Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Preparing for the in(vasion)-laws.

Well, it is that time of the year. Summer is in full swing. Barbecues are flaming. The woodchucks are tearing up the backyard, and here come the in-laws. I have come to the conclusion that they are a migratory species, wintering in the warmer climates of Florida, and searching for not-as-sticky environs here in western NY. They're a bit like salmon, coming back to their spawning ground, not to reproduce, not to die, but to see the kids, grandkids, etc.

All this also means that Mrs. N will be happy to see her folks, and we'll get a free dinner out of it one of these nights. My FIL will probably also help out with a project or two here, as he likes that stuff, and the wife has a way of persuading him to help out. They'll stay probably through the beginning of next week, though I still have to maintain my own schedule as far as work, and working on my business is concerned.

All in all, I can't complain. I got lucky as far as in-laws are concerned, and I get along well with them, save when it comes to politics and my FIL. He is very much the conservative, though more in a Libertarian as opposed to a Republican sort of way. I am hardly a full-blown liberal, do have some conservative leanings, but they mostly center around finances as opposed to social issues. He also tends to be something of a conspiracy theorist in some ways. We do get into some pretty heated discussions from time-to-time, with neither of us budging.

Ah well, off to play B&B manager and entertainer for the next few days.


Peter said...

"We do get into some pretty heated discussions from time-to-time, with neither of us budging"
put a smile on my face.

I think you got lucky indeed with your in-laws: mine can hardly recall my first name ;-)

In general, I'd prefer a pretty heated discussion from a show of "what's his name?" indifference anytime.

Enjoy your family meeting!

Dragonfly Dreaming said...

Oh, did I tell you me and 'my girls' are coming too? Hey, you said the magic words, "free dinner" - I am SO there baby! SO there.

Mr. Nighttime said...

Peter - Now, how long have you and your SO been together, and they can't take the time to remember your name? Phfft! That's really a shame.

Claudia - By all means, please bring the "girls" over. I am sure I can "support" them for a few days. (Hmm, where to put the wife though? Hmm..)

Oh, and btw, not to make you jealous or anything ,but I am going down to NYC on 8/16 for a short visit to the family and a dear friend. It's a shame I can't go home by way of MA, 'cause I could be enticed to bring some Bronx handmade bagels from the bagel shop in my old neighborhood. Oh well. I guess I'll just have to take a pic of one and post it to make you jealous. ;-)