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Draplin Design Co., North America
February 01, 2007
Happy Birthday Dad: 64
Posted at 07:53 AM


Dad, you grisly bastard, Happy Birthday from all of us out here on the West Coast.

Sixty-four: My dad. Our dad. Yer dad. The dad.

Here’s how we’re celebrating this ordeal: I “got online” today and purchased the old man an airline ticket. I’m flying him to Portland on the 8th. We’re gonna kick the town’s ass for a long weekend, then we’re gonna push off and brave the wilds all the way back to Michigan. Road Trip. Dad, Gary and I. Western vistas. Two bit hotels. Questionable meals. Fights. Tears. Jokes. Laughter. Charlie horses. Rivers jumped. Hearts broken. Waste laid. Pigs outran.

It’ll be nice to be out there with my dad, enjoying the land and open spaces.

And, dear readers, dad’ll be reading this post, so, be sure to leave the old man some birthday wishes in our comments section. Do it. He needs yer good words for strength.

There Are 15 Comments

Take your time coming into your house if my truck is in the driveway.
Happy Birthday

Mike King
P.S. Make a little noise as you come in!

Posted by: Mike King on 02/01/07 at 4:39 AM

Big Jim-

Here’s a Hearty Happy Birthday from the Campbells. We missed you and Lauren at the Tandem Design ‘Mittens & Merriment’ Holiday Open House. And damnit, the next time you plan on playing Santa downtown, have Lauren give Megan and I a shout so we can bring Hannah down to whisper in yer ear.

Keep well and safe trevails across the US of A with that son of yours!


Posted by: Eric Campbell on 02/01/07 at 6:28 AM

Happy Birthday big guy! I love living next to you, because your wife and kids are the best. You I can tolerate. Have a great day!

Posted by: Mark "The Neighbor" on 02/01/07 at 7:02 AM

Ol’ Dirty Jim,
From the bowels of Long Beach, myself, Tevis & Sofie wish you a happy birthday. Enjoy your trip!

-Mark, Tevis & Sofie

Posted by: Mark Michaylira on 02/01/07 at 8:11 AM

Santa Jim,
You PBR loving, Cappelā„¢ girl hugging loveable hunk of dad. Happy Birthday from Seattle, and if you and Aaron push off from P-town and find yourself north on I-5, you best stop in and see me.

Have a wonderful day dad.

Posted by: styk on 02/01/07 at 8:45 AM

Happy Birthday Mr Draplin. you look terrific

Posted by: Ryan U on 02/01/07 at 10:32 AM

Happy Birtday Jim!
Can’t wait to see you here in Portland!
Kickin’ ass and not caring about the names!
Aaron James Lightfoot.

Posted by: AJ lightfoot on 02/01/07 at 12:24 PM

proud to share a name w/ ya fella

happy bday

jim golden

Posted by: jimgolden on 02/01/07 at 12:28 PM

Happy birthday OLD MAN! Only one more year until you get medicare - at least you have something to look forward to!

Posted by: sarah on 02/01/07 at 1:21 PM

Big J, Santa, Dad to all.

You are twice my age and man, your arsenal of dirty jokes is beyond what I can even dream of. Happy Birthday big guy.


Posted by: cory Grove on 02/01/07 at 2:08 PM

Happy Birthday. I think you get better looking every year. We’ve got cold ones in the fridge for you. Stop by and see the new pad complete with a Draplin birdhouse.

Rod and Katie

Posted by: Rod on 02/01/07 at 2:19 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy the open road!

Posted by: Bill Harper on 02/01/07 at 4:54 PM

Mr. Draplin,
You don’t look a day over…well…shave the beard and you could be your son’s twin brother. Happy birthday.


Posted by: Cris on 02/01/07 at 5:27 PM

When you first came into the Steele family way
back in 1968, I thought you looked like a hippie.
But compared to how you look NOW, You were a pretty straight arrow back then. Looking at your picture Aaron posted, I think of the Crosby, Stills & Nash song “Almost Cut My Hair” . Happy 64th you handsome devil!……….Pat

Posted by: Patrick Steele on 02/01/07 at 6:11 PM

Mr Draplin, my wife and I are happy to have met and fraternized with your good son. We can only hope to meet you when you visit Portland. Personally, I hope to be such a good looking, bearded dude when I arrive at 64 years of age. That would be 46 years without shaving a whole lot. Looking forward…

Posted by: Vince on 02/01/07 at 10:40 PM
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