Having friends for parents

Going through the transitions where your parents go from “the people who’s job it is to form you”, to “fellow adults living in this world with you” is tricky. Not everyone goes through it, but my parents and I did, a few years into college. Happily, it went so well that we even progressed to being friends, which I suppose some people never do.

My parents came to visit California this weekend. They are homeless right now, because they’ve sold their house, but their new one is not ready to move in to yet. So they came to the cabin, and then down to Redwood City to see my house. We had a good time at the cabin, doing the normal 50% work, 50% play.

The night before we were to leave, I took them out to a nice dinner at Bear Valley. We had a really fun time, like always. After dinner, I suggested we could go to the bar for a digestif, since I knew from Labor Day that the bar there is the place where all the locals hang out, and is pretty entertaining. I also have a bit of a crush on the bartender, so I figured getting to see her again would be fun too. My mom knew about the bartender thing, so she suggested we sit up at the bar. We had a great time! Amy, the bartender, is sometimes a professional rafting guide, which my step-dad has done a little in the last few years. They hit it off, and then later we found out that Amy is halfway through a set of sailing classes like I took this summer. I left my contact info with her so that she can come down and sail with me. We’ll see if it comes to pass.

On Monday, my parents came to Redwood City. I had to work, so they entertained themselves during the day, and I entertained them in the evening. Monday, we just took it easy. Tuesday I had friends over and we had a great time playing Carcassonne. On Wednesday, I took them out sailing on the Bad Puddy Cat, a 40ish foot boat owned by Charlie Watts. I met him down at the Sequoia Yacht Club. They had a great time sailing, even though our performance that night was not too good.

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