My dad was a painter, an author, a biker, and a man who enjoyed long drives up the coast and never took the direct route anywhere. He was active in his Alcoholics Anonymous community and always on the sideline of my brother's football games. He was just another dad with a million characteristics, both good and bad.
There are stories that mortified me as a teen, such as when he ran for mayor on a whim, as well as those that made me glow with pride, including when his fiction serial in the local newspaper was the talk of the town.
I always knew that my father's flamboyance was tied, at least in part, to his bipolar disorder. Bipolar — like any other disorder — presents differently in people, but it always made my dad run hot in pursuit of his next big idea.
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