Warren Waldow: My Funny, Creative, Cool Father

Warren WaldowMy dad’s name is Warren. Yeah. That’s Warren Waldow or Dr. Waldow or Warren Waldow, Jr. I thank him a few times a year for not naming me Warren. I like the name, but think about it. I would have been WWIII. Not the best name to have growing up. Believe me, I struggled enough with Waldow (Think: Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher or of course, Where’s Waldo).

I AM Warren Waldow’s Son

Literally, I am Warren Waldow’s son. I’m also a lot like him.

  • We both have a pretty warped sense of humor and love to laugh.
  • We both have the same space between our front two teeth.
  • We both have blue eyes.
  • We both get bored easily.
  • We are both very much “people people” and overall have a positive outlook on life.

However, we also differ in a few areas.

  • My dad is a pedodontist (aka, children’s dentist). I am the Director of Community for an Email Service Provider, Blue Sky Factory.
  • My dad loves to nap. I haven’t taken a nap in years.
  • My dad reads several books a week. I’m read several blogs an hour.
  • My dad is a grandfather. I’m days away from being a dad.
  • My dad and I don’t always agree on politics, but that’s another story.

My dad has an incredible sense of design, a natural aptitude for creativity, and is not afraid to start a new venture at age 61 (62 next month!).

Which brings me to…

Drama Home Furnishings

Drama. As my dad says, “With drama you can make a real scene.” Officially opening on Saturday, March 20th, 2010, Drama Home Furnishings is a high-end furniture store styled for coastal living. Read more in yesterday’s St. Petersburg Times article.

Needless to say, I am thrilled for my father and his wife Jeannie. It feels a bit weird to say and write this, but I’m also really proud of him. My dad works his tail off. He’s taught me a ton in my life – from being a good person and treating others’ the right way to just being a great dad and wonderful friend. He’s been there for me when I’ve needed advice or to simply vent. If I could pick any dad in the entire world, it would be him … Warren Waldow.

Ok. Enough of the gushy stuff.

Check out the video interview and store walk through I filmed on Super Bowl Sunday, 2010. A few items to look for:

  • My dad’s humor right off the bat (note the dig on my sister, Jenn!), throughout, and at the end. Listen for how many times he laughs.
  • The totally cool store.
  • Cameo by my step-mom, Jeanne.
  • Two employees voluntarily working on a Sunday.
  • Mentions of how he’s using social media (Hint: He isn’t!).
  • His clear passion for furniture, design, his employees, and the store.

Enjoy!

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Drama Home Furnishings
596 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs
(727) 587-0900
Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

DJ Waldow
@djwaldow

12 comments
bradmatthews
bradmatthews

This distinguished gentleman seems much cooler than his son!

suzidemsey
suzidemsey

That was fantastic...but OMG...he is "Grampa Jack"...pretty scary!!!!~
OK what video is he commenting about of him in his pink shirt that I need to watch?????
Can't wait to get the Baby call...
And by the way...your Dad is a terrific brother and I wouldn't trade him for anything (something, but not anything)
Love you...
Aunt Suzi

Remy Bergsma
Remy Bergsma

Genius video. And way cool dad. Good on ya Dad Waldow :)

Warren DAD Waldow
Warren DAD Waldow

DJ, I just read your blog and started to watch the video......first off there is something very wrong with your camera..the picture of me in the pink shirt...is way off, my stomach actually resembles a six pack, note a full case..next, I'm pretty sure I'm younger than I appear on camera....third, you still owe me $20 for the Jenn comment, fourth I guess you are right about IT it skills...I cant figure out how to play the whole video[call you later for my next IT lesson], and finally, and most importantly, I love you! THANKS for being you.

Amy Garland
Amy Garland

Great post, DJ! Love the tribute to WWII (your dad), and looks like an awesome business! I admire the change in careers!

Mr. Waldow: you should take advantage of having access to your own personal social media manager/consultant/advisor. Just remind DJ who bathed, fed & clothed him all those years. Use the guilt! And good luck with the new business!

Amy G
DJ's favorite co-worker