I really miss my grandpa all of a sudden.
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN!
Some Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark illustration got put in the preview image by mistake.
I really want to read the story tied to that image.
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I used to live in a low-income house in college where the first floor was myself and my housemates, and the second floor was a halfway house, and there was this guy who we called "Old Man Death" who would go on these kinds of rants on the porch, and I'd just sit there smoking a cigarette and listen to him. Kind of imagine the creppy grandpa guy from Family Guy except with a permanent frown instead of a grin. One time I really needed to sleep; I had gotten off work and had an exam in the morning, and I could just hear what I only assumed was Mortal Kombat or some other fighting videogame. Just a barrage of "ooh uhh uhh ow *punch* *bang*" etc. so I went upstairs and knocked on the door, and Old Man Death answers the door with ill-fitting jockeys and nothing else.
I don't really know what to say at that point, so I was just like.. "uhh do you think you can turn the video games down? It's 3 in the morning.." and he responds with a scowl: "I DON'T PLAY VIDEOGAMES" and slams the door on me.
whoops that was meant to be a reply to scrimmjob, the guy I was talking about looks almost exactly like the sketch here, but angrier-looking and a little balder.
Strangely I miss my time living there. It was right on a beautiful lake and rent was like 0 a month, pretty cheap for a college town. There was another guy, Ken, built like a refrigerator who would sit on the community porch after work and just stare at the lake with a 30-pack of Milwaukee's Best Ice and just sit there, talking to no one, as the sun went down and drink all 30. One morning Old Man Death was out there ranting like this and Ken comes down and just clocks him in the face.
It's the same lake that Otis Redding's plane went down in.. every time I hear "Sittin on the dock of the bay" I think of those two.
It reminds me of this guy I knew in college, he didn't actually attend college but he hung with some of the same folks I knew, and came off as a little eccentric but then he'd do thing like call friends and ramble at them for several minutes about stuff like how the government monitors people through their television sets which was why he didn't own one and then maybe some gibberish about mathematical forumlas that strayed into Time Cube territory.
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