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've learned through your mistakes?
A: Do you mean just in the time it took to read your question or over the years? Some good ones are to never hit "Send" on an angry or smart-aleck email until you've walked away from it for awhile; treat everyone the way you want to be treated; unless you live by yourself, never drink something out of the fridge if you are not 100 percent sure you know what it is and when it was put there; and just about everything comes apart a whole lot easier than it goes back together, so take pictures.
- Barry Courter