|Dad drinking his first and probably last martini at my cousin's wedding.|
This is my dad and I would have to say that I adorn this picture of him. He isn't a silly kind of person. He is very pragmatic and has a cut-to-the-chase way of talking. Even if he goes about it in a meandering kind of way.
For example, I called my dad last week to plan to do something for Father's Day. There is a steak house down town that has a pretty damn good steak and is vetted in history of Phoenix, which is hard to come byin a valley that is only 100 years old. Ever since I went there I have wanted to take my dad. So when I called him and asked if he wanted to go out to eat on Saturday night his response was slow but eventually to the point.
"Well you know a week before I went to Nebraska I lost the bridge on the top teeth." Mind you his trip was at the beginning of June. "I went to the dentist and they glued in back in. Then the day I left for Nebraska the bottom bridge fell out. I figured I would have them glue it while I was in Nebraska. But you know that dentist there wanted to take xrays and everything so I just said forget it." Shocking that the dentist would want to see your teeth before just gluing back in a piece that might have fallen out for a reason. "So when I got back in town I went to the dentist over here and he said that before they could fix that I needed a root canal. On two teeth. So I'm going to the dentist on Friday to have both root canals done and then go back on the 26th for them to put the bridge back in."
"Holy cow Dad, are you going to be able to eat steak?"
"Well" But mind you Dad's "wells" have always sounded more like an exhale than a word, "I don't know."
"Have you ever heard of The Stockyard? That's where I want to take you."
"You know when I was in Nebraska at the reunion" His 50th high school reunion, "there was this guy who was in the class above me. We started talking. He married this girl who was in my class. They have a daughter. He was saying how their daughter lives in Peoria and asked if I knew where 91st Avenue and Deer Valley was. I said well that's about a mile away from me. Well her and her husband manage the Texas steak house or what ever" Texas Roadhouse, "over at I17 and Dunlap."
"So do you want to go to Texas Roadhouse then instead of The Stockyards?" The historical, expensive renowned prime choice cuts of beef Stockyard? You want to go to a chain???
"Well, what ever works."
We went to The Stockyard and Dad ate a huge medium rare prime rib steak. He said it was good but nothing like what you could get in Nebraska. Ok love you Dad.