I was on the road delivering papers with Papa D this afternoon after Job 3. And as usual, hanging out with my grandfather can be interesting. Someone really ought to get me a digital recorder to take on the road with me, because this shit is priceless. Some of the things that he says, you just roll your eyes, while others make your jaw drop, and other times you just shake your head in wonder. As in, if the DMV knew about his memory, would they have just renewed his license?
As we started to deliver in Town, he mentioned at least three times (in the first 30 minutes), that tomorrow (Friday) we'd be delivering to Fall River and Burney, plus 4 other places.
I politely asked, "Aren't I doing those stops this weekend when I deliver?" (meaning the 4 other places)
He replies with an inhaling hiss, and a face that says, 'I don't think so, Tim', and says, "Well . . . I guess you could . . . I just wanted to get them out before all the events this weekend."
We go through this every month. My guess is that because he did the routes his way for so long, he just doesn't remember the changes that were made when I came to Sticksville. Plus, I had no idea what events he was speaking of for this weekend. There isn't anything big going on this weekend in NorCal . . . at least not our section of it. I let it go.
Later, as we were driving over the pass to get home, he mentions this weekend again.
PD: "Well, I just really want to get these delivered before the 4th."
I was a wee bit confused . . . the 4th? Of July? It's nearly August.
Me: "The 4th?? It's nearly August 1st."
He started laughing, "Oh jeez. Well, there's a thing at Eagle Lake. What is it?"
Me: "Eagle Lake? You mean the BBQ?"
PD: "Yeah, when is that?"
Me: "I don't remember. We can check at home."
Back home, we sat at the kitchen table, telling K about our afternoon delivering. Papa D checked a paper on the table and finds the ad for the BBQ at Eagle Lake - it's September 3rd. He pointed to it and told us, "That BBQ is on September 3rd; I really want to get these delivered before this BBQ this weekend."
K and I look at each other, a bit dumbfounded, and she said, "Honey, it's not even August yet!"
He laughed and said, "Oh jeez."
And the DMV just gave him another license.