This week was a pleasant one. I had a nice visit with my dad and things wrapped up with Mom. My dad was "prepared", but of course, misses her.
In the other direction in the family tree, Chaco turned 21 this week. How can we have a 21-year-old "kid"!? He and a friend took a trip to Los Angeles to visit another friend.
Some back story:
When Chaco was a freshman at the university, he had 3 roommates. One was a buddy from high school, and the other two were random picks by the roommate gods. Random1 was tolerated for a year, but Random2 became a good friend. Also, Random2 had another good friend, an upperclassman at the university. They'd met through online gaming.
Soon, Chaco was hanging out quite a bit with Random2, whom we shall call "Flop" because that's kinda his name, and the friend, whom we shall call "Lite" because... yeah.
In year 2, the three were roommates along with Andrew, the buddy from high school. Flop wasn't doing so well, however. Flop became a poster child for the reason why one should not choose to go to college with the purpose of, "I have an online gaming friend at that one".
After three semesters, Flop returned to his home in Los Angeles to his angry affluent parents. Now, a year later, the three are all still good friends through the magic of... naturally... online gaming. Hence the fun trip for Chaco and Lite - a visit to Flop house, which from the description is nothing like a flophouse.
Wolfgang was enlisted to drive them to the Denver airport on Monday. I wasn't too keen on Wolfgang navigating the colossal airport on his own and suggested that he have a friend go along. Chaco's reply was, "Bringing one of his friends would only make things worse. You should go!"
He had a point.
So anyway, it seems I spent a lot of time on the interstate this week - visiting Dad down south, driving north to the Denver airport and back, driving to the Denver airport and back again. It was fun, though. To be honest, I wasn't sure they'd want their mom to come along, which is why I suggested a friend. But they all seemed to be at ease having me there. I also enjoyed the one-on-one time with Wolfgang.
We picked up Chaco and Lite late last night. They got all decked out for their traveling days - full power gear. When Chaco showed up in his suit for the flight out, I asked, "Wha.... why are you dressed like that??"
"It's our 'easy access' gear. No one questions a guy in a suit in an airport!".
I didn't ask what they might be questioned about, just went with it. I managed to snap this pic on their return. It's not great, just a covert mom-shot in an airport.
|Chaco (L), Lite (R)|
Airport men of business, don't ask questions
So, a good week bringing a good break to a close. Thankfully back to the grind.