooklyn Flea
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