Sunday, June 5, 2011

Clarifications and Explanations

First of all, we’d like to give a shout out to the Greater Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority Station 116. As our publicity has grown, Dale’s brother, Terry (a firefighter/paramedic at the fire station there), has been receiving unending grief from his fellow firefighters. To that we say, “Keep it up!” And thanks for helping us out with Day 62 and Day 64.

We enjoy reading the comments posted here on our blog. We have read each and every one. Thanks for the enthusiasm. We also feel that we may need to clarify a few things.

Cost: We have spent less than fifty US dollars on costumes and props for this blog. Most of these costumes were borrowed from neighbors and friends (you’d be surprised what your neighbors have in their closets!), or found in our costume boxes from years past.

Other children: Yes, we have other children. Our oldest, Rikki, is a sophomore at Utah State University. She is majoring in Computer Science. Our youngest, Riot, will be entering 2nd grade next year. He does not ride the bus. You can see him joining in the waves on Day 26 and Day 128. Rain is the middle child and does, in fact, like his name. His full name is Makani Rain Price, but he has gone by “Rain” for most of his life.

Photo by Nathan Petty

About Rain: He is genetically predisposed to having a good sense of humor. He’s a fun, likable guy, with a 4.0 GPA in Honors classes. He plays the trumpet in the American Fork High School Marching Band (state champions). He’ll be marching in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade (in Pasadena, California on January 2, 2012). And he’s on the verge of earning his Boy Scout of America "Eagle Scout" award. And yes, he did laugh at the waves. If you look closely at some of the pictures, you’ll see that he and his friends were waving back. He knows how to laugh. He’s a great kid.

Guns and camo: Some have wondered about the many posts of Dale in camouflage, and the pictures with guns. Dale used to own a chain of paintball stores, aptly named “Pegleg Paintball.” Being in the paintball industry for over twenty years, he has accumulated quite a variety of paintball clothing and, let’s just say, a few paintball guns. He’s an amazing airsmith and has fixed just about every paintball gun ever made.

Dale: is now a stay at home dad, actively parenting our three kids. He’s a pretty decent mechanic, landscaper, housekeeper, trophy husband (complete with a kickstand), and an amazing dad. We've been happily married for over 22 years.

Rochelle: I have an M.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Brigham Young University. I’ve worked at ProModel Corporation for the past twelve years. I enjoy running, cycling, and laughing with my family. I took the pictures, found silly things to say about them (although many left me speechless), and posted this craziness to the blog.

Political correctness: We realize that many of these waves are not politically correct. We never claimed to be PC. For goodness sake, it’s humor people. Good thing we aren’t running for office of any kind. Although we did get a laugh out of a recent Tweet that said Dale should be “Ruler of the World.”

-Rochelle

326 comments:

  1. Hello. Your blog was featured on the home page of ninemsn in Australia this morning. Here is the link: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8257735/dad-dresses-up-in-170-costumes-to-farewell-son
    What a great idea :)

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  2. Very creative and entertaining. Rain and the whole family now have a fabulous set of memories to accompany this school year.

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  3. Love this!! I found your blog from friend's link on Facebook. Congratulations on making it all 170 days! Will you do it again next year??

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  4. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of your waves. I always looked forward to seeing what costume you would come up with next.
    It makes me wish that my kids rode the bus .......
    Will you be doing this again this next school year?
    If I see you at any marching band competitions, I'll wave and say hello :)

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  5. I came across your blog doing stumbleupon.com

    Too freakin' funny!!

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  6. This is the first time I've seen this--a friend posted it on FB. I think you're fantastic parents! If more kids had families this loving and involved, our world would be a much better place. From your post it sounds like you've received some criticism. I hope you can just ignore the people who are too unimaginative to understand and keep being amazing!

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  7. This is fabulous and I feel a bit sad that you felt the need to write such a patient and thorough 'explanation' and 'disclaimer', people really have no sense of humour do they?!

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  8. I just want to salute someone who has such a sublime sense of the ridiculous and has gone to such lengths to make their kids' childhoods fun. Every child on that bus will forever remember laughing his/her way to school thanks to you...what a joy! I'm a big fan of Patch Adams and greatly admire those who can abandon conventions in order to bring a smile. I even have a child whose middle name is Rain too :) Wishing you and your family continued fun and laughter. Lorraine xx

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  9. What a heart-warming blog! You can feel the love and laughter by looking at the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. thank you for the highlight of my Monday morning.

    Never ever stop being awesome!

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  11. You guys embody the essence of pure love and joy! :)

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  12. Thanks for putting this online -- I had so much fun reading these entries. I also pointed them out to my fourteen-year-old niece (I'm her guardian) as proof that her aunt and uncle really don't do THAT much to embarrass her. ;)

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  13. LOVE IT!!! What a LUCKY, LUCKY family. Everyone should do something like this at least once in there life. I have nearly been crying at the thought of how awesome this is. I don't understand the need for the disclaimer?? If everyone in the world had the mind to do something like this with their time we wouldn't have the need for nonsense like disclaimers (Or other such harsh nonsense / relities like 'extremists' for that matter). Also from Australia. Keep it up!!

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  14. Awesome, brilliant, genius! If only you gave lessons on how to be the perfect parent. I would have my husband booked in the front row of the class. Also following along from Australia.

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  15. Hey you are world famous. I read about you in Japanese News Blog.


    http://dailynewsagency.com/2011/06/05/cosplaying-dad/

    Hope you become introduced in many more languages :-)

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  16. Dale reminds me so much of my stepdad, who has a wicked, brilliant, endlessly creative sense of humor and loves his kids as much as I can tell Dale loves his. I read the Deseret News story with a huge grin and tears in my eyes. Then I forwarded the link to my mom and stepdad. If only more parents were as enthusiastic and energetic about expressing their love for their kids - we would be so much better off! Thanks, Dale, for sharing your fantastic sense of humor with us - we need more Dales in this world!!!

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  17. So awesome. Love it. Your family is lucky to have such a great sense of humor.

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  18. I came across your blog via a newspaper article posted to Facebook by a friend of mine. All I can say is BRAVO! I am an involved parent myself AND I drive the school bus. I can't tell you how floored {and thrilled!} I would be if one of the parents did this. I just keep smiling when I think of this. And Tinkerbell was my favourite. LOL I actually scrolled through every single one. {Insert standing ovation here}

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  19. Saw this on Facebook. Good for you! As a father of a four year old, I cant wait to "embarrass" him. I know for a fact that your son might be a little embarrassed now but will remember it fondly forever. Great Job!

