Observations on quality time with my 84 year old father, day 22

Observations on quality time with my 84 year old father, day 22

• “What does your daughter eat for breakfast?”
This is what constitutes “one on one quality time” for my dad.

• He doesn’t seem to watch any television programs through to completion. Here’s what was watched in a 30 minute period last night:
o C-Span
o The Bible Rules (History Channel)
o Life Below Zero (National Geographic)
o Fox News
o Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel)

Who said there’s nothing good on TV anymore? I heard some Spanish language TV as well. This is what I call ‘Short Attention Span Syndrome.” What next? BET? The Weather Channel? Real Housewives of Atlanta? I’ll have to ask him for some reviews. That should be entertaining.

• After speaking to the building manager of a complex in Inglewood, my dad said we needed to check out a HUD subsidized apartment.
o Me – ‘Dad, did you actually speak with someone that said to come out there?”
o Dad – “Yes, they said I could see an apartment.”

Well, if you’ve read any of these entries over the last three weeks, you probably know what happened next: They only had applications to get on a waiting list that was 80-90 people long. He also shouldn’t expect to get an apartment there for 9 – 18 months. They could have e-mailed the application to us.

I just can’t trust his evaluative skills. Hell, I can’t trust him even for the weather report. I did completely ignore his driving instructions to Inglewood though and trusted the GPS. Better living through technology.

© Curt Weiss 2014

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