I was tempted to clean shotguns while interviewing my daughter's dates, but the first "official" one's dad was on the City PD's bomb squad.
I swear that they don't "date" anymore.... Just "hook up" (which means what you think it means), or "hang out", as in "meet at the bowling alley".... She's too busy to date right now - new job, and all that, as well as a new city (about six months, actually). The one that she split with was her first really steady boyfriend, although she had a few male friends who'd turn up with her (or go visit her) with some regularity. One of them shoots with us once in a while, and babysits the cats when we go away. Nothing serious there, unfortunately - I like the kid
.... (I liked the last one, too, until that exploded.)
Kids are funny, and sometimes "with it" in strange ways. I was at a local drug store quite a few years ago (before 2000) and pulled around back after leaving the drive-through. Couple kids standing around back there, just "hanging out", and one of them says: "Isn't that Becka's dad?" Uh-oh....
(Can't fault the kids - I used to be the taxi service for Becka and her friends. When the former day job poofed, I had a lot of free time, being self-employed, so if she needed a ride someplace, I could usually help out. Between the hi-band radio and the built-in car phone, the car was a little bit "different", and the kids remembered. It also was a Sheriff's Brown color, courtesy of my wife, who thought it was a sort of "driftwood" color from a 2"x2" color chip
. No way you could miss that.... Then, one fine day, she turned 16, and got a car that one of her cousins didn't need. About the last day of her Temporary License, we hit the examination station, she passed, and then we went to the Registrar's to do the paperwork. Then she dropped me off at home and I never saw her again
.... Well, almost....)
(Still want to keep the kid?
'Course, there was the afternoon I was sitting in the recliner watching TV when she turned up with "can you help me carry my TV to the car?" "Huh?" "I'm moving to Columbus today...." I knew she was going to school there in a couple months, but NOW? Turns out she'd decided to settle in down there (she lived with my little sister for most of the six years or so she was in school) early, but hadn't bothered to tell anybody.
(I presume she told my sister
Like I said, it's going to be a ride....
I think they sit around planning this stuff....
I never did that.... 'Course, mom still isn't right over a "road trip" that a buddy of mine and I took. Fourteen days between here and Los Angeles, via San Francisco.... Becka's done something of that nature twice, including getting towed in off an Interstate in Dallas. (Fortunately, my other sister was living there at the time.)
The good part, if you can get the kids to answer the dumb thing, is that everybody
has a cellphone. At least you can find out where she is, or she can call and ask for money
Quite a few years ago, we decided that she and a girlfriend could go out for Halloween without a parental escort. Very nice neighborhood at the time, and lots of other parents out, most of which knew her, and I gave her my pocket phone. Next thing I know, she's sitting on the front porch calling her girlfriend to tell her that she had the phone. At $0.35/minute in those days.... They plan this stuff....