Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, what are some things you regret not having taught us do?
A: Balance a checkbook -- though who uses one anymore?-- change a tire and fix a toilet. None are hard to do, if you know how, but they are awful to attempt to do in an emergency, so to speak. There are few things worse than trying to figure out how to change a tire at night ... in the rain ... on the highway. Toilets are pretty simple things, too, but not on a Sunday morning or when you are late for work and you don't know what's wrong.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...