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.”
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……..