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  20. Can I say a big thanks to you guys! You made my day - found the link to this on an Australian site as I came out of my emails. It is so wonderful to see a family who obviously care for one another and not only have a great time doing it but bless others in the process!

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  21. Hi, I read your story from Hong Kong Newspaper today! Here is the news in Chinese:

    http://news.mingpao.com/20110606/tbu1.htm

    And this is awesome!
    May your family be happy everyday! :)

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  22. Rain's got a wonderful family, and I think he knows it.

    Keep it up :-)

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  23. I can't tell you how awesome I think you are for doing that! Your kid seems to appreciate it! Thanks for making my day!! Keep up the good work!

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  24. I found your blog today... and thanks! This truly is an inspiration for continuing to embarrass our children! I mentioned you in my blog today... http://curtainsareopen.blogspot.com/2011/06/wave-at-bus.html Thanks for making me laugh... I only wish I knew about you sooner. I could have used a few of those laughs on a few rough mornings this year!

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  25. I loved reading about your family this morning and look forward to perusing the pictures on your blog. Dedicated, loving families is what we need more of! And I hope your snooze button gets quite a workout this coming year.

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  26. Truly one of the most awesome and entertaining things I've read in a while. Thanks!

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  27. Hello.

    You may be interested in the Metafilter conversation that is happening about this if you are not already.

    http://www.metafilter.com/104220/I-hope-this-lives-with-him-for-the-rest-of-his-life#commentpreview

    I come down on the awesome side of this, but there are a few who are *insisting* despite the evidence how this is an absolutely terrible thing to have done to a teenager. I personally think those people may wish to loosen up.

    Often at Metafilter when these types of conversations go down, the person the conversation is about may choose to stop by with their own take on the matter that lays the debate to rest. Not that you have to do this, but I for one think its getting out of hand over there and it'd be a service to Metafilter for you guys to take a gander and poke around.

    It is otherwise the most awesome community on the interwebs and worth more than the $5 fee to join (which is to keep trolls and fishers out, not to in any way limit member numbers or participation).

    So, it'd be totally cool if Dale and/or Rain (Rain can get his own account since he is over 14) wanted to stop by. But it's also totally cool if you don't feel like you want to go to any more completely unnecessary justification on this really humorous endeavor.

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  28. Loved your photos, your blog, and this posting! You sound like the kind of family we would want to be friends with if you lived in Austin!

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  29. Dad CLEARLY has to much time on his hands!

    Very funny stuff!

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  30. What a wonderful sense of humor! I bet your husband is a blast! Your kids should consider themselves very lucky to have a Dad like theirs.

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  31. I just saw the link to your page on Dlisted.com (http://dlisted.com/2011/06/05/hot-slut-day) & completely LOVED reading your site!! What a great idea!!

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  33. Do you have room in your house to adopt me?! Even though I am 46, I'll ride the bus just to be sent off each day with such creativity and joy. Your family is truly blessed and IS a blessing to others!

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  34. Ignacia said...
    Dear Rochelle, I work in a chilean newspaper and I wanted to kmow if there is any possibility of contacting your husband to make him a brief interview.
    Please let me know if you are interested.
    My email is nachita9@hotmail.com
    Best regards,

    Ignacia Castillo

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  35. This is the best thing I've ever seen! My dad was the same way--though HE threatened to streak my sister's and my marching band performances. He also claimed he wouldn't run--he'd simply saunter through the crowd stark naked, waving and saying, "Hi! I'm Megan and Katie's dad!" Embarrassing your child in a fun and lighthearted way is creative parenting at its best! It tells your kid "No matter how much you hate me/are embarrassed by me/wish I'd simply go away during your teenage years, I will NEVER stop being your dad (or mom!) and will be here smiling and waving no matter what--and I'll do it in a fun way." Trust me--every other kid on that bus wishes they lived at YOUR house. My friends always envied my funny, lighthearted dad, no matter how much he mortified me!

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  36. By the way, the poster "Katie and Ken Baldwin" is my sister. We both loved our dad's quirky sense of humor. (Our "dad" is actually our stepdad, but he's really just "Dad" to us.)

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  37. You guys are some of my favorite people! Thanks for all the great pics. For some reason I thought you guys were PC. Uh, could have fooled me.

    You guys could have a TV show. I thought a couple names: Dale+4, Dale's Big Love, Dale's Got Talent & American Fork Shore.

    Awesomeness doesn't come easy!

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  38. I am totally inspired by the creativity involved and how much of a family effort this was! Dale reminds me of my dad, though I'm pretty sure my dad wouldn't have been dedicated enough to keep this going for an entire school year :) Loved the Lady Gaga & ice fishing, among many other pics. I wish you all were my neighbors!! Move to Wisconsin?

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  39. I put your blog on my Google Reader at the beginning of the school year and have enjoyed it ever since. Your family is such a great example of being involved in your children's lives. My husband and I sure hope we can be as silly and fun as you when our four daughters are teenagers! Much love and thanks for a fun year!

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  40. You're an headline in Norway too :)
    http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utrolige-historier/artikkel.php?artid=10086862

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  41. My sister showed me this blog this morning-so funny! I really enjoyed looking through all the days and reading the descriptions!I'm a fan for sure.

    Jennifer

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  42. This is hilarious!!! Found you "pinned" on pinterest... this dad should be given some kind of award...at least a pat on the back!!! Your kids will never forget this and it will be talked about for generations to come. I truly believe that you should at least print all of the pics out and put them in an album, or scrapbook for the future generations to enjoy! Thank you for sharing! This was great

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  43. What an awesome family. Pure comedy. I love it!

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  44. I used to think I was a little funny, maybe witty, and a decent writer. Today, I bow humbly at the feet. . . urm, foot, as it were, of true genius and hilarity both in the wave and the write-up. I am in awe. Your kids are the luckiest kids in the universe.

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  45. I found this blog via this article http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utrolige-historier/artikkel.php?artid=10086862 and boy am I happy I did. This put a huge smile on my face! *Waves from Norway*

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  46. LOVE the blog! BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!! Love the sense of humor! What a great way to get your kids' day off to a great start......with a laugh! For those who have no sense of humor.........find another blog!

