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Best dad ever uses Bruce Springsteen concert as excuse for daughter’s tardiness to school

on February 10, 2016, 4:50pm

Photo by​ Joshua Mellin

Consider Saratoga Spring’s Patrick A. Pipino an early frontrunner for father of the year for two reasons. One, he took his daughters, 12-year-old Isabelle and 7-year-old Sarah, to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Monday night show at Albany’s Times Union Center. Two, he then used that concert as an excuse when Isabelle was late to school the next day.

In a letter posted to his Facebook page, Pipino told school officials the straight truth. “Last night Isabelle was lucky enough to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Albany,” he wrote, “and darned if he didn’t play for three and a half hours.”

He didn’t stop at explaining the base reason for his tardiness, either, going on to explain why a Boss show was a valid excuse. “This may not seem like a good excuse, but have you ever wondered how many kids would be late – or miss school outright – if God were to suddenly appear? It’s something like that.”

We agree: It’s absolutely something like that.

Apparently, Pipino, a Ben & Jerry’s franchise owner, didn’t clear the excuse note with his wife, a teacher in the same school district. “The odds of me being divorced by 5PM are 50:50. Any takers for a fat, over the hill, buck toothed, failed comedian,” he wrote. “Ice cream is included.”

Read the full note below.

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Apparently, Isabelle’s favorite Bruce song is “Lonesome Day”, while Sarah’s is “American Land”. This one’s for you, Izzy.

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