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It might be cheesy to say, but my Dad is one of my best friends.

I never really went through that phase as a teenager where I thought he was uncool. I guess that's because I didn't have a curfew or pesky friends he didn't like. My parents, for the most part, had no reason not to trust me.

We talk on the phone almost every afternoon about our work and our worries, a ritual I had not realized until a couple months ago was so therapeutic for me.

Then, my dad took a week-long vacation to Jamaica, where service was non-existent or spotty at best.

It was his first vacation in years, and the week went by excruciatingly slow, at least for me.

That's not to say my sister and I don't enjoy teasing him every year at Thanksgiving when he tells us all a story he's told a thousand times before.

And he reads instruction manuals back to back when he gets a new gadget at Christmas, whereas we just press buttons to see what happens.

Like I said in my last post, I truly believe you can learn something new from every person you meet.

And I hope that if I have retained just one of the millions of things my dad has taught me throughout the years its his thoroughness in his work. I think that's an important skill, especially for a journalist. Who knows ... maybe my dad is onto something, maybe reading instruction manuals is actually kind of a good idea when assembling things like furniture.

If you're like me, finding your dad the perfect gift can be challenging. Luckily, the Census Bureau had a few ideas of places where you might browse:

7,368 The number of men's clothing stores around the country (as of 2010), a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (44811)

15,542 The number of hardware stores (as of 2010), a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father's Day gifts. Additionally, there were 6,764 home centers across the country in 2010. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS codes (444130) and (444110)

21,418 Number of sporting goods stores in 2010. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (451110)

And if you need any ideas for what to do Sunday, a barbecue looks like a safe bet.

79.1 million The number of Americans who participated in a barbecue in 2010. It’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father's Day. Source: GFK Mediamark Research and Intelligence as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012, Table 1240.