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  47. Hey! Fun to find your blog! I heard about your paintball store when I was a new amputee and lived in Utah. (Had my surgery done in Bountiful) This blog is great! I have teen sons and they are so glad you are NOT their dad! :)
    Best of luck in the years to come. You seem like a great family! Check out my blog, about being a mom, and an amputee, if you get a moment. I'd be honored. (justonefoot.blogspot.com)
    Judy

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  48. I came across this blog in passing, and i have to say that your husband is clearly the funniest person ive ever seen, and its made my day. I must pass this on.

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  49. This is just impossibly awesome. Thank you for sharing your brilliance with the world.

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  50. Awesome! I'm sitting here in Stockholm Sweden with a nearly 13 year old who is somewhat sour at times and showed him this. He laughed (thankfully) and thought it was very cool. But then begged us not to do this to him. Well done! You seem like an incredibly fabulous family and are raising your kids with an enormous sense of humour and a great deal of love. Fantastic. Your son will one day know how much you love him, even if right now it's a tad embarrassing. I especially love the donation for his college/therapy fund. LMAO!

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  51. Still laughing about this. I would like to ask your permission to include your "pirate picture" on my website along with a link to your blog. I'd like to share it with my readers. My website is http://www.poltrack.net and is family friendly.

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  52. Thanks for the laugh and the reminder that there are still amaazing parents out there who are raising wonderful kids and having fun doing it!! I taught public school for 14 years and left for the corporate world, but my husband is still teaching. You could have the world's best teachers, but everyone seems to forget that parents matter the most in children's lives. And embarrassed or not, your kids know for sure that you love them and are committed to their happiness. Such a beautiful thing! And you show that it doesn't take money. Just some time and effort (and lots of fun!).

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  53. What a wonderful idea and Dad. Every school bus rider should be so lucky.

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  54. Found you because of the Yahoo/Shine article. High fives all around for ultimate creativity, dedication to your cause, stamina, and selfless "baring and sharing" of your, um, assets (the Little Mermaid and the toilet one, particularly). Thanks for the laugh and GOOD LUCK TOPPING THIS!

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  55. I LOVE your blog! What an awesome idea! Your kids are blessed to have a dad who is so fun loving and caring. May all kids be as lucky! Geesh, I think I want to go back to my childhood and be adopted! ;) Congrats on making growing up fun.

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  56. what an AWESOMELY COOL thing to do!!! Love it....and yes, I looked at ALL the pictures, :)

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  57. It is one of a parents jobs to embarrass their kids. Good work. This is something Rain will always remember...and maybe your grandkids will get waved at by him.

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  58. You need to update your National Waves section as one Turkish newspaper published a news about you too. Here is the link:
    http://gundem.milliyet.com.tr/oglunu-okula-her-gun-farkli-kostumle-ugurluyor/gundem/gundemdetay/06.06.2011/1398952/default.htm

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  59. This is incredible!!! Such a lucky kid to have parents that are willing to commit so completely to him, even if it is committing to embarrassing the heck out of him. You guys are great.

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  60. It'd be GREAT if you put all the photos into a slide show, just to see the year at one sitting. That is so funny.

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  61. Hi, I am in Arizona and I am so glad that I clicked on the link to your story. I am so touched. This is so wonderful. It is obvious what a devoted dad Dale is. What a wonderful thing for your younger son to see (and maybe look forward to). This is a memory that Rain will carry with him for all time. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at your blog. Loved it!!

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  62. Your commitment to this prank, along with your obvious affection for your children, is awesome! Well-done sir!

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  63. Good on 'ya! Keep up the good work being great parents raising wonderful children and being a part of their lives! Your sense of humor (and love) is such a wonderful trait! (P.S. I can't wait to read the day that your son plays a prank back :)!

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  64. You are an awesome Dad for what you have done!! In the world of parents who cant even put their iphones down to watch their kids play baseball or football...You are an inspiration to and hopefully other days to make a effort to brighten your kids days. Thanks!

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  65. You guys are awesome, more parents should be like you two. Ya'll are an inspiration to me as a parent of 3 young kids!

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  66. This brought a smile to my face! What an awesome Dad you are. I don't have kids yet, but I just called to share this blog with my own Dad-the original prankster in my eyes. Thank you for sharing!

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  67. love it! you guys must have been from San Diego with all the Padres and Charger gear ;)

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  68. I found the link to this blog at Yahoo.com.
    It is heartwarming to see a father to make his son's everyday bus ride memorable.
    This like this are the ones that would always keep our parents in our hearts forever.
    Dale, he deserves a huge hug, for been such a huge sport, and for trying to make things fun for the family and mortifying to his song hahaha, Just kidding.
    Take care

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  69. Now this ROCKS!!! I didn't read any of the other comments. As I didn't want to see any from people who thought this was anything other than COOL! Not too many dads would do this...EVERY DAY!!! And not too many teenagers would appreciate and see the humor and love behind it. Thanks so much for sharing this. I LOVE it and the costumes are great! Enjoy your life!! ;)

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  70. How did I miss your antics until today?

    Thank you ... and I hope some day you all will run for public office. We could use more creativity, consistency, and family-centric folks representing us.

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  71. I love this! A friend sent me the link on FaceBook. I think you have a lovely family and that you all have fantastic senses of humor. Years down the road your son and the kids in his class will look back on this and smile. :)

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  72. My 21 year old daughter, as of yet without children, just asked me to assist her in thoroughly embarring her future children similar to the way you have done. Your family is an inspiration!

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  73. I came across your blog today as it was on the front page of Yahoo...I just looked at every single picture. I want to say that I love all the outfits, very awesome, and that you are a really great dad, and your kids are really lucky to have you. I love your infectious smile, I was having a bad day, but just looking at all your pictures and seeing how happy and how much fun you were having put a smile on my face...I hope you plan on doing all that for your kids next year!! :)

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  74. I found your blog from Yahoo page. It is just wonderful. I could see my husband doing something like this to our son. I love your families sense of humor. So wonderful in this time of day! Like you say in your post "For goodness sake, it’s humor people." Hope you keep it up even if we use the same ones over again. Thank you for your humor.

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  75. Thank you for this. I enjoyed looking through every picture and had a big smile throughout.

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  76. My dad always said "you never tease someone you don't like" obviously he meant the good kind of tease. You clearly don't just like but love your son. Keep having fun!
    Awww and I have been put to shame with my pajama clad ape dance I like to perform occasionally.

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  77. Dale should win "Dad of the Decade." This was truly a gift for everyone. What a beautiful family. I really enjoyed every photo. God bless...

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  78. You are great father and thank you for sharing this.

