Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"If only I had one of grandpa's swords . . ."
My wife's grandfather told an interesting story over breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving. I go out to northern California to be with her family ever year, and it's always good to see grandpa. He is well into his 80's, fought in World War II, and he is one of the only guys still around who can say they were at Normandy. He is also the proud owner of one of the most impressive antique weapons collections known to man. As a matter of fact, Charlie Watts once came over to his house to buy one of his swords. Grandpa isn't a fan of rock music so he wasn't as excited about that visit as I would have been. All he remembers about Charlie is how dirty his fingernails were.

Anyway, grandpa is offered bacon and said that he better not after he had bacon with the family a year ago and drove home. Apparently the bacon was causing a serious need to get to the bathroom for the last few miles of his ride (he still drives!), and in his rush to get to the toilet upon opening the door, he accidentally kicked the trip wire he had set up and released tear gas all over him and all through out the house. Grandpa is big on keeping his home and the weapons collection tightly secured and evidently engineered the whole trip wire tear gas thing. He said that he couldn't leave the house because he still had that urgent call from nature, and he then had to sit there and finish his business, just enduring the pain with his eyes burning. He truly is from the "Greatest Generation." I would have cried and screamed loud enough for all my neighbors to hear, and they would all step outside to see what the commotion was all about just in time to see me pooping the bushes. And still crying.

What is funny is that Mrs. Noisewater's dad, grandpa's step-son, was quick to point out that this wasn't the first time that grandpa had set off his own tear gas bomb upon himself. Maybe he has an immunity built up so that he can fight off a would be intruder through the haze and eye burning? Who knows.

In any event, here's hoping your next "movement" is in a cozy and comfortable spot free of any chemical weaponry.


Gorilla Bananas said...

I'd love to have witnessed the meeting he had with Charlie. I bet Charlie would have been impressed by a WW2 veteran who wasn't the least bit starstruck. Keith Richards said that what happened in the 1960s was the reaction of a generation who wanted to forget about how much they owed to the previous generation.

Exile on Pain Street said...

So...waitaminute. Charlie Watts came to his house? Boy, that's not your typical Thursday.

I was walking home from high school and found a can of mace on the ground. I picked it up and sprayed it without realizing the nozzle was pointed at me. I maced myself. It hurt pretty bad. Your gramps and I should form a support group.

billy pilgrim said...

the older i get, the more attention i pay to my movements.

my dad who recently passed away participated in d-day but rarely spoke of it. when i first entered the work force most of my bosses were ww2 veterans and they didn't sweat the small stuff or hide behind corporate directives.

they made decisions! unlike all the chicken shit bosses i had in the past 30 years.

Kenneth Noisewater said...

Gorilla: That's an interesting take by "Keef." He is a smarter guy than people give him credit for, but latel he has been getting really crabby and ragging on every band.

Exile: Man, you must have felt dumb that day. And blind. I heard it hurts again when you try to wash it off in the shower. Ouch.

Billy: I suppose you're right. Those folks probably saw the big picture much more than most. Sorry to hear about your father, but I'm thankful for his service. : )

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