You don't have to be around my brother-in-law John Almeida for very long before you realize that he says exactly what's on his mind. He is as honest as the day is long. Brutally honest. There is no pretense, no beating around the bush, and certainly no filter. I'd be lying to you if I said that he's never embarrassed me... but 99% of the time I'm laughing too hard to even care. A guy once wrote a book about statements that his 76 year old dad said. (Shit My Dad Says) He's one of my favorites to follow on Twitter. I realized today that if I kept track of the things that come out of John's mouth, I'd probably have a best seller myself.

The truth is, no matter the situation, I always feel better when he's around. He can find humor in any thing and break tension with just an expression on his face. He's very grounded and most of the time a big dose of reality when we need it most.