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  79. That was a very cool idea. Way to make life as a stay-home-Dad interesting! :) two thumbs up and a snap!

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  80. This is brilliant! I officially can't wait to have teenaged kids, haha!

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  81. I would LOVE to have you and your family at our Zumiez Couch Tour event on Thusday, June 9th. It is a free event at Fashion Place mall in Murray with a skateboard demo, amateur skate competition, concert, and festival. It is free to all and we would love to see a local celebrity there. There are DOZENS of people who work for our company who follow this blog. For more info, call our store 801-262-8284 or click this link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=105580709526646

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  82. Oh my goodness! First of all, forget anyone who criticizes you guys or is ultrasensitive to any of your posts. I literally had to scroll all the way through and some of the waves had me HOWLING with laughter! Besides the fantastic sense of humor you all seem to have, I think it is absolutely awesome that you guys are that devoted to your son- that is some marvelous parenting right there! Keep up the good work, folks and thank you SO much for the very much needed laughs!

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  83. First read about you on Shine! on Yahoo. I would love to put a link button about your blog on my blog-if that's okay with you.
    http://mmommymusings.blogspot.com

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  84. This is so cool! I wish I had thought of something like this years ago when my kids were in school. They had to walk down to the corner to get on the bus, and then the bus came right back past our house. It would have been perfect! Thanks for keeping up with it every day! Bless your family!

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  85. Found this on Yahoo! frontpage, and I just have to say you are my hero! I have enjoyed looking through the photos and can't wait for my five year old to be at the age where I can embarrass him :D

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  86. This is hilarious! ! I cannot wait to embarrass for my children to grow up so I can embarrass them in such fashion!

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  87. Some people are born to bring light, laughter, and joy into the lives of others; I believe you are a rare treasure...God bless and keep you and the family, now and always!

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  88. AWESOME! Way to keep the everyday family life fun! I hope my family grows to be as fun as yours!

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  89. This is such a stupid thing to do! If my dad ever did this when I was in high school I would have knocked him out. I would have embarrassed him back and flunked school on purpose until he stopped. Just listen to the kid himself, "I'm not going to reward him for this; his reward is seeing my embarrassment. You don't want to see your dad dressing up in a wedding dress, waving at you on the bus." Are you listening dad?! Pay attention to your kid and don't make him the joke of the school like a loving father would never do.

    And what's your justification as the guiding father in life? "I hope this lives with him for the rest of his life. He can use it against his kids to tell them 'If you think you are embarrassed by me, you should have seen your grandfather.'" That's what he needs. Ammo against his kids while he's still in high school. Maybe he shouldn't have kids so your family gene pool will die out with this stupid act of yours.

    I have a sense of humor and if it is all in good fun and the kid likes it then great, but from the quotes above it doesn't seem so. No other father does this in America and you're right it WILL live with him for the rest of his life, but you won't see the repercussions later yourself. He'll be in college with some girl and she'll recognize, "Oh! You're the kid with the weird dad who waved in goofy outfits at the bus all year! Haha! Why is your dad so weird...?" Sleep in from now on pops and be your stay at home dad.

    If it is all good fun, you're still cheap to put the PayPal college tuition link at the top just because of the exposure you're getting. But it's not about money. It's all in good fun...right?

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  90. What a great way to create memories as a family. Thanks for sharing the joy with others!

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  91. I so very much wish we were neighbors!! I have a closet full of embarrassing costume goodness you could have borrowed! My kids don't ride the bus, but I'm tempted to dress up and wave at one regardless next year. :)

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  92. As the father of four (the oldest of which is turning 14 soon) I want to say Thank You! First of all, and most importantly, thank you for the great ideas of how to embarrass my kids. Secondly, thank you for showing that families can (and should) have fun together. The bus comes down our street and this next year I will have two victims, I mean kids, on that bus. Keep on having fun and laughing together; it makes life so much easier to handle.
    Roy Dad

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  93. This has made me giggle out loud!! Thanks for sharing!! What a family, I love the sense of humor you all have!! :) Making the world smile is a gift and your family has a great gift!!

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  94. I am totally moved to tears... I am sure there are so many people who wish they had had a father like you.

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  95. That was awesome
    Especially the 'Tim the Enchanter' costume, and at least 3 other Monty Python references.. what a cool dad!

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  96. Spectacular. Much love to you, Rain, and your whole family,

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  97. Came across your story on yahoo home page. I think it is so sweet that you would do this for your son. What a fun way to invest in his life that he will never forget. They may not admit it, but I'm other kids on that bus wish their dads would invest that much time into them. What a fun thing, I just love it!

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  98. Stumbled across your story on Yahoo news. Imagine my surprise to find out that you are in my home town and my daughters are in marching band with Rain! Go AF marching band!! This is amazing that you did this all year. What a fun thing for your son to always remember!!

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  99. Hey weirdwavingdad - Got Hate?

    This is a cute and funny idea and blog - I don't think his kid is going to be scarred for life from seeing his dad in a wedding dress. People dress up on Halloween in some really crazy costumes, so what's the big deal here?

    There are plenty of really awful parents out there doing some amazingly cruel and criminal things to their kids. This dad is doing something that I'll bet most kids would like - taking the time to acknowledge his son as he goes off to school each day. How many kids only see their dads on the weekend because they leave early and get back late due to a long commute each day?

    How about the kids who don't have a dad? I'll bet they'd be happy to have someone waving at them every day as they go off to school! Whether in a silly costume or not!

    We spend too much time criticizing others for what they are doing and maybe not enough time just taking care of -- and minding our own business.

    This family looks like they are a loving and fun-loving family. So why not take the hate somewhere else?

    And as to putting the donation link on the site - good for them! This story has gone viral so why shouldn't they get help with their kids college education? People with a lot less merit are asking others for "donations" all the time. I get asked for money by some shady charity at least twice a week and believe me they've never been as entertaining as this site has been!

    So if someone wants to donate to them that's between the family and the donor. No one is asking YOU for any money.

    Stop being such a hater and go get some fun in your life. From the looks of your comments you don't seem to have any.

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  100. I lived in Utah for 2 school years, so "Missionary Man" was my favorite.

    I always enjoy it when I see parents who look like they actually, you know, want & like & enjoy & treasure their children. It's a wonderful thing, when it happens like that.

    Good for you.

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  101. Really funny and heartwarming. I am forwarding to my 14-year old daughter a link to your site so she can also enjoy this.

    thanks for sharing!

