Watching What Grandpa Likes

Whenever I visit the in-laws, I usually end up hanging out with Grandpa. We get along well and he’s pretty vibrant and active for someone we believed to be around 85. Not one’s really quite sure.

Usually when we hang out, we watch TV. And usually when we watch TV, it’s baseball, which is fine by me. Grandpa usually falls asleep early on and wakes up every couple of innings or so… all the while holding the remote firmly in his hand. Occasionally grandpa would flip the remote to some movie on cable. Usually an action or thriller movie so we still both enjoy it. He was crazy about The Avengers and The Dark Knight.

Grandpa’s favorite thing to watch however, is ladies figure skating. He can’t get enough of it. Every time there’s a figure skating event anywhere in the world, grandpa is probably watching it. Frankly, I’m not a fan of figure skating. But its his house and his TV so he can watch whatever he wants.

One rainy day in particular, while watching TV with grandpa, there’s absolutely nothing to do. I was pretty psyched because some movie was about to start and he wanted to watch it. Unfortunately, the movie has something to do with vampires and werewolves. I actually don’t know the full title.

I’m a grown man and let me just say that the whole movie franchise is not marketed at my demographic. And for some reason, the volume is on super low. I can barely hear it so I decided to sit on the floor. But the whole volume thing is totally fine for grandpa; he can fully comprehend what is happening, kind of. So I gave the movie a chance and I thought it was pretty good… up until about the 10 minute mark. This movie is definitely not aimed at my demographic.

I looked over to grandpa to see if he’s not enjoying this as much I am and he’s fast asleep all the while holding the remote firmly in his hand. So I sat there and watched the movie struggling to hear the dialogue. Grandpa wakes up every 15 to 20 minutes to give me smile and watch the movie for another 30 seconds before rejoining his slumber again. This goes on for the next hour and a half and I was really bored and the entirety of the movie was really tragic.

Anyway, I continued watching the movie and as it nears its conclusion, although I hated it, I had to see the ending. With about 5 minutes left, Grandpa awakes from his deep slumber, points the remote at the TV, and changes the channel to figure skating, which he watched for about 5 minutes before falling asleep again.

Totally fine by me. I was thinking of just googling the last 5 minutes on the internet. But when we’re about to have our dinner, he asked me if I enjoyed the movie. I responded that I didn’t get to watch the ending. He went to his room and when he got back, he gave me a complete DVD collection of Twilight, all of them. I never knew he was a huge fan of the franchise. That lingering thought just cracks me up, all the time.

I’m on my last installment of the franchise so when I get bored and have nothing to do, I’ll definitely give it a shot.  To be honest, I’m starting to like it. Yeah, just like my groovy grandpa.

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