Monday, October 04, 2010

The Old Man And The Sea

Today marks two years since I lost my bestest friend in the world, my grandfather.

I don’t want to rehash old history. If you care to read about him, here is just one of the many posts I’ve written about him over the years.

On the contrary, I thought I’d mark the day by writing about one of our times together where he really gave me a good laugh. When I think of fun conversations that I had with him over the years, this one is usually the first that comes to mind.

On most Saturdays I would take him down to the pier. He was a fisherman through and through, and even when we WEREN’T fishing together, he loved for us to just sit by the pier to watch the boats come in, and see what people were catching.

One particular Saturday, as we sat eating lunch and watching boat owners come and go, either launching their boats into the bay, or pulling them out and hitching them back to their cars, he asked me how much I thought the dock master was charging people to use the boat launch to get their boat into the water.

“I dunno. Let’s go ask him. We’ll pretend we have a boat and are inquiring about pricing.”, I said.

So, we headed on over to the grizzly old man inside the guard tower, and proceeded to have the following conversation:

Me: “Hiya. Could you please tell me how much you charge to launch a boat from the ramp?”

OldDude: “It depends. Where do you live?”

Me: “I live in Babylon.”

OldDude: “Then it would cost you 40 dollars”

With that, we thanked him, and walked off.

As we were headed back to my car, my grandfather turned to me and said:

Grandpa: “Hey, wait a minute.”

Me: “What’s up?”

Grandpa: “You told that guy that we lived in Babylon.”

Me: “Yeah? So what?”

Grandpa: “Well, I don’t live in Babylon. You do. I live in St. James.”

Me: “So?”

Grandpa: “So? So they might charge a different amount if you are from St. James!”

I stopped and just stared at him for a few seconds to see if he was pulling my leg, before I finally replied:

Me: “We don’t really have a damn boat!!!”

Grandpa: “Yeah, good point.”

Two years now, and I still feel like my Saturdays are aimless……..


sybil law said...

Awww... you need to take Mini Me and carry on the tradition!!
I miss my grandpa, too.

AlleyCat Runs said...


PS I think Sybil has a good idea there.

Jill said...

Oh my gosh, I can't believe you didn't ask about St. James!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you go back and ask? :-)

I am really sorry about your grandfather though. :-(

Verdant Earl said...

Wow. Hard to believe it's been that long already. Sucks...

Marlene said...

LOL...what a cute story. :)

Sounds like you two had a great relationship. You're lucky. I never really knew either of my grandfathers. They lived thousands of miles away.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

What a character! I'm sorry for your loss.

Susan Higgins said...

What a great story!

Currently, I'm making those memories with my mom. Just last week I was talking to my sister on the phone about my mom's Cardiologist. I didn't know my mom was listening... I said to my sister, "He is such a dick wad." My mom said, "Susie, what's a dick wad?" I said, "Exactly what you think." She broke out laughing as she tried to tell me not to say that again.

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Heff said...

"Babylon" ? Really.

#@%$^&* Damn 503 error, @#@%!!!

I digress.

Nat said...

That's a great story, and it's good that you have so many wonderful memories of him - he was obviously a big influence in your life.
I never really got to know my died when I was very young, the other lived on the other side of the world, and I only saw him three times before he passed too.

Unknown said...

I was also wondering how much he would charge is you lived somewhere else, but I don't have a boat either! LOL

Love this story! I can't believe it's been two whole years. My God. It seems like six months ago!

Bruce Johnson said...

Exceptional enough for me to write one my own over on Hypocrisy. Well Done.

Unknown said...

I get the feeling you're a little like him... Anyone said that to you? :)

Tamara said...

I can't believe it's been two years. I remember your post from then so clearly.

I'd go back and ask one Saturday now about St. James.

Radioactive Tori said...

What a sweet story. Your relationship sounds like it was wonderful!

Sass said...

I haven't been by in a while, Slyde...

And it's posts like these that make me angry at myself for that.

I remember the other posts about your grandpa.

The memories are so great to hold on to, aren't they?


Faiqa said...

It's stories like this that truly show what love is really like... warmth, easiness and comfort. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. May time ease your pain and increase your love, my friend.

Chris H said...

It sure doesn't seem like two years ago mate.. I can remember when you lost him still!
I love love love fishing... maybe if I ever come over to your place we can go catch a fish! It's a long way to swim there though, so don't go looking out for me!

Deborah said...

I love your grandpa.

Love that story as well.

Cocaine Princess said...

Brilliantly done Slyde.

I'm sure your grandpa is still beaming with pride and love towards you.

Vinomom said...

I miss my Grandpa still too....He was a great man. Not perfect, but still great.

He knows you're thinking of him ....

meleah rebeccah said...

Aw. What a lovely story.

PS I also think Sybil has a good idea there.

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