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  102. Just saw your story on facebook! What a hoot! Have to say, Tinkerbell was my favorite, lol! Great to see a family having so much fun. Have a wonderful summer!

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  103. Reading the blog tonight has been some of the best entertainment! WOW! What a lot of costumes! What a good sport - both Father and Son! Thank you for sharing this with us. It is great!

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  104. That is very cool and also congrats on getting into the Rose Bowl Parade. I was in it with my HS band in the 2003 Rose Bowl Parade and it was very fun.

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  105. Wonderful! You made me smile!!

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  106. Dale, I saw a link to this on FB and took a look..low and behold it's my old paintball captain from the "Paraplegic Turtles"! I have often thought about you and told stories about you and there you are, doing one of THE COOLEST things I have seen a parent do! That is awesome!

    - McAulay Adams (now Haney)

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  107. I first read about your story from a friend's posting through Facebook. I must say, it made me laugh and smile. He now says that he can't wait for his two-year-old son to grow into his teen, so he can also do embarrassing stuff like you. =)

    BTW, you were also mentioned in UK's The Daily Telegraph Newspaper.


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/8559331/Father-waves-at-his-sons-school-bus-wearing-a-different-costume-every-day.html

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  108. I wish I had known about you all year! It's okay though, my husband and I just went through the whole year and saw each wave and read the captions. Thanks for documenting the awesomeness that is your family! I am new follower 707. Ha ha. I think you may have a few more new ones to come yet. Hope your blog continues. I will follow.

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  109. Great Dad!

    How about a Port-a-Potti, Valentine's Card, Valentines Candy Hearts,
    Candy Corn, Pop-Rocks, a six pack of soda, a pokeman, Barney, Be-Bop, an inmate and a group shower (just add a few extra feet ;).

    I thought my parent was bad!

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  110. I wish everyone in the world had a dad like Dale. This is one of the most wonderful stories I have ever read on the internet. What a great imagination. I have only one question - do you want to adopt me and my kids?

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  111. ER-

    This is an easy one to pick apart:

    "People dress up on Halloween in some really crazy costumes, so what's the big deal here?"

    That's because that's Halloween! Not every day! This is EVERY DAY of the school year in front of all his friends. There are much better ways to show your kid you love them than embarrassing them in front of their friends. Look at the quotes directly from the kid's mouth and tell me he likes it. This should end it there, but I'll keep going. 



    "There are plenty of really awful parents out there doing some amazingly cruel and criminal things to their kids. This dad is doing something that I'll bet most kids would like - taking the time to acknowledge his son as he goes off to school each day."

    MOST KIDS WOULD LIKE THIS?! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!


    "

We spend too much time criticizing others for what they are doing and maybe not enough time just taking care of -- and minding our own business."

    Mr. Cool Dad here is the one how made this public and wants the attention for himself and his son, and I also think he also wants a little less on his up-and-coming college tuition bills.

    "

"This family looks like they are a loving and fun-loving family. So why not take the hate somewhere else?"

    They look happy, but the kid's quotes say differently.

    "

And as to putting the donation link on the site - good for them! This story has gone viral so why shouldn't they get help with their kids college education? People with a lot less merit are asking others for "donations" all the time. I get asked for money by some shady charity at least twice a week and believe me they've never been as entertaining as this site has been!"

    I'll remember this when my kids go to college. I just gotta think of some stupid internet scam to get my 15 minutes of fame in and cash out. (i.e. - Burning the Koran, the world is going to end in May 2011, the hot air ballon kid, standing outside in wedding dresses and waving at my kid.) I can think of some stupid thing to blow up online and cash out.

    "

So if someone wants to donate to them that's between the family and the donor. No one is asking YOU for any money."

    But they are asking me for money. That's why the link is there.

    "
Stop being such a hater and go get some fun in your life. From the looks of your comments you don't seem to have any."

    I love my life because I have parents who are still together, supportive, don't get themselves off by making me look stupid in front of my friends, and respect my opinion if disagree with them. I have plenty of happiness and that's why I don't wanna see this kid have to deal with this. For some reason there are people still out there who think he likes it and it's the best possible way to show your kids you love them, while making a few extra bucks on the side of course. But most kids would want and actually prefer for their dad to dress up in a goofy outfit every day in front of their friends according to you, so once every parent starts doing this now all across America next year we can all thank you for healing the parent/child separation.

    Still, go back to the kid's quotes and tell me differently.

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  112. front page of YAHOO.com

    here is yahoo's link!

    http://www.shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/dad-plays-best-prank-ever-on-teenage-son-2493685#photoViewer=1

    i work from home so that I can see my kids grow up and this is awesome. my son will be going to high school next year, i need suggestions from you :)

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  113. I just want to say, Dale you are a great person with a positive attitute. Kudos to your great efforts and Rochelle for the sharing the moments but posting it on the blog

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  114. Awesome blog... loving the waves... so good

    Geoff

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  115. As I finished up reading your story, I am drying tears from my eyes. What a wonderful story! I am a 46 year old woman who was blessed to have a mom with quite the sense of humor! Fifteen years ago I started flying to California from Oregon for a long "girls weekend" once a year with my mom. Most loved ones are met at the airport by their families dressed in everyday clothes....my mom? NOT A CHANCE! What fun would that be? Oh no, my mom would be waiting with all the other loved ones on the lower level, at the bottom of the escalator dressed up....as a cow, a princess, a tiger, a pumpkin or Uncle Sam and many other crazy characters!! She wouldn't just be waiting, she would be waving her arms, jumping up and down shouting my name! It was VERY easy to pick me out cuz I was the one with the red face!! The time she dressed as a cow, she didn't just dress up, she had to bend over the plants inside the airport and "graze" the greenery! I once asked her why she did this and her response was "cuz when I am gone, you will have these memories". I lost my mom to cancer March 6th of this year and her words keep coming back to me. I have spent the past 3 months reliving those memories! At her funeral, up front, I had the picture of her in her cow costume enlarged to share with others how wonderful my mom was and how blessed I was to have her as MY mom! What I wouldn't give to see her dressed up one more time! You are creating wonderful memories for your children....they are so very lucky!

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  116. One of the best and unique DAD ever:-))))

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  117. pamwoitt, what a beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing. Comments like these warm my heart and let me know it was all worthwhile, even on those very cold mornings. I think at some point we'll have to print all these waves in a book and give them to Rain (and our other kids, for that matter). I'm sure they'll be treasured long after we're gone.

