#AtoZChallenge: O is for old people, other police dogs and one business day (Go Ask Daddy!)

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My kids are savage when it comes to my age.

AtoZ2019OThey’ve been rounding up for years. When my hair thinned just a hair, they declared me bald. They joke that my social security number is 47. Thing is, I’m probably the youngest 40-something dad among any of their friends.

The best old-guy insult came by one of Hayden’s friends.

\We’ll call her Anabel. I sat with Anabel and Hayden in an amphitheater at Carowinds theme park. We were visitors with the choir and band, I think. We were waiting for the show about dinosaurs to begin – and they were running late.

I don’t see any dinosaurs! I declared, looking at my watch.

I do, Anabel deadpanned, looking right at me. Well played, kid. Now, my kids are asking stuff, including who the oldest person in the world is. It’s not Keith Richards or David Hasselhoff and most importantly – it isn’t me.

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1. How old is the oldest person alive?

One-hundred 16 years. That’s the same interval between championships for the Oakland A’s. Kane Tanaka, as of April 18, was 116 years, 106 days old. Any supercentenarians (that exclusive club of 110-year-olds and better) have at least 25 extra days, too.

That wouldn’t account for leap years. That’s like, an extra month!

A French woman named Jeanne Calment lived to be 122! The oldest living man, Kane Tanaka, and woman, Maria Giuseppa Robucci, were both born in 1903. They should meet. And no, kids, they’re not in my high school yearbook!

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2. Are there any other police dogs than German Shepherd?

The German Shepherd is the police dog poster dog the way Kathy Ireland used to be for … well, my adolescence. They’re not the only dogs in blue, however.

Here are three others:

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BELGIAN MALINOIS | It’s pretty much the Belgian version of the German Shepherd. Like Belgian Waffles vs. German Pancake. I wouldn’t mess with either Shepherd (but I’d eat either the pancakes or waffles. (There’s also a Dutch Shepherd on the beat.)

BLOODHOUND | So, it’s not as sleek as its Shephard/Malinois counterparts, but that sniffer has superpowers. It can pick up the scent of a person even days after they’ve been there! They’re still looking for the Los Angeles Rams’ offense from the Super Bowl, by the way.

INDIAN PARIAH DOG | They are guard dogs with a lineage that dates back to the Neolithic Era (also known as the time Kane and I put on that freshman 20.) They kind of remind me of Wishbone. Remember him? They’re easy to train and breeze through the police academy.

3. How many days is one business day?

It’s one, usually.

A business day is like a workday. If it starts as mine did at 9 a.m., it ends at about 5ish. (Longer if the boss is lingering around.) Weekends and official holidays (such as Rachel Hollis’ birthday) don’t count. So technically, a business day could be three. IF …

… it starts on a Friday afternoon (and goes until Monday afternoon.)

Which is a bit of a jerk move. Who schedules stuff on a Friday afternoon? There’s a special place in hell for them. Interesting, that the American worker who overworks and piles up hours isn’t happy about a Friday getting extended.

But I can see that. Some of us – like Tanaka and me – ain’t getting any younger.

Have a question for me? I’m accepting submissions for Go Ask Daddy, grown-up edition. Email your questions to:

elipacheco (dot) ejp (at) gmail (dot) com.

A to Z Challenge:

A is for Almost (and also At Last)

B is for Baggett (as in Laura, the actress, and #GirlsRock interview)

C is for Cursive, Cats, and Chinese Restaurants (Go Ask Daddy about them)

D is for Drawing the Line

E is for Every Day Gratitude

F is for Fieri, Falling in Love, and Focus (Weekend Reads IV)

G is for #GoAskDaddy: An interview with realtor Kristen Foxx

H is for Habit of Peace

I is for I Shot the Sheriff, Item Lifting and other Illegal Activity (Go Ask Daddy)

J is for Journalist, a #GirlsRock Interview with Esther Robards-Forbes

K is for Kickass Kindness (to go with #gratitudeandshit)

 L is for Low Self-Esteem, Life Sucks, and Electric Lit (Weekend Reads V)

M is for Manifest your dreams? No thanks. (Here’s why.)

N is for a new path (and why you don’t need one)

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  1. Love that line about the Rams.

    When #2 Son was 6 and Little Girl was 4, he told me at a restaurant not to eat dessert, i was going to get fat. She jumped to my defense with “My mommy’s not fat, she’s just old!” It made me laugh so hard!

    It still makes the whole family laugh, including me.

  2. Tamara says:

    She called you a dinosaur? Really? How rude. Are you sure she didn’t refer to your mobile phone or something?

    I did my K post about police dogs. K9, you know 😉

    Happy Easter, E!


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      She did, but in a loving way, Tamara. She was kidding, and I love when the girls’ friends feel comfortable enough with me to kid!

      My mobile phone then *was* a dinosaur. Then a dear friend introduced me to the iPhone and life has never been the same.

      I will check out your challenge posts! Happy Easter to you and your hockey star. (Remember, the Avs would be a good team for him to play for.)

  3. Liam says:

    As a 45-year-old Dad, I find it strange that my kids’ friend’s’ parents have such a wide age range, from the late 20s to early 50s. When I was a kid, all the parents seemed to be the same age, or so I thought.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That is true and kind of crazy, Liam. Maybe we thought of anyone over 30 as ancient! I know I did. Now that I’m ancient, I see it a little differently!

  4. Somehow this one got past me… I must have overlooked it somehow. Sorry about that! Hope you are having a good “day” 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They came fast and furious in April!

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