Today is our grandson, Grant's 19th birthday (which really doesn't seem possible). He was our third grandchild and our second grandson. He lives in Colorado Springs with his mom and dad, Teresa and Dan and younger brother and sister, Evan and Tessa. I spoke with him earlier and conducted this phone interview:
Yeah, it's been alright. I just got off work a few minutes ago.
Do you have any special plans for tonight? We're going to Red Robin where they'll sing me the birthday song and I'll get the whole shebang there.
Does it feel any different to be 19? I mean you're getting up in the big leagues now. Actually it doesn't. I've made a lot of friends at school of different ages and now it seems like all the ages kind of mesh together.
How soon will you be going back to school? I'm going to move into our apartment on August 17th.
Yes, very much so because I'll be rooming with people I like instead of a roommate I didn't care for.
Yes, I'm primed and fired up and ready to go!
Just so I can get back in the swing of things, back into ROTC which I really like, and seeing all my friends that I haven't seen over summer.
It was Psychology but this semester I'll be changing to biochemistry. Why are you changing? Psychology wasn't that challenging and biochemistry will be. Also switching will better prepare me for med school after college which is what I hope to do.
Yes, eight years. But I plan to stay in for twenty-one anyway so I can get the retirement.
Have you had a good summer? It's been alright. It's my first one with a real job so that was new but I think it's prepared me a lot for different parts of college and I might even get a job in Boulder. I knew you were working part time at Wal-Mart. How do you like it? Actually I'm working full time now and I can say it's better than fast food. I like cashiering but some of the other jobs not so much.
How many hours do you work? 40 What departments have you worked in? I've worked in Lawn and Garden, Home Department, Sporting Goods, and as a front end cashier. What do you like best about your job? Definitely my co-workers. All
the other temporary workers are about my age and everybody's going to either
CSU or UNC. We all plan to get together once we're back in school.
It must be hard having your dad deployed again. I know your mom always depends on you a lot during these times. Are you able to help out as much when you're working full time? Not as much around the house as I have before. Mostly on my days off, I take care of the lawn and a couple of things around the house. On work days, it's just daily duties like cleaning up the kitchen, doing laundry, and keeping up my room.
She told me that last night you made dinner and cleaned up afterwards. I thought that was awesome. Do you enjoy cooking? I think it's fun when I do it right. I haven't cooked that much but I'm working on it so that when I go to school, I can make a few different things.
Is there a significant other right now? I'm kind of bouncing between a couple of relationships right now.
I really like going to concerts like the festival last weekend called Global Dance. It was at Red Rocks amphitheater and they had 16 or 18 electronic artists, a laser light show, and pyrotechnics. We danced and had a great time. I went to a few at Boulder and those were always fun too. (Here's Grant being such a good sport with his younger cousins on New Year's Eve)
I haven't really been spinning much lately. But last year weren't you on the ROTC drill team? Yes Didn't you compete at a pretty high level? My friend and I went to the Nationals in Florida and placed in the upper 10%.
I played the guitar quite a bit in college. And just the last couple of days I've picked it up again and I'm trying to learn some new songs. I've really tried to open up to different kinds of music lately like Michael Jackson and some of the older bands like AC/DC, the Beatles and some of the other bands from the 60s and 70s.
My friend Issac taught me how to play racquetball and now we play a couple of times a week on a court at the Air Force Academy. I like it a lot and feel like I've picked it up pretty quickly.
(Grant is very athletic. Here he's making an almost impossible catch on a recent picnic in Colorado Springs)
And that was pretty much all I could coax out of him tonight. There are other things that should be mentioned though. Grant is a wonderful son to his dad and mom,