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  118. oh, weirdwavingdad101, don't make me delete your comments (although I might, because it makes me feel so powerful). We're all here for a good time. Haters can go to all those other forums and talk smack.

    And in fact, I don't need to analyze quotes to know my son Rain loved it, too. He and his friends would lower the bus windows and wave back, LAUGHING! Some of his friends would even walk past the "other bus stop" so they could get on with him at his stop and watch the wave. Don't go trying to project your own issues onto my son's quotes.

    Rain is off at a youth camp at Brigham Young University this week, and by the time he returns on Saturday this whole wave of publicity will likely have passed. We did this without going viral for the past nine months, and we breathed a sigh of relief when we thought it was over. Now that we realize it's not quite over, we find ourselves laughing all over again, along with the rest of the world. We did this for him, and as a way of sharing laughs with friends and family members who enjoy our sense of humor. If you don't like our humor, click around somewhere else in that big world wide web out there.

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  119. I came across your blog through Yahoo News today and just loved the story! What an endearing and humorous way to keep connected with your children! I am quite sure these efforts will not only be a great memory for the children, but a reminder of how much dad loves them!

    A fellow Utahn,
    Amy

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  120. How awesome of you! Wish I had thought of doing this myself, as I have waved goodbye to 7 daughters and many grandchildren as they have gone off to school! To me its just another way of saying " I love you"....

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  121. Dearest family in Utah…

    Don't delete WeirdWavingDad's quotes: just let them sit there as evidence of the sad, sour lives that cause people to leave such loveless, embittered comments.

    I think that this is one of the sweetest, brightest spots I've seen in my 20 years on the internet. I think the reading and film material that gave you these quotes are evidence enough of your brilliant love.

    This is creative, loving, hilarious, and BRILLIANT.

    I do not share a common religion with most people—certainly not LDS—BUT…BUT…You have all touched my heart and I'm shaking my head in disbelief at this amazing display (and commitment) of love and inspiration.

    God bless you all. The WORLD who can still laugh will treasure you after you're gone. I love you all. LUCKY RAIN!!!

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  122. Thanks for sharing your humor with us. I had a good laugh. Also thanks for the many Halloween and costume party ideas.

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  123. This makes me so happy! I'd probably have died of embarrassment if my dad had done this, but I think it's awesome that you've done it. Thank you so much for sharing this...it makes me miss my parents just a little bit (they're fine...they just live far from me, which is probably better for everyone's sanity!)

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  124. I LOVE this! Your family is so amazing!

    weirdwavingdad101 is crazy bonkers

    I shared your blog on my Plaid Punch fan page with instructions that this is to teach everyone to laugh and enjoy life every day :) thank you!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plaid-Punch/174522122593178

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  125. I found this as a yahoo story and decided I had to see this. I think what you did was great. It was fun, I am sure, for all of you, but also for all of those kids on the bus. Being a teacher I know that students of all ages get a kick out of the craziest things. This would be one of them. Looks like all of you enjoyed this also!

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  126. What a clever and fun idea! I would have loved a dad as cool as Dale when I was in high school! I posted a blog about this, hope you do something fun next year! http://happygirlsareprettygirls.blogspot.com/2011/06/wave-at-bus.html

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  127. This is fabulous! I think it's our right - even our duty - to constantly and completely embarrass our children.

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  128. Hey weirdwavingdad101, I'm Rikki, Rain's sister. Rain and I have been best friends for 16 years, so I feel like I know him fairly (incredibly) well. First, you can't speak for my brother when you don't know who he is, what his personality is like, and what our family dynamic is. We laugh with each other and we love each other. Family comes first for the Price's.

    First major point: My brother loved the whole thing just as much as my parents, me, and Riot. And actually, it wasn't my dad's idea to make this into a blog and get this famous. He was just trying to have some fun and show Rain some love.

    Yes, Rain is happy. He is one of the most secure high schooler's I've ever known. He knows who he is, he's comfortable with who he is, and he loves himself. Rain was HAPPY when he gave those quotes.

    Donation: I feel like ER should have worded that a little differently. No one is FORCING you to donate. And this isn't a "scam". Just btw. Why on earth would we ruin such a fun thing? Try and tell me that there aren't bloggers out there who make money off of their blogs. How is this any different?

    My parents have been together for over 22 years, they have supported all of us children (notice the Marching Band snippet? That's not cheap, but Rain loves it, so we make it happen for him) in whatever we choose to do with our life, and they don't make us look "stupid", as all of my friends (and Rain's, and Riot's) think that are parents are awesome and cool because of how much fun they'll have. Not every parent is going to do this. We have no parent/child separation in my family. All of us are close to our parents; both as a group of children with the parents, and as individuals with each parent.

    Now for your first post. Rain is never teased, bullied, or made "the joke of the school" by my parents. He's actually quite popular, and everyone loves him. He's secure in himself, and if someone tried to make fun of him for this blog, he'd laugh and go along with the fact that his dad his "weird" and "funny". Haha who wouldn't want ammo for their future kids? And quite frankly, the gene pool comment was offensive, and it reminds me of how cruel a person will be on the internet because of anonymity. One, this act wasn't stupid. Two, if Rain doesn't have kids, there's still two other siblings who can. ;)

    If some girl came up to Rain and was all "Oh! You're the kid with the weird dad who waved in goofy outfits at the bus all year! Haha! Why is your dad so weird...?" then he would be flattered and joke along with her.

    I had the best childhood I could have ever asked for growing up. Rain is getting the same. So is Riot. Our parents love us, and want us to grow up to be responsible adults who can laugh, be happy, and enjoy life. They teach us, while still making sure that we know that they love us.

    I quote my mom: "Don't go trying to project your own issues onto my [brother's] quotes.... If you don't like our humor, click around somewhere else in that big world wide web out there."

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  130. Hi I just wanted to say I read about you at the Huff Post and you guys are amazing! That is the coolest, funniest thing you could do! It made me giggle and shows the love and time you spent on thinking about your son - this shows what a great sense of humour your family has. I wish your family all the best for the future.

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  131. I loved so much your story! It just makes me sigh how much stuck up and pathetically sad we are in Europe.
    This story makes everyone wish to have had a dad like you, a husband and wife like yours, children like yours... in fact, just to be able to make a difference.
    Many thanks for sharing your very inspiring experience.

