I’ve written about having dinner with Grandpa before, but after tonight I just had to celebrate it again. I ended up getting out of work a bit late, so I didn’t get over there until almost 6:45. He greeted me chipper as usual; we hopped back in the warm car and drove off to dinner. Uno’s was the place of choice this week (the last few weeks we’ve been going to Applebee’s, he loves their riblets, so we thought we’d head back to Uno’s again for a change).
It never ceases to amaze me just how great of a man my Grandpa is. Not only does he have (still, at 80!) the intellectual and reasoning capacity, but he’s got such a wealth of experience to draw upon he never fails to be an entertaining and rewarding conversationalist.
Tonight’s highlights included:
- retirement planning
- my grandpa’s love of his new Tivo
- oil change patterns and the whole synthetic/natural oil debate
- the possible labor-related causes of foreign manufacturer’s larger engine oil capacities
- the oddity of 7’1” men bringing 7’0” women as guests to church services
- if we accept that the big bang really happened, what was here before it and, more importantly, why was there a big bang?
- the “bump” method of lock picking
- the wonders of a truck stop gift shop
- arch support and heel replacement on shoes
- the need for another family board meeting next week after my aunt returns from her tour of England
- the home price bubble
3 hours. 3 flavored iced teas, each. (His were raspberry, mine mango) A wonderful evening all-around, once again reminding me of the joys of having such a wonderful Grandpa!