Dumb (and Good) Advice My Father Gave Me.

  1. My died when I was 17. I was just barely a freshman in college when it happened. Here are the words of advice I got growing up from the late Captain Michael Nels Michaelsen. I only remember them sparingly now, as it's been so long. Here are the good ones:
  2. "The only thing of value we Michaelsen men have going for us is what's between our ears. Otherwise, we're destined to clean fish guts for the rest of our lives."
  3. "Money can't buy love, but it most certainly improves your bargaining position."
  4. "Find someone you like and marry them. If you end up not liking them, it's because you were dumb and chose wrong."
  5. "If you're smart, never go to sea for a living. It's rough on a family, and it's lonely as hell."
  6. "Read. Read like hell. If you can read, you can do anything."
  7. "A man with no hair on the back of his head is a thinker. A man with no hair in the front of his head is a lover. A man with no hair at all is a man that thinks he's a lover."