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  132. Here's a link to the norwegian newspaper VG :)
    Amazing :)

    The headings says ; you just have to appreciate this dad

    http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utrolige-historier/artikkel.php?artid=10086862

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  133. Thank you for giving us dad's an example of how to be fun and loving towards our kids. Yes many kids on that bus may have looked forward to seeing you wave, because to some of them you were the only "dad" they ever knew who would care that much to see them off.
    I teach at a country school in Striki Latvia and make it my point to stand at the front door and greet each students with a smile and a hand shake. Even to the ones who don't like me. Because I know one day when they get older, they will remember some one cared enough to say hello to them.
    Anyway, thank you
    Blessings
    dmc

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  134. Just wanted to say Hello from The Netherlands and how much I enjoyed looking through your blog and seeing what you did.
    Too many people have no time for others, charge through life without seeing the enjoyable side of it and generally forgetting how much we can laugh together.
    Your humour, wit and fun of life is an enjoyment to see and your whole family should be very proud of themselves.
    Keep it up !

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  135. Cool blog...
    Great idea...

    I´m follow you.

    fabianapian.blogspot.com

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  136. GOOD MORNING DALE, ROCHELLE, RIKKI, RIOT, AND RAIN! MY NAME IS ALICIA AND I STAY IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING MORE LOVING THAN THE HUMOR IN YOUR FAMILY. IT MAKES ME ANGRY WHEN PEOPLE ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN TO WALK TO THE BUS STOP OR TO SCHOOL BY THEMSELVES. AT LEAST YOU HAVE A DAD THAT CARES ABOUT YOUR SAFETY AND LOVES YOU ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU A GREAT START TO YOUR DAY... EVERYDAY! THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL THING I HAVE EVER SEEN... AND DALE IT TAKES A REAL MAN TO BE A STAY-AT-HOME DAD... I LOVE IT!!!! (amarzetjackson@yahoo.com)

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  137. you are sooooooooooooo cool! :)
    http://g1.globo.com/planeta-bizarro/noticia/2011/06/pai-veste-fantasias-para-dar-tchau-e-constranger-o-filho-no-onibus-escolar.html

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  138. Amazing! A big audience site in Brazil post a news about your blog. We want to see you dressed as a mummy! Best Regards, Amanda.

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  139. Y'all are awesome. AWESOME.

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  140. What an amazing Dad! I lost my Dad 12 years ago...but I know he would have LOVED this! Only someone with love in his heart would get up and do this everyday for his son! <3

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  141. Thought you are amazing and inspirational! Greetings from Borneo, Malaysia.

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  142. Good Morning!
    I came across your blog via the story on Yahoo.com. I just wanted to say that I'm so impressed!!! Love the creativity. Love the blog. Love the way your family seems to love life!

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  143. This made my day. It's nice to see a story about something good as opposed to the depressing news we often see. It sounds like you have a wonderful family. You guys are awesome, keep it up! JT

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  144. This is awesome, a great way to start the day! Glad to see good family humor exists in the world! Go Rain too for being a great sport! Never give up the music - - it pays off! :-) BNic

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  145. OK, just went through every picture and quote you included. Thank you for your sense of humor. I think your kids are very lucky to have parents that care enough to be so consistent about having fun! (also, thanks for the Halloween ideas for this year)

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  146. Oh, you are awesome!!!!!! If my now sweet 7-year-old ever becomes a crazy teenager, I vow to use your ideas and do this!!! You are a genius.

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  147. You are one of the COOLEST families EVER!!!!! I wish I was on that bus so I could wave back! Keep up the great fun!

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  148. That is most awesome thing I think I've ever read about! I LOVE it!! And thank you for sharing your all of your exploits with the rest of us.

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  149. Someone just forwarded this blog to me and I just wanted to say....thank you for the laughs. This was a very creative way to say I love you to your son every day. It is so good to see a family laugh together.

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  150. Fantastic and awesome. I hope to steal...urm, borrow, some ideas for when my girls get into High school!

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  151. You've just added a new technique in Parenting 101 :) and with a twist on humor. I just love all Dale's get up. And I do appreciate your effort to see to it that Rain get's waved at every single day of his sophomore year. That's what most parents are missing to do for their kids these days.

    Great story! Keep it up and hope you'll have something to share again for his Third year HS :) God Bless!

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  152. What an inspiration for all of us potential future parents! BRAVO! I very rarely comment on the internet, but this is a special occasion. Greetings from Serbia

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  153. As a stay at home dad, I salute you!

    Great to see all the costumes, your son will look back at this and laugh his head off!

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  154. I sure hope someone in your family is a scrapbooker to document all of these fun days for your son! This is so funny! Love your sense of humor!

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  155. You sound like a great family. Keep it up!

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  156. This is just GREAT!! The most loving thing a person can do for another person is make them laugh!! That's how you know when your truly loved. No one who loves a person wants to see them down or sad and to bring a smile to their face is one of the most wonderful gifts. Kudos to you Dale, what you have done for your son is wonderful. And what you have done for the community that you live in is just awesome, I'm sure the kids weren't the only ones waiting to see what you would come up with next!! It's apparent that you and your wife are wonderful parents and loved by your children.

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  157. How cool is this?!?! What a fantastic way to start your kiddos day! And although I know I won't be doing anything as elaborate as this, I will remember this when school starts next year and make sure my kids have a happy, loving send off too! Thanks!

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  158. That is so awesome, and I'm so glad that your family has a great sense of humour about it--To heck with the naysayers, this heathen gives the waves her stamp of approval! :D

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  159. I came across this link through the Yahoo! lineup. You folks have been mighty creative in coming up with different outfits to wear when waving. Stay creative!

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  160. you're such an amazing family :) best wishes for you all... from Italy :)

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  161. Thank you so much for sharing your story with the world. Your family must be very close! You are two of the most involved parents, and your children are very lucky to have you both. I'm sure your son will look back on this and know how lucky he is to have such wonderful parents!

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  162. As a new, and first time, mom, I can only hope that I will be this epic of a parent!

    Also, as a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient (equivalent to Eagle) and married to an Eagle Scout, I encourage Rain to keep working for his Eagle! It is quite the honor!

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  163. I'm sure being in the news today will make reading comments almost a job. Those of us who blog, however, seem to be a glutton for that kind of punishment. :)

    So how could I not give a standing ovation and high five to parents with a sense of humor and obvious love for their child....and aren't afraid to use either?!

    Best thing about my Dad was his sense of humor, which I miss. So I keep trying to share a smile with others...although today, YOU did that for ME! What to go!

