Somehow, it’s been more than four years since Parks and Recreation aired its final episode, and, quite frankly, the world is a worse off place without it. But while the Pawnee gang may have ridden off into the sunset, the spirits of Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, Tom, Donna, Gerry, April, Andy, and the rest carry on in the lives of others. Such is the case of engineer and seed investor Kane Hsieh, who recalled a lovely tribute to his dad on Father’s Day.
“This Father’s Day, I compiled the most on-brand anecdotes of my dad, who is basically an Asian Ron Swanson,” wrote @Kane, indicating the start of a thread.
Kane went on to describe his dad, who had been trained as a military scout and likes his meat, beer, whiskey, while distrusting politicians — which should tell you all you need to know going into this story.
“Growing up, we asked if we could get GPS for our cars,” he continued. “He insisted we learn to use paper maps and memorize routes without making marks. Why? If you’re ever captured, you don’t want evidence of your plans.” Uh, fair point?
And of course, his dad is skilled in the art of using a huge-ass meat cleaver:
And naturally Kane’s dad works for the federal government, which — much like the real Ron Swanson — he views as basically like retirement:
(For some reason, part 15 was deleted due to “professional reasons,” so moving on…)
“My dad’s favorite activity when we go on family trips is napping,” Kane resumed tweeting. “He’ll nap in the galleries of museums, in his seat during musicals, on a bench in parks.”
“Anyways there are an endless number of these anecdotes, but point being, thanks for everything dad,” Kane concluded his tribute. “I think.”
It didn’t take long for Kane’s tribute to go insanely viral, as many — including Nick Offerman, the OG real-life Ron Swason — felt inspired to share his story:
On Monday, Kane provided an epilogue and update, noting that his dad appreciates all the Twitter love.
Perhaps therein lies the main difference between Kane’s dad and Ron Swanson. Ron Swanson would literally starve before succumbing to vegetarianism, even for three days.