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  164. Look!! You were featured in Germany :DD

    http://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/daddy-cool--vater-bringt-schulbus-zum-schmunzeln.html

    Although the writer didn't really know that your son is (soon-to-be) a 2nd grader :D ... He adresses him as a teenager xD

    I really like your blog, I think it's really funny and actually I think that's a very original idea you had! But still I'm really happy we don't have school buses here in Germany :)

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  165. Truly enjoyed this blog! May God bless your famly. Wonderful way to be a part of your son's life.

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  166. You guys are awesome parents. I admire your creativity and dedication. I hope your son understands how lucky he really is!!! Keep up the good work. I look forward to watching your blog next school year.

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  167. YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCK
    WONT YOU BE MY NEIBHOR!!!!

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  168. Famous in Switzerland!
    http://www.20min.ch/news/kreuz_und_quer/story/Der-wohl-peinlichste-Vater-der-Welt-26598096

    The title says "Probably the most embarassing dad in the world", which I think is SO wrong! I love your idea and kudos that you actually made it through 170 days each in a different costume! Congrats!
    Cheers to your family, especially to Rain, I think he's got the second-coolest dad (hehe) in the whole world! From Switzerland, Claudia

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  169. Thanks for the awesome laughs this morning. I shared this with everyone I know. Your kids (and all the others on the bus) will remember this forever and it will bring a smile to their face. Great idea!!

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  170. You guys are amazing! You are all a great example of what 'family' means. I shared this blog with my closest friend and told her that you have to like a man that goes out of his way every day to embarrass his kid. You have to admire the family that supports him in this endeavor. You have to love the kid that comes to look forward to the display and no longer considers it an embarrassment.

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  171. This is my kind of dad. I found you on a Facebook link and am LOVING these pics!

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  172. Wow, I just found your blog through the link on Yahoo's homepage, and I spent the last hour looking through all your awesome pics! What a cool dad! You guys seem like a really close-knit, fun-loving family. We need more parents with a sense of humor! :) Way to encourage/embarrass your son. I look forward to doing similar things to my own children some day. Thanks for the laughs! God bless you guys!

    Brittany (britbb.blogspot.com)

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  173. http://www.corriere.it/esteri/11_giugno_07/travestimenti-scuolabus-padre-imbarazzo-figlio_2cd372c8-9101-11e0-9c7b-81ce3178052c.shtml

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  174. I think what you all are doing is AWESOME! When your son is grown he will have all these amazing pictures and memories. I have read the negative comments on some other news sites and can not quite grasp how people perceive this as torture or abuse! Outrageous!! Keep on doing what you are doing- you are obviously a tight knit family with wonderful values and much love and support!! I can't wait for the new school year to start! :D

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  175. Dale and Rochelle, news of your performances just reached Italy. I started watching few pictures and couldn't stop laughing....
    The more I laughed, the more I wanted to watch. In the next hours I'll browse the complete series, I'm extremely curious to see where your fantasy, your enthusiams and love for your son drove you....
    And, of course, I'm going to post a link to your blog on my facebook's wall !!
    Your sons are really lucky, you are a great couple and a blessed family.
    Hope you all can continue your life as happy as you are now.
    Take care
    Luca (Italy)

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  176. Read about this on Yahoo News.
    HAD to get over here and read this blog in its entirety.
    I love it.
    I love that you are able to laugh with your family, and I think you both are incredibly awesome parents.
    I look forward to blog stalking you in the future.

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  177. You absolutely have the best father ever. This is absolutely inspiring and friggin' awesome! I wish to be that dad in many years!!!

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  178. What a wonderful memory you all created for your son and all the other busriders!It will be a story they recall at reunions or tell around the dinner table to their own children and grandchildren. Never underestimate the power of humor or making someone smile! All the best to you & your family!

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  179. best dad ever and best mom ever for blogging it!
    Hugs, Sarah

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  180. Ok, now I understand why people have kids!

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  181. You guys seem like such a fun family! I totally want to hang out with you! :)

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  182. This is wonderful! Your whole family rocks! My family wishes we were your neighbors!

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  183. Awesome, thanks for sharing :) Gave me a much needed laugh this morning! what a fun family

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  184. How wonderful! So refreshing to see such a close, loving family laughing and having fun together! Thanks for sharing your silliness and joy with the world!

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  185. Dale, you're my hero! As a 37 year old father of 3, I hope to be half as aweseom of a dad as you! Thought about having a quick cameo on Conan O'Brien each night to show what the day's costume was? I bet it would be a hit!!!! Ben From Minnesota

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  186. Parabens

    Muito engraçado

    Abraço

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  187. sorry

    Congratulations

    Very funny

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  188. I just wanted to tell you that our family thinks you guys are the absolute coolest!!! I aspire to be this kind of a parent--full of life, humor, and love for my kids. I cannot wait for my husband and oldest to come home tonight so that we can go through your blog as a family and smile and giggle at the amazing memories you have created for your son. Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

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  189. I don't share the other reader's enthusiasm. I found this story to be sad. Here's a father dressing up like women, sitting on a toilet, along with a variety of other adult costumes, with the sole purpose of humiliating his 16 year old teen - as a joke, not once, but everyday of the year. The 16 year old didn't seem to think it was that funny in the beginning, but then went for the ride as he had no choice, no voice. And now to make the entire humiliation festival even better, this family is collecting money from it. I'm sorry - this isn't funny.

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  190. Dammit, I wish I had known about this blog 170 days ago.

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  191. This is just awesome. Good for you! I just love the commitment to making Rain and the entire school bus of children's day start off happy. So many children don't even get a proper send off to school. My husband is also a fireman, and his "alter ego" is a pirate as well! :) Kudos to you and your family for helping a generation of kids have a great start to their day!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  192. You guys are wonderful! And despite the negative comments I see may I offer to those folks, "Lighten up! Life is for living and these folks know how to do it!"

    Best regards to all of you,

    Jim Bumgardner Harrison, AR

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  193. To the "people" who made the unpleasant comments You are pathetic & uptight. Its irrelevant how YOU feel. What matters is how Rain & his family feel. Maybe he was embarrassed at 1st, but so what. As adults we often have to deal with embarrassing situations, if we can't deal with them then we are in trouble. So, its good that he CAN deal with embarrassment. The article says after the initial embarrassment he enjoyed his Fathers antics, anyone assuming otherwise is ASSUMING & they have no basis for those assumptions.

    As for the people asking about the guns, the expense etc. Its really not YOUR business.

    IMO,its just great, I would have loved to